Hello my drum brothers and sisters,
This latest edition of TC is taking us to the south and we're gonna rock out for a bit, kool?
I met this kat on FB and I saw that he is a pretty busy young man. Playing in multiple bands and he is a family man. He's doing his hustle. So, I'm glad I get to expose a small portion of his Drum Life. Like a lot of us, Justin is working on a new recording projects with his bands, soon to be released. We were also able to touch on a subject that we don't really get into as musicians, it seems taboo to speak on publicly. So, let's see what Justin is Talkin' Chop about!
Name or Stage Name:
Where are you from?
How long have you been playing?
What is or are your main genre of playing?
How did you get where you are now?
What are your goals, short & long term?
List some of your accomplishments:
Did you grow up playing in marching band?
I did not. I actually took vocational class in school instead. I just happened across becoming a mentor.
Mentoring can be fun but it has a responsibility, How do you make sure you give them the tools they need yet, keeping them inspired?
Really it's about connecting with them personally, and appealing to their interests, while not selling them short of things they need to know, regardless of how 'boring' it seems to them.
How do you work the two band thing?
Are the styles of the bands different?
As Indie bands, you have to hustle to make things happen... do you perform any other roles in the bands, other than drummer?
Playing harder edge, music genres: How did you get into those styles?
How is the music scene in your hometown?
What is the "one" thing you would change about the music culture in your city?
Are you involved in the local music scene in your hometown, other than just playing in your band?
Describe your current set up & gear - heads and sticks...ect:
Is there one piece of gear you absolutely have to have?
Do you have a “Dream Kit”?
Why the drums?
If you weren’t playing drums, what would you be doing?
How has drumming impacted or changed your life?
Are you playing music full-time?
Not currently, but hopefully, I will be again, soon.
Name 5 of your drumming influences? why?
Ok, an interesting subject you brought up. Why do you think drummers don't like certain drummers? There seems to be a handful of guys or ladies, who people just don't like. your thoughts....
There are numerous reasons I'm sure. A lot of it I think is jealousy. The 'They hate me cause they ain't me' idea. We are so connected in today's age, we can voice our opinions with no true repercussions, regardless of the subject. So people will bash whomever they see fit for whatever reason. I also think some of it may stem from musical preference as well.
Name an inspiring concert that made you want to go home and
How much time do you practice?
What types of things do you work on, in those sessions?
Do you record drum videos of yourself? if so, how has it helped you?
Do you have a preference between studio and live?
Do you have a crazy or interesting gig you can share with us? When I was with an old band, Sands of Life, we were playing a show, and in the middle of the set, I took a drink of water, and it went down the wrong pipe. So throughout the song, I'm coughing, and coughing, and coughing. I eventually coughed up the water all over my lap and drum kit. And the best part, no one knew about it til after the set when I was cleaning it all up. I can honestly say, grossest thing ever.
What are your words of wisdom for your fellow drummers out there?
Last Words, Links, Hashtags and Thank You’s? Facebook.com/justinmasonofficial is my artist page if you want to follow/connect with me. Thank you to Carlo Cooper with Coopergroove Drumsticks for the continued and amazing support. Thanks also to Scott Watts with Sweet Spots Dampeners.
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