Remember that lesson I was super excited to present to you but I couldn’t reveal yet? This is it.
Three years, when I was just starting the channel, I used to drive to Williamsburg every day to practice, and to beat the boredom of sitting in Traffic, I made YouTube playlists. (That’s also when I got heavily into a channel whose name I’m as a rule no longer going to mention;) Of all my favorites, who soon loomed largest on that playlist, inspiring me to Get After It in the shed, even if I wasn’t feeling it that day?
This week’s guest, Nick Smith.
Nick kicked it into high gear when he started doing videos on the Soul Tone channel. I’d never seen anything like it. Super high-level arrangements, that were musical as well as technical, and drumming to match.
Last month in LA, I was at a church in Compton to watch my friend Chris Paprota do a clinic, along with Andre Montgomery and D’Mile. I was out back enjoying a quesadilla with some new friends, and what floated through the door, but the track The Rise, from one of Nick’s Soultone videos. A track I’d transcribed. Sure enough, there was Nick, and just when I thought my night couldn’t get any better, I met him.
So that’s the genesis of this week’s lesson. Nick and I mutually agreed on the track, and Nick, after watching the lesson, elected to bow out of offering any drumming and simply provide commentary and wisdom.
Anyway, for the comments, tell me about a time you met someone you’d admired for a long time.
Was it everything you hoped? Was it more?
See you next week, and get After It!