A Case for Drummers??
As many of you already know, I am, at my core… a drummer. Yes. We all know that a drummer is the punchline to a joke about who you see hanging out with other “musicians”. But let’s take this one step further. In the future. With the evolution of music. Do we see a place for drummers anymore?
Now I should clarify, I’m NOT simply talking about drum software that does a really good job of replacing our human stick wielding heroes. I’m talking about productions that have moved away from real “sounding” drums in the first place.
More and more, I’m hearing great sounding records that years ago would have had live drummers but have now been pushed aside for sounds that only “resemble” their real counterparts.
Artist and genres that used to rely on drummers drumming seem to no longer do. Styles like Country, Rock and Pop that used to rely on these sounds no longer even try to.
Don’t get me wrong. This sounds like a normal evolution of music. It takes many hours to record a real drummer. And you need a really good one. Not even mentioning all the mics and inputs on our computer interfaces that are required to record a real kit.
And it’s not nearly as aspiring to produce music on a computer and NOT be able to hear what the final foundation will sound like. It’s hard to build a house on a temporary foundation.
So more and more, producers are simply tossing aside the idea of using a real drummer or even attempting to imitate that sound. Creating inspiring sounds that don’t even try to mimic what a real player (I didn’t say musician) can do.
What are your thoughts? Do you see a case for drummers today? In the future?
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I hope this message finds you well. Kenny Gioia