Monday, February 1, 2016

Volume 9 - Robbie Shipway

Volume 9 - ROB SHIPWAY

Hello again,
It's time to bring you some of the best and brightest drummers from around the world. This week, we brought you a kat who knows how to do his job and do it well. He's the Drummer of a really good band from Canada and make no mistake, they know how to groove up there. There are some guys that play and you try to figure out "what is it that makes them good?" and you realize, it's not just a "thing" it simply is, the way they play. It's in them and it just flows naturally.
You don't have to blaze all over the kit, sometimes you just have to be the Drummer. We Found a Drummer...
Rob "The Vessel" Shipway is Talkin' Chop!

Name or Stage Name:
Rob “The Vessel” Shipway

Where are you from?
I’m from the small town of Ailsa Craig Ontario, but I call London home these days.  

How long have you been playing?
I’ve been around drums since before I can remember listening to my brother Paul playing.  I was about 10 when he gave me my first drum set, and from that day it’s been something I’ve never been able to put down.

What is or are your main genre of playing?
I definitely enjoy digging into several genres depending on the day, but currently I prominently am playing groove heavy pop rock that focus on a solid backbone for the tracks.  

How did you get where you are now?
I’ve had quite a few different journeys in my musical career ranging from Folk, Hardcore, Classic Rock covers to Pop Rock and I wouldn’t change it a bit.  Having a large background in a heavier genre has allowed me to bring different feel to the songs that we play, which has become a valuable asset to our overall sound.  This began several years ago when I got the privilege to join up with a local Hardcore band “Lifeboat” which gave me my first real touring experience, making me understand this was something I wanted to pursue long term.  

What are your goals, short & long term?
Currently I'm looking to put out the best possible album we can with the tunes we have.  With that comes touring that album and bringing it to as many people as possible, in the way that it's meant to be heard, live.

As for long term goals, being able to continue this hectic life of spending time on the road is really all I can ask for, and all I really need.

Artists you would like to play for?
This is a tough question because there’s simply way, too many bands I would love to share the stage with, but I’ll do my best to narrow it down for you.  The first band that came to mind was mainly due to not only technical skill and feel this drummer brings, but the pure energy that he keeps up through an intense set.  Belvedere, specifically the “Fast Forward Eats the Tape” album is full of some of my favourite tunes to play along to that can only be attributed to the ability Dan Hrynuik has behind a kit.  

The second option is a drummer that I think perfectly encompasses what I bring to the table for a song, album or performance and that is Bayside.  Chris Guglielmo is someone who just oozes passion during every second of every song and you can feel it in what he plays.  Understanding that a deeper pocket, and a tastier groove outshines complex patterns for the songs they play is what makes me appreciate and take note of how to make a lasting impact.  

Do you have your own band? genre? Details….
Currently I am focusing solely on Texas King as our show schedule is so demanding there isn’t time to spend working on any other projects.  With that being said, I am more than fulfilled with what we do together on stage, as it’s some of the best chemistry I’ve ever felt when really digging into a tune.  

Do you play any other instruments?
I dabble.  I have some of the best musicians I’ve ever played with surrounding me, so I definitely look up to them and play around with many instruments but by no means could I hold my own in any other capacity than sitting down at a kit.  

What are your touring experiences, if any?
This has to be one of the best parts of being in a band, period.  A new city every day, road tripping with 3 of your best friends, it almost doesn’t seem like it should be allowed.  With my Texas King we have been lucky enough to do some touring through campuses in Canada during Frosh/Orientation weeks which gives you a skewed perception as to what a tour for an emerging band should be like, but we definitely made the most of it.  Aside from that we have definitely done some grinding, sleeping in our van in the middle of winter and powering through 12 hours drives just to get to the next show mainly in Eastern Canada.  

Describe your current set up & gear - heads and sticks included and why you choose these items?
The road setup that I currently play is pretty simple and it keeps me pretty creative.
Snare: 1982 Tama Swingstar 14x6 Snare
42 strand strainer
Evans 360 Ebony Snare Head
Kit:  Gretsch Catalina Maple
22 Kick | Evans EQ3
12 Rack Tom | Evans 360 Ebony
16 Floor Tom | Evans 360 Ebony
Cymbals:  Soultone
14 Gospel Hats
20 Custom RA Crash
22 Vintage Crash
22 Custom Ride
Tama Snare Stand HS80R
Mapex Straight/Boom Stands
DW 5000 Double Kick
Sticks:  SilverFox
Length 17
Thickness of a 5A but with a very short taper

I’d like to start off by saying I’ve looked, and haven’t been able to find a beefier snare combination that gives me the sound I’m looking for, without being scared of a few hard rim shots coming at it.  Aside from that what I use is pretty standard, I found a series of heads that gives a big sound, without a ton of sustain as that’s something I try and avoid with my Toms and Kick.  As for cymbals, this took some adjusting to find the perfect combination for my style of playing, but I’ve found an amazing combination of versatile cymbals that let me express within a song while still having a smaller set up.  

Do you have multiple kits and snares?
I do have another kit, and a couple of snares that I keep home to avoid the dangers of being in a touring band.  
1985 Tama SwingStar
Standard rock sizes | 12, 13, 16, 22
Do you prefer a certain wood shell?
I’ve had a lot of great experiences with maple all around.  I tend to look for quick attack with a short sustain and I find I achieve that using maple shells over any other that I have messed around with.

Do you have a “Dream Kit”?  
I try to avoid having a dream kit at this point because I know the moment it comes to mind, I’ll find a way to purchase it and subsequently destroy it on the road, but I have been sitting on a snare I would love to get for quite some time now.  The drummer from A Wilhelm Scream has a company called “Wail City Percussion” and builds some of the most beautiful Stave Snare shells I have ever seen and if I could get my hands on one it would quickly become my favourite part of every show.  Not only do they have an unmistakable appearance, but they have so much attack and substance in the sound.  Just like every drummer I have a sound in my head that is almost impossible to get right, but Wail City definitely changes that with the quality they pump out. 

How would you describe your drumming style?
I have a heavy focus on groove and feel, letting the song breathe but still giving it what is needed.  I bring a huge sound which when placed inside of an Indie Rock style bulks up our live show and makes sure that the entire crowd feels exactly what we are doing.  Our bass player (Phil) and I have been locked in so tight for so long I almost forget what my kick drum sounds like without his bass beefing it up.    

Why the drums?
Drumming was a passion that was passed down to me from my brother, and something that just made sense from the beginning.  I was more interested in rhythm and patters than chords and notes so I stuck with it, and worked through the painful stages of figuring out what my “style” or “sound” would become.  I also attribute me sticking with the drums to the pure joy I have in watching Chad Smith effortlessly bash his way through some intense patterns, all the while being one of the hardest hitting and confident drummers I have ever seen.  My style definitely reflects what I learned from him.  

If you weren’t playing drums, what would you be doing?
Alongside playing in the band I also work in the Tech industry, and have somehow stumbled into a career that allows me to work from the van meaning it doesn’t interfere with drumming at all.  So with that being said I’m lucky enough to have the best of both worlds all in one!

How has drumming impacted or changed your life?
Drumming was something that always was there to give me a goal to strive for.  No matter how many hours you spend on a kit, or with a practice pad there’s always something that you’ll want to work on or tight up.  With that being said it’s given me some amazing opportunities to travel and see places I never would have been able to experience without playing in bands and spending months in a van.

Is the music business your career?
Music is a passion that in my eyes is closer to a career than a business.  While there definitely are some aspects of being a musician that requires you to put on your business pants, it’s something that will be there and be an outlet no matter the level of success or years we put into this idea.  

Are you involved in the local music scene in your hometown?
The local scene here in London Ontario is something spectacular, and I may be biased but I haven’t seen the same level of support in any other scene we’ve become a part of.  Almost any night of the week you can catch a show downtown and run into at least one member from any band from London no matter the genre of the show which is truly something awesome to see.  

Name 5 of your drumming influences? why?
Chad Smith (RHCP):  The power and feel that he plays with is something that has shaped my style vastly.

Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta): Versatility.

Jordan Burns (Strung Out): Just have a listen, if you’re not inspired after sitting through a couple tracks there’s something wrong with you.

Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters):  An example of someone who has a sound and brings that to whatever genre he’s playing.  Take a look at him playing with Alanis Morissette and it’s the same smile and energy that he brings to the table with the Foo Fighters.

Longineu Parsons III (Yellow Card): I found myself really dig into  LP when I wanted to expand my knowledge and chops.  He’s a drummer who shows that you can play some nasty chops and make them unbelievably musical when done correct.  

How much time do you practice?
I spend a couple hours every night working through a set list of rudiments and hand speed exercises on a pad to keep everything in check.  Aside from that we have 2-3 whole band practices a week working on new arrangements and prepping for our full length album.  

Are you involved in local Shedding sessions? what do you get out of those sessions?
We don’t have a ton of this in our scene, but I have definitely experienced and been involved in a couple shedding sessions in the past.  I find I come out of the day with some new ideas, and different ways of looking at a linear groove which has helped me huge in making sure I’m not putting out the same groove that’s been done to death already.  

Describe your current gig..
Texas King is a high energy Indie Rock band that grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let you leave until the sets over.  We are currently in the studio recording our upcoming full length, but can usually be found out on the road at least 3 nights a week.  

Texas King EP - Buy it direct at

Do you record drum videos of yourself? why? how has it helped you?
I have dabbled with recording myself to see if there’s anything I’m doing that could become more efficient with some tweaks and it’s been a huge asset for my setup.  Realizing what works and what doesn’t when it comes to cymbal placement and angles was the main adjustments that came from watching myself.  

Do you concentrate on Chops or Grooves?
For me, first and foremost the groove is what matters.  You can blow me away with the craziest chops, but if you can push and drag a simple beat while keeping everything tight then it’s all for nothing.  Groove wins always.  

Are you into electronic drums?
I have a kit, I understand why they make sense, but I can’t seem to make practicing with it benefit me on an acoustic kit any more than using a practice pad, so I tend to stick with what works for me.  

Do you program drums?
I respect those that have the patience, but that is entirely outside of my wheelhouse.  

Are you a songwriter?
I definitely get the creative bug and work with the guys on shaping a song start to finish, however I wouldn’t give myself any credit as a songwriter.  Jordan (Singer) is a wordsmith and has a vision, we are mainly there to help make that into a cohesive piece.  

Do you sing and play?
I sing almost every word at all of our shows.. however I keep the amazing harmonies I’m adding to myself and won’t ever commit to being a singer as I don’t want to take away from the energy I bring while just hitting kit.
Do you prefer studio sessions, local live gigs or touring?
They all have so many positives for different reasons but for me getting to road trip with my best friends, spend every night in a new city with a new group of fans is something that can’t be achieved by doing anything else and is unforgettable.  I can live without studio sessions if I had to make a choice, but being able to bring our show to new people is something that I can’t see ending any time soon.

Do you have any Superstitions before you play?
I don't have a lot that needs to be in order before I get on stage, but I do have one thing that needs to be in place for me to have a good set.  It's all about the shoes for me.  I don't feel comfortable, and can't seem to really dig into a set without wearing the right shoes.  Currently I'm in this kick of wearing Nike Free 5.0's to get the feel that I need from my pedals, however the only other option I've become comfortable with is a fresh pair of Keds.  I don't know why, but it sets the entire night off wrong if I'm not in one of those two options.  (Keds are the uniform for almost all TK shows)

Do you prefer being in a band (artist) or being a sideman?
I’m a band guy through and through.  You build a different kind of bond with people that you rely on night after night, and then spend the next day in tiny living quarters with.  There isn’t an escape so you have to fully accept each and every detail about their personality which makes the commitment of a band the easiest decision for me.  
Texas King

Any Fun or crazy stories from the road, you would like to share?
As for touring stories, we're a band that loves to be in the van and on the road.  One of the things that I would say defines our style of hitting the road is we really know how to stretch a dollar, and make the most out of what we can get!  You won't see us drive past a lake without testing the waters, and we're no stranger to pulling off into a forest and throwing a mattress on top of the van, or hanging a tarp off the hood for some sleeping options!

What are your words of wisdom for your fellow drummers out there?
Find your sound, style and feel.   Be yourself on the kit at every show, and on every record.  

Last Words, Links, Hashtags and Thank You’s???
A huge thanks for being interested in hearing what I have to say!  Drums are my passion and I won’t be getting out of the business any time soon!

I want to Thank Robbie for being part of this blog series.
It's always kool to have great musicians and people who want to share their life and music with the world.
Please Join Texas King at their various Social Media outlets. They are a really good band.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Volume 8 - Pierre Bauduin

Volume 8 - Pierre Bauduin

Hello my friends, Dirtyde here and we have another drummer to check out.
1st off, he is a fellow Soultone Artist but there is no bias here. (cough)
This interesting fellow isn't just a drummer but an entertainment businessman, proving that drummers are the smartest of the bunch - wink wink.
He hails from Brussels and we're going to find out if he has the muscles to Talk Chop.

Name or Stage Name: Pierre Bauduin

Where are you from? I’m from Brussels, Belgium.

How long have you been playing? I start playing drums at the age of 8. And after 16 years, it’s always a pleasure !

What is or are your main genre of playing? I play lot of different kind of music ! Rock, Pop, Hardcore, Metal Core.

How did you get where you are now? I’ve still so many things to learn but for now, I just play as much as I can, listen to other drums on YouTube and I did a complete courses in classical percussion's at music school during 10 years.

What are your goals, short & long term? Have fun. Whatever you do, always take some pleasure to do it. If you don’t, stop it. Short them, I’d say put online my first drum covers and hope people will like it. I don’t wanna be famous, just share my passion with people who have the same passion.

Artists you would like to play for? So many… The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stick To Your Guns, Parkway Drive, Guns N Roses, Papa Roach, Foo Fighters and many more I forgot.

List some of your accomplishments : I had the chance to play with international bands I love like First Blood or Alaska and also with so many great bands from our local scene here in Belgium : Suasion, Down To Insanity, Now Voyayer… I’m also endorsed by Soultone Cymbals since 2 years !

Do you have your own band? I played in lot of bands in different kind of music : No Way (punk-rock), My Princess Is A Whore (nu-metal), Sleeping Death (hardcore), Watch The Prey (metalcore), Home Cover Here (cover band) and other stuff like a jazz-band for 3 years.

Home Cover Here - (Blur Cover)

Do you play any other instruments? As I study classical percussion, I can also play marimba – my favourite instrument to play after the drums –, timbals, djembe… etc. I’d love to play bass guitar too

What are your touring experiences, if any? I played several shows in Belgium but never touring. Maybe for the next year ?! Who knows !

Describe your current set up & gear - heads and sticks included and why you choose these items? I play on the same Pearl since 2002. There’re only the kick and the 2 toms (12” – 16”) left from the basic kit. I put Evans EC2 on the toms and an Aquarian Superkick II on the kick. It sounds great really ! It’s a low-cost drum so I’ve to put thick heads. But it sounds good to me ! All my hardware is from Tama : RoadPro stands for cymbals and snare and Iron Cobra for the pedals. Solid, never had any problems. For the cymbals, I’ve my own signature series by Soultone all in the Extreme Series : charley 14”, crash 17” and 19”, ride 21” and a unique china 6-holes which is my favourite in the set ! And I use the Vater 5A Los Angeles since 2006. I try some Vic Firth and Promark but I only trust Vater. If they hear me, they can suggest me a sponsoring contract. ! Oh, I forgot my snare : the same since July 2007, the Pearl Chad Smith Signature with a Remo Emperor X on it (yes, I know…). I cut everything with this, sounds fat and powerful !

Do you have multiple kits and snares? No, it’s my only kit and snare.

Which wood shells do you prefer? I love the mix birch / Bubinga, like on the Tama Starclassic.

What would be your ideal gear setup? Tama Starclassic Performer Birch / Bubinga for sure ! A configuration like 22*18, 10*8, 12*9, 14*14 (left), 16*16 and 18*16. For the snare, my own one from SJC Custom in steel and 14*6. For the cymbals, all in Meinl, I love the series MB20 : hi-hat 14”, hi-hat 12” (right), crash in 17”, 18” and 19”, ride in 22”, china 15”, china 19” and some stacks. And still my Iron Cobra pedals !

How do you describe your drumming style? I’d say rock, groovy, well-structured and powerful. As I learn drums at music school, I got a very classic teaching. But I try to walk away for this.

Why the drums? My parents wanted me to play an instrument like my brother and sister. They both chose piano. But I’ve always been different for them. We go to music school to see the exams and I just fall in love for the drums ! I begin the year after and I love it ! I discover this year the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the amazing Chad Smith, still the best drummer ever for me.

If you weren’t playing drums, what would you be doing? That’s a very good question… not singing, for sure ! I’d say play bass guitar. I love got a groovy sound. Music is a big part of my life now, I can’t imagine live without. I organize shows also since 5 years and work for a musical webzine. And met my girlfriend 6 years ago at a show !

How has drumming impacted or changed your life? It completely changed my life ! I can’t say how could be my life now if I didn’t learn drums. I can’t thank enough my parents for this ! Even if they’d prefer I choose piano or flute… Everything turns around drums and music now.

Is the music business your career? Yes, for sure. But not as drummer. More as an organizer.

Are you involved in the local music scene in your hometown? Oh yes ! As I said, I organize shows myself through Hurricane Bookings ( and I book all the bands from Brussels minimum once ! Also help the other bands from the rest of the country. Do albums reviews and interviews for them too.

Name 5 of your drumming influences? why? First of all, Chad Smith, I really discover music with him in 1999 with the album Californication from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His groove is just awesome. Thomas Lang is for sure the drummer I’ve checked the most on YouTube, what he can do with all his pedals is incredible ! Like lot of kids, Mister Dave Grohl, the legend. The metal drummer who influenced me the most is Joey Jordison when he was in SlipKnot. And to complete the list : Cobus, the best cover-drummer on YouTube for me. I know him since the beginning and still love what he does in 2015. His method to play new groovy pattern on these songs is very well done !
Name an inspiring concert that made you want to go home and start shedding? When I see show with drummer I love, I’m like “He is so good and I’m so bad, I don’t wanna play drums anymore” and I don’t play drums for real during like one week. But I’m more mature now and when I see great drummers, it’s a new motivation and I try to play what he does. The most inspiring concert ever for me is the live DVD at Slane Castle from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a true masterpiece ! I’ve seen it a few hundred time now…

How much time do you practice? Actually, it’s very difficult to practice as I’m school until 6pm everyday and I have shitty neighbors. So I play the most in rehearsal or during the weekend. But normally it’s minimum one hour each day. I know I should do more but it’s difficult when you leave in city.
Describe your current gig(s) I play in hardcore and metal bands so it’s very underground. Small stage, intense shows and not a stage monitor every time. It’s a little bit difficult but that’s the life, you do with it !
Do you record drum videos of yourself? why? how has it helped you? Sometimes I record some drum videos, yes. I can see easily what’s wrong. I buy this year the new GoPro to record all my gigs so I can check out the good and also the bad things. Check out if I was always on the good tempo. And I just start record drum covers, curious to see how it will be !

Home Cover Here - Blink 182 Cover

Are you into electronic drums? When it’s a good one, it’s cool, you can do so much things ! I’d like to have a hybrid set up : Roland TD-20 for drums with real cymbals Meinl !

Do you program drums? Nope.
Are you a songwriter as well? Unfortunately not…
Do you sing and play? I can’t sing. I could but you’ll hate it !
Do you prefer studio sessions, local live gigs or touring? I love both. Record studio sessions are cool because you play drums all the day and have good quality recording of what you play. And concert is the main thing in the music.
Do you prefer being in a band (artist) or being a sideman? Being in a band, for sure ! Play together, jam, play your own songs when you’re proud of them, it’s the best !
Do you have a crazy or interesting gig you can share with us? When I played the last show with my cover band in 2013 (a little show during the Summer holidays in front of 50 crazy people), I had 2 propositions to play in a new band right after the set. I just finished one project and boom, 2 new ones on the same night !

What are your words of wisdom for your fellow drummers out there? Practice everyday as more as you can but never forget to have some pleasure when you play. Enjoy playing drums, don’t play if you don’t like it !

Last Words, Links, Hashtags and Thank You’s??? Thank you guy for the interview ! For the people who will read it : thanks for reading ! Stay tuned on YouTube when my drum covers will be online and take a look on Hurricane Bookings for cool shows in Belgium ! Peace !

There you have it peeps! Big Thx to Pierre for sharing his drum life with us.
He has some pro drum vids coming soon, so make sure you hook up with him on Soc Med for the details.
Bands, If you're ever in need of a gig in Brussels....

Thx again for taking time out of your busy schedule to read my blog and read about these really kool musicians doing their thing.

*If you would like to be featured on Talkin' Chop, just hit me up

See you guys on the flip side for Volume 9.