Welcome back to this week’s episode of Drummers I Like. Today we are joined by Chris Carhart. Chris plays for Phantogram and endorses Aquarian drumheads, Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and Drums.
In this episode:
Growing behind the kit: Chris breaks down his path to success
aMUSE me: Chris talks about his experience touring the world with MUSE
Who built the kit: Chris breaks down his relationship with QDrums and the experience of working with this great team!
Growing behind the kit:
Have you ever found yourself trying to play drums deviating from the normal playing position? Chris plays open handed, always. Between dingy drum lessons above the local guitar shop to playing to records, Chris found the open-handed style of playing worked best for him.
Chris was enjoying his time in Austin, TX having some drinks and joking about opening for MUSE. Fast forward a few months and Chris found himself sitting behind the kit in Europe playing six sold out shows for the very same band he was joking about.
Who Built the kit:
With so many custom drum companies releasing quality products choosing the right kit can be a difficult decision. Chris made his decision with QDrums not based on quality but relationships and customer service. Chris gives us the specs of his kit as well as the Paiste setup he uses in this episode and it’s definitely a one of a kind drum kit.
- What was one of the biggest hurdles you had to overcome as a drummer?The transition from a casual drummer with a day job to a professional touring drummer.
- What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? “If you have another choice, go and do it!”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? Consistent practice, with a good stretching routine, and not being an asshole!
- Share a resource or tool like an app or a drum tool that helps you survive. Metronome!
- If you could recommend just one book what would it be and why? Just kids by Patti Smith Future Sounds by David Garibaldi
- Imagine you woke up tomorrow in a world exactly like ours… You have no contacts and no one knows who you are but you possess all of the same knowledge and talents you currently have. You have $500, a smartphone, life essentials (food, a roof over your head), a car and a drum set of your choice. What is the first thing you would do? Move to L.A because the music scene is a lot more lively
Thank you, Chris, for sharing your amazing experiences with us! Thanks to our listeners for joining us today.
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