Johnathan Moffett

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You could build a continent on the foundation of that groove.
At the same time, he is adding a lot of tasteful and driving touches. I really like how he uses the bass drum to drive the snare through with added punch and attack (hitting together). Not an uncommon move, but playing that when it counts is everything.

 
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I must have watched this video a dozen times. Moffett just kills it like a Kung Fu Master.

He also does some very unorthodox hi hat chirps in this version.
 

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Is not Moffett a DW endorser and yet I see copious ammounts of Yamaha cymbal stands.
 

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I think he was playing at Drumeo and using a bit of their in house gear. That said I don't know if that violates part of his contract with dw. He would have no trouble sounding like JM if he was forced to move to Yamaha, though.

That cranked dw snare sure sounds good! Perfect pop snare.
 

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In the summer of 85, a friend of mine was dating Madonna's sister and I saw her fist major concert in Detroit with the family. It just so happened that Sugarfoot Moffett was playing in her band on that tour (and many afterward) and he was mesmorizing to watch. Seriously deep groove with tons of amazing licks, many of which involved super quick and funky bass drum licks. A year later, I saw Jermaine Jackson at the Premier Center, a nightclub and Sugarfoot, once again, had a huge Yamaha kit onstage just kicking the band like no other. He's one of the great ones for sure.
 

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Funky for sure! Man some of his cymbals are in the stratosphere...
 

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Doubleroll said:
Funky for sure! Man some of his cymbals are in the stratosphere...
I like the one's behind him...he does this cool, quick move behind him with hitting both at the same time.
 
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In the summer of 85, a friend of mine was dating Madonna's sister and I saw her fist major concert in Detroit with the family. It just so happened that Sugarfoot Moffett was playing in her band on that tour (and many afterward) and he was mesmorizing to watch. Seriously deep groove with tons of amazing licks, many of which involved super quick and funky bass drum licks. A year later, I saw Jermaine Jackson at the Premier Center, a nightclub and Sugarfoot, once again, had a huge Yamaha kit onstage just kicking the band like no other. He's one of the great ones for sure.
Was that Kenny the Sausage King that was dating Madonna's sister ? :D
 

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Unfortunately not, but that would make for a great story. It was an old roommate of mine who dated Madonna's sister for years.
 

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That whole lesson was really good.. i believe he also has a full course on the site also.. i would have to login to check.. but am lazy :)

P.S. that snare sounds amazing to me... he really seems to lay into it pretty hard..
 

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He played with Elton, circa 1988-90.

 
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Interesting to see his layered cymbal approach which is all about the visual IMHO. And it looks like it works ergonomically. Loved watching him play. Thanks for posting.
 

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About the cymbals, at the very end he does a badass arena pop, cymbal move. Just checking if you all saw it!
 

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About the cymbals, at the very end he does a badass arena pop, cymbal move. Just checking if you all saw it!
I did. Very impressive!
 

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Here is the full drumeo lecture:


Unbelievable well played. And his 'sugar foot' is impressive. Talking about 'groove monsters', he is often forgotten. I don't know why.

PS: Could somebody correct the spelling of his name in the thread title, please?
 

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I'm pretty sure this is him, he's in the back and so much going on stage. Wasn't a fan of this kind of music back then for sure, but that groove killed me along with his authority. He just puts it down, he can play with loops better than anyone I've ever seen, and does it on the biggest high profile.

 

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Here is the full drumeo lecture:


Unbelievable well played. And his 'sugar foot' is impressive. Talking about 'groove monsters', he is often forgotten. I don't know why.

PS: Could somebody correct the spelling of his name in the thread title, please?
Maybe it's the Michael Jackson connection, IDK.
 


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