#64: Jonathan Ulman – Diary of a Disciplined session drummer


Today’s guest is 18-year session drummer and highly in demand Boston based studio drummer Jonathan Ulman. Johnathan is the definition of discipline and hard work recently being nominated for “Best new drummer for 2016” by Rhythm Magazine. Today’s show digs deep into Johnathan’s narrative as we listen to the man himself tell his own account of it all.

Johnathan is endorsed by Zildjian, Ludwig, Vic Firth, Evans, drumtacs, West tone, Big fat snare drum

About our guest:

Jonathan Ulman is an internationally recognized Session Drummer and Percussionist from Boston, MA. He has been nominated for “Best New Drummer 2016′ By Rhythm Magazine and named “2016 Session Musician of the Year” by The Boston Music Awards. Jonathan has been recording and touring with artists around the world for more than 18 years and is considered the area’ most in demand drummer.

Key points from today’s podcast:

Playing the game: After his parents nagged a snare, kick, and cymbal from a neighbor they would soon find out that Jonathan would do what ever would take to get a jam session in. First sessions included his dad putting his cymbals on his dowel while his brother positioned it upright next to him mimicking a high-hat and snare setup. He would soon be fitted with a sexy ludwig kit when his parents saw how serious he was.

Keeping up with the Joneses: Jonathan gives us an in-depth breakdown to how he ticks in matters of keeping the session work in, the practice time flowing, the gigs consistent, and the family first. This is important stuff as Jonathan fits an insane of amount of productive work into his day.

Let’s talk drum gear: Kevin gets the conversation soaring as we get deep into Jonathans setup in the studio, on tour, and at home.

In closing:

We truly had a blast chatting with Johnathan and we are feeling extremely inspired. How about you? Do you aspire to be a session drummer? Leave a comment for Johnathan below!

But wait…there’s more! 

This month of Drummers I Like Pro is going to be our biggest month yet. Scott is severely talented at what he does and that fact that he is dropping so much knowledge for SO little is mind blowing to not only me but the entire team here at Drummers I Like Pro! Want to get involved? Want to get a free drum lesson from Scott right now?  JUST CLICK HERE

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That’s it for episode 63 of the Drummers I like Podcast. We will be back Monday with another episode of the Daily Fill featuring a new Drum Lesson from our head educator Scott Jackson.

If you missed any of this weeks episode you can catch a quick link any of the episodes below

Scott’s Drum Lesson on Paradiddles

Daily Motivation for Drummers with Richard

Morning fuel with J.C. Clifford and Richard

Drum Rants with Kevin

Last Friday’s Podcast featuring David Puckett of Music Mentors Online

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