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3 new videos / 3 different styles

I’ve been working recently on some techniques which I could apply by playing songs from different genres (almost opposed) boosting the contrast-based versatility.

From the 70′s funk of The Bamboos full of nuances, rudiments and linear drumming rhythms…

 

 
…through the savage mathcore of The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza and their frantic double bass bursts…

 

 
…to the dreamy 12/8 ballad of Cocteau Twins where I built up my swing/shuffle while practicing the traditional grip.

 

 
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Into The Wild

When I’m not surrounded by drums, I can be found surrounded by sharks or exotic animals in remote jungles; one of my hobbies is to get lost with my camera within faraway wilderness and photograph fellas that come up to greet me.

 

Mokarran

Komodo Dragon

 

During 2018 I went all over South USA (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas), The Bahamas, Philippines and Indonesia. I’m uploading some pictures in Flickr.

2018 musical summary: breaking out the comfort zone

I began 2018 with only one operational hand because of an injury that forced me to face the drumkit as an one-armed and left-handed for a couple of months…but always look at the bright side.

Just as I recovered, my friend Manuel Morales -composer and pianist- offered me to record drums and percussion for the project regalatumusica. Nobody expected me playing a latin oriented song, a synthpop hit, an indie theme or a bossa nova. Mission completed.

 

 

A few days later I played for the first time as a live percussionist for Megara’s live premiere of their new album in front of a sold out theatre. After three years without hitting the stage, being there without my drumkit was kind of odd.

And I came back to the stage offside again, this time with Teething “singing” the outstanding Doomsayer by Hatebreed with my friend Luis in a duet, and the achievement was registered as a bonus track in their new EP That Night We Regret just released on december 21th.

Following with the percussion, at the end of the year I joined the folk band Aegri Somnia, where I went deep into a completely unknown genre for me, having to learn skills to play new instruments such as the square and traditional tambourine or the spoons. I played my first gig with them in december, coming back to the stage without drums again, but already tasting the relief of not packing, transporting and setting up the instrument…

 

 

As a last minute cherry on top, Pedro Cristobal (my dive instructor and musician in Speed Limit Cruiser) counted on my to record a rockabilly song for his compilation project gathering songs about Madrid. Fair intrusion.

However, already as a drummer in a safe place for me with double bass drumming and rhythmic acrobatics, I’ve been writing and recording during the year -and together with a great musician- an extreme and experimental metal EP which will be released soon. Bendy roads again!

Meanwhile, my students have developed great improvements breaking out their comfort zone too, facing new techniques and beats in every class which dared their coordination until they became triumphant.

 

 

So, this year ends full of accomplished musical challenges, with new instruments and genres which made me evolve and made way to the next sonic adventures during 2019. We keep on working

 

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Playing live with Aegri Somnia

This month I begin my collaboration as a live percussionist with Aegri Somnia, a neofolk act from Madrid formed by musicians from As Light Dies and Autumnal  which edited their debut album last year.

In “Ad augusta per angusta” they adapt iberian traditional oral songs merged with some modern music like black metal and darkwave, giving birth an obscure projection of the popular folklore where traditional percussion is mixed with gloomy guitar arpeggios and dramatic chants about the dark past of Spain.

Aegri Somnia

The next show will be on december 5th at sala Siroco (C/San Dimas 3) in Madrid from 20:30 with the folk bands Keltika Hispanna and Ursaria.

More polyrhythms with Meshuggah

New drum cover playing an old groovy Meshuggah song from their 1994 EP “None”. The drum beats have an interesting progressive/fusion approach plus their signature polyrhythms:

 

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Dinodrummer!

Just having fun stuffed inside a dinosaur costume practicing ambidextrousness.

John Stanier from Helmet has an unique style and sound which was the reason to play this tune. The main rhythm may seem simple and mechanic but is groovy and fits perfectly with the song. Pay attention to the last rhythm variations for that 6/4 riff.

Behold the first T-Rex drum cover of youtube!
 

dinodrummer

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Percussion performance with Megara

Last month I’ve been invited to play with the band Megara in a percussion ensemble during the live premiere of their new album at Teatro Barceló (Madrid). Here are some takes from the rehearsals and the live show (Alice in Wonderland-oriented) with their drummer Pol DQ and Raquel (drummer of Broken Lingerine).
 

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Playing one-handed

A couple of months ago I broke a finger of my right hand and when the doctor wrapped my arm with paster I knew that I won´t be able to play for at least two months…

But instead of feeling depressed I took the chance to build up my weak hand practicing every day with my pad. After two weeks I improved a lot my control and I began to play one-handed with an open position.

A friend of mine suggested me to play Def Leppard covers and I did it to prove we all can play with just one hand as Rick Allen does.

I hope to motivate other crippled drummers to keep playing and developing skills no matter what limb is useless.

Now I have my hand 100% recovered and I feel a good balance between both hands due this 6 week intensive left hand marathon!

 

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Playing with students

Two recent videos playing along with young and talented students:

Alan Cohen (12 years old) fighting a duel in a reggaeton battle, because there comes a time in every drummer’s life when it’s necessary to face up to the reggaeton beat:

 

 

Nacho Hedroso (11 years old) paying homage to Peter Steele drumming a Type O Negative classic:

 

 

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Bloodhunter rehearsal video

Rehearsal recording with Bloodhunter two years ago for the minitour supporting Nightrage.

 

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