AJ RO USEL

Makala Che­ung

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

I would de­scribe my drum­ming style as…

“Solid and adapt­able. I grew up play­ing in churches, which in­stilled in me the im­por­tance of al­ways striv­ing to be con­sis­tent. I love play­ing in dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal en­vi­ron­ments, but in all of them the artist/band needs to feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent.”

The se­cret to play­ing drums well is…

“It comes down to un­der­stand­ing what your role is within the group. Some artists like their drum­mer to play a sim­ple groove with great feel, whereas oth­ers like them to play into the gaps with var­i­ous ideas. But your pri­mary role is to al­ways be a foun­da­tion.”

My favourite drum­mer to date is…

“Benny Greb! Hav­ing spent a week with Benny Greb at his drum camp, he truly en­cap­su­lates ev­ery­thing I strive to be as a mu­si­cian and ed­u­ca­tor.”

Self-taught or lessons?

“Lessons. I had a num­ber of teach­ers grow­ing up, but spent a lot of time with­Steve Wil­son in Cleve­don. He gave me a great ground­ing for when I would later study at BIM Bristol. I re­ally be­lieve ed­u­ca­tion is in­valu­able.”

Best drum­ming ad­vice I’ve been given is…

“Ndugu Chan­cler: ‘I can count the times on one hand thaIt have been paid to play drum so­los.My job has al­ways been to read the mu­sic, play the style, and get the job done…’ It’s a good re­minder when con­sid­er­ing what to prac­tise!”

I use…

“Sonor and Mapex, Meinl, Roland, Vic Firth, Aquar­ian. I’m en­dorsed by Vic Firth, Bill San­ders Pads, Cos­mic Ears.”

What I’m up to right now is…

“I pri­mar­ily work as a ses­sion mu­si­cian and an ed­u­cato.r The main artist I work with isMakala Che­ung. I re­cently re­leased my first ed­u­ca­tional book, TheDrum­mer’s

Odyssey, which re­ceived a 4-star re­view in this magazine! Hav­ing head­lined the 02Academy in Bristol this year with Makala, I am look­ing for­ward to more up­com­ing shows and stu­dio time with a num­ber of atrists.”

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