Exclusive: Jason Aldean drummer Rich Redmond talks Drummers Weekend

Country rock drummer Rich Redmond is staying very busy these days. Besides working along side country superstar Jason Aldean, Redmond has performed, toured and recorded with Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Joe Perry, Ludacris, Trace Adkins, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Lit, Kid Rock, Thompson Square, and many many more as one of the most in-demand drummers in Los Angeles and Nashville. Redmond is also motivating others with his “CRASH Course For Success” while producing other artists’ music with his partners at New Voice Entertainment (NV) and even teaching drum lessons via Skype.

I am truly honored Rich recently set aside some time out of his hectic schedule to talk with me about his first ever Drummers Weekend that will give aspiring drummers the chance of a lifetime to learn the ins and outs of the industry from the pros. Redmond has recruited some of music’s top drummers to teach and serve on a Pro Panel that will answer questions about recording No. 1 songs, working with top artists, and playing to tens of thousands of fans each night!

How did Drummers Weekend come about?

I love sharing my information and experiences from my journey in the music business.

What can drummers expect to learn from the event?

We will be discussing how to play better in a rhythm section, money beats, musicianship, getting gigs, keeping gigs, playing with click tracks, overdubbing percussion, etc. The students will also get to see full clinics by Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts) and Troy Luccketta (Tesla) and do a Q+A with Chris McHugh (Keith Urban), Tommy Wells (Nashville Studio Legend), Tommy Harden (Reba, Sessions) and Nick Buda (Taylor Swift). Not only can the students learn from these talented musicians, they can hang out with them. We will have catered meals and it will be a wonderfully immersive social experience.

When and where does it take place?

This will take place at top quality Hyatt Hotel in Nashville on November 1-3. Detailed info and registration can be done through Josh Mighell: josh.mighell@gmail.com

Drummers Weekend is part of your CRASH Course for Success concept. Can you explain what inspired you to create CRASH and how long you have been doing it?

My “CRASH Course For Success” (™) focuses on the mental, musical and business skills needed to successfully navigate the music business and the game of life. I have been doing it since 2006. I have presented at The Drummer’s Collective in NYC, The Musicians Institute in Hollywood, The Los Angeles Music Academy, and many Guitar Centers, 5 star drum shops, high schools and colleges. I even do corporate gatherings. CISCO is a regular client of mine.

How is Drummers Weekend different from your other CRASH courses?

The experience will be spread out over a 72 hour period with 24 hours of hands on training with me and my friends.

Rich Redmond

Do you plan to make this an annual event?

I do.

How “hands on” will aspiring drummers get during the event?

Students will get to play with and get feedback on their playing from a world class rhythm section. They will also get to play with a house band at a famed Nashville night club on the last night of the event.

How many aspiring drummers can participate?

30 slots are available

When is the deadline for registration and where can they register?

Deadline for our hotel package is Monday, September 23rd and “tuition only” registration ends October 1st. Contact my event coordinator Josh Mighell.

How did you get started and when?

I started playing drums when I was 7 years old. I started taking lessons in Milford, Connecticut. I still have some lesson books with dates written on assignments. It has been a wonderful ride so far and certainly, the calling of my life. Drums and music are my passion and they have shaped me a human being. It is my desire to share that passion.

You not only perform and record with Jason Aldean, but his rhythm section is “NV” and you all produce and record other acts. Can you explain how this came about and who some of the artists are you all have produced?

We want [to] get our hands dirty and have more control over our destiny in the music business. We have produced and played on 2 successful records by Thompson Square. Their single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”? was a #1 hit and the most played song on country radio for 2011. We also work with acts like Parmalee, Lindsay Ell, Kristy Lee Cook and many others. We have a blast!

What advice can you give all the inspiring drummers, and musicians alike, who are unable to attend Drummers Weekend?

Play from the heart, it will set you apart. It take 12,000 hours of applied effort to become a master at anything…so get busy practicing NOW! Enjoy the process. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy!

Official sponsors of Drummers Weekend include DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Promark drum sticks, Remo Percussion, Roland Electronic Percussion, KickPort, Gon Bops, Audio Technica Mics, Cympad, Gator Cases, Pitch Slap Percussion, Booty Shakers, Black Widow, Hansenfutz, Prologix, Drumtacs, The Carmichael Throne and many more!

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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