Posted this a long time ago but it’s worth revisiting – rather than a random Youtube clip it’s actually an award winning Swedish film by Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjärne Nilsson called Music for one apartment and six drummers.
Working with me (on drums) requires an unreasonable tolerance for chaos. Strange how that contrasts with my composer gig, which is autistically meticulous. When I get on my drums I’m not the urbane but brisk professional anymore. I’m a hairy-assed silverback swinging through the trees.
Stewart Copeland: Strange Things Happen p. 262
Stewart Copeland puts the cause of drummer equality back a hundred years by comparing percussionists to gorillas.
Seriously though, I just finished reading Stewart’s book and found it very entertaining. He has a way with words and a great store of anecdotes. Playing in school fundraiser supergroup The Grateful Dads with Gene Simmons and Steve Stills, drumming inside a lion cage and getting Rage Against The Machine to group hug while singing Kumbaya, it’s never boring!
By the time this post goes live my former workmate Rob Maddison, should be getting ready to take the stage at Glastonbury with his band Spaceship Are Cool.
Rob recently wrote an article for The Guardian newspaper about adjusting to life in a wheelchair after a spinal tumour left him paralysed from the chest down. However his music career is going from strength to strength (as the Glasto-gig proves) and he still manages to find time to play drums in a second band Yunioshi.
How does he do that? Glad you asked…
If you head over the the Spaceship’s website you can download an exclusive free track Closer Than You Think. It’s a heartwarming slice of sunny sci-fi instrumental pop fuzziness.