“Mark Guiliana is someone who is pushing the boundaries of creativity and musicianship on the drum set and has been for some time.”
A humble performer, Mark Guiliana would never be the one to acknowledge his own outstanding musical feats that he’s accomplished during his career. Instead, Tom Hoare of the Drummer’s Journal does it for him. As a classically trained jazz musician, Guiliana shares his experience applying and auditioning for music schools as well as offering his opinion on what the merits of a formal music education are.
“I just knew I needed that sort of intensive study…I always found it easier to work rather than not work and fail. That option always seemed infinitely more stressful to me. But you don’t necessarily need to go to school on a formal level to succeed.” He goes on to mention that, “I needed all that stuff and that I’d be challenged by it. I welcomed that challenge and I always felt inspired to work hard.”
Another core focus of Tom Hoare’s interview with Mark was he began to shape himself as an Artist. The two discuss why Mark felt the pressure for him to be “unique” and how that lead him to create his own patterns and experiment more with improvisation, a skill in which he is very well-known for.
Early on in his career when trying to wrap his head around certain skills or concepts. Mark was told by others in his field that all he needed was “experience”. At the time, Mark didn’t understand what counted as experience. But now as a seasoned performer, Mark shares what it means to gain experience.
“Say yes to every gig. Play the wedding gig, the Broadway show, the church, or along with that DJ at the club. Say yes to putting yourself in different situations. And over time, you might realize, “man I hate this brunch gig playing for all these rich people who aren’t even listening.” But I feel like, even in those situations, you should be able to get something out of it. Work on your dynamics or your time.”