If you haven't heard of Ken Salters yet, you probably will before too long. Ken was one of the first people I asked for an interview, before I'd even shot a single episode of the podcast, because he's exactly the type of drummer I wanted to feature. Young, hungry, playing with a lot of people, and right on the "cusp" of being on the tip of everybody's tongue.
Oh yea, and not defining himself as strictly a "jazz drummer", nor by any other genre label. As you'll see in the footage, Ken's style is eclectic and exploratory, but forceful.
As with the other interviews, I ask a lot of questions, but they're all circling the same two Big Questions -
1. How did you get so good?
2. Will you be my friend?
I'm happy Ken indulged me the opportunity to go a little deeper - a lot of people have done the same things, but they're not as good as you. Why? That got us into some juicy stuff.
- Early influences, both conventional and "taboo".
- Ken's "secret weapon", and the philosophizing teacher who helped him to understand music more deeply.
- The value of "talent" for success.
- Ken's mindset fundamentals, including his morning routine. (Thanks Dr. Ferriss.)
There's one thing you won't see any of in this interview - me. A tripod mishap made a second camera impractical, and I wanted to record our candid conversation instead of setting up a staged tableau, so all you'll hear is my voice. Perhaps we'll do a Stage Two, in which Ken schools me in duo drums.
Hope you guys enjoy this one. If you're new to the site, just scroll down to see all the interviews I've done this year!