October 10, 2018
Episode 023 - Rolf Wam Fjell (Hillsong)
Every wonder what prophetic drumming actually means? Or how "following the leading of the Spirit" applies to us a drummers? this episode with Rolf Wam Fjell is like a master class on the spiritual side of what it means to be a worship drummer.
This episode is pure gold and I encourage you to actually get a notebook out as you listen - it's that good!
In this Episode
- Journey to Hillsong
- Prophetic Dimensions in Worship Drumming
- Scripture Verses For Worship Drummers - Psalm 34:5 // Isaiah 41:15-16 // Isaiah 30:32 MSG
- Daily/Game day Routine
- TED Talk - How To Practice Effectively (see video below)
- Team Night at Hillsong
- Receiving a Custom Snare
- Exploring The Yamaha EAD10
- Word of Wisdom for Worship Drummers
Watch more from Rolf from his WD Insta takeover on WD's WD's IGTV.
Links To Things Mentioned
I have a million reasons why I’m not qualified to do this, and one reason why I am - Jesus!
My ambition and my heart’s desire is to bring the best to the King of kings
A little practice every day is better than 10 hours on Friday
View pics and videos here
June 19, 2018
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In 2015 I sat backstage and had my first opportunity to watch Jen Ledger (Skillet) play! She played with instensity, precision, and power and I was never the same again! In episode 022, Jen unpacks her journey to becoming Skillet's drummer at the age of 18, and this episode is full of wisdom!
Get your note-taking device of choice ready as we get into it here!
In this Episode
- Playing - from 200 to 15,000
Advice for young drummers
LEDGER - Jen’s Solo Project
Struggling with Anxiety and Panic/Fear (Song: Not Dead Yet)
Keeping your drumming from plateauing, and staying fresh?
Being the Drummer vs the lead singer
On keeping the heart before beat
“John Cooper really didn’t want me to try out.”
“The one thing I was sure of is that He would not be using me and my drumming because it was the thing that I felt the weakest at.”
“Even in my work with Skillet, It’s my weakness [drumming] - the one thing I thought He couldn’t use about me, that has become the very thing that He’s displayed His glory through!”
“It felt so clear to me that this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him lining things up.”
"If you’re faithful with the little/mundane, God can open and trust you with a lot."
"So many place their identity in drumming, music, and songwriting. We often mix up the calling of God with our own dreams and desires. But a healthy reminder is that those who lose their lives, find their lives."
“Music can be an idol for people - it can get mixed up because you can feel like your doing it for God.”
“I’m trying to be someone that has too much faith, rather than too little.”
“How do you do two bands at once? I don’t know, but God does!”
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May 29, 2018
In this episode we catch up with Garrett Tyler who is living in Nashville and pursuing his passion to play drums. 2018 started off as a wide-open blank canvas for Garrett and we get into the details of how God is working all of those things out, one by one.
Garrett was also a "rookie" on the Outcry Tour with Josh Fisher (Jesus Culture), Joe Volk (Bethel Music), and Dan McMurray (Lauren Daigle) and we talk about how that experience felt.
We also squeezed some time to chat about endorsements and hybrid setups. I know you will enjoy this episode!
IN THIS EPISODE
- 06:20 - Stepping out into the unknown for 2018
- 12:55 - How Local Sound Formed
- 21:30 - OutCry Tour with 3 other drummers
- 27:05 - Gear run down from OutCry Tour
- 34:40 - Thoughts on Ensdorsements // Pros and Cons
- 43:40 - Garrett’s early beginnings as a drummer
- 51:28 - Rudiments are your Alphabet as a drummer
- 55:50 - Where do you learn to use tech in drumming?
- 01:00 - How do you keep #HeartBeforeBeat?
- 1958 Ludwig Trans badge
- 12" Tom
- 16" Tom
- 22" kick
- 70's Ludwig Acrolite snare
- 14x10 Truth Custom tom-snare hybrid
- DW Hardware
LINKS TO THINGS MENTIONED
CONNECT WITH GARRET
April 6, 2018
After having a few drummer friends insist that I connect with him, I finally did it. In episode 20 I chat with Paul Whittinghill (Passion) and we get into some topics that he is very passionate about.
There are some definite gold-nuggets for you to grab onto and I hope that you are encouraged and inspired by our conversation.
"I’m 21, I have no cred. I was like a name on a page, and they asked me to play. It’s the faithfulness of God, it cannot be denied" - Paul Whittinghill.
In this Episode
The early years and first drum kit
6-piece suit band / Christy Nockels / Brett Younker
Serving on The Worship Team Passion City Church
New Wave of Passion Starts (2013)
Biggest mistake(s) you’ve ever made
Innovative ideas vs setting trends
Passion Conference Gear Rundown (see below)
Preparing for Passion Conference AND live recording
Favourite songs from new album, Whole Heart
Becoming a “song” drummer
Storytelling from the kit and finding your voice around the kit
Leading from the drum kit - having a humble confidence
Main drumming influences
how do you keep the heart before beat on the daily?
Mentioned in this Episode
SOAP Groups (Bible Reading Plan):
Start a text thread with 4 friends or so
decide on a book of the Bible to go through
read one chapter a day
find one verse that stuck out to you, write a brief observation, how does it apply to your life?, possibly a short prayer
Paul on Instagram // Twitter // Facebook
- C&C Kit with Ebony Oyster wrap
- 22x14 13x9 16x16
- Snare: Black beauty 6.5x14
- 24” Epic RIde
- 20” Custom Crash
- 22” custom crash
- Hats: 17” Light crash // raw hat
- looptimus (midi controller)
February 21, 2018
David Whitworth - Bethel Music
Hey Worship Drummer Fam! I'm so excited to share with you the conversation I had with David Whitworth (Bethel). One of the questions we get asked a lot is, "How do you get that Bethel snare sound?" Then the follow up question is usually something like, "It sounds sooo good! Is it sampled?"
Well, today I am pleased to say that we have answers to all, or at least most, of your questions. We received just about 70 questions from our insta fam and in this episode we attempt to tackle them head-on.
Grab a coffee and hang on, this is gonna be a great one!
"I love playing drums because I can encounter the Lord while doing something I love."
In this Episode (Timestamps)
02:30 - From Texas To Kansas City
04:20 - IHOP
12:00 - The Fight Conference
16:00 - Section Leading at Bethel
19:00 - Gear Rundown
21:41 - Drum Tuning/Snare Tuning
27:30 - Sleigh bells on Hi Hat stand
28:40 - Truth Custom Drums
29:45 - #worshipdrummer Fails
32:10 - Ableton + Spontaneous Worship
34:48 - Ableton Rig Rundown
36:45 - Balancing Marriage and Ministry
38:45 - In-ear mix
40:00 - Fostering community among musicians at Bethel
41:30 - Drum Samples
43:50 - Playing Live vs Studio
45:30 - What drumming stuff are you challenged with lately?
50:15 - AUX/Double Drums
55:10 - Practical advice to prepare your heart
57:00 - Follow on social @davidwhitworth
"My identity is not me being a drummer, it’s me being a son."
TOUR KIT: Truth Custom Kit
- Vintage Mahogany wood
- 13x9 rack tom
- 24x18 kick
- 16x16 floor
- 4x8 Brass snare (with 42 strands)
- Snare: remo powerstroke 4 clear dot
- Thin Evans tone ring
- Toms: remo vintage coated
ELECTRONICS (Tracks are through Ableton)
January 9, 2018
Have you ever wanted to sit and have coffee with one of your fav drummers? Well, we made that possible for all of you in episode 018! We sat with Simon "Kobes" Kobler armed with over 82 questions from the Worship Drummer Family as well as some of our own! We drank great coffee, had a great convo and I even got a hands-on with his impressive new line of products for drummers.
In this Episode
- 24" Jazz Ride
- 17" Raw crashes as hi-hats
- EQ3 batter clear on Kick
- G2 Coated on toms
Basal - The Sophisticated + Modern Answer To Product Organization
We had a hand-on experience with many of Simon's products and I was so impressed with the quality and attention to detail. The simplest way I can put it is that if you enjoy his playing, you'll love his products! They are simple and basic but meet a huge need in organizing all of your drumming accessories. Here are some pics that I took, and then some "proper" ones.
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September 20, 2017
In this episode you will learn about the new worshipdrummer.pro platform that we are preparing to launch towards the end of October, as well as our brand new online course.
Get ready, because we are about to equip you like never before. Listen on to find out about the 4 different ways we will equip you like never before!
September 5, 2017
Jared is no stranger to the drumming world. He has created one of the world's most influential online platforms that connects drum students with the pros with Drumeo.
In this episode we explore the topic of music education and talk about how Drumeo came to be what it is today.
In the intro, we also share about our new platform that we are excited to launch, called worshipdrummer.pro, an brand new platform that will house all of our premium content. sign up for the launch list at worshipdrummer.pro.
August 9, 2017
In episode 16 we bring you a fantastic conversation that we had with Steve Goold. This epsiode is packed with valuable insight from a drummer that we've admired from afar for a long time!
In this Episode:
- Discover how Steve got his start, and climbed his way up to play for bands like Own City, Sara Bareilles, and Ben Rector, etc...
- Find out if the BFSD's Steve's Donut is named after this Steve
- The Drumset and the Kingdom
- Drum Gear Run down of all three of his setups
- New kit or new cymbals?
- The art of listening to music
- The Drum Library
- Kentville Kangaroo Drum heads
April 18, 2017
It was back in the summer of 2015 when I was sitting backstage with Jared Henderson and the rest of Kari Jobe's band when Ben Davis (bass) told me a crazy story about a guy named Garrett Goodwin and the Brownsville Revival. My ears perked up and after hearing the story, I sat in amazement at how good and faithful God is!
In this episode we attempt to capture and tell the story here on the podcast, for all of you to hear. We also talk drum gear and technology in music.
In This Episode:
- Garrett's Upbringing
- Growing up at Brownsville during the Revival
- The necessity of humility
- The Influence of Lindell Cooley
- The phone call that changed everything.
- Rooted in Revival
- Touring and staying accountable
- Advice for Worship Leaders on how they can influence young drummers
- The what and why behind his drum setup
- Technology in Music/Worship, Drēmtrigger
- Nashville Sampling Co.
- Practical drumming advice
Garrett Goodwin's Gear Rundown
- DW Drums
- 14 x 10 rack tom
- 18 x 16 floor tom
- 26 x 18 kick
- 14 x 6.5 snare
- Sabian Cymbals
- 18" Hats
- 24" Crash
- 24" Ride
- 22" Crash
- Remo Drumheads: Emperor (on top)
- Promark Drumstick: 2S + 747B
Links to things mentioned in this episode: