I hope everyone has been having a great week and headed for a better weekend.
So, let's end it on a good note. We're headed to Buffalo, NY, where I found this kat doing some pretty kool things in his drum life. A versatile and humble individual, who has a passion for music and family. His drive is strong and his talent matches that strength and is definitely going to take him places only his dreams can imagine. Not the typical church kid, drummer. His genre choices are all over the map and he is able to deliver for the appropriate situation.
But enough of my blogging on...let's hear it from the man himself, as he has graciously found the time to Talk Chop with me and you.
Eddie "Eclef" Pearsall
Since the age of 2, so almost 29 years now.
Yes, I play EVERYTHING that I can. You never know what call you'd get, so always be ready!
Watching my dad play drums in church. I was fascinated at a young age *laughing*
To be able to always provide for my family sufficiently, whether it be through playing drums or sticking to my 9-5!
While I love playing with the bands that I'm in, I'd have to say that I'd TOTALLY dig playing for D'Angelo. He's super dope and he's a "musician's musician"
Pretty regularly as of late, just about every month lately and at least once or twice. We're getting there *laughing*
Like indie/pop if you will. Some songs are Jazzy, some Ballad like, some Funky. Just basically a culmination of what we all listen to individually
Tokyo & The Boy -
Esther Kim, Greg Wisniewski
Josiah Consiglio, Eddie Pearsall
In the rhythmic sense yes, I'll leave the actual song writing to my band mates *laughing* I'll take some of those credits on the actual albums though!
I actually used a Zildjian K and some Zildjian hats. Some people prefer new Cymbals, but I love older, worn cymbals. I love the darker tones I get out of "old" cymbals!
Oh yes, it's definitely high energy for sure! Our last gig this past December in NYC, we did that song second to last because it definitely gets the crowd into it, besides I love drum and bass *laughing*
Yes. It's already recorded so it's just going through its final touches etc right now. I know that the last of it has already been recorded as far as parts go and overdubs etc. Just waiting on the final mixing and mastering etc. Believe me, I'm just as psyched about it!!! *laughing*
Not sure yet, though we are in talks of what we want to do marketing wise and labels etc. I'm all for it myself so we'll see what my band mates want to do in terms of that
Tokyo & The Boy @ Reh (vid)
Believe it or not, I'll be 31 years old this year and I've NEVER EVER toured *laughing*. I want to definitely and I feel that it'll happen sooner than later, but I want to and of course make money while doing it! My family is always first and foremost concerning that type of thing
Well I endorse Regal Tip sticks, so I have my own signature sticks, shout out to Regal Tip!!! I play Evans/Remo heads and I play Ludwig Drums. I love the tonality that I get from the great combo of Evans and Remo heads on Ludwig kits!
Oh yes. I'll never forget meeting my dads buddy Frank when I was 14 years old and playing my first vintage Rodgers and Slingerland kits. This dude COLLECTS vintage kits! He's a super dope drummer as well!
Versatile. Period. The trend, which I'm not knocking, with these up and comer drummers is that of chopping every half measure *laughing* and I'm not about that. I came up where pocket was everything. You can chop your way out of getting calls if you don't discipline yourself! Now I can chop all day! I only chop when the song calls for it, or when I'm asked to.
It's cool. At my church it's definitely like a studio setup with the drums with mics, we run tracks, we actually play studio quality too, not your average "storefront 2/4" *laughing*
Oh yes! It's all discipline to play with skill and precision and play "tastefully" and dynamically honestly and I prefer it. I'm tough on myself because I believe in being great so it actually trickles down to my drumming as well. Play as "clean" as possible is the motto!
I've never done a Gospel album, but I'd love to! Tye Tribbet hit a brother up! *laughing*
Aw man, definitely for the better!!! Kept me on the straight and narrow for sure. My moms had me in church coming up, my dad is a drummer, my family is full of musicians, beat makers, preachers etc. So being raised in church was definitely a great contribution! I've always been fascinated with drums and after every service I'd stare at my dad while he played and I always tried to mimic what he was doing. Mines is the "typical" church boy story of playing at the age of two, beating on toys, wicker baskets, pots and pans etc *laughing*
Full time working a 9-5 and music on the side as a hobby right now and means of extra money every week. My family has to eat and I can't quit my day job, I'd need a MEGA contract before even thinking about something like that *laughing*
Going to see Deitrick Haddon when he came to Buffalo, NY and seeing his brother play drums and being mesmerized by his professionalism and his great playing!
At least most of the week for at least a half an hour, maybe longer! It's all about rudiments!
I try to honestly work on things that I "don't know how to do" you'll stay stagnant if you don't know how to play anything beyond your comfortable level of playing, I.e chops etc
Yes, I love to go back and watch videos of myself playing and critique my own playing. I'm a perfectionist through and through!
Yea. I just did a Reggae gig in witch when we started our first set, people basically sat at the bar enjoying the music. By the time the second set was up, people were dancing and asking us to do "7 more songs" *laughing* and that was funny because we weren't even in an area that you'd think would even be into reggae. There were even elderly couples dancing and getting it in two stepping etc *laughing*
Thank you Regal Tip, thank you to my Beautiful Wife (Kelly) and Kids! Check out Tokyo and The Boy on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, Facebook etc. Check out Tines on Bandcamp and on Facebook and I hope to see you at one of our shows!!!
Alright peeps, let's give a big hand to Eddie Pearsall. This kat is on a great path in his career. Yo Eddie, I wish you and your family nothing but success my brother!! Thanks again for taking time to share with me and the readers #Respect.
I think this is a great example of keeping things diverse as well as keeping things in perspective.
Now, you guys make sure to swing by Eddie's pages and drop a 'Hello' on him but most importantly, make sure you purchase his bands albums and support these projects. Those of you in the area, go to a show and shake his hand and get to know the band.
This has been yet another great interview here on TC. I'm always honored that you guys allow me to bug you with questions and that you guys read about other drummers, who aren't world famous.
We are a great community and we need to keep growing strong.
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