(someone record it please. Ta)
Also Happy New Year, hope you all have a good one.
|[L-R] Victor Salazar, Jimmy Chamberlin and Paul Wertico |
Earlier this year I worked in my dear pal Trent Bell’s recording studio, and he has already mixed several of the songs. He clearly put his heart into it, and his personal commitment to this record has touched me deeply... I can say the same for Jimmy Chamberlin’s contributions. When I first heard his drum work from the first track he and I collaborated on, I cried. I knew that whatever Jimmy would contribute to this record would be amazing, but the way the songs he and I have worked on have turned out demonstrate just how much of his heart he put into this project. WOW is really all I can say, except to add how much I love Jimmy as well!
VIC'S NAKED TRUTH:
Ever since we posted The Smashing Pumpkins' "Cherub Rock" featuring Jimmy Chamberlin as our DRUM TRACK OF THE DAY on Tuesday, we've been inundated with folks asking us about the snare drum he used.
In the past, Jimmy has been known to use a variety of different snare drums in the studio that included a Pearl Free Floating Steel, a Premier Signia Maple with matching wood hoops, and of course his old Yamaha Signature steel drum. So this past Friday following his gig at Metro, we asked Jimmy what snare he used on "Cherub Rock" and his answer was:
A Ludwig-Musser Drums and Percussion - 6.5x14 Hammered Brass (LB422BKT)
Having a similar sonic quality to the Black Beauty but with a higher pitch, Ludwig's 5x14 and 6.5x14 Brass models are hammered using the same process as Ludwig Timpani. Though each has a similar hammering pattern, no two are exactly alike and vary slightly in tonality.
Elsewhere, Chamberlin's turn on the skins in the Hot Stove All Stars helped net "The Foundation To Be Named Later" a cool $200,000.
Above - Mike listens back to his work on the track, whilst sugar-daddy Corgan looks on - unimpressed.
Jimmy Chamberlin on working with Gannin on the 5 World Class Drummers DVD. "It's a great educational tool for drummers to hear what an influence a drummer can have on a song. When you hear Ian Paice play a Deep Purple song you feel that interpretation and we as listeners tend to embed that stuff in our brain like it's written in stone. Certainly if you hear 'Take Five' with Joe Morello there's a certain expectation in the listening and our brains are used to being satisfied in a certain way.
What it does is tell you there are so many ways to interpret a song. Listening to Terry [Bozzio] play some of those songs with his ability to listen and re-interpret on the fly, it just tells you there really are so many ways to skin a musical cat and that the beauty of all of our playing is that no two drummers are even remotely alike. The five guys playing the same song are completely different interpretations of that song.
The beauty in drumming is really in the personality of the person holding the sticks and how the sound comes out through that personality, not really the technical proficiency. "We as humans get into this 'oh it's sacrilegious, it can't be this way'. What we have to get into our heads as artists is that really change is good and it doesn't have to feel uncomfortable.
A lot of times we get comfortable in our listening and it's a good way to push ourselves out of our comfort zone."
"It's definitely a jazz album,"says Frank Catalano of his partnership with Chamberlain and [Percy] Jones. "Yeah, Percy has played on Brian Eno records, and Chamberlin with the Smashing Pumpkins, obviously, but they're such good players in a jazz setting too. "I knew it would be a powerful trio, but it has ballads also."