What can I say? Nate Wood is one of the people who inspired me to start the 80/20 Drummer channel, and he's just honored me with an appearance on the podcast.
Nate approaches the drums like there are no rules, to such a degree that some other drummers can seem one-dimensional after watching Nate play a set. We may know intellectually that it's possible to play a floor tom and a heavy ride together instead of a kick drum and crash cymbal, or that phrases can start and end on any beat, but Nate's elevated an "all options on the table" approach to state-of-the-art.
In person he's an improbable mixture of modesty and enthusiasm, as evidenced by his very willingness to come by and play/chat with me.
In this interview, Nate reveals:
- The unlikely mixture of influences that gave rise to his heavy-grooving-yet-whimsical style of playing.
- What it's like to work with Wayne Krantz.
- His opinion on how much you should be performing vs practicing.
- Why it's important never to feel like you've finished improving.
- What he actually practices when he practices.
Know you'll love Nate's thoughts and his playing as much as I did. If you dig this episode please share it on Twitter or Facebook!