Richie Martinez – Drummers I Like Podcast #22

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Welcome back to another Drummers I Like podcast. We’re excited today to bring you our guest, Richie Martinez!

Welcome back to all of our regular listeners, and welcome to our new ones. We are so excited to bring Richie on the show today. From watching and following his great Instagram page we have really enjoyed hearing his awesome grooves and amazing chops. He has a great sense of humor and we know you will all enjoy the fun and relaxed feel of the show. So let’s get to it!

5:00 – 9:00: As usual we start things off by introducing Richie and getting to know how he found drumming and a little about his journey up to today! As with many of our guests, Richie comes from a very musical family that really nurtured his desire to play. He talks about his journey through learning the drums in school, with both drums and from the music theory side as well.

9:00 -15:00: Here Kevin gets into the details of Richie living in Nashville and living as a working drummer. We all know it’s one of the most competitive cities for musicians. Which really brings up a discussion about challenging yourself and pushing to reach your goals. Then we fall into Richie’s take on Nashville and what he specifically did to prepare for that challenge.

15:00 – 17:00: Here Rich and Richie talk a little about mental practice and finding time no matter what you’re doing to practice something. Just like Richie is working on his left foot at a coffee shop while he’s talking with us. So that moves into his practice and teaching methods and how he approaches teaching.

17:00 – 23:00: From there Richie starts talking about a Ted-Ed video that he was watching that was about the neurological effects that music has on the brain. You’ll have to listen as we all get into a deep conversation about having drums on the brain. Among other things.

23:00 – 35:00: In our next segment Richie breaks down his personal drum setup for us. He gets into his Mapex shells as well as his Mapex Wraith snare drum which is Matt Halpern’s signature snare and man does it sound sweet! He also breaks down his cymbal setup. Richie is using Meinl cymbals and just after we recorded this podcast he made the announcement that he in now endorsing Meinl.

35:00 – 42:00: Now Rich starts to get into Richie’s Instagram page and some details on how he built up his following and how he comes up with his content. He really digs into this section and lets us know how he looks at social media and how he puts himself out there. We also chat about the business and get into how social media is part of our brand as drummers and how important it is to look at drumming from that point of view if you plan on being a professional drummer.

42:00 – 46:00: This is a great section that talks a little how important attitude can  help you get gigs. We often heard drummers talk about being easy to personable and professional. It can be the biggest factor on whether or not you get hired for a gig. This also still ties into helping your brand overall! Richie also gets into a little about how being a hard worker can help you with endorsements as well as how throwing yourself into a city with competitive musicians can push you, even more, to work hard.

46:00 – 49:00: Next we talk about how to fit practice in with a busy schedule. Richie goes into detail about consolidation to make the most out of your time and how that can be applied to drumming and to life.

49:00 – 53:00: Here Rich points out how drummers can use the tools we have to find creative ways to make revenue in creative ways highlighting your skills and knowledge as a drummer. Also how important it can be to be active in a media rich world to help make an impact on people. You never know who you could be influencing and how it could be helping other people. That alone can be the sign of great success.

53:00 – 1:04:00: Now Richie points out how important it can be to step away from the drums sometimes and it can help you be more creative when you get back to the kit. This gets into a great talk about how Richie uses the UFC and soccer to get his mind away from drumming, which also gets into a fun chat about Colin McGregor and the UFC in general.

1:04:00 – Rapid Singles

1. What was holding you back from becoming the successful drummer? – doubting his presentation of his drumming. As well as not being afraid to ask questions to drummers you may look up to. 
2. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? – To listen and be aware.  
3. What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? –  Obsession
4. Share a resource or tool that helps you survive as a drummer? – His Groove Gear bag and all the tools that he keeps in his. As well as his Reflex practice pad. 
5. Recommend just one book. what would it be and why? – Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by Ted Reed

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? – Open up social media accounts and really focus on pushing himself. Mainly for the fact that millions of people can see you through that medium. Then he would take his money and invest in NAMM or P.A.S.I.C. or some lessons with very influential drummers that could really help you network as well as prepare for your career as a drummer. 

So now we have another great podcast in the books. Richie Martinez is really a wonderful up and coming drummer with a lot of knowledge and wisdom beyond his years. Make sure to listen close to the Rapid Singles. Richie gets into a lot of detail in all those questions and that’s a whole lot of useful knowledge for you drummers out there. At the very beginning of this show, we mentioned that  JoeyBones was our winner the signed Jay Postones drum head so make sure to reach out to us so we can get your prize sent out! Thanks again to everyone who’s listening and we’ll talk more next week.

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