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Old 02-18-2014, 04:39 PM
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Bonham
Lee
Paice
Harrison
Gorman

just to name a few
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:30 PM
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If I continue to improve, soon I hope to be a perfect mixture of Tony Allen, Alan Wren and Bernard Purdie.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:04 PM
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Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Mark Guiliana

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Old 02-25-2014, 11:11 PM
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Anthony Amodeo
JP Gaster
Elvin J
Papa Jo J
TJ Bergren (nobody here will know him).
Brain Blade
Brendan Canty
Bill Stevenson

That's the top of my head. All inspiring players to me, typically I'm much more interested in the attitude and approach of a drummer more so than how many notes they can play in the shortest time.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:05 AM
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Anthony Amodeo
JP Gaster
Elvin J
Papa Jo J
TJ Bergren (nobody here will know him).
Brain Blade
Brendan Canty
Bill Stevenson

That's the top of my head. All inspiring players to me, typically I'm much more interested in the attitude and approach of a drummer more so than how many notes they can play in the shortest time.
thats awfully flattering doc

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Old 02-26-2014, 03:55 AM
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You are absolutely an inspiration for me to play; it honestly wasn't meant as flattery, but it's a sincere thought. I'm super jealous of your students, simply because I've learned a ton from your head, and I don't even get to take lessons.

If I could inspire others to play down the road as you've done to me, I'd feel accomplished. Inspiring others is something to take pride in.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:25 AM
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I'm sure I've posted here before, but I'll do it again.

Jean-Paul Gaster
John Bonham
Bobby Schayer


I actually took lessons from JP via Bandhappy, simply because my motifs and overall technique to his own are pretty similar. Before I even took his lessons, friends of mine claimed that Clutch's Blast Tyrant record contains 75% of my drumming in a nutshell.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:24 AM
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Hello,

I got inspiration from Lars Ulrich and Jimmy the Rev Sullivan.
What I can't play drums live 'cause I'm abroad, I use to play with Jimmy drum set here: http://www.virtualdrumming.com/drums...-sullivan.html

It's funny and easy!
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:10 PM
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I'm inspired by a drummer not many people will know (other than some Australians), Lucius Borich inspired me to pick up the sticks from the band Cog, anyone who doesn't know them please do yourselves a favour and check them out. They are a once in a lifetime band!
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:45 PM
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Jim Austin of Into Eternity is easily like 85% of my influence.

Tomi Salonen of One Morning Left is the other 15%.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:27 AM
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As a teen, the guy playing on the album that really got me thinking serious about drumming was Bill Stewart playing on Maceo Parker's "Mo Roots".

Having two older brothers studying jazz at university meant I'd been listening to jazz everyday since I was 9 years old, but it was that Maceo album that really got me into drumming when I was 15 years old.

From there, it was Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Melvin Parker, Stewart Copeland, Steve Williams (Shirley Horn), Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Jack DeJohnette, Ed Thigpen, Tony Williams, Kenwood Dennard, John Riley and many more!

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Old 03-17-2014, 03:02 AM
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John Bonham
Clyde Stubblefield
Andre Fischer from Rufus
Dave Abbruzzese Pearl Jam
Narada Michael Walden
Ginger Baker
Stevie Wonder
Tony Williams
Steward Copeland
Chad Smith
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:18 AM
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For any church drummers, or Christian rockers, I love Lester Estelle Jnr. (Pillar), Jeremy Bush or "Bwack" (David Crowder*Band, The Digital Age), and Switchfoot.

Jared Falk, Any "Vic Firth Performance Spotlight" drummers on Youtube, Guitar Center Drum Off, Dave Atkinson, Dave Mackintosh, and others who can do double bass so fast that I can't snap both fingers in time with it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:12 PM
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Stevie Wonder
Levon Helm
Steve Jordan
Steve Gadd
James Gadson
Bernard Purdie
Aaron Sterling
Zigaboo
Clyde/Jabo
John Bonham
Uriel Jones / Benny Benjamin / Pistol (MOTOWN)
David Garibaldi
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:24 PM
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Keith Moon
Bonzo
Mich Mitchel
Ginger Baker
Bill Ward
Steven Adler
Lars Ulrich
Dave Lombardo
John Fred Young
Dave Grohl
Taylor Hawkins
Sean Kinney
Chad Smith
Luke Holland
Joey Jordison
Matt Greiner
Chad Szeliga
I am probably missing a lot haha.
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:04 PM
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Bonzo (Got me into Drumming and so forth)
Luthor Rix (My Drum Teacher)
Chris Alder
Dave Lombardo
Gene Hoglan
Gavin Harrison
Stewart Copeland
Abe Cunningham
Derek Roddy
Jason Bitner
Thomas Pridgen
Braan Dailer
Matt Cameron
Chad Szeliga
Chad Smith
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:24 PM
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First off... in my case "Inspired" doesn't mean I actually play like these cats... I just love the way they groove.

Elvin Jones
David Tough
Buddy Rich
Shelley Mann
Don Brewer
Bonham
Gavin Harrison
The tall skinny drummer on Beatloaf.
Garibaldi
Vinnie Parello (Spiral Starecase) A One-Hit Wonder band but what a great kick drum on that cut - I Love You More Today Than Yesterday.
Stubblefield
Chad Smith
Thomas Pridgen
Weckle
Bissonet
Tony Williams
Lenny White
Simon Phillips
Ron Otis
Steve Smith
Purdie
Jimmy Lovelace
Jimmy Fix
Densmore
Some of Baker's later stuff
Ringo
Watts (kinda, sorta)

There's a whole bunch more...
Here's someone I just ran across who I'm diggin'

Jimmy Kadesch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-qCuah7uaU

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Old 05-16-2014, 04:34 AM
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Peter Criss (got me into drums)
Eric Carr
Neil Peart
Don Henley
Buddy Rich

Louie Weaver (after I joined church)
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Old 05-16-2014, 04:42 AM
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Billy Cobham (am I really the first to call him out in this thread?)
Phil Collins
Alex Van Halen
Buddy Rich
Neil Peart
Mike Portnoy
David Garibaldi
Art Blakey
Martin Axenrot
Max Roach
Zigaboo Modeliste
Mike Clark
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:27 AM
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I love the playing of many drummers who are too advanced or different to be much of an influence. Like everyone, you learn things from all sorts of players in all sorts of situations. I guess these have turned out to be the main ones, but if I got in a different band and jam buddy I'd have to draw from other players:

Ringo - especially hihat style with timekeeping and fills
Charlie - keeping it simple
Moonie - jamming mayhem
Mitch Mitchell - ditto
John Densmore - structured but a bit jazzy
Karen Carpenter - light and flowing
Bonzo - hard groove
Bernard Purdie - everything
Steve Gadd - ditto
Jim Hodder - ditto

Also Meg White on occasion. Yep, Meg. She reminded me of Paul Motian interviews where he said if the time is in the room you hardly need to play anything, and hearing Meg helped me understand how the simplest playing can work in some circumstances and it wasn't important to be "impressive" if the music works. I like the trashiness of it all too.

Re: minimalism, there was a Bill Bruford interview where he talked about when he first jammed with bassist, Tony Levin. Bill noticed that Tony wasn't playing much. He figured that Tony was asking him to give him more, so his drumming became even more complex and lively. Tony backed off even more. At that point Bill realised that the more he played, the less Tony would play, and he learnt something.

That lesson has been useful to me too. In hobby bands people sometimes overplay (after all, it's about having fun) and sometimes the whole thing sounds better when you back off and let them wank on for a bit.

Interviews from top players influence me a lot, as well as plenty of people here. I learned a fair bit from drum teachers in my handful of lessons too.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:01 AM
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neil peart, mike portnoy, jimmy "the rev" sullivan, michael "moose" thomas
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:56 PM
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I Absolutely love Peter Criss and the way he plays, always makes me happy to see him doin his thing.
Mick Fleetwood has got to be my second, I love is general style and just the way he plays is so funky and just cool, he is what makes me want to learn drums even more and become a better drummer.
Tommy-Lee is third simply cause its tommy-lee and he is jst awesome
and fourth would have to be Chad Smith, so full of energy and just AWESOME!
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:41 PM
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Wow, where do begin?

Buddy Rich
Ringo
Carl Palmer
Bill Bruford
Billy Cobham
John Bonham
Booby Chouinard (old buddy of mine rip)
Dave Weckl
Vinnie Colaiuta
Todd Sucherman
Jeff Porcaro

I could go on.
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:06 PM
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Mitch Mitchell and Travis Barker are mine. Both drummers inspired me to be creative and attack the drum set instead of staying in the pocket.
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:10 PM
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Mitch Mitchell and Travis Barker are mine. Both drummers inspired me to be creative and attack the drum set instead of staying in the pocket.
So you don't play in time? Just wonderin' ;)
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Gavin Harrison, Neil Peart, Travis Barker, Stewart Copeland, Jojo Mayer, Rob Bourdon, Chad Smith, Rian Dawson, Nathan Followill, Joe Rickard, Tre Cool, Dom Howard, Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, Riduan Zalani (for drumset and hand percussion), Todd Sucherman, Mike Mangini, Mike Portnoy, Vinnie Colaiuta and Shannon Leto.

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Old 05-25-2014, 02:24 AM
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So you don't play in time? Just wonderin' ;)
Lol, yes I just hit the drums any time I feel like it, similar to animal.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:10 AM
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There are a lot but personally only two. Lester Estelle Jr and Lloyd Martin
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:38 AM
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I'd say when I first started I was inspired by Clive Burr (Iron Maiden), Herman Rarebell (Scorpions), Vinny Appice (Dio), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Tommy Adridge (Ozzy), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Alex Van Halen, Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Neil Peart (Rush), Phil Rudd (AC/DC) and, of course JB (Led Zeppelin).
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:36 AM
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David Gray (Akercocke)
Fotis Benardo (Septic Flesh)
Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
Matt Halpern (Periphery)
Inferno (Behemoth)
Hellhammer (Mayhem)
Nicholas Barker (Cradle of Filth/Lock Up/Dimmu Borgir)
Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Quartet)
Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

Those are the main ones, though the first five are my top 5 overall.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:08 PM
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Albert Suttle (Perpetual Groove)
Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
John Patrick (Virginia Coalition)
Jamie Newitt (The Heavy Pets)
Andrew Miller (This Will Destroy You)
Dave Turncrantz (Russian Circles)
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I would say that I went through different stages of drumming. Keith Moon was the first to make me aware of the drums, and then I got into him and Peter Criss, then finally got serious when I got into thrash and Lars Ulrich (yep, really) became my inspiration along with Dave Lombardo, and other of my favorite drummers. (yes, Lars sucks now...his playing has simply not developed and I find his drumming now mindless, but he's rich and has lots of art so what do I know?)

Then I started to desire a more technical progression while remaining heavy and go interested in Sean Reinert, Gene Hoglan, and Neal Peart to a lesser extent on heaviness...drummers like that. I followed that up by moving further in a prog direction (Reinert still qualifies) by getting into Mike Portnoy, who I still love. From Dream Theater I jumped to the prog rock, much of which influenced DT (Porcupine Tree, Yes, Genesis, etc) and then finally worked my way backwards to the works of Bill Bruford, his work in Yes and King Crimson really inspired me. While it's a very 'under the radar' album, "Red" by King Crimson simply blows me away.

So the overall list...
Keith Moon
Peter Criss
Lars Ulrich
Dave Lombardo
Donald Tardy
Sean Reinert
Neal Peart
Gene Hoglan
Phil Collins
Derek Roddy
Mike Portnoy
Gavin Harrison
Alan White
Bill Bruford
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I would have to say:

Danny Carey (Tool)
Gene Hoglan (SYL, Fear Factory)
Neil Peart (Rush)
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
Billy Rymer (The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Matt Halpern (Periphery)
Pete Sandoval (Morbid Angel)
Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
T.S. Monk
Steve Asheim (To an extent) (Deicide)
Ginger Baker (Cream)

But the drummers that made me drum were Neil, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Ringo (How could I), and unknowingly, David Silveria of Korn. I really liked Korn in my younger years.
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:09 AM
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Tomas Haake
Dirk Verbeuren
John Tempesta
Neil Peart
Alex Van Halen
Roger Hawkins
John "JR" Robinson
Steve Jordan
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:12 AM
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Stewart Copeland
Phil Collins
Benny Greb
JoJo Mayer
Steve Gadd
Chad Smith
Bernard Purdie
Ringo Starr
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:56 AM
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Inspired me or inspired my playing? Like everyone I am inspired by so many of the big name drummers past and present...

But my playing is mostly inspired by my dad. He was an SOB and abusive as hell when he was around. I never wanted to play like him. I wanted to play way better than him.

But to be honest my playing does sound a lot like his even now. And that is not so bad. My dad played with all black bands in the early 60's on the Chitlin Circuit. His most proud accomplishment was that black musician were often surprised he was white when listening to him. Also as a white guy traveling with a black band down south in the 60's he took a lot of crap at times from cops, restaurant staff, and motel personnel though I think they slept in the band van as often as not.

This must all sound weird to younger drummers. But music was much more local and live back then and each city had its own sounds and subgroups in each city had their own vibe. I can't imagine anyone making this racial distinction now of course, but in the context of the time it was an amazing complement and as anachronistic as it may be I am glad my playing has some of the heavy footed funky groove that only came later to drummers with a pale visage later. Can still hear my dad doing James Brown songs at the Elks Club in my own groove sometimes. Thanks Dad. It was the best thing you gave to me.
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Hi All,

First, I have to say that I've never posted much on DrummerWorld's discussion forums until the last few weeks, but I have to say that it's great to see a place like this where we can all get together and relate on what we love. Further, it's amazing seeing everyone's influences on this thread! It's totally bringing back memories of drummers that I've forgotten about! Quite frankly, it's making me laugh and almost bringing me to tears at the same time.

Anyway, here's my list with my greatest influences first and then others in no particular order:

1) Marco Minnemann - I wore out his Extreme Drumming DVD when I was a senior in High School. When I first heard him (and especially when I first saw him play) I was honestly flabbergasted. Later, when I was playing with a death metal band, Locusta, in College a few years ago I opened on a side stage for him and Necrophagist in Cleveland, Ohio. Before the set he was grabbing stuff from the bus and a few bandmates and I went up and introduced ourselves. He was totally cool and laid back as expected. We all shook his hand and I haven't washed mine 'til this day. Totally joking. (Or am I?)
2) Virgil Donati - I first got into him with his 1997 Modern Drummer performance VHS. Later I saw him play at the PASIC in Columbus, Ohio in 2002 or so. I've since purchased nearly every album he's been a part of and I have saved every Modern Drummer magazine in which he is interviewed. Creepy? You be the judge.
3) Mike Mangini - My drum teacher was big on his ambidextrous set up. Therefore, I became big on his ambidextrous set up, too. I saw him perform a clinic at Columbus Percussion when I was in high school and my jaw dropped. I still have his autograph hanging in my drum room for inspiration.
4) Thomas Lang - Ok, by now you're maybe sensing a pattern...perhaps I like all these technique guys who practice independence, foot technique, and athleticism until they're red in the face. Fine - you're right. But, nonetheless, when Thomas Lang's Creative Control and Creative Coordination DVDs came out I was in early college and I had ample time to sit around watching them until I wore them out. I also took that time to practice the ideas as much as possible until my limbs hung lifeless from exhaustion. Perfect.

In addition to the aforementioned drummers who had the greatest impacts on my approach and playing, I also learned and love the following drummers: Benny Greb, Johnny Rabb, Vinnie Colaiuta, Horacio Hernandez, Tim Alexander, Chad Sexton, Tomas Haake, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Akira Jimbo, Danny Carey, Jojo Mayer, BILL BRUFORD, Carl Palmer, Dave Abruzzese, Chad Smith, and honestly, many more!

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Old 09-10-2014, 04:10 AM
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These are the main ones, when I was a kid, these are who I copied from:

Mitch Mitchell
Ginger Baker
Al Jackson Jr.
The Motown drummers
The JamesBrown drummers

Later:

Elvin Jones
Art Blakey
Lenny White
Tony Allen
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:36 AM
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Early on (childhood - teens):
Peart
Lars Ulrich
Stewart Copeland
Dean Castronovo (his work on Marty Friedman's Dragon's Kiss album)

more recently (last couple decades):
Portnoy
Weckl (mostly with Elektric Band)
Royster Jr (probably more than anyone else)
Chris Adler
George Kollias (not so much inspiration as much as studied. When I decided to really increase my foot technique and speed Kollias was who I watched and listened to. Although I don't use swivel at all, his overall pedal technique is what I apply.

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Old 09-19-2014, 11:11 AM
Gertz Gertz is offline
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Default Re: Drummers who've inspired your playing

My 3 greatest inspirations as a drummer are Jose Pasillas of Incubus, Murph of Dinosaur Jr and Dave Grohl. Jose Pasillas is the standout of the 3 for me, love his tight fills and creativity. His work with his cymbals is amazing. I myself play DW (pdp) and Sabian cymbals and my layout is almost identical. Stewart Copeland of the police is great too.
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