Hello everyone! For this Radio LBB playlist I wanted to shine a light on something near and dear to me: the drums. As a drummer, I always seem to find my focus gravitating to that person behind everyone else; flailing limbs, grinding it out, working hard to keep everything in time. While generally shying away from the spotlight, all the work of the drummers on these tracks are definitely worthy of attention.
The idea for this comes with the recent passing of studio legend Hal Blaine. Reportedly he played on over 6000 songs. I know he’s here on the Elvis Presley song “A Little Less Conversation” but it’s possible he’s on others. Just there, in the background playing for the song. And if it’s not Blaine, it’s Bonham. Or maybe it’s Ziggy Modeliste bringing the New Orleans funk.
Or it’s possibly someone unknown, lost to the sands of time leaving behind a legacy of positively blistering grooves. To be found digging in the crates possibly brought back to life through sampling and programming.
Regardless if the source is original, sampled or programmed it really all just boils down to letting the drums speak and providing a foundation to feel something. Something primal. So, let’s give the drummer some and hear them get wicked!
Lars Makie is music supervisor and producer at Yessian Music/Detroit.