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Anybody else see it as a bit try-too-hard? We get it, Man, you have a really big drum set!

..... I really hate doing this but, I have to ask what you believe Bozzio is trying too hard to do?

I will add I had made comments about his rig on another forum and got shot down for it, though I believe I was misunderstood. I am just curious why you made the comment you did.
 

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..... I really hate doing this but, I have to ask what you believe Bozzio is trying too hard to do?

I will add I had made comments about his rig on another forum and got shot down for it, though I believe I was misunderstood. I am just curious why you made the comment you did.
It's like the need some have to not only have the biggest boat in the harbor, but one that's two or three times bigger than the biggest boat in the harbor, even when having a bigger boat doesn't actually provide any benefit (aside from satisfying your striving ego).
 

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I always wanted to set up an immense kit like that and just play the beat from Sade's "The Sweetest Taboo". Lol.

Dan
 

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It's like the need some have to not only have the biggest boat in the harbor, but one that's two or three times bigger than the biggest boat in the harbor, even when having a bigger boat doesn't actually provide any benefit (aside from satisfying your striving ego).
I'm a huge Bozzio fan. But not of his "big kit" era. I much prefer his playing from his days with Zappa, Brecker Brothers, Missing Persons, UK, Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson etc. His kit during those years was your conventional two bass drum 6 or 8 tom set up. But I will defend him with his massive kit set up because his approach to playing the drums completely changed to something that few, if any, drummers are doing or have ever done. Each drum is tuned to a specific note. So he's using his drums in a melodic way which is why he does his thing solo for the most part. I'm not a big fan of that kind of playing but I'm willing to give him credit for doing something innovative and extremely difficult to do well. So, while there are drummers out there who are as you describe, having a drum set that is massive just for the sake of being massive, that is not Bozzio's motivation. His boat is the biggest in the harbor because it has to be and without it, he'd be unable to do what he does.
 
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I’ve never had any complaints from the ladies I’ve had aboard!
Well, owning large drum sets all my life I believe I can say from my own experience Bozzio is not about impressing anyone with numbers of instruments. He is a connoisseur of percussion and sound. Aside from being a very gifted musician he is also a very knowledgeable one. The thing he has in common with many players is imagination: percussive sound imagination. They hear things and want to create every tone they hear in their mind. That requires space. While a synth of 88 keys can do an entire symphony orchestra and hundreds of other sounds in a 4-5' wide space 3-5' in height, drumists are not so fortunate.

I have questioned Bozzio's use of numerous bass drums simply on the basis of frequencies and a PA's ability to transfer those frequencies is truly distinctive ways. Low end frequencies lose distinction in simple percussion instruments like bass drums close in diameter. Having owned 20" to 28" bass drums of varying depth, I know it comes down to actual feel than frequency that makes a dramatic difference. That said, Bozzio also hooks things up to his bass drums, like bells or something to produce individual personalities. Without that, things can get kind of mushy sounding kick to kick unless you are going 20 and 26. I used to play a 20 and a 26 and doing dble bass was virtually unnoticeable. Owing to what he actually does with percussion compositions he creates, he can inject frequencies that can hold their own, and it's his gig so ...

Same with cymbals. Bozzio has his own mindset where they come in. My own set has around 50, half of them are splash and accent cymbals, and various hat combinations. Everything has a point. Like a piano, nobody plays all 88 keys in one song but, they are certainly nice to have if you want them. And it depends on the music, as well. I have played music where all the tones can be used. Where they couldn't, I left it home.

I don't own a boat. I've been on plenty of them. The bigger the vessel the more friends and family you can have aboard, if that's your thing. I'm certain there are those who think a bigger boat makes a bigger impression, etc. just like some Rock drummers have had huge sets just for show. I don't believe Bozzio is anything like that type of person when it comes to his drums and cymbals and percussion instruments.

Jazzers back in the early 20th century had all kinds of things in their sets, and had it all on racks. There will always be players that like lots sound variations and find ways to hook it all up and use it.
 

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