Performer, teacher, rhythm curator, and music lover through and through.
What is your first memory of playing the drums?
I remember pulling out my mom's pots and pans and trying to drum along with a kid's TV show when I was around six years old. From that point, really anytime I was near a drumset I felt compelled to play on them.
Who was the most supportive of you becoming a professional drummer?
David with his sister Jessica (MMW Office Manager) at the studio.
How long have you been teaching drums?
10 years already!
What's your favorite genre of music to play?
I love all genres really, but my favorite things to play honestly are any kind of songs with a good groove and feel. Funk, Reggae and soul are definitely at the top of my list, though I do like to rock out when I can.
Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My most influential teacher was Bruce Weitz. He was a phenomenal player and teacher and really helped me get on the right track for what I wanted to do. I owe a lot to him. He now plays with some friends of mine in Seattle.
How do you stop the bass drum and hi-hat pedals from creeping?
Do you think people should keep their cymbals polished?
That's all personal preference. If I used cymbals with a brilliant finish, I probably would. I typically use pretty dark and vintage sounding cymbals so I never clean them. I think some of the dirt and grime that builds up lends to their sound and makes them more unique.
What makes you unique as a teacher?
At least as a drum instructor, I feel that my experience playing saxophone when I was younger and learning music theory helped set me apart a bit. I come from a very musical background and try to teach people not just how to play drums, but how to be good musicians in general.
Mr. David with drummers at summer camp.
We heard you also play the spoons, when & how did that start?
Mr. David playing the spoons
Besides being a teacher you are a professional gigging musician. Can you tell us what it's like to do that profession?
It's absolutely an incredible feeling to do something I'm passionate about for a living. It's definitely not easy, and quite hectic at times, but some of my best memories all have to do with playing music out. I get to play with lots of different wonder and amazing musicians all the time, and the feeling you get from thousands of people dancing and singing along to songs you helped create is second to none.
How do people follow you if they want to go to upcoming gigs?
I post all of my gigs on Instagram and Facebook, but the best place to see would be my website www.creamydrummer.com. I have my calendar attached so you can see where and when I'll be playing, as well as see some clips and links to music I've made.
You also organize gigs for other musicians are you considered a music manager?
What upcoming gigs will you be playing?
You can view my event calendar
However, I do play weekly at:
Belle's Nashville Kitchen every Thursday 7-10
Jolie's Place every Sunday 11-2 pm.
Any fun facts about you?
I love to cook and I almost made it into a baking competition show 🙂
If you have one message to inspire upcoming musicians what would it be?
Persistence and patience are key. There's no shortcut, but if you put in the time, practice, and are patient you will succeed in your goals on your instrument. Listen to various styles of music. And no matter what, have fun with it. That's what it really boils down to.