Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. This episode is very special. It is the first of three episodes under the "Royal Podcast Series." TODAY is DrumGAB's first birthday and we are also approaching A&F Drum Co. first birthday on May 1st. To mark this special occasion, I really wanted to do something unique.
For one year I have learned so much about producing a podcast and also finding my vision within it. It is now a lifestyle and a duty to some degree. It is taking on a life of its own and I can sense many great things in DrumGAB's future. The same can be said for A&F and I feel very connected to their company and I am becoming familiar with some of their artists too. The day I get to play an A&F kit will be a very special day and may involve tears, if I'm honest.
Our first guest of this mega series is Daniel Dufour. A supremely talented player from Austin, TX. He showed up on my radar several months ago. I guess I had some questions then too, but I am glad I waited. We get into a lot of good stuff here. We discuss his new musical project and record coming soon.....Side note (the opening track in this podcast is from Daniel's upcoming album. The song is titled "Push Back.") We talk in depth about the recording process and how the band formed and so on.
Next, we dive into some of the artists Daniel has performed with. A couple of names are pretty serious and I couldn't believe it....and then Pete Rodriguez. Daniel played for a few years with Pete and cut the record Caminando con Papi (Walking with my Dad). We feature the track "Shut Up & Play Your Horn" at the very end of the podcast for an added bonus. The story of how Daniel gets involved with Pete was a true test of his abilities.
I then ask Daniel a series of deep cut questions. Dealing with subjects such as Daniel's mental game when recording and how it compares to a live situation. I ask him what his dream gig is and his answer is so humbling.....you gotta hear it.
We then break open the story about how Daniel came to join the A&F Family. He explains just what makes them so special to play, what he enjoys most about them, and how Ramy left the door unlocked and he had his first moments alone with them. It is no surprise that Daniel is overjoyed with what he has found in this drum set. Overall, this is a great chat, recorded from top to bottom.