Thursday, August 25, 2016

Volume 46 - David Chiverton


Hello everyone,
once again I hope to bring you another kool musician who has a great story to tell. So let's get it to it! The gentleman some of you may have seen or heard with some national touring artists. This is all from hard work and perseverance. Going through school and going through life's changes can put a toll on one's life and how you come out of those situations says a lot about your strength of character. We have a gentleman who embodies that character and have proven himself a valuable talent on scene.
I'm glad to be able to have drummers like David take part in this because I think it serves as a testament to all that we go through and the love we have for music and living a life with music as a cornerstone.
David Chiverton is a humble guy with a true understanding of musicianship and industry. I think it's pretty kool that he took the time to Talk Chop with me and share his drum life.


Name or Stage Name:
David Chiverton or "Dchiv"

Where are you from?
Miami, Florida

So, How long have you been playing?
Since about 4 years old, so about 26 years 

What got you into playing drums?
I was born and raised in the church. One Sunday morning, I believe I saw my aunt play the drums and I was captivated immediately....I would go every Sunday and sit right next to the drums...mocking whoever the drummer was at the time, I would learn to play every song exactly the way they did....I fell in love instantly! 

How would you describe your days at F.I.U.?
To be honest, my college years were bitter sweet....In a musical sense, I had the pleasure of playing in the FIU big band, which really helped my reading, listening, musicality and a number of great things I use quite often to this day. Unfortunately, I lost my mother, aunt and grandmother during that time...As you can imagine, this made it EXTREMELY hard to stay positive and continue to finish out my degree. God was really the only way I was able to make it to the finish line and receive my BA in Jazz Performance. 

Nicole Henry live at The Cotton Club, Tokyo

What are some of the things you had to overcome as a drummer? whether growing up or in the last few years...
I've had to overcome more than I have time to really go into....but some of the major hurtles would have to be losing my Mother, Aunt and Grandmother while I was in college...after losing them, I had to totally reevaluate why I wanted to continue music...Why continue? These people were my BIGGEST supporters...But with God's help, I was able to rebuild my confidence, finish school and regain my passion for music....

You have had the opportunity to work with some great artists already in your career. Can you tell us about working with high profile artists and how those experiences have helped your career?
Yes! I have been absolutely blessed to share the stage with some amazing artists....One major thing I've learned about working with major artists is that your "professionalism" should be maintained at all times. This means on and off the stage. From making sure you've retained the music for the gig.... to just being a great person to be around while working with that artist's crew. I really pride myself on making sure I keep a level of professionalism that will guarantee me a call back! 

I listened to some of the music on your website and you have a nice collection of versatility on there. When did you know you would have to expand your drumming and musical vocabulary in order to pursue a more successful career?
Thanks so much for the kind words! I'd have to say it was in high school that I realized I had to do something to set myself apart from everyone else. I knew that this meant I had to venture out into multiple genres....This was my approach when I arrived to college....and Jazz was definitely that vehicle for me. I wanted to be able to play for 5 or 6 different artists in totally different genres all is the same week....thankfully, I have experiences like that on a record basis. 

What are some of your goals, short & long term?
Record and produce as many records as I a side man and for myself. I'd also like to do quite a bit more touring in multiple genres...And I definitely want to get more into being a touring clinician! 

I'd like to open up an academy for the arts....covering everything from music to maybe even architecture.
I plan to become a Grammy award winning producer and musician....and of course, the normal stuff...having a beautiful wife and kids, white picket fence, etc. lol

What's the live music scene like in Miami?
It's actually growing pretty fast (Thankfully)...we had a few years when a lot of the popular spots musicians could play started to close down. Amazingly, in the past 2 years, there have been a few new spots opening up that are very receptive to the live instrumentation. 

Are you still playing in church?
Most definitely....Even when I leave town for a gig, I try my hardest to get back for Sunday morning service!

Church kats, in this case, Gospel drummers have a unique take on drumming and it's relationship to the band, the choir/soloist and director. What is your view of the Gospel drummer?
Personally, I was never really a fan of the term "Gospel drummer." Mainly because I feel like guys who have gospel backgrounds (such as myself) are immediately categorized in that one style of drumming, no matter what type of gig they're on. As I stated before....knowing that I came from a gospel background, I knew I had to do something to stand out....Playing every genre as authentic as possible has always been my objective(without a 'gospel' accent). However, I've recently grown to realize that having a gospel background has done the exact opposite of what I was trying to get away has given me my own sound and approach to any type of music I choose to play...I looked at it as a bad thing, but in is exactly what helped shape me into the musician I am today. 

Do you think kats that play in church allow themselves to be boxed in to the "Gospel Drummer" category and then find it difficult to move on to other genre projects?
Honestly, I see now more than ever a lot of Gospel guys venturing out into different genres....It seems like many musicians are starting to understand that just playing in Church or being categorized as a church musician isn't as lucrative as being a musician that is versatile in multiple genres.

In Gospel, there is a huge spiritual and emotional aspect to the music. as a drummer, do you try to convey the appropriate emotions through your playing?
Absolutely! To me...That is the great thing about a musician that comes from the church...we are bread to play in an environment that is filled with passion and emotion......we do it as an offering up to, when it's done in the most sincere way, you can definitely feel the spiritual and emotional connection from a gospel musician in ANY genre.

List some of your accomplishments so far: 
Just to name a few...
Receiving my BA in Jazz Performance at Florida International University 

Touring with artists such as Lauryn Hill, Donnie McClurkin, Cris Cab, Nicole Henry, Troy Roberts Nu-Jive...many more!

Finally embarking on a few new adventures of my own, for my own brand.....but you'll have to stay tuned for that! Lol
For those that don't know..What is building a brand to you?
Building a brand is what will attract more allows people and possible employers to learn more about who you are and what you do.....from a great website, to high quality video footage and photos....they are all essential in building a brand and being taken seriously as a musician or an artist in this industry.

 w/ Lauryn Hill on Fallon

Do you play any other instruments?
I can get around the piano a little...but I hope to play both the piano and guitar fluently really soon. 

Describe your current set up & gear - heads and sticks...ect?
My setup kinda varies because I'm always playing a few different types of gigs on the weekly...however, pretty simple usually...

Jazz: 2 rides(20" and 22"), 2 snares(14", 1 snare doubles as a tom), kick(20"), hats( 14" or 15")

Jazz fusion: may just add a rack tom and floor (10" or 12" and a 14")

Gospel or more hard hitting gigs: 2 racks, floor( 10,12,16), kick(22"), 2 crashes (18"and 19"), ride(22"), hats (14"), splash (10")

Sticks: Vic Firth HD4s, SD4s or AJ3s

Heads: kinda trying out a few different companies and sounds between Remo, Evans and Aquarian

I am a proud Endorsee of Gretsch Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks and Gibraltor Hardware. 👍🏾

Which wood shells do you prefer?
Maple has always worked great for me and everything I do.

Do you have a “Dream Kit”? 
 No, not really....but I am in love with the new RN1 Renown kit by Gretsch drums....Please go check it out....sounds incredible!!!!

How do you describe your drumming style? 
I'd say I'm a melting pot of influences...from Gospel to Jazz...from Funk to Hip Hop.....from Pop to Folk Music....I love and want to play it all!!!!

Troy Robert's Nu Jive, Mademfaselle

If you weren’t playing drums, what would you be doing?
Well, because of my size and because my dad was heavy into sports....I could see myself playing football or basketball....However, when I was a kid, I would dream about becoming an astronomer....I've always been infatuated with space, the universe and the unknown....That would have been pretty cool! Lol

How has drumming impacted or changed your life?
Being a musician, in many ways, has actually saved my life....the neighborhood I grew up in was pretty rough and there are many ways to ruin your life....I've seen quite a few friends go down the wrong path....By God's grace, I was able to make something of myself.

Name 5 of your drumming influences? why?
"Tony Williams"- Creative Genius, Always pushed boundaries
"Brian Blade"- Incredible sensitivity with the music, Explosive
"Calvin Rodgers"- Created a whole new sound for Gospel, A catalog of Vocabulary for Gospel drumming
"Jeff 'Tain'Watts"- Master of Intensity without getting in the way, changed the way I listened to Jazz
"Jeremy Haynes"- Another amazing Gospel drummer with more of a jazzy approach to Gospel Music....his sound can never be duplicated

Name an inspiring concert that made you want to go home and start shedding?
Waaayy too many to talk about....but once I had the privilege of doing a drum clinic with Drum King "Dennis Chambers".....lets just say I realized I hadn't even scratched the surface of what I thought it meant to play the drums lol....Life changing experience! 

How much time do you practice?
I usually try to spend at least 10 to 20 mins a day in the practice days can get pretty crazy at I at least make it a point to do that everyday.

What types of things do you work on, in those sessions?Mainly, a few wrist and hand balance exercises on the snare and around the kit....and most likely, if I have some shows that week, I practice on that music. 

Do you record drum videos of yourself?
 if so, how has it helped you?
I have to admit...I was against that when it first started getting pretty popular via social media...mostly because I felt like the practice room is the place you should sound your WORST! lol....This is because I was trying to work on the things that REALLY needed improvement....however, there are a few cool moments that I capture here and there that may be cool to share with others....Going back to check out those vids helps me to see what I really need to work on. 

Dchiv Bday Party

Do you prefer studio sessions, local live gigs or touring?
I love them all for a million different reasons...
Studio sessions: honesty at its best, a magnifying glass on your playing....helps keep you sharp
Live gigs: An outlet for expression, creativity and energy
Touring: A great way to see the world, meet new ppl, a challenge to make the same show interesting every night 

Do you prefer being in the "sideman" role or would you like to have your own project?
I'm definitely not a fan of the spotlight.....but I have been itching lately to do my own project....I'm hoping I can pull that off real soon

Do you have a crazy or interesting gig you can share with us?
Hmmm...too many to mention...but I'll say that I've toured with some pretty interesting artists in my career that have taught me a lot about the "gig life", the road and even a lot about myself....those situations made me better in the long run

What are your words of wisdom for your fellow drummers out there?
Never stop the pursuit of being a better you, than you were yesterday.... Things will happen in your life that will sometimes make you question why you even want to keep doing this....but those are the moments you have to push harder to become so busy working to be great that you don't have time to even consider giving up!

Last Words, Links, Hashtags and Thank You’s???
Thanks so much to DeHaven for allowing me share a bit of myself with everyone who reads was a pleasure! 

@dchiv: IG, Twitter
 David Chiverton: FB


Well, another great drummer has spoken and given us a small insight into his world. A perspective on the industry, that I hope will help another up & coming musician.
David, thank you so much for taking the time and for giving the readers a small glimpse into you drum life. We all appreciate it and wish you continued success!

I hope guys reach out to our brother, David and drop a "hello" on him when you get a chance.
Being able to share and promote you guys is why I do it but the community as a whole is driven by the relationships we form through music, drumming and life.

Would you like to be featured on Talkin' Chop? Do you know a drummer that needs a little more exposure?
Well, I am ready if you are. Just hit me up and let's make it happen.
DeHaven -

DeHaven is sponsored by:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Volume 45 - Llavar Mindley

Llavar Mindley


Hello again my friends,
another great day brings us another great drummer.
I think when we all set out on this journey, we want to do as much as we can in the field. Playing in local bands, doing studio sessions, touring with big name artists, maybe getting a kool t.v. gig or even playing for a musical. Whatever the dream or discipline, we know that we have to study, practice and develop relationships in order to get where we want to go. Well, I found a guy who has been doing just that. He went to school for music and is cutting his teeth in the studio and playing live shows. Preparing himself to be a first call type of player to potentially get some coveted gigs. Using videos to aid in garnering work, showing his versatility and attention to detail, while showing his personality and creativity.
Llavar has already started making a name for himself and is navigating his way through this crazy industry, becoming a strong and dependable player. So, I'm glad he took the time to Talk a little Chop...

Name or Stage Name:
Llavar Mindley or Llavar On Drums

Where are you from?
I am from Kingston, Jamaica.

How long have you been in the states? 
I have been in the states for quite a while. I came to the United States at the age of six on Thanksgiving day in 1988. Our family lived in Florida for a year before we later settled in Maryland.

You're now living in Atlanta, how would you describe the live music scene there?
Atlanta is pretty stacked with many great musicians, so the live music scene is really popping here. Just about every night of the week you can find many venues with live music in any genre.
ATL, as you may know is also home to some of the biggest stars in R&B and Hip-Hop, Outkast, T.I., Usher, Janelle Monae, the late Whitney Houston, Monica, Musiq Soulchild, and TLC just to name a few, so that also has a role in the music scene here.

You went to the Atlanta Institute of Music & Media. What was your motivation for going that route?
I always wanted to play professionally, and knew I was destined for it. I considered myself a good drummer, but I wanted to be great. Part of being great as a musician is being well-rounded. While there is no substitute for regular practice at your craft, what AIMM offered was a versatile program that covered every aspect of live and studio music performance. Versatility as a musician was the motivation because that’s what it takes to make it in the mainstream music industry today.

Do you feel that experience was a big reason why you’re the player you are today?
Absolutely! Our lectures and performance classes were all taught by industry pros, who stressed the importance of just being a professional. It goes way beyond your ability to play. You have to work well with other people and know your role within the band.

Watching your vids, one can see you are a versatile drummer. Is that your approach to landing gigs? "Be whatever the artist needs me to be?"
Yes, being versatile enables me to land gigs with Artists of genres I had not grown up listening to, and I am able to quickly adapt to any musical situation.

Drum Covers - Genre Samples

How did you get where you are now?
This may sound cliché, but there is really no substitute for HARD WORK! But being a person of faith, I also pray a lot for guidance and overall success.

What are your goals, short & long term?
Short term, I would like to land a major tour with a mainstream iconic artist. I used to always dream of playing for Michael Jackson :-)
In the Long term, I want to be in the house band on one of the late night TV talk shows. I’ve been saying that since Jay Leno was still hosting the Tonight Show, but all of those gigs are cool to me.

I think most of us wanted to play behind Michael Jackson. What was your reasons for wanting that gig?
His music touched every continent, and he was such an iconic figure. I used to just watch videos of his performances and be in awe. He was so dynamic in many ways. He was just a musical genius, who was so in tune with his band. It was just one of those lifetime dreams. I would have probably played that gig for free...Lol

Did you ever see MJ live in concert?
I regrettably never got the chance to see him live in concert.

The late night shows or the new format competition shows seems to be a very coveted and kool gig.
I think your skills fit into that world.
Have you done anything like that on a local level?
I have not yet done that locally, but I think its a great career avenue. Some of those gigs have 10 year contracts, and a steady gig is a musician's best friend!

You've played for some kool people already, are there any other artists on your list, you would like to play for??
Wow, man I could go on for the days with this question right here. I don’t even know where to start. Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Adele, Rihanna, Sade, Porcupine Tree, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, The Rolling Stones, Eagles, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Chicago, Ariana Grande, just to name a few.

Justin Timberlake - Mirrors (live) Drum Cover

List some of your accomplishments:
I would have to say some of my greatest accomplishments, Graduating w/ honors from music school after previously graduating with an engineering degree, and also representing the famed Recording Academy on a Grammy Experience Residency.

What projects are you currently working on?
I have teamed up with a voice-over artist/producer who does commercial jingles, and right now I am in the studio working on the first of its kind commercial jingle featuring drummer and drum set for two major brands. Stay tuned!

What are your touring experiences, if any?
I’ve done several cruise tours through a partnership with The Recording Academy and Norwegian Cruise Line. These tours featured Grammy nominated artists Carolyn Malachi, and Shannon McNally.

Do you like being on the road?
Love it, traveling and playing music is life!

Describe your current set up & gear - heads and sticks...etc.?
I play anywhere from a 3-6pc depending on the gig. Jazz gigs or small club gigs usually get the minimal requirements. Church and live shows usually have the larger setups and more accessories like triggers, sampling pads, and such.

Do you have multiple kits and snares? 
I currently have two main kits, Gretsch Catalina Birch, and a Pearl Reference. I have about 5 snares at the moment, but that number will likely increase soon.

Maple or Birch?
Hmm…I like both to be honest, although I prefer Birch for studio recordings.

Do you have a “Dream Kit”? 
That would have to be the Yamaha PHX kit, just a sweet all-around drum set.

How do you describe your drumming style?
I consider myself a disciplined pocket player who focuses on laying the foundation for the other musicians to vibe off of. I also offer versatility over a broad range of styles.

I noticed you like to do these kool cymbal swells, is that something that came naturally and is part of your signature?
I guess it depends on what I’m playing at the time. A great sounding cymbal when swelled adds so much color to a song or piece. It just has to fit the musical situation.

Rihanna - Diamonds (live) Drum Cover

Being from Jamaica, how much has that music culture developed your style?
Music in Jamaica, particularly our noted Reggae is absolutely world music. So many of the different rhythms ranging from the distinctive rhythms heard in Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae can be translated well in other genres. For my style of play it allows me to lay down that distinct groove that moves a crowd.

Why the drums?
The drummer was always my favorite musician to watch and listen to growing up. It always seemed fun, and requires a lot more coordination than most people think. If the rest of the music stops, all the crowd needs is a beat to keep them going. It’s just overall a fun instrument to play.

If you weren’t playing drums, what would you be doing?
I’d be a professional athlete (I think…Lol) or a sportscaster

How has drumming impacted or changed your life?
Playing drums has opened a lot of doors, especially for the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world cost-free, and experience different cultures.

Are you playing music full time??
I recently came off a full time contract, and am currently freelancing in and around Atlanta, GA until the next full time opp.

Name 5 of your drumming influences? why?
This is a tough one, and in no particular order but, Will Kennedy, Lil' John Roberts, Tom Knight, Abe Laboriel Jr., Ari Hoenig. These guys are all geniuses in their own right. They are all known for their ‘musical’ approach to playing. I think that being musical as a drummer is such an underestimated skill, and these guys are all what I like to call industry standard.

Name an inspiring concert that made you want to go home and start shedding?
Mary J. Blige was on tour, and I caught a show in Baltimore. Everything musically was awesome, the band was so locked in and everyone shined in their own right. There have been quite a few others, but that show certainly made me go home and practice that night.

How much time do you practice?
When not gigging, I practice daily, 5-6 hours typically, 6-7 if I have a lot of new material to learn.

What types of things do you work on, in those sessions?
For starters I always try to learn new music in a genre or rhythmic style that is not as familiar to me This allows me to grow as a musician. Other things I work on are the fundamentals, and building up what I consider the weaker areas of play.

You have a nice collection of drum vids. How has it helped you as a drummer?
Whenever I apply to, or am referred to an opportunity, people always look for examples to determine whether to bring you in for an audition or a show. The videos have helped me because it gives the potential music director confidence in the abilities you can display without having to bring you in first for a blind audition. I certainly highly recommend it in this day and age. Everything and everybody is on YouTube or any other internet media.

Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly Drum Cover

Do like being a freelance musician or would you like to be in an artist situation or both?
Overall I like both. Freelancing is great, but I have found more consistency in an artist situation. Freelancing gives way to these artist situations, because you always meet people while playing, and eventually turns into a referral for a permanent opportunity.

Do you have a crazy or interesting gig you can share with us?
Once while I was on a cruise ship gig, we sailed pretty close to a hurricane, and needless to say, the ship rocked almost non-stop during that evenings’ show. Luckily as a drummer, I of course sit down to play. The lead guitarist and singer weren’t so fortunate, and mid-song they started to stumble across the stage, but didn’t stop playing! Moral of the story: The show must go on!

What are your words of wisdom for your fellow drummers out there?
Always stay ready! Always be professional, but have fun at the same time. You never know who is in the audience watching, and being influenced by you, or evening looking for someone with your energy and skill.

Last Words, Links, Hashtags and Thank You’s???
I just want to give a shout out to DeHaven Carrington, and Talkin’Chop for this platform that aims to provide exposure to all the serious musicians out there interested in going to the next level. To learn more about me, or to connect please visit my website,, or connect with me @LlavarOnDrums on all social media.


Ladies and Gents...Llavar Mindley in the house!
This kat is definitely going places. Embracing the new technology with good ol' fashioned hard work, dedication and professionalism.
It's good to know that the future is in good hands with kats like this around.
Thx Llavar for sharing a little bit of your drum life with us.
I wish you nothing but continued success.

Hey guys, make sure you go check out Llavar at his soc. med. sites or his website and drop a "Hello" on him.

Remember, if you or someone you know would like to be a part of Talkin' Chop...all you you gotta do is contact me:
DeHaven -

#DrummersSupportDrummers  #TalkinChop  #DrumLife


DeHaven is sponsored by
Soultone Cymbals, SilverFox Drumsticks, Cympad, Cymbag, Phatfoot Drum Harness

Friday, August 5, 2016

Volume 44 - Jeremy Haynes

Jeremy Haynes


So, I was chatting with a former TC drummer, Andre Boyd aka 'Dre Energy' and he ask me if I needed anymore drummers to interview and I said "yes, always" so, he starts connecting me to some kats and boy was I surprised. Although I should not have been. High caliber players and people tend to run in the same circles. Well, one of those high caliber gents is right here, right now.
Jeremy is a very accomplished drummer and has definitely put his mark on the industry.
Playing with giants from various genres Jeremy has used his skills & "navigation system" on some serious stages, big and small.
A man of Spiritual Faith and a foundation in the church, it's no wonder he has become the man and musician he is today.
I am humbled to have had the opportunity to Talk Chop with Jeremy Haynes...

Name or Stage Name: 
Jeremy Haynes 
aka "JHaynes" or "Jigga Haynes"

Where are you from? St. Louis, Missouri 

So, How long have you been playing? 
42 years but, started playing professionally at the age of 10. I Began playing with my uncle's band.... "Gregg Haynes & The Band" an incredible group that consisted of Gregg Haynes as the leader and creator of the band. The sound was dope consisting of some of the best live horns players in the city to an amazing rhythm section and then balanced out with gifted and talented board players that made harmony melodic in every thing they played. At at a the very young age of 8yrs old I played a few sit in moments with him and as a result of it I was blessed to be recognized by the musical community in St. Louis and then invited to play with one of the top gospel music artist of that era. "The O'neal Twins" were trailblazers in gospel music. 

What got you into playing drums? 
Being raised in church and also growing up in an extremely musically gifted family. My Dad was a drummer and all of my aunts and uncles on both sides of my family played instruments and sang. So it inherently just happened. Kind of inevitable. 

Was your father hard on you, being a drummer himself or did he let you find your own way?
My Dad was extremely open and encouraging to me developing my own direction. Although at the tender age of 2yrs old....he still recognized a gift in me that had to be encouraged. But having a musical family and growing up in church its kind of inevitable that i would eventually find it easy to do. It wasn't until I had responsibility in playing for artist, bands, concerts and records at a young age that the drive to MASTER ME! was my never ending quest. So it is a known fact that having developed people around you makes you better.

What is or are your main genres of playing? 
Gospel, Jazz, R&B and Pop

How do you feel playing church prepared you for your career? 
Church in itself was challenging at times because no matter at what age you begin playing the demand and expectation of the role did not excuse your age or inexperience. For most of us that are successful in the game "Playing in Church" gave us a secret closet of development and maturing in the areas we needed. Such as timing, dynamics, accompaniment (i.e. playing behind singers, preachers or with other musicians) it taught us responsibility in the role, the importance of studying the music and it gave us the advantage of progressing a lil' faster than most that were in band at our schools (when band was a curriculum) or most that took private lessons. "Playing in church made us prepared for the world."

What are your goals, short & long term? 
Well considering I've lived out much of my dreams and aspirations as a musicians. But I guess the biggest goal would be to be seen and remembered as one of the best to sit behind a kit and that God, My Family & Close Friends continue to be pleased with my contribution to history, their lives and on earth. 

What projects do you have going on right now? 
Working on my Sophomore record as we speak. Titled "Managing My Emotions" I also do a lot of Producing, Mixing and Mastering of records for artist of all types of artist and music. 

About your sophomore project: What kind of musical journey will you take us on?
Do you have a release date? 
Where can we find your first album project?
Well, my last record was somewhat of a mainstream mindset based on friends and many people pushing me to do one. So my musical intent was simple but this new stage in my musical mind has been expanded and inspired into being more authentic, daring and explosive. I experienced a lot of emotional things in my life, family and career since the last record so, my passion has morphed into a euphoric intensity to just let down my guards and JUST FREAKING PLAY MAN!!!! So this record will be a lot more technical and musical to the listeners ears. Every musician needs a time where we get to do what WE want in the music. So thats what this record will be. WHAT I WANT TO PLAY. My plan is to release it by Christmas 2016" and you will be able to find "Managing My Emotions" on iTunes, Amazon Music, Reverb Nation and a few other media outlets. And you can also find my first record "Prodigal Son 2K" on those same outlets as well, mainly iTunes

Jeremy Haynes & the Rhythm is Life Band

What's the live music scene like in your hometown? Decent. Not enough outlets for musicians to come and sit in without having to play top 40 radio hits or covers that don't really give them the opportunity to express themselves authentically because everyone's so busy trying to please the bar owners or what they think the people want to hear. I actually believe people that come out of their houses to hear live music ALWAYS want to be taken on a musical journey, inspired, entertained and blown away by how great we are as musicians. Otherwise they can just play the radio if the want to hear top 40 and have a simple experience. Live music must be emotional, uplifting, inspiring and enjoyable. 
(truth..absolute truth!)

List some of your accomplishments so far: 
I've been blessed and favored to be a 5x Grammy Award, 80x Stellar Award, 1x American Music Award and 4x Dove Award winning musician. Played 3 Major Movie Soundtracks, Over 150 recordings, toured the world with top artist and been apart of some incredible musical movements and projects. 

Do you play any other instruments? 
Yes! Trumpet, Baritone Tuba, Trombone, Some Keys. 

Ok, normally when drummers play other instruments it's bass and maybe keys. How did you get into brass? 
When growing up it was my desire to play in the school band. I wanted to learn the theory of what I was actually already playing. But my band teacher had known of me playing in the city at a young age and wasn't impressed at all by the attention I was getting by other students and friends from the school who were actually in the band at school. So it was kind of a Michael Jordan story if you will. One day in band practice a few of the other drummers in the school band offered up a "Show me whatcha got" challenge in band practice and by the "other" drummers I mean (cocky lil' white boys who thought they were the $&@#...) and after they were completely embarrassed in front of the entire class, the band teacher stopped us and started his class or practice. And later on that day he sat me down and told me "You're really a good drummer for your age but, I have too many drummers in the band already so, would you be interested in playing trumpet instead?" So of course I said "Uuuuummm No...I really would like to play drums" and then he said something that was incredibly insightful (although I didn't know it at the time...) "I promise you that you will learn so much more about music and will perfect your ear and the ability to know and learn music quicker and better." And reluctantly I excepted.....but at that young age I never realized that all of my aunts, uncles and cousins were all incredibly gifted in playing brass or woodwind instruments. I have one uncle who literally played the Organ and the Trumpet at the same time at church when the preacher would preach! IT WAS NUTS TO SEE HIM DO THAT!!!! So that drove me to really develop my musical instinct that has helped me through my successful journey to this day.

Describe your current set up & gear - heads and sticks...ect? 
Well I currently play my JHaynes Signature Series acrylic kit. 6pc (sizes) 10" 12" 13" 16" 22" I loooooove cymbal personalities so I play with a 11 cymbal set up that consist of....
3- 6" 8" 10" splashes
2- 16" 17" crashes
2-18" crashes
1- 19" crash with a 14" china (piggy back set-up) 
15" hats
21" ride (rivets) 
Drumheads- There's no greater drum head created better than REMO heads! So I play both Vintage Emperors Coated or Clear. I absolutely love them!!!! With a Smooth White Emperor on my kick drum. 
Sticks- I love Sound Percussions 5A Nylon and Wood tip hickory sticks. 
Snare Drums- Remo Coated Emperor X with a Haze Diplomate on the bottom. 

Do you have a “Dream Kit”?  
My dream kit is my reality.....Having my very own signature series kit is my dream come true. AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!! 

How did having your own signature acrylic kit come about?
Through my good friend and homeboy from St. Louis Andre "Dre Energy" Boyd (vol. #13). He was touring the country with Circa (a huge and killer musical and acrobatic production). At that time he was developing these great relationships with these incredible independent companies and in the interim of his traveling he would often receive these great products and gifts from these companies such as drum gear, electronic gear or branded clothing or cool paraphernalia from the companies. And he feel in love with this company out of Vancouver Canada called Casey Drum Company and literally talked the guy into signing me as an artist for his company and also based on his level of respect and honor for the impact I've made in his life growing up and as grown men. He wanted to show me some appreciation and love by asking the company to create a "Jeremy Haynes Signature Series" for the company with the hopes of it becoming a popular and great brand for the company. AND IT DID JUST THAT! Unfortunately the company could not handle the work load considering it was a 2 man the company just became a service for snares and parts which is cool because I'm humbled and grateful to have been the first of my generation and piers to have my own Drum Line and Custom Signature Kit. So I have Dre and Casey drums to thank for that. It was nothing I sought after. I just love to play....I've never chased companies....not my thing.

How do you describe your drumming style? 
Musically Authentic & Finesse with Specifically Intended Placement. MAFSIP lol!

If you weren’t playing drums, what would you be doing? Helping/Teaching special needs kids or Psychiatrist, considering I have a degree in Psychology. I love helping people think outside of the norm or see things from a different way or view. (Which is kind of how i play....)

How has drumming impacted or changed your life? Playing drums has given me the chance and opportunity to live a great life financially but I must admit the most important thing has been to see the impact that my playing approach, musical mindset and documented musical history has influenced many musicians (not just drummers only) all over the world and not just in my culture or demographic. Every ethnic group, religion or creed has been extremely expressive to me through email, Myspace, Facebook, I.G. (Instagram) youtube or any other media outlet that provides us the advantage or privilege to connect with people across the globe. I'm grateful to God for it. 

Name 5 of your drumming influences? why? My Dad Edward Lawrence Tate for inspiring me through example and application. He noticed it in me at the age of 2yrs old and began allowing me to play while sitting on his lap....and the rest is history but my favorite guys are. 
*Sonny Emory has been an incredible encouragement to me. His honesty, his mentor-ship and his wisdom has been intoxicating to my manhood and humility. And his career in EXTREMELY impressive and unmatched. He's one of the nicest cats I've ever known to this day.
*Joel Smith has been the one that sparked my musical interest the most because I studied him at a very young age and could not stop adsorbing his musical concept from the kit. His approach was like no one else because it was driven by finesse, unselfishness, emotion and the ability to bring life to the music through his choice of placement and idea about the music. HE IS THE GOAT IN MY EYES!!! 
*Dave Weckl is one of the most technically sound players I've ever heard. His strategic way of navigating through the drums always looked easy and his approach was exactly what help make jazz fusion more inspiring to most drummers like myself. From his tuning and snare choices....he has been a HUGE influence in my approach. 
*Will Kennedy makes drums sound like music when he's playing. His idea of playing against the tradition of rhythms or structures in songs can be very infectious to the ambition of any drummer wanting to be different. He unapologetically plays music like he has no regrets and I LOVE THAT!!!! His dynamics and sensitivity with the ride cymbal and snare accents is the perfect pallet to the musical and non-musical listener. 
And these people have been crazy inspiring in my life as well......Rob Woodie, Calvin "Manny" Carter, Laval Bell, Chris "Daddy" Dave, Nathaniel Townsley, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Marcus "Coco" Baylor, Greg Bissonette, Buddy Rich, Elvin Hayes, Tony Williams, Harvey Mason, Chris Coleman, Robert "Sput" Searight, Peter Erskine, Lil John Roberts, Eric Harland, Stanley Randolph, Jeff "Lo" Davis, Vinnie Colaiuta, Sheila E.

Name an inspiring concert that made you want to go home and start shedding? 
Concerts never really inspired me as much as records did. But gospel great and artist Walter Hawkins Love Alive II was thee record that made me get up and run to my toy kit as a kid. The Great Joel Smith on drums and then Dave Weckl's "Master Plan" put fuel to my passion to become better. 

How much time do you practice? 
I'm practicing every week. Most times I'm in sessions all the time so practicing for me has become more about mastering the things I am not sure of or master the things I am confident in. Practice does not make you perfect!!! Practice makes you prepared.....Mastering the moments you're invited or paid to be apart of make you perfect. We must master the things we aspire to be. Period! 

What types of things do you work on, in those sessions? Mastering the idea of placement inside of the arrangements, timing and structure of the tune. I see the drummer as the Narrator bcuz we are the "Navigation System" in the song to give you the update on turns, stops, bumps or u-turns in the song or arrangement. So our musical instinct should be strong so that we are never disconnected to the goal of having a great session for a great record to be enjoyed in a great way. 
(I dig this analogy)

Do you record drum videos of yourself? if so, how has it helped you? 
I normally don't because I'm very private and not interested when it comes to showcasing myself. I've just started doing Facebook Live recently based on my challenges for other drummers to do things different and hopefully to inspiring them to be better as well. I'm more interested in helping others than myself. I hate the spotlight. 

JHaynes "Air We're Breathing" HBIYD Music Camp

Do you prefer studio sessions, local live gigs or touring? All of them have their unique energy and significance. And also their own responsibility so it makes each situation fun and exciting. Mastering all situations is what makes you great! Most people are only great in certain settings but few have mastered the beauty of all 3. 

Do you prefer being in the "sideman" role or doing your own project? I enjoy being a band member as well as being the boss. I believe we go through our musical journey in life as musicians to be respected as a great team player with the ambition to be a leader some day. And I'm privileged to be apart of both sides of the coin. I serve as Asst. Minister Of Music and Musical Director at Beulah Missionary Baptist Church a great church in Atlanta, Georgia. And I get to lead and serve an incredibly gifted crew of singers and band members that I love deeply. 

Do you have a crazy or interesting gig you can share with us? Funny No! Interesting Yes! I was honored to be chosen to play for The "Queen Of Soul" Ms. Aretha Franklin...Also Lauren Hill and incredibly boy band New Edition among other huge names in the game and I will never forget any of those special moments, EVER! 

What is it like to work with someone like Aretha Franklin?
Ms. Franklin was a joy to work with. She's not the QUEEN OF SOUL on accident lol! Her stability in the industry is unmatched, her ability to perform tirelessly for years will never be duplicated. She's as sweet as pie and knows her stuff. And she can freaking SING and PLAY THE HELL OUT OF THAT PIANO!!! She knows her tempos, accents and what she wants to hear accurately. It was a pleasure and a honor being apart her band and legacy "Check that one off my bucket list✅" 
One day I hope musicians will say these very words about me. "A good name is worthy to be chosen than riches"

What are your words of wisdom for your fellow drummers out there? 
ALWAYS! ALWAYS! ALWAYS! Be yourself! Master the music not the chops because the chops can be the icing on the cake but not the Cake. A cake is still delicious without icing but, icing makes it reeeeeeeaaaally good and tasty. Inspiration inspires, Influence is infectious but copying is considered stealing. So Be yourself and success will come. Remember "Everybody Gets A Turn" 

Last Words, Links, Hashtags and Thank You’s??? 
I want to Thank God whom I love very much and am grateful for allowing me the opportunity to share my gift, talent and life's extensive history with the world. Thank You to DeHaven Carrington for the fortitude of connecting with his subscribers and supporters...your generosity is greatly appreciated. To Andre Boyd for always showing me so much Love and Respect by connecting me to great people and great things. Much Love Dre!!! 
To God be the glory for the things he has done. 

Jeremy Haynes.


Powerful stuff...Wow! You can just feel the passion and the professionalism coming through the computer screen.
Brother Jeremy, Thank you so much man for taking the time to share with us a piece of your drum life. This was definitely a great interview for me. When you have heard and played a lot of the songs someone has recorded and then you get to interview them, kinda kool.
You guys make sure you visit Jeremy and say 'Hello'.
Stay connected with him, so you know when his new project comes out. I've listened to the stuff from his first album and there is some great musicianship going on from all the kats playing!

**btw - as a side note, for those of you who do not know who Joel Smith is, I strongly urge you to seek him out.
He was a huge inspiration for me in gospel music and has played on some of the biggest hits ever! that is not hype, that's truth. He is also an amazing bass player, sometimes filling both seats for recordings.
That's my $.02

Alright, I'm spent!
If you or someone you know, would like to be interviewed
Contact me:
DeHaven -

#DrummersSupportDrummers  #TalkinChop  #DrumLife


DeHaven is sponsored by - Soultone Cymbals, SilverFox Drumsticks, Cympad, Cymbags, Phatfoot Drum Harness