Carmine Appice – Attractive Female Wanted

Recently I ‘ve begun a big journey into the original singer-songwriter era, the ’70s. Naturally I’ll post some of my assumptions along with some amazing gems, like this next one:

This record is becoming one of my favourites of the era. It’s not theĀ most classic Rod Stewart record but it’s certainly worth listening (a lot actually). At this point, Stewart called Carmine Appice (of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert, Appice etc) to play with him. Carmine co-penned the disco-rock hit “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” which is awesome if you ask me. During a run through the album my mind got stuck when I heard the above track.

It’s a truly original approach to reggae feel and the one-drop groove. Carmine is one of these drummers that never had to prove he’s good. He just profoundly went in and said “this is reggae feel… my way”.

Major Influences #3: Kevin Parker

“Wait, who’s Kevin Parker? Let me check Wiki… Oh, the Tame Impala guy. But he’s not even a drummer!” Exactly…

Kevin Parker and his one-man project called Tame Impala had a serious impact on me as a musician since their beginning. It’s been almost four years since I first listened to Innerspeaker and I still carry the record everywhere I go. No, it’s not my favourite record of all time but is certainly a piece of music that I praise a lot.

Back to the “not even a drummer” thing: In my opinion, we drummers care a lot about what we do. We sweat it. Sometimes too much though… It’s safe to say that most of us have been in a situation where we bust our head off to find the right pattern to accompany a rather simple riff. You ‘re thinking:

“Yea that riff is so good but it sounds rather simplistic.. Maybe I need to spice it up”.

Enter confused bandmates: “Yo man you ‘re certain you wanna go that way? I mean, ye it’s fine but maybe we try to keep it low this time, I got a strong melody”.

You know what? Screw them.. but they ‘re right. Making music is supposed a natural procedure. I think Kevin Parker knows that.

What I’ ve learned from him:

-Keep it loose

-Let the melody breathe and speak to the listener

-There’s always a way of throwing influences in the most unexpected places

Let’s hear some examples:

1. Let loose. Almost like you dont care

2. Let the melody speak. Respect the songwriting. Hold back with you patterns.

3. You like hip hop but you ‘re playing in a psychedelic rock band. There is always a way to use that and don’t mess up. You just have to aim right and on time.

Now, soundwise you can accustom your ear to a “little” thingy called compression. If you ever had questions about heavily compressed drums look not further.

PS. Yes, of course I am familiar with Ringo Starr and I bet Kevin Parker is too. I could recite Ringo in every post I make but I wont. Different music context gives a different meaning to everything.

PS2. In many cases, the Tame Impala kind of drumming is based on looped drums. I think the same principles apply.