This is another sample of my gigging session work. This time with the singer/songwriter, Katerina Makavou. It’s a cover of a Greek rock classic tune called “Den Choras Pouthena”. Essentially, a rock n’ roll song. The drums were originally all about heavy hitting on the toms/bass drum but after attempting that on a rehearsal we decided we should make another rendition, a “softer yet uptempo one”.
I went for the “Violent Femmes” approach. Brushes, constant 16th notes and just accents whenever needed. To make the 16ths a bit smoother I tried to use only double strokes. That way, the left hand backbeat had a bit more authority.
PS1. Once in London, I had the honor of playing with the singer of Violent Femmes himself, mr Gordon Gano. We played three of his greatest hits with the band including Blister in the Sun.
PS2. Gear Used:
Set: Pearl Luan Mahogany ’68 – 20/13/16, Snare: Premier Royal Ace ’69 – 14×5.5, Bosphorus Cymbals: Traditional Dark Hats 15″, Traditional Thin Ride 20″, Groove Series Wide Ride Thin 22″