Hey! Welcome to Brendan's Blog Vol. 2. Or Edition 2. However you want to think about it. A lot has happened since the last post, mainly a lot of existential pondering, so pardon this rambling excuse for an update.
Today is Wednesday September 7, the first day of university for many. For me, it marks the first-first day that I will not be heading back to school - in 23 years (9 of them in post-secondary education). WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MYSELF NOW??!! But seriously, not having the pressure of heading back to school for another year leaves ample room to sit around and ponder what lies ahead in life, which in turn can lead to lots of anxiety. So instead of sitting around worrying about the future, I'm starting to practice drums again more regularly! During the summer it was tough to stay focused and to improve on my instrument due to gigs, rehearsals, writing sessions, editing, etc. I'm beginning to work through a couple of Chaffee books in the hopes that I can regain some of the facility that I've lost on the kit since finishing school and expand my understanding of over the bar-line phrasing. Maybe I'll post some updates on here every once in a while in order to hold myself accountable!
The middle of August also brought some exciting news in the gear department. I'm incredibly honoured and proud to announce that I have become a part of the Porter & Davies family! It's an absolute thrill to be included in the artist roster. There are many, many insane drummers on the roster including Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), JR Robinson (Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Anton Fig (The Late Show with David Letterman), Benny Greb and local drummer Chad Melchert (Gord Bamford). (Thanks to Chad for letting me try his BC2) For those of you who don't know what Porter & Davies is all about, they are the inventors and manufacturers of a tactile transducer monitoring system called the BC2. For those who are still lost, basically it's a drum throne that acts as a silent speaker, faithfully reproducing the "sound" of your kick drum (or whatever else you send to it) through conduction through your body. Having been using in ears for the majority of the gigs I play, sometimes the kick drum gets lost in my mix or I have to turn it up almost too loud in order to hear it. With the BC2, I can turn down the kick in my monitors and feel it more than ever. Some time in the next little while, I'll write another post about and maybe post a short video as well. For now, here's picture of the cockpit while out with the Mojave Iguanas.
That's it for now! Stay tuned for practice updates and a short demo video of the BC2!