I've never gotten a gig because some bandleader saw me shredding. I have gotten gigs because some folks liked what I did for the music on certain clips.I can’t say I’ve ever scored a gig or students through having a presence on Instagram or YouTube. Maybe Facebook but that’s only because said person didn’t have my phone number.
I won’t name names but the only people that I think are creating a deliberate act of business suicide are some of the drum manufacturers.
for me personally I’ve had to cut back on who I follow(on instagram) purely from the fact that I was spending too much time watching and not getting as much stuff done.
With the exception of demo (Buy this cymbal! Now) videos, all my clips are with other folks, although lately they tend to be tracked separately and merged. Great musicians don't hire just based on our ability to play the instrument - they hire on the ability to enhance their music.If the internet blew up tomorrow and went away forever, we’d be just fine musically. It’s complete icing (which is delicious) but it is not the cake.
So speaking of cake – meaning actual music – my internet challenge to any of the drummers on yt etc that read here is: your next 10 videos have to be with other people. Not zoom. Not your cat. A band. Playing actual music. Do that. Let’s have some actual music from you for a change. If you can't due to the virus then wait til you can. Yes. You can wait that long if it means actual music. It's worth it. Gauntlet thrown….to myself as well since I need to do the same thing. Gauntlet thrown..
IDK! There’s a YouTube video of a drum cover that captures every note of Steve Gadd’s drum part on Aja. It’s fascinating to see what those parts actually look like and how they are interpreted.I have nothing against them and it’s great that drummers and all musicians have a platform to present themselves. However, I’m not really into watching drummers practicing or shredding on their own or doing drum covers, no matter how capable they are. If there is some original musical content, that’s a totally different story.