Congrats on a superb funk issue and thank you for introducing me to the work of the wonderful Pete Ray Biggin. His playing with Pete Biggin Underground is awesome – I had never heard them before but I love funk and I’m so pleased that it’s coming back! At least according to Pete who says a lot of young bands have little funk projects; it’s really inspired me to get some friends together to do funk! I’m in a more rock-type band at the moment but there’s something about funk music that just… moves you! To this end, I’m starting to work through the funk exercises suggested and checking out those great players like Clyde and Jabo, James Gadson, Dennis Chambers, Jerome Brailey etc. Their playing really is an inspiration. Keep up the fantastic work, and keep it funky!
Danny Watson, via email
Thanks Danny, it was a real pleasure putting Pete Ray Big gin on the cover, recognising his talent and inspiring attitude towards drum ming that a lot of young players should follow –whether you’ re a funk drummer, a metal drummer, a jazz er or whatever. Pete’ s work ethic and philosophy when it comes to drum ming, of being a musician first and foremost, is wonderful to see. We’ re glad you’ re making use of our funk technique exercises, and it’ s inspiring you to dig back into the work laid down by some of the true great s of drum ming in the name of funk. Good luck with forming a funk project–just make sure you book a big enough studio if you’ re going for the full Tower Of Power horn section !