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Losing the drummer ( again)

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by theunknowndude, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Long story short we lost our original drummer after tracking for an album, we play groove metal and he was more of a rock drummer but it still worked well. We then got a fill in drummer for a while but he moved country... so got a drummer friend we knew who was good to help us all last year... played a few gigs and was pretty much going to be permanent and redo more aggressive drumming for album tracks. He sends us all a message the night before practice that he has issues and needs to quit. As we are all mid 30’s and doing this socially seems hard to go through training a drummer up again plus we do want live drums / gig occasionally. So in the meantime... has anyone collaborated via correspondence without drums and worked it out ok? Our guitarist really wants to get back to writing but unsure how we move forward being drummerless and not willing to use sample tracks for new stuff.
  2. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    If you're just writing, and demoing, it's no problem just using a click track.

    If you can be bothered to program drums, that definitely can help nail punctuation, when precision riffing - though do you want to tie a future drummer to specific patterns, that you've created...?

    Any half competent drummer will be able to record live drums to the click, that you've previously recorded your other parts to.

    If you're making a recording for release, it's definitely an advantage to get the drums down first, as it makes punctuating the other instruments more natural, and dictates the sonic space available for each instrument.

    FWIW ; Dave Grohl recorded the first Foo Fighters album on his own (I think Geoff Turner of Grey Matter may have been engineering, and running the tape machine/desk etc), by putting down scratch tracks to a metronome, and then overdubbing live drums, bass, guitars, and vocals - one at a time.
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  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Depends on the music and the goals of the band.

    1. How the drums are played affect the song - imagine if Rush recorded with a click instead.
    2. Tough to start getting gigs without a full band.
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  4. Yeah we only play socially / trying to focus on album and bits first... we have 10 original songs but usually only gig every 3 months or so.
    Agreed how the drums are played affect the song, hence why we were gonna re record with the newer drummer before he bailed. We play metal that is kind of a mix of all things... kind of a mix between machine head, pantera, deftones and mudvayne... groove / thrash / grind / part of most 90’s heavy bands.

    Will have to see how it all goes finishing album and parts before playing it live I guess.
  5. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Drummers are fired every day so there are always new ones available. Order a pizza and try out whoever shows up.;)
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