David Anderson - Drumming Around The Globe


Drumming Around The Globe - David Anderson

If you meet Dave Anderson you can truly feel how passionate he is about music and drums. Dave started playing drums at the age of seven years and had his first professional gig at the age of fourteen. Since that Dave did not only have several television appearances on FOX's “Melrose Place,” BET’s “Jazz Central,” VH1, CNN’s “Show Biz Today,” and NBC’s “Watching Ellie" - he also has appeared, recorded, and toured around the world with David Benoit, Kirk Whalum, Dionne Warwick, The Rippingtons, Larry Carlton, Don Menza, Tom Scott, Hubert Laws, Stanley Clarke, Eddie Harris, Eric Marienthal, Chaka Khan, David Pomeranz, Clark Terry, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous and many others. Dave's amazing talent for the drums was also supported through a full five year scholarship at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Drum Channel: What are your plans for 2011? What are you trying to achieve?

David Anderson: Well, I’m really trying to push myself more out there as a solo artist. I’ve been doing a lot of teaching and I hope to do more of that this year. I’ve got a few clinic things coming up and a few gigs under my own name, so 2011 is looking pretty good, I guess. I’m just waiting for it all to happen. Those are mostly my own projects and that’s what I’m most excited about right now.

DC: Have you always lived in California?

David: No, I grew up in the state of Oklahoma. I was born in Chicago and moved to Oklahoma when I was about seven years old. My father got a job there. But Chicago is really where I got started with the drums. My brother was a well known drummer in Chicago, a great drummer. He is quite a bit older than me, so he was an adult when I was a little kid, but I actually picked up the drums from him on an early age. Then we moved to Oklahoma and I went to school and to college there and studied at the University of Central Oklahoma. They had an excellent jazz studies program and I was able to get me the skills that I needed to have to come to LA and compete.

DC: If you look back at 2010. What was your greatest event in that year? What did you achieve, that you are really proud of?

David: I would have to say my trip to India was probably my highlight of last year. That was a blast! I played some great music over there – some of the hardest music I have ever played, actually. It’s the trio with the guitarist Prasanna, Steve Smith and George Brooks and it’s really indian influenced music, with a lot of odd groupings and it was a lot of fun. Man, I just can’t wait to go back again! Hopefully I can go back again this year. I taught over there and did a bunch of concerts and that was a blast. I actually learned as much as I taught there.

DC: Do you have a rehearsal room at your living place or where do you practice?

David: Well, I have a small studio at my house. That’s where I keep my drums set up and where I practice, but I don’t have a recording studio there yet. Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll have that. I want to be able to do recordings for other people, so that’s currently in the works here. I just got my new iMac computer, which will serve as the base of my studio. But mostly I use it for practicing and teaching at my home right now. It’s really nice, because when you have your own house, you don’t have to worry about a landlord.

DC: You have been to many places over the world, so what’s your favourite?

David: Probably my favourite country that I visited is Japan. It has been wonderful there. But you know, all the places I’ve been to have been really cool. They each have their own culture and things that they offer. I’ve been to Germany many times and I’ve been all over Europe, all over South-East Asia, and I really like it here in the U.S. They all have something unique and offer different things to people.

DC: How many hours do you sit down at your drum kit per week?

David: I practice three hours a day, every day. On big days, I tend not to practice. I get up and warm up for the day and get ready for the gig mentally and physically. But yeah, I spend a lot of time with my instrument. I still practice all the time. I love to practice, I have never grown tired of practicing or discovering new things. When I was in college, it was insane. I was practicing ten hours a day and I am still like that. I can’t get enough of it. But as you get older and you get more responsibility in life, you can’t practice that long – and of course you have gigs and teaching. But I would say about a minimum of three hours a day I am still able to get in. I just love to practice.

DC: You are not the only artist in your family, is that right?

David: I have always played drums for a living, which isn’t easy, to tell you the truth. My wife and I, we have a two income family. She is in the arts also, she is an actor and teaches theater and she actually did Broadway for five years in New York City. So we are both in the arts and my daughter is also getting ready for a career in the arts – she is a dancer and she will graduate college in the next semester. We are all involved in the arts, but at the same time it is not easy. There are times when you are doing great and there are times when it’s down. Right now, it is a down time for a lot of guys, simply because of the economy. You just have to create new ways to be able to make a living on your instrument. You can’t do it anymore by just playing gigs or just doing sessions. You have to do everything. You have to be able to teach, you need diversity in your approach to having work.

(c) Stefan Fischer 2011, Fischer+Blanchard 2011