Always loved that groove and until recently always thought it was Matt Chamberlain.
Ditto. I'm digging hearing Chris' thought process as well. It really answers my "why behind do" about a musician's choices/decision making for a given rhythmn/groove/fill they commited to a recording.Watched this on YouTube a couple of days ago. Absolutely love these behind the music views and stories. Just excellent.
Definitely!Also not as easy as you might imagine to record the drums then overdub the hat and cymbals and make it feel just as seamless as if you recorded both on the same take.
Thank You Chris for "behind the scenes". How recording have changed through the times...Nowadays recording is sampled, and if drummer/musician is not consistent - can be mixed with samples, electronics, cut, paste, quantized...with few clicks of the mouse.Thanks so much for all the kind comments, and for 017's post. I didn't want to spam the forum.
In the 80's I replaced a lot of band drummers. The biggest issue they had and couldn't fix at short notice was consistency. After concentrating on that aspect of my playing, I prided myself that every bass drum or snare hit was the same volume and timbre. Competing with Linn Drums and Fairlghts at the time, that's what record producers wanted to hear - machine like consistency.
That was Brandon's downfall. In the producer's opinion he was not consistent enough. The Bohemians were a kind of proto jam band. They played with feel and from the heart. Brandon couldn't reproduce a take identical to the previous one. The producer often liked a drum take, but wanted to change a couple of the drum fills, but the next take wouldn't be as good and other bits of the drum part would have changed.
When I arrived there was a difficult vibe in the studio. It was the band's debut album and they had been signed (by Geffen) based on the songs and they way they played them (including Brandon on drums). I think it was a very difficult and gut wrenching decision for the band to agree with the producer that a season drummer would be brought in. Brandon obviously quit immediately after the studio sessions. Hence Matt Chamberlain coming along.
Regarding where Matt might have taken the song.
Given everything above I have just written, I saw my goal as reproducing exactly what Brandon had created over the months and years the band had gigged before making the first album. That was both the style and vibe the record label were hoping for, not The Bohemians with special guest 'Chris Whitten'. In fact I was not credited on the album as the drummer, hence the confusion over Chamberlain (who is in the videos).
It's funny that the supposedly easiest instrument to play is the one where usually a member of a band is most likely to be replaced for recordings.
Also not as easy as you might imagine to record the drums then overdub the hat and cymbals and make it feel just as seamless as if you recorded both on the same take.
I really wish this kind of thing was happening 40-50-years ago, and I wish more drummers were interested in making this kind of commitment to sharing their experience with the drumming community.