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Tony ‘Thunder’ Smith and myself.  
I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the past 5 semesters studying with, and hanging out with Tony.  Over the years, I’ve better been able to really understand how fortunate I am.  Tony has played with John Mclaughlin, Santana, Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, and probably best well known, Lou Reed.  Talk about a fucking wealth of knowledge.  
Tony pushed my limits as a drummer and as a musician.  And thankfully, we’ve become pretty good friends.  
Can’t thank this guy enough for everything I’ve learned in my time at Berklee.  

Tony ‘Thunder’ Smith and myself.  

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the past 5 semesters studying with, and hanging out with Tony.  Over the years, I’ve better been able to really understand how fortunate I am.  Tony has played with John Mclaughlin, Santana, Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, and probably best well known, Lou Reed.  Talk about a fucking wealth of knowledge.  

Tony pushed my limits as a drummer and as a musician.  And thankfully, we’ve become pretty good friends.  

Can’t thank this guy enough for everything I’ve learned in my time at Berklee.  

Here’s another video I shot.  This time using Stanton Moore’s “Pot Licker”.

Funky.

I recently recorded a video drum cover for Atmosphere’s “Say Shhh”.

Hopefully people like it and I won’t get sued.

Here’s the flyer for my senior show.  Did I mention we’re playing a fusion version of Toxic?  Fuck yers.  We are.  

Here’s the flyer for my senior show.  Did I mention we’re playing a fusion version of Toxic?  Fuck yers.  We are.  

DJ Names

I’m taking a turn-tables class and I need to have a DJ name by Monday.  Seriously.  Who has ideas?  I need some good ones.  Submit anything.  

fuck yes I’m the drummer for a class devoted to the music of The Meters!

fuck yes I’m the drummer for a class devoted to the music of The Meters!

How do choose mic options on a snare?  You pick 5, plus overheads, and you try them all!  Not to mention the thousands of dollars in gear to process everything.  It was awesome.  Completely impractical.  But completely awesome.   

new kit, in the studio. 
"keep all that goofy wires shit off of my drums"

new kit, in the studio. 

"keep all that goofy wires shit off of my drums"

This was “class” for me today.  5 hours in the studio. 

This was “class” for me today.  5 hours in the studio. 

I’m beginning to think someone is putting up fake posters at Berklee.  Hopefully this actually exists.

I’m beginning to think someone is putting up fake posters at Berklee. Hopefully this actually exists.

Bad Plus drummer, Dave King, and I after his show in Boston.  Minneapolis pumps out some serious drummers. 

Bad Plus drummer, Dave King, and I after his show in Boston.  Minneapolis pumps out some serious drummers. 

you know what’s dumb?  21/16 time signatures.  I’m gonna let you guys think about this little gem.  (just the top line, the rest are just ostinato variations for the right hand.)

you know what’s dumb?  21/16 time signatures.  I’m gonna let you guys think about this little gem.  (just the top line, the rest are just ostinato variations for the right hand.)

Successfully checked in and paid-up for the fall semester. 
I would like to draw your attention to ‘Double Bass Drum Studies’
Yeah, it’s gonna be turbo-awesome.

Successfully checked in and paid-up for the fall semester. 

I would like to draw your attention to ‘Double Bass Drum Studies’

Yeah, it’s gonna be turbo-awesome.

I should really be shedding some of the weird 3/4, 4:3 16th note combinations, writing a paper, and studying for a singing performance quiz, but I took a picture of my “drumset” instead.  

I should really be shedding some of the weird 3/4, 4:3 16th note combinations, writing a paper, and studying for a singing performance quiz, but I took a picture of my “drumset” instead.