Empyrean Drums wrote:Can you put your money where your mouth is, or is your only talent talking shit online?
I have many talents and would give you the same answer I gave here as I would give to you in person. I stand by every word I wrote in my original statement. I knew it would touch a nerve because it's one of those things no one wants to admit even possibly exists. Nothing in my world is above critique, no where is that more true than in music. I have no problem with speed itself and use it in my playing at times, but I do have a problem with speed solely for the sake of speed without any context.
So not only I am willing to put my money where my mouth is...it's gonna be accruing interest.
Save your breath. Guys who talk this game never, ever post music and are almost always pathetic excuses for musicians, who merely hide behind words they think make them sound enlightened. All this talk with the high and mighty tone, all the catch phrases he doesn't understand, the inability to differentiate between a harmless rudiment contest for prizes (that actually gets you practicing some fundamentals for a change) and his own jealous cry for attention.
I knew it
(my answer) would touch a nerve
= Look mommy I'm a somebody.
What he's talking about with the asinine speed for speed's sake
rant (again) is WFD...and again if he was as capable as he believed he would be able to differentiate nonmusical practice for prizes from music, alongside the fact that practice creates better music, groove and otherwise.
But you know something? I kind of believe this character actually knows what he's saying. So why does he utter something he knows is BS?
Sometimes things are exactly as they seem...It's only jealousy pretending to be a cry for something greater. He's jealous of the attention these guys get, and will do anything to keep a cork on the bottle even if some of the drummers he smack talks are great drummers like Johnny Rabb, who everybody knows has both speed and groove. And last time I looked Mangini, Verdi and Yeung were no slouches either. Nope, pathetic, embittered, hypocritical jealousy is the only reason.
And the irony of said jealousy is that so many WFD champions know they still have a long road before acheiving top end musicianship. I know for a fact that Billy Ray from this forum could groove me into a hole. But I also notice that Billy Ray is comfortable in his own skin and knows how tall he stands, and that when he's commented about this WFD stuff, it hasn't been the over the top hater garbage you see from this insecure Mikkey wanker. That's no coincidence.
Even funnier is how all the negativity keeps this harmless sideline of ours bigger than anyone ever intended. Every time there's a WFD flame war on a forum or a youtube video, thousands flock to it like mosquitos on a light bulb. Believe me when I say that the haters think about it far more than us. You guys want to keep people talking about it? Well...continue your negativity. I am always shocked when a TV show wants me to do something because a bunch of know it all youtube wankers can't resist their negative trolling.
OK Josh Freese doesn't like it. Is that supposed to negate all other discussion? Give me a break. I know for a fact he's never seen one, and he would never be up to placing in a final, AND I'm sorry but over the top remarks have to play into that.
Does this take away from him being a great drummer?...Of course not.
Is he a better more seasoned player than me?...Yep.
But he's got something else coming if he thinks I'm supposed to be intimidated by his opinions on something he knows absolutely nothing about.
Then you can add to him the legions of famous drummers, known for speed, who dabbled in our little event and dropped face first in the dirt, then lied like hell and intentionally dissed the contest to cover their tracks. I especially enjoy the ones who encourage their fanboys to slander on their behalf. It's also funny that guys like Freese will give their empty 2c when guys like Jim Chapin (probably the top drum teacher in history) and Jim Kirkpatrick (the greatest pipe drummer who ever lived) go to WFD in Anaheim and hang out for hours. But I guess guys like Mikkey know better ...huh?
Straight up, xdoseonex from this forum can decimate almost all the famous drummers if it came to a speed foot war. That's what so many of these guys don't like, and that's why we see the downplay. I never will forget a WFD where this mega famous drummer was going to compete then suddenly said he was busy after he hung around the stage for ten minutes, while a guy who is absolutely one of the most famous drummers on earth showed up with sticks in hand
and just stood there. There's a reason for that, and believe me...musicality never crossed anyone's mind. They saw first hand what they were marching into and thought better of it. They sure weren't busy when they stood there like deer in the headlights. Crap, if I was supposed to be some foot phenom and I saw Mike Mallais doing what was supposed to be my
thing, I'd be looking for my car.
When I first became involved in this a little over 2 years ago, I never planned to become so vocal until I came to these forums and read the crap that constantly streams out of the brains of idiots and wankers who can't play, who only say things they know aren't true to put a better face on their sorry excuse for lives, or the fact that they would rather slam WFD to spam for the Guitar Center drumoff and pretend they're not, because it's bad for business to have a competing event at another music store.
Now I know there is a segment of genuinely concerned great musicians who merely disagree with this thing, and that's cool. Much respect. Honestly I wish all drummers the very best in their musical endeavors. But you WFD obsessed haters with your catch phrases and salt/pepper reasoning simply need to move on. Your argument was always a house of cards to begin with, and I'm not so sure you get the free BS pass anymore. If you're going to lecture like you're Moses coming down with the Ten Comandments, then it's going to be put up or shut up.