Monday, October 26, 2015

Volume 4 - Matisse Pasillas

VOLUME 4 - Matisse Pasillas

It's that time again and this Monday.... Youth is Served!
This young man not only is a really good drummer but he is musically mature for his age.
While we are in an age of young katz out there making solo vids and overplaying on gigs, it's nice to know that there is someone out there that knows how to serve the song. If this is where he's at now, he will be a beast  and he will always have a gig.
His current situation is his band called Undecided Future. They are a Pop, Funk, Reggae, Ska outfit with the skills to go with all of that.

Ladies & Gentleman  Matisse Pasillas is.....TALKIN' CHOP!

Name or Stage Name:  Matisse “The Monster” Pasillas

Where are you from? Long Beach California born and raised

How long have you been playing? I've been playing since I was a baby with small percussion toys but I got more in depth with the drum set when I was about 12
What is or are your main genre of playing? My main genre is pop which can expand to funk, r&b, hip hop and reggae.

How did you get where you are now? I got here thanks to my friends and family. My dad Tiki Pasillas has played drums and percussion with some big artists such as Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, The Jimmy Kimmel show, Arturo Sandoval and many more, he has inspired me to make a career out of music and art.
What are your goals, short & long term? My life goals are to be playin stadiums and arenas with my band while makin dope ass records collaborating alongside my inspirations and new artists. I also plan to be directing music videos and being involved with film making, art design and fashion.

Artists you would like to play for? I dream to play with Stevie Wonder, R Kelly, Slightly Stoopid, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Snarky Puppy(if I was a good enough drummer), Miguel, Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, and Snoop Dogg.

List some of your accomplishments.  My band Undecided Future has opened for artists such as No Doubt, Allen Stone, Frank Ocean, Snoop Dogg, The Dirty Heads and played venues such as the House of Blues, The Coach House, The Honda Center, Kaaboo Del Mar Festival and some other fun places. Undecided Future has won the OC Music Awards People’s Choice Awards 2014 and nominated best Youth Band, 1st Place winner of Anaheim Duck’s Battle of the Bands at the Honda Center 2015, 2nd Place winner of LA County Fair Battle of the Bands. My other group The Casual Hour has played alongside Sage One the Wise and the Pizza Gang opening for Rae Sremmurd, Nipsie Hussle and Jedi Mind Tricks. I’ve played with CD9 famous Mexican boy band on the 2015 Latin American Music Awards. I went to Orange County School of the Arts where I did 4 years of film school where I met all of Undecided Future.
Do you have your own band? genre? Details…. My group Undecided Future, we play pop/funk/r&b/reggae. I also play with an R&B/Hip Hop group called The Casual Hour. I just started playing with rapper Sage One The Wise who collaborates with Casual Hour and  Undecided Future.

This is "SUPERFINE" from their debut EP Disco Balls & Mating Calls
(my personal fav on the project)

Do you play any other instruments? level? Other than drums and percussion I know basic guitar piano and voice just enough so I can help write music along with my group.

What are your touring experiences, if any? I have no touring experience but I have traveled with my dad who has been touring for more than 15 years.

Describe your current set up & gear - heads and sticks included and why you choose these items? My setup changes all the time depending on the gig but I like to keep my kit small and convenient. I use a rosewood Gretsch drum set. I like very toned colorful sounding toms and tight high/mid snare. Remo skins all the way, they are durable and diverse. Bitchin cymbals by Zildjian. I use a 12 inch timbale made by Cadeson. Then I got an Octapad by Roland which has killa samples that can bring the 808 sub kick to make the ground and bootys shake. Vic Firth sticks, sometimes timbale style sticks just cuz they look cool and feel sturdy.

Do you have multiple kits and snares? I have about three kits and a couple snares to choose from, again all depends on the gig and what sound I want in a recording, and they are Gretsch.

Which wood shells do you prefer? I don’t really care what shells, as long as they sound good and they keep my sound colorful and bright.

How do you describe your drumming style? My style of playin is a mix of different stuff I'm just influenced by. I'm really into gospel playing cuz its just so dynamic and fast. R&B drumming is very tight and patient which sounds sexy as fuck with a tight band. I guess my style could be described as very colorful yet experimental cuz I fuck with electronic drums and 808’s.

Why the drums? Why the drums? They are so fun to play and especially when you really start to feel the groove when playing with other musicians, I connect to it very spiritually, I can get a really nice music high when I’m really feelin it. Its also the beat which makes you wanna move and shake that ass, seriously though good drummers can make people dance.

"Take Your Shirt Off"
(another fav of mine)

If you weren’t playing drums, what would you be doing? If I wasn’t playing drums I would probably still be doing film making and hopefully another instrument.
How has drumming impacted or changed your life? Drumming has allowed me to hear music in a more scientific matter such as hearing the rhythms in other instruments and sounds. It's impacted my life because I've met so many amazing people through playing and I can't wait to meet more.

Is the music business your career? Hell yeah the music business is my career, I love collaborating with people and I wanna bring something new to the table and show people that there are no rules to music, just do what sounds good, and say goodbye to all the haters ;)

Are you involved in the local music scene in your hometown? Yeah the local music scene in Los Angeles is crazy and I love seeing local shows.

Name 5 of your drumming influences? why? 5 drummers I'm influenced by, Tony Royster Jr, cuz he is the gospel chops king and a badass. Bud Gaugh from Sublime, he really created the Reggae Dub Stylie and his flare of reggae punk s really fun. Erykah Badu, although she’s not a full time drummer, she definitely has a big say in what she wants her drums to sound like in her recordings and for her live shows. James Brown, again not a full time drummer but he pretty much is a drum himself along with his band and he created a new genre of music driven by diverse beats. Eric “E Panda” Hernandez drummer for his little bro Bruno Mars, I like his style cuz it's similar to mine in which it's just a mixture of different styles.

Do you record drum videos of yourself? why? how has it helped you? I have not recorded a drum video yet, myself and my best friends are film makers so I'm sure it won't be a challenge to put something like that together.

Do you concentrate on Chops or Grooves? I'm all about chops and grooves, I think the simplest beats can be the best because they flow so well with the other instruments.

Are you into electronic drums? Yeah, I think electronic drums are the future and it just expands the world of drums making new sounds. People complain that Hip Hop isn't real music because the drums are fake, but really they are still sounds made by people right? So why not venture into that library of music, people can be so ignorant and are afraid of change. So yeah it's fun to fuck with electronic drums cuz it's new, different, and it's fun to piss ignorant people off ;)

Are you a songwriter as well? Yeah, I help write music with Undecided Future.
Do you sing and play? I sometimes sing and play, I find it hard to keep the beat while keeping the right note on point but I try.

Do you prefer studio sessions, local live gigs or touring? I love studio playing because it's just creativity in the works and I love creating new music and beats. Live gigs are so fun, some of the funnest moments I’ve ever had were live shows, I can't wait to see what stages I'll be playing in the future.

Do you prefer being in a band (artist) or being a sideman? I prefer being in a band because I just love playing with other people especially with friends because I have really good chemistry with them, like we just know what we wanna play together, shout out to Cole Fredrick, Matt Jarnagin, Nick Stone, and Hayden Lyskoski love you guys.
Do you have a crazy or interesting gig you can share with us? Yeah I just played a show with Sage One the Wise at the Observatory and it was my first time playing with a live DJ (DJ LaLa) scratching records to my beats which was dope as hell and the crowd was super hyped.

What are your words of wisdom for your fellow drummers out there? My words of 18 year old amateur rebellious advice to any drummer would be to play how the fuck you wanna play and create your own style because a teacher can never tell you who you are and how you wanna play. If somebody tells you “that doesn't work, musically”, then obviously you got somethin going on because that’s what people used to tell James Brown- “If it sounds good, and it feels good, then its music”.

Last Words, Links, Hashtags and Thank You’s??? Yeah, that's me as a drummer, We have an EP on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal and wherever you can find music. It’s called Disco Balls and Mating Calls by Undecided Future. Check out our band page at you can find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Our next show will be at the Federal Bar in Hollywood November 21st, more deets on our page. Thanks to DeHaven for this dope ass interview, much love.

How was that? yeah, i knew you would dig it!
Big Thx to Matisse and his band. I consider it a privilege to play my small part. This is why i started this, to help katz get more exposure and use this for their own promotional needs.
I wish Matisse and the boys nothing but success! #KeepItLocked

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Monday, October 19, 2015


So, I met this young man awhile back on FB and we have had a number of kool interactions, where drums are concerned. We connected and I have learned a lot about him and enjoy his video's that he post. Justin is a very talented musician and a kool kat, which is why he was in the first batch of "call-outs" to be a part of this. A humble spirit with a great feel for the craft.

It is my pleasure to introduce to you.... JUSTIN ABRAHAM and he's Talkin' Chop!

Name or Stage Name:  Justin Abraham

Where are you from?  North Augusta, South Carolina, but have been living in Nashville since 2011

How long have you been playing?  14yrs

What is or are your main genre of playing?  Funk, fusion, Gospel, Rock, R&B/Neo Soul

How did you get where you are now?  I moved to Tennessee for school and decided to stay since I was 30 minutes away from Nashville.

What are your goals, short & long term?  My goals in music are to become a performer and later move into music education.

Artists you would like to play for?  D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Stanley Clark, Sting.

List some of your accomplishments: South Carolina Region band, South Carolina All county band, 2011 How Sweet the Sound Choir competition

Do you have your own band? genre? Details…I’m currently piecing together a band for a personal project I hope to release next year. The band will be a Jazz Fusion band consisting of 5 to 7 musicians.

Do you play any other instruments? level? I play keys a little bit. I’m a beginner, but I can play some stuff that would make you think differently.

What are your touring experiences, if any?  I haven’t had any extensive touring experience up to now. Most of my traveling have been one offs with various bands.

Justin w/ Tracy Champion "Daydreaming"

Describe your current set up & gear - heads and sticks included and why you choose these items? I’m currently playing a Pearl Masters MCX kit.  The configuration of the kit are 10x8 and 12x9 rack toms, 14x14 and 16x16 floor toms with a 20x18 bass drum. I’m currently playing Zildjian cymbals. I’m playing a mix of the Zildjian’s new redesigned A series and the K series so that I can have a sonic blend of bright and dark cymbal tones. I’m currently playing Remo heads and Vic Firth sticks

Do you have multiple kits and snares? I have 4 acoustic kits and a set of V-drums. I also have about a dozen snares.

Which wood shells do you prefer? I prefer maple shells, because of their warmth and projection. However I'm looking to get others such as birch or bubinga.

What would be your ideal gear setup? list manufacturers and items.  My ideal gear setup be a 10x8 and12x9 rack toms, 14,x14 and 16x16 floor toms and a 22x20 kick drum along with a 14x6.5 snare and a 14x5.5 snares from either the Pearl Reference, Tama Star or DW Collectors line. I really dig what those companies are doing with these models. My cymbals setup would consist of various Zildjian A’s and K’s model and I would also use some kind of electric trigger pad in this setup depending on if the gig called for it.

How do you describe your drumming style?   I would describe my drumming style as musical and reserved, but explosive when asked or when the music calls for it.

If you weren’t playing drums, what would you be doing?  If I wasn’t playing drums, I’d be doing something WACK!!! Hahaha, I’d probably being working in corporate America!

Are you involved in the local music scene in your hometown?  Drumming has been an outlet for me in so many ways. It has helped me support myself, express myself and taken me to some places I thought I’d never see. The music business at the moment is part of my career. I hope to make it my fulltime career soon.  I am involved in my local music scene, I gig around Nashville quite often.

How do feel playing in Nashville, a big, important musical city?    Playing in Nashville sometimes feels like a huge challenge and it's scary sometimes. Having so many people here in Nashville just to play music can also be intimidating, but it's also a great place to network and grow as a musician. 
What would the drummer you are now, tell the younger you, drummer?  I would tell my younger self to stay focused, work hard and aim high with your goals. Oh yeah, one more, don't worry about playing all those licks.

Name 5 of your drumming influences? why?  Chris Coleman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dennis Chambers, Justin Brown, Kendrick Scott. The reason Chris is one of my drumming influences is because he was the first “next level” guy I ever saw play. I remember being in the 7th grade watching him on the Israel and New Breed “Live from Another Level” DVD and being BLOWN away, especially during the musicians solo sections. After watching that DVD, I asked my mother “If people could make a living playing music” she told me “yes” and I never looked back. Vinnie and Dennis were the first guys that I learned about when I got into jazz fusion I loved their musicality on the drums and their grooves. Justin and Kendrick were my guys I started listening to when I got hip to contemporary jazz a few years ago. Their touch and approach on drums are phenomenal.

Name an inspiring concert that made you want to go home and start shedding? I was fortunate to get to see Stevie Wonder’s Song in the Key of Life earlier this year in April. The musicianship of the whole band was phenomenal! I also finally got to hear Stanley Randolph and Lil John Roberts on double drums that night. They were incredible!

How much time do you practice? I try and devote no less than 2 hours of practice a day, whether it’s on my kit, or on a practice pad.

Connect with Justin on YouTube - 

Are you involved in local Shedding sessions? What do you get out of those sessions?  Yes I am involved in my local shedding sessions. Some things I get out of those shed sessions are a chance to really stretch and experiment with my vocabulary on the drums and experiment. I also get to network and meet fellow musicians and make new friends.

Do you concentrate on Chops or Grooves? I like to make people in the audience dance, so I’m more of a grooves guy.

Are you a songwriter as well? Do you sing and play? I’ve just started songwriting this year. I really enjoy it, but I must admit it that it’s not an easy as most may think it is.  I do sing and play, I think it’s a nice skill to have.

Do you prefer studio sessions, local live gigs or touring? That’s a really tough questions. Each one of these have something special about them. I going to go with studio sessions. The reason I just love the whole process of it, from setting up to finishing a piece of work that will last a life time.

Justin w/ Robert Glasper "Worries" Alma Pura feat. Tracy Champion

Do you prefer being in a band (artist) or being a sideman?  I honestly don’t mind being a sideman. I feel like being an artist in the band is important if you want some kind of say so to how things are done.

Do you have a crazy or interesting gig you can share with us?  The most interesting gig I ever played was a New Year’s party in a Brewery. The stage was actually on top of the kegs that they brewed the beer in.

What are your words of wisdom for your fellow drummers out there?  My words of wisdom for my fellow drummers is to always to work hard, and to always believe in yourself even when others don’t.  We may not be where we want to be musically yet but never give up.

Last Words, Links, Hashtags and Thank You’s???  I just want to say thank you to everybody who’s ever believe in me and thanks D for let me be a part of all this.

I want to thank Justin for taking out time to do this great interview.
I believe he is well on his way to achieving any goal he sets for himself in the world of music.
Continued success