I probably won’t write much in the following posts regarding DrumSmack! but, since it is the first one I want to share a little bit about what I encountered.
I had the double pleasure of experiencing what an amazing show DrumSmack! is in addition to getting to meet/photograph the great “Smitty” Smith on March 4. First, the entire staff of DrumSmack! are very fun, positive, and loving people. I really didn’t know what to expect once I was at the studio. In the past when I have been on sets it’s been a super anxious, strict, closed off vibe. Everyone involved is open, eager to listen and share, and excited about the show and everyone around them.
That sort of mentality is present in the format of the show. It is really focused on getting the most out of their guests in order to help give the listeners/viewers the ability to grow and learn. It isn’t a boring, shallow, just scraping the surface show. There is a rich assortment of wisdom offered up. It spans from the professional to the personal to the creative nature of being an artist.
This is where the second big perk showed itself. Marvin “Smitty” Smith is a very incredible person. His stories and jubilation in his every word was a bit shocking. I didn’t go into this expecting to get so much out of it. Especially, since this was all focused on drummers. But, each of his tales had very clear messages and lessons to take away from them that could easily be applied to any craft, business, or passion a person may have. The man was very humble and oozed professionalism. I found myself thinking many times about an assortment of my own experiences and those of others in random unrelated industries. If you watch his episode you’ll see him discuss knowing his role in the Tonight Show Band and his joy in supporting Kevin Eubanks. He sounds like a world class hockey player in the olympics, happy to be relegated to the fourth line instead of the usual first line they would be on if the entire team wasn’t made up of all-stars, prideful and willing to do anything to help the team win. Anyhow, it was a real treat.
I’m really excited to be around Murph, Jeff, and Brad more as I help capture their many amazing guests.