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Hey guys, welcome to my humble abode of the interwebs. My electronic home away from home, where I can speak freely and honestly. First order of business is something that might be controversial to some of you, and in order to read this I must ask you to have an open mind, just hear me out.

I used to be a magician before I played the drums, I noticed that their wasn’t a vast amount of material out there. This might seem strange for non magicians to read as you don’t know that world. Just trust me on that, or ask a magician you know what the ten theories of magic are. Those 10 theories are your only options in one of the oldest arts in the world. Imagine having the same ten articles of clothing that everyone else has, and creating something new from it each day. And making it hip and make sense. Hard to do.
I forgot where I heard or read the following statement before, and I believe I am changing the wording a tad. But here it is! Brace yourselves.

Creativity is a mash up of everything you’ve seen in your past.
Added notes (You just have to learn to be playful to uncover the creativity.)

“DAMN did he just say that?!” Oh, I did guys, keep reading though. Nothing worth having comes easy guys and an occasional miss lady. Creativity is in that category. How can you expect something new from nothing? You need a foundation. A wealth of visual and auditory information and your brain to be playful with it. You can’t just create a delicious dish of food without the proper ingredients. It may be a mash up of two or more tastes, or a mixture of two or more vegetables (a pear mixed with a apple. Peapple. Or mixing chopped onions with julienne [it’s a type of cut, which I didn‘t know till recently] tomatoes) or you add a new spice, but trust me you’ve tasted all the ingredients in it before. The notes, tones, or orientation is different. (Yes I just compared culinary arts and music.) I don’t mean to rip away what you think may be creativity. (I will elaborate on that later date.)

Now the real reason I brought up creativity. Drums is an old art form as well. Creating a new beat may seem difficult, but if you mash up things you’ve heard in your past, it may be easier. Get your memory bank working in overload, give it new information. Even your own mistakes. Like, “Oops I just hit the drum sticks together.” You may incorporate it. Who’s stopping you?

Listening to mainstream music is probably not the best place to start when it comes to “creative drums” but to each their own. It’s all a process. The best thing to do is give yourself constraints when listening, not to the genre, but think I want this sound, but without this part. That part is mushy and clumpy. Or I WILL add this to my beat or groove. That will make it yours!