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Post Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:33 am

My friends wanted to start a crappy punk band, I left it and got lessons with this great drummer who showed me the amazingness off Jazz.

And of course I then got into bonham and Rev, Tommy Igoe and Zigaboo!
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Post Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:09 pm

When I was elementary school I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Decided then I had to play drums.
While most people I knew were into The Beatles, I liked those "shaggy, unkempt bad boys" The Rolling Stones. Then it was whoever was drumming for Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. The list is endless actually.
When I saw the Ramones in Seattle, WA for $1.00 in the seventies I really got into the Punk\New Wave scene. I still keep current with whatever is happening.
No matter who influences me I still sound like ME though. Oh well.
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Post Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:26 pm

Older guys in the neighborhood in the early 70's that were drummers. My cousins all had bands as they were guitarists and bass. Told me learn drums we always need a good drummer. Nigel Olsson and peter criss were early influences. Keith Moon and ringo were too. Terry bozzio and simon philipps as well.
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Post Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:29 pm

trendki11er wrote:for me it was tommy lee. back when shout at the devil came out, i just thought it was the shit. i was blown away by the bands look and stage show, but tommy had such power and clarity in his playing. i was 13 and that had a lot to do with it.

today i like david silveria, joey jordison, tommy, abe name a few.
i'm influenced by a lot of things. guns & roses are a major influence. the rolling stones for their simplistic sound. that stuff is timeless.

good guitar players are a major influence. not necessarily fast or shredders, but good overall players. look at ac/dc.

influences are everywhere.

Yeah I saw Tommy on the "Shout " tour and became a big influence on my style and look of drumming in the 80's as did Mikey Dee in King Diamond and Reed St. mark from early Celtic Frost/ Charlie Bennantee but I still cant play as fast as he does, D.H. Peligro from Dead Kennedys and Robo
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Post Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:18 pm

For me, I'm not sure exactly who got me into drumming, but I could list some bands I was listening to at the time my interest sparked (probably around 5th or 6th grade). Some of them were:

Linkin Park
Limp Bizkit
Kid Rock
The Offspring
System of a Down
And pretty much any band that was on MTV or the radio.

It was in 6th grade when I started listening to classic bands like Metallica (which is, like many others, probably one of my earliest influences), Megadeth, Ozzy, etc. Then a game came out in 7th grade that most of you may know as Gran Theft Auto: Vice City. That game introduced me to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, and other bands like Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Slayer (though I'm not a real huge Slayer fanatic, but Dave Lambardo is awesome on drums though), and Anthrax. That might've sparked my interest a little more in drumming.

Then as I got older, my taste in music (specifically in metal) progressed. I started to veer away from mainstream radio bands and graduated to the underground, but still listening to the classics as well. From 8th grade to present (which now I'm in 12th grade), I've been introduced to bands such as (in random order):

Children of Bodom
Dimmu Borgir
Arch Enemy
God Forbid (haven't listened to them in a while though)
Lamb of God
Shadows Fall
Strapping Young Lad
Iced Earth
Blind Guardian
Demons and Wizards
Dream Theater
Cannibal Corpse (not a huge fan though)
Gamma Ray
Sonata Artica
King Diamond

The list goes on and on.

But as far as individual drummers go, these are my main reasons why I want to play drums now:

Jason Bittner [Shadows Fall/Burning Human] (Jason probably has some of the best fills I've heard from any drummer. And after watching the video of him at the Modern Drummer Festival on YouTube, I was sitting in my chair in awe, I hit replay like 5 times.)

Gene Hoglan [ex-Death/ex-Dark Angel/Strapping Young Lad/drummer for the Dethalbum by Dethklok] (Gene is probably my main reason I love extreme metal so much. I watched the music video for "Zen," and the very last chorus blew me away at the fast part when he switches his hands for the snare and hits different crash cymbals. And not to mention he has an amazing sound.)

Chris Adler [Lamb of God] (Like Bittner, his fills are amazing. Probably one of the most insane drummers I've seen to ever hit a drum! End of story!)

George Kallias [Nile] - (His playing ability is just... Indescribably awesome. I love his double bass technique, he's probably one of the fastest drummers I've ever heard on double bass! I watched a few live videos of him on YouTube, and a few videos of him at drum clinics... That was the most amazing thing ever... Period.)
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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:15 pm

Of course everything done by the hard bop and post-bop masters like Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, and Art Blakey. Jazz Messengers, John Coltrane's later stuff, Miles Davis' 50s and 60s albums all influenced me.

But even more so, I was influenced by the playing of 60s British jazzers-turned rock drummers (most notably Ginger Baker and Mitch Mitchell). The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream are two of my most listened to bands. I went to see Cream with my uncle in 2005 and it was a dream come true. I am still incredibly inspired by Ginger Baker's playing.
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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:39 pm

I've already replied to this one with a laundry list of influences, but I went back and read the initial post and noticed the thread was supposed to be more about those initial seminal childhood influences that got us into the drums.


Mahavishnu Orchestra- The Inner Mounting Flame: Billy Cobham knocked my socks off as a youngster long before I knew what "double bass" or "left hand lead" were. Soo much energy and precision from the entire band.

Return to Forever - No Mystery: I loved Lenny White's tight as hell snare drum and quirky groove, and much like Mahavishnu the entire band smoked. I was taking piano lessons as a kid, so hearing Chick Corea tear it up lit my young ears up as well. This led to me finding:

Al Di Meola - Casino: What can I say? STEVE GADD!! I can't remember the name of the tune, but there's one song with this funky 12/8 groove that starts off utilizing cowbell as the ride source that blew me away.

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I & II: Bonham's grooves just floored me, even before I understood just how good he actually was.

Black Sabbath - Master of Reality: The thick syrupy feel of this record got to me pretty hardcore. I used to set up tupperware and pots and pans and pretend like I was Bill Ward when I was 8 or 9.

Buddy Rich - I saw him both on the Muppet Show and on the Tonight Show. Couldn't believe anybody could actually play that well.

By the time I actually got into playing (1983, I was almost 13), Neil Peart and Stewart Copeland both were huge to me, and I'd gotten ahold of a bunch of 60's jazz records, leading to discovering Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Ed Blackwell. Also, we'd just gotten cable tv, and A&E used to run a ton of live performances by Art Blakey. His fire and aggression really made an impression on me.
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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:01 pm

where did this thing come back from?

i noticed some people(i wont name names) just posted people they like... i meant it as, who or what influenced you into music you like? like what i said was short, and i could read it
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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:15 pm

My first one was lars ulrich when i first got into rock about 14-15 years old, just how fast and powerful he seemed on the albums.

Now i'm more interested in the simplicity of people and how they compliment songs rather than how they stand out from it.

Jon Bohnam obviously is one of those, i love the way he can seem to fill an entire song up without overpowering it.

Bill Ward from Black sabbath (funny how no1 has mentioned his name other than alan_, they all just say 'Black Sabbath') My favourite track of all time is war pigs, i just love how he compliments each of the other instruments in the track then comes to front of it when he needs to.

I guess i'm into different stuff to most drummers under 20, but i dont care :P
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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:18 pm

Gabimo wrote:where did this thing come back from?

i noticed some people(i wont name names) just posted people they like... i meant it as, who or what influenced you into music you like? like what i said was short, and i could read it

derp, yup...I was one of those. I just listed off people who I found influential TODAY, then read the first post, so I decided to actually respond properly.
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Post Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:40 am

Joey Jordison.. :lol:

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Post Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:54 am

well for me, i was about 10yrs old and me and my friend got hold of a GNR appetite for destruction cassette. we played the that tape over and over and i fell in love with the band and every song on it but one song stood out for me which was 'rocket queen'! every time i listened to it, i thought the drums at the start were so cool. it was about 2 yrs later when i finally got the chance to play/learn drums when i started secondary school.

so, i guess for me it was steven adler. followed by (in no order),

matt sorum (i used to watch his tokyo solo on vhs all the time back then. lol)
tommy lee
tre cool
dave grohl
phill collins
brad wilk
taylor hawkins
nicko mcbrain
lars ulrich
even the older kids at school!

the list goes on and obviously there is bonzo, buddy etc....
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Post Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:00 pm

My first influence was Lars Ulrich (Metallica). Over time, however, the ones that have stood the test of time for me other than Lars have been:

John Rutsey (Rush)
Mark McKay (Slapshot)
Phil Rudd (AC/DC)
Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots)
Joe Montero (GBH)
Bill Stevenson (Black Flag)
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
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Post Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:12 pm

Kudos on Bill Stevenson!!!! Guy's a monster.

Not much of a fan of Stone Temple Pilots, but Eric Kretz is a great drummer. Real nice touch on the kit.