I started playing drums in the church at an early age. That's the place where I molded my passion for the drums and I eventually started playing gigs professionally. Later on I started developing a desire to play other genres of music besides Gospel, RnB and Funk. Playing with different types of bands and artists throughout Chicago such as Ari Brown, Willie Pickens and Robert Irving III helped me learn different aspects of each genre of music. Something that sets me off is a crazy bass line from the bass player.
The Stanley Clarke Band
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceWhen I was playing at the Chicago Jazz Festival I took an open solo that kinda took a crazy turn that I myself wasn’t expecting when I listened back to it.
What Drives Your Creativity?Drummers like Mike Mitchell, Ronald Bruner and Spanky McCurdy drives me to be much more creative in playing because of the tension and release that apply on the drum set to me is unmatched. Also when I’m playing and I’m listening to the musicians around me and them being into a certain rhythms or chords that’s being played drives me to create on the top.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I like using the Modern Jazz Collection on anything because it’s not a usual go to.