By Phil Hood

In the middle of the night I woke up with a start. For some reason I felt like I had been dragged back to the late 1970s. I was at a Donna Summer concert and it was all felt so real. Then I looked down at my clothes. No leisure suits, no spandex, just a pair of shorts I sleep in. Slowly it dawned on me that I was still in bed and it had all been a dream.

Still the standard: Bonham in the studio.

Then

Studied on a pad with sticks, a method book, and a teacher.

Now

Start on an electronic kit learning YouTube covers.

Then

Tape and studio time were expensive. Tracking drums was a big-to-do and if it didn’t work out money was wasted.

Now

Bits are cheap. Pro drummers track in their home studio. Files are emailed around the world in seconds.

Where’s my leisure suit?

Then

Vinyl LPs were still the top medium for music.

Now

Vinyl LPs are back.

Then

Waited for the record store to open on release day.

Now

Visit the record store only on Record Store Day.

Then

It was sometimes hard to find the transcription you needed in any book.

Now

Tons of free and bootleg transcriptions are available online, but quality is often dubious.

Then

Heard it first on radio.

Now

Heard it first on Soundcloud, Spotify, or Youtube.

Walter Becker, Donald Fagen

Then


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Hi-Fi Speakers four feet high.

Now

Earbuds.

Then

Stage volume was overwhelming. Setting levels could be hit or miss.

Now

In-ear monitors and improved consoles make front-of-house engineering predictable.

Then

The band hit the road in a van.

Now

The band hits the road in a van.

Then

8″ x 10″ glossy black and white publicity photos sent out by the record company.

Now

JPEGs in a Dropbox.

Then

You hear a song and ask your drummer buddy who that band is.

Now

Shazam it!

Then

Producers tried to replace the drummer with a studio musician.

Now

Producer replaces your sounds in Pro Tools.

Then

Start out learning Bonham licks.

Now

Start out learning Josh Dun licks.

Then

Record the drums as dry as possible.

Now

Go for a real drum sound, and if you don’t like it, start programming.

Then

You bought an album and listened to every track whether you liked it or not because it cost a lot.

Now

Most users click away from video and audio after less than two minutes.

Then

First performance was at a school dance.

Now

First performance is at an all-ages show.

Then

Drum sounds could be great or terrible depending on the recording session.

Now

Digital technology allows you to make perfect sounds, but sometimes so perfect they’re boring.

Then

Five-piece plus a lead singer.

Now

Two-piece, guitar and drums or DJ and drums.

Then

Drummers jokes.

Now

Drummer jokes. How come there are no DJ jokes?

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To my US readers: Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

 

 

 

 

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