Jamie Gamble – Drummers I Like Podcast #25


Welcome to the Drummers I Like Podcast. Today we have a great drummer, and good friend Jamie Gamble!

We are very excited to have Jamie on today’s show. Rich and Jamie have been spending quite a bit of time together working on several projects and we knew he would be a great guy to have a chat with here on our podcast. Jamie is a very inspiring drummer who has worked with artists like Destiny’s Child, P Diddy, and Jamie Foxx. As well as many others. There is a lot to learn Jamie’s experience as a working drummer. From playing to professionalism. Listen closely as we chat with one of the best.

Start – 5:00: In the usual Drummers I Like fashion, we get things started by introducing Jamie and getting into his backstory and how he found the drums. He came into drumming at a very young age and honed his skills in church. Jamie talks about his early influences and lists some of the younger guys now that continue to influence his playing.

5:00 – 7:00: Here Rich asks Jamie to dig into his early years a bit more and he talks about getting his first serious kit and how his self-taught drumming started to form.

7:00 – 13:00: In our next spot we talk about how he made the leap into professional drumming. He gets into really playing a lot in church and “paying his dues” which helped open doors to get into a career of drumming. As well as playing with musicals which helped build his skills. Those experiences also helped pave the way for his first big gig with Montell Jordan.

13:00 – 19:00: From there we start digging into some of Jamie’s work after his time with Montell Jordan. He gets into his work with pop star Brandy and filming a Disney musical with Ray J.

19:00 – 21:00: Then Rich gets into Jamie’s work with the comedy legend and pop icon Jamie Foxx. It becomes a common theme in Jamie’s story that these gigs all start him getting referred from friends from church. Making those early connections really helped keep him busy.

21:00 – 32:00:  Now we step back a bit and talk about the acts that followed his work with Brandy. Jamie got another call from a good friend to play a date with P Diddy. That moved into playing with Destiny’s Child. As well as many gigs in between. We really touch on a lot in all these early sections. So make sure to listen closely.

32:00 – 40:00:  Now we talk a bit about demystifying “gospel chops” and get Jamie’s take on what i sometimes like to refer to as the latest drumming buzz word. That leads to a talk about how he was influenced and about the entertainment side of the craft. But we bring it back to the fact that we all need to be opened minded as a drummer and practice lots of different styles.

40:00 – 47:00: Then Rich gets into his fist shedding session and how those sessions, as well as some recent jams with Jovan Dawkins and Jamie, has really helped his playing. That moves into a conversation about how we take influence and how we use it to help our drumming.

47:00 – 1:00:00: This is our time to get into Jamie’s setup. He speaks highly of his DW kits and go’s through his preferred sizes these days.  Then he breaks down his Impact cymbal selection. Jamie works very closely with Impact and we love what those guys are doing over there! He also touches on his selection of Remo drumheads and Vater drumsticks.

1:00:00 – Rapid Singles

1. What was holding you back from becoming the successful drummer? – Just having the experience of playing. But we also talk about the importance of attitude as well. 
2. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? – “When you got the people bobbing their heads. You got em.”
3. What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – Staying relevant. 
4. Share a resource or tool that helps you survive as a drummer? – His good ole drum key. He also talks about investing in yourself. Which will help you be prepared when an opportunity comes your way. 
5. Recommend just one book. what would it be and why? – Jamie actually mentions two Dennis Chambers videos. Both Serious Moves and In the Pocket.  

6. Imagine you woke up tomorrow in a world exactly like ours, you still had all the same knowledge and talent that you have as a drummer but you know no one. All you have is $500, a smartphone, and small portable drum set. What would you do first? – Based on his past experience he would have somebody take him to check out the rehearsal spaces to meet guys looking for drummers. As well as checking out the local open mic nights to check out other musicians. Also, check out local music stores for people looking for musicians. 

Well, that’s about it for our show this week. We were very excited to have this chat today and the show if full of great knowledge and is entertaining as well. It was also the first time we had our guest live in the studio which was awesome! Jamie is a great guy and we look forward to hearing a bit more from him in the future as his schedule permits. Thanks as always for listening and showing your support. We appreciate all the great reviews and encourage those of you who haven’t reviewed our show yet to get on that! We have a link just below that will take you right to Itunes to leave a review. That’s our show for this week and we can’t wait for our next show! Till then, Ciao!

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