Drummond is a young guitarist from New York who recently released his debut EP titled “Getting Comfortable.” It is a very interesting and eclectic piece of work, and it features contributions from guitarists Sithy Aye and Alex Frondelli. The EP is available from Bandcamp, so check it out and give some monies.
Drumm answered our questions.
Hi, Drummond. Let’s start by discussing “Getting Comfortable.” Tell me about its creative process.
Getting Comfortable took a while to write in its entirety. There were months where I locked myself in my room and just wrote all day, but then there were days where I just didn’t even think about it too. If I stayed in my room all day Id have probably gone insane, so I had to have those off days!
Where was the EP recorded, and how much time did it take for you to complete it?
The EP was recorded all over the place. I was kind of testing the waters, seeing what production methods I liked, seeing what the pros and cons were from person to person so that I could learn from my experiences when I record my next EP. The first song was recorded in Brooklyn, the second two were recorded in Long Island, and the last track was recorded in Purchase New York. Because I was jumping around a lot it took about 3 years to finish up everything.
Do you write primarily on the guitar?
I do write primarily on guitar, yeah.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
I try not to, only because I don’t want my compositions to be too predictable, but a tool I find myself always coming back to is my loop pedal. Maybe that dictates how I write and maybe not in the best way, but I come up with a lot of ideas from just jamming out with it.
Many guitar players started out on piano and then moved to guitar. Maybe it’s easier to make the transition once you’ve played piano. What is your view on it?
As someone who started on guitar, I’d always wished I had started on piano. The piano is an amazing learning tool, and if you learn the instrument, you view theoretical concepts differently than if you are just a guitar player. All the notes are laid out in front of you, it’s really a great learning tool aside from sounding beautiful too!
Which guitars, amps, and effects did you use on “Getting Comfortable”?
I used two guitars to record the entire album, my .strandberg* Boden OS 6, and my Ibanez prestige 5470. I went direct in to record a lot of the album, so we ended up using a lot of amp simulators, but the sound I was going for was something similar to the Peavy Classic 30, id always loved the sound of that amp, and then after I recorded the album I went out and bought one!
How do you balance the importance of songwriting with the importance of soloing?
That’s actually something I have worked really hard to try to balance. There is a fine line when it comes to soloing. If you solo too much it’s seen as wankery, too little and you lose the opportunity to really develop a section. I don’t really have a rule of thumb when It comes to soloing, but I think if the music calls for a solo, then you’re going to need a solo there, you cant just throw them in wherever you want, that isn’t the most musical approach.
How do you see your music evolving?
Well I’ve started composing for more instruments like string sections, choir, brass sections, and I think those would really add a different color to my music if implemented in my originals. I think that’s the closest goal of mine when it comes to evolving my sound a little bit.
What are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to playing music with great musicians and creating something hopefully everyone can enjoy!
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