How does lifting weights relate to playing percussion? Storm breaks it down in this interview excerpt. We gotta start that gym for classical musicians....
Percussionist Storm Benjamin
Percussionist, teacher, & composer Storm Benjamin talks with me about sourcing percussion sounds, physicality of playing percussion, challenges in learning Donnacha Dennehy's virtuosic percussion solo Paddy, and more.
Learn more about Storm here.
Storm is currently listening to Jacob Collier. <3
Artists Derek Johnson & Michael Fiday talk listening, creating, guitar tricks, & The Who
Guitarist Derek Johnson performs Michael Fiday's Slapback for electric guitar & delay pedal on Friday, May 20th at The Royal Room in Seattle WA. Here they talk about music, life, how the piece changed over time (from finger tapping to harmonics!), love of metal, and more.
Derek is currently listening to any Meshuggah.
Michael is currently listening to Ohmme.
Sometimes contemporary art is kind of intimidating. Artists Derek Johnson & Michael Fiday talk tips on enjoying complex music & not being scared of new or old sounds.
From Derek: “You don’t have to listen with your mind. …Art is more like a ride! Instead of trying to intellectualize it, approach it more like going on the bumper cars or the roller coaster. Throw your arms up and try to enjoy the experience."
From Michael: “just kind of let is wash over you and experience it. …let it jostle you around and don’t worry about sorting it out right then and there. …You don’t have to ‘understand’ it.”