Generally, the best approach in the studio is the economic one. This is
particularly so in the case of commercial music destined for airplay,
as is the case with many of the songs analysed here. There are some important
fills and phrases included: those which function as links between sections,
and some for their sheer taste!
The interviews with each drummer were conducted by myself. Where comments
or clarification seemed necessary, a symbol is inserted to draw the reader's
attention to a footnote.
If the selection of tracks included on the CD seems unbalanced in any way,
I make no apologies. My first choices were not all successful in the copyright
negotiations. Many record companies have gone out of their way to be
unco-operative when I asked for permission to reproduce their artists' work.
So much for promoting talent!
For more in-depth information about all aspects of studio drumming,
I recommend the book Drummer's Studio Survival Guide,
by Mark Huntley Parsons
(Modern Drummer Publications, distributed by Hal Leonard).
DAVID HICKS (Melbourne, 1999)