DRUMMOND: Where Music Needs to Go

Drummond

Prog Sphere Promotions is very happy to be working with young and creative artists. One of them is a New York based guitarist and composer Drummond who recently released his debut EP “Getting Comfortable.”

In this introductory interview for Prog Sphere, Drumm talked about his work.

Define the mission of Drummond.

I just want to write music haha.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut EP “Getting Comfortable.”

I just listened to a lot of music I loved, and tried to put my own spin on some old sounds. Trickiest part is getting everything in your head down on paper!

“Getting Comfortable” is a very diverse release. Can you describe the thread that holds it together?

I think a common thread linking the entire EP together is its jazz influence. I’ve been studying and listening to jazz for a long time, and with this record I wanted to apply the harmonic knowledge i had thanks to my studies to metal.

Drummond - Getting Comfortable EP

How does the title of the album reflect on the material you present with this release?


No one has asked me that yet, but the title was very much meant to reflect where I was and still am musically. I think im just finding my voice as a composer, and so the title was meant to reflect that.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?


I notated the whole record out, and also kept many demo recordings on my phone. It was really helpful to write it out though, so i could understand what it was i was really writing on a theoretical level.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected or is it an organic outgrowth of performing them together?


The flow of the record was all over the place because over the 3 years it took me to write this music, I had changed so much as a musician and a composer. I put in in an order that I thought felt most natural. Each song is pretty different, and my concept of ‘form’ wasn’t the strongest, but I think that helped me in a way. Instead of banking on a structured form for this EP, I just went where I thought the music needed to go.

Describe the approach to recording the album.


Before recording the EP I wanted to make sure i had material I thought would represent me pretty well. My compositional styles were all over the place, metal here, jazz there, rock some other places, but I knew it was important to capture what I thought the music needed from each genre, so thats what I worked on the hardest. Just preserving the essential defining characteristics from each genre.

How long “Getting Comfortable” was in the making? 


Between work, school, and composing the actual music, it took 3 years to complete.

Drummond

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

I love Sithu Aye’s work, thats why I asked him to play on my record, and I also love Aaron Marshal’s playing, along with Nic Llerandi who are both friends of mine, who I’ve definitely been influenced by. Plini is another big influence for me.

What kind of gear do you use for recording your music?


My two main guitars are my Boden os 6 Strandberg and my Ibanez S5470. The entire record was recorded with those two guitars. And I modeled the tone after the Peavy classic 30 amp which I love the sound of.

Do you see the band’s music as serving a purpose beyond music?


I think in serving the music, you also serve the listener. Maybe that sounds a little cheesy, but I really just want to write music that makes people want to move their head and to do that I have to work hard at perfecting my craft.

What are your plans for the future?

I have a few songs that I’m working on, and after that I think the compositional process for EP number two will just naturally start to happen!

Buy “Getting Comfortable” EP from Bandcamp here.

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