#73: Anup Sastry – The art of being your own band


Welcome back to another episode of the Drummers I Like Podcast! This week we are chatting with a personal hero of mine, one of the sickest drummers ever, the inspiration behind the drummers I Like Podcast intro music and a genuinely good dude. His name is Anup Sastry and he is drummer, producer, and engineer with a talent that I feel is just not seen on a level this advanced. This show as an honor, a milestone, a dream come true, and ultimately a personal celebratory moment for everything we have come to do with this podcast journey of ours.

About our guest:

Anup first caught my radar in early 2011 when I found him via a Youtube drum cover of Periphery’s “New Groove”. He was the first guy out there successfully nailing Matt Halpern drum covers and being such a big fan of Hellpern I couldn’t help but get sucked in. He made New Groove his bitch. I was stuck on this cover for quite some time and as I followed his journey of insanely tough drum covers he started posting some covers for what sounded like his own solo material. Low and behold these solo covers led to his solo album “ghost” in 2013. The craziest part about these albums is that they use all programmed guitars and bass which I can promise you would have slipped right past you had I not mentioned it! I was hooked even more and started to obsess over his playing. Since then he has released a handful of new solo albums, toured with amazing bands like Monuments, intervals, Marty Friedman, and truly taken the drumming community by storm.

Key Points from today’s episode:

  • We get the full-fledged story from the myth himself with a full breakdown of Anup’s childhood and early years breaking into the music scene and playing the drums.
  • Anup gets into the details of his first drumset purchase in which his father made him do a full classroom style report and price analysis on the cost of drums broken down to hardware, finish, size, upgrades, and more.
  • Anup breaks down the process behind his solo album success stories in which he was able to program guitars, bass and more to produce a truly amazing progressive rock album keeping up with some of the most popular bands in the genre.

Anup is the secret sauce of our community and truly full of insane knowledge, skill, drive, and capabilities to help lead our massive community of drumtrepreneurs in a positive and engaging direction. Finally getting to sit down and chat with him was a dream come true but like all previous episodes a true wake up call to the efforts and actions it takes to obtain any level of success in this industry.

That’s it for this episode of the Drummers I Like Podcast, tune in next week!

– Richard

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