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Frodis last won the day on December 20 2017

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About Frodis

  • Rank
    Keep on Chooglin
  • Birthday August 8

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Country
  • Location
    Miyazaki City
  • 1000 Post Club

About this Drummer

  • Bio
    I'm a professional drummer (making most of my money doing something else) living and working in the hinterland of southern Japan.

    Since 2005 I have worked with Japan's top country guitarist Ricky Mera as part of his band. Through this connection, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet and/or play with some of Japan's top artists. In the past I have played with artists such as Phil Sedore (Amelia Curran, Weeping Tile, Black Pool), Spencer Evans (Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer), Jim Lorbetskie (Sons of the Opeongo), and even Peter Quaife (The Kinks). Not all of them necessarily my proudest moments but defining nonetheless.

    I have played everything from Mozart to the Monkees but my main focus these days is on American-style country music. The music that lights my fire -- after a brief flirtation with Judas Priest circa 1980's British Steel and anything by AC/DC notwithstanding -- is probably something from the 60's British Invasion era and the hard rock of the early '70's. These days you'll find me somewhere between the Honkeytonk and the Highway to Hell. Buy me a beer and I'll endlessly regale you with tall tales of the road -- even if I have to make some up!

Current kit Specs

  • Current Kit Specs
    1. Mapex Saturn, one-up, two-down, Transparent Cherry Red; 2. Roland TD-20s VDrum; 3. '80s vintage Yamaha Tour Custom

What I Like

  • Favorite Drummer
    Levon Helm
  • Favorite Drum Sticks
    Vic Firth 2A or 5A American Classic Hickory
  • Favorite Cymbals
    Zildjian and Sabian
  • Favorite Hardware
  • Favorite BD Pedal
    1970's Ludwig Speed King
  • Single or Double bass
    Single and Single with dbl pedal
  • Traditional or Matched grip
    Mostly matched grip but sometimes traditional
  1. Phil Collins on tour Not Dead Yet

    Yeah, he'd still be great to see. From looking at Facebook-type video posts over the last year or so of his touring it looks like he pretty much sits in a chair at the front of the stage and croons from there. Maybe not exactly the image of a rockstar at his finest but he's got such a great catalogue of songs and he seems like a really likable fellow. I read his autobiography last year and he really knows how to tell a story. I'd recommend it if anyone is into entertainment world (auto)biographies.
  2. Need help with a beat!

    A good way, of course, is to break it down into its parts. For the most part, it seems that the ride and bass drum are playing an ostinato (set repeat rhythm) phrase. The snare drum is more involved but I think it would be good to work on adding in accents and ghost notes as you feel it with the music. If you are new (or even not so new) this snare requires a bit more limb independence than many of us are used to playing on a daily basis. So, my advice is to break it down and play just the ride cymbal, then add in the bass drum, and finally work in your snare. Or break it down however you like and work on each voice independently until you can get the ostinato swing groove happening and then comp with your snare. Dig it?! Cool man! Ha-chacha and other jazz cat-type lingo. Regards, Mike H
  3. Electro Deluxe Big Band

    Yeah, that got my Monday morning stuck in the office off to a good start! Mike H
  4. Mapex Orion NON VIRGIN KICK?

    Not that I am aware of, no. Mike H
  5. An electric kit for a beginner?

    Welcome! I have a Roland kit in the drum room in my apartment. It allows me to play at home to my heart's content. I like it. Regards, Frodis
  6. Teach Your 6 Stroke Roll New Tricks

    Very nice lesson, Chris. I'm going to go away now and lock myself in my drum room for a month of Sundays til I get that. The 6-stroke roll is one that continues to elude me. I get the count. I just can't seem to lock into the rhythm. Later, Mike H
  7. Yamaha EAD10

    That looks interesting. In a small rig, someone just getting started on the whole recording- and-watching- themselves-or- posting-to-YouTube thing can have it all good to go in a matter of minutes. My drum room setup does pretty much all of this but I had to assemble a motley crew of devices and several more dollars to do it. It might be fun to pick one up for the rehearsal studio to see if it can do the job of a half dozen mics. Hmmm... At my wholesaler in Tokyo, with tax, it is being sold for ¥49, 680 (@$450 USD / @$560 CAD)but it is still really new so the price will probably fluctuate down a little bit as the newness wears off. Regards, Frodis
  8. Fellow Drummers...What is up!!!

    Welcome, Chris! It's great to have you. Regards, Frodis (Mike H)
  9. New Year / Holidays / Way back machine

    Happy holidays from me, as well. I'll be on duty throughout the holiday having to work on the 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th. I hope to make the office days half days so I can get home and make a little bit with the merry Christmassing at home for myself if even just a wee bit. So, if you're on your own for the holidays, check back in here and I'll tell you the story of a man named, Scrooge! I'll keep the fire lit. Frodis
  10. Hello from AZ

    Welcome to OD, Mr. Happy. A great way to introduce yourself. I think we'll even forgive you for the guitar player remark! ;-) We know it must have just been a brief aberration before coming to your senses. Regards, Frodis
  11. No drum for family man

    Lorne, Welcome to Official Drummer. It's a struggle we all face at one point in time or another. One can only hope that it doesn't become a real hindrance. I live in an apartment and have a nice little drum room setup but the compromise was I had to do it with Roland V-Drums. And even at that, I sometime worry that the 'tappita-tap' noise of a stick hitting a pad is going to set a neighbor on edge. Or that my talking via a Skype connection during a drum lesson might come across too loud. One might also have to go the route of paying for and building a properly sound-proofed studio in a house. Many of us are trying to get by on old mattresses and egg cartons which never really quite do the trick, but spending thousands on building a proper studio setup gets in the way of the thousands we'd all rather spend on gear. Regards, Frodis
  12. Are click tracks overused?

    (tl;dr) 'Overused' is a very subjective term.These days, with the styles of music being played and the use of automated sequences, a click track for recording )and playing) has become somewhat ubiquitous. Also the recording process has changed and it is no longer always the case that a group of musicians will all gather in the studio to record a track. Musicians (and programmers) from disparate parts of the country, or indeed the world, may contribute tracks. Use of a click track becomes much more sensible. If you are playing a live gig with programmed sequences, you must be able to work with a click. My personal feeling is, I like for a song to have room to breathe and that quite often means that the tempo might meander a little bit. Pull back a little and the groove appears a little more laid back, play up front and you can increase the tension, etc. The 'overuse' of the click is a fairly new phenomenon. One can only hope that it will find its balance and that artists will also continue to play and record without a click as well. Regards, Frodis
  13. Drum Lesson

    I'll second the nomination of Drumeo and Mike Johnston for being two very good sources for online lessons. Regards, Frodis
  14. Marco Minnemann - New CD "BORREGO"

    Welcome to Official Drummer, LazyBones. We hope you'll stick around and add your expertise to the discussions. I'm sure there'll be members who will want to have a listen to the new CD and ask a question or two. Regards, Frodis