I jumped in at the deep end. I started practicing drums at the age of 12 in Florida and then got serious at 13 when we got home to Toronto, Canada. After learning my rudiments and various beats, the first recordings that I played along to were the Buddy Rich – “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – Live at Caesars Palace”, Gino Vannelli – “Powerful People” and Tower of Power’s “Live in Living Colour”.
We lived in an apartment so the practice pads definitely got a lot of stick time due to volume constraints. My dad believed in getting me into the advanced stuff as soon as he saw my potential. Anyway, hearing and then eventually seeing Buddy live was an incredible experience because he was such a powerful player. He was a major lesson in being physically relaxed when you play and having good technique to facilitate your way around a kit. Very special memories.
Thank you Buddy.