Happy November, folks!
It’s been a stellar first summer for your favourite Devon wedding band. We’ve been trekking right across the country, providing unique wedding entertainment to happy couples far and wide. And then, before you know it, here comes Christmas with a sack-full of corporate entertainment bookings and Christmas parties to fill the diary.
Somehow, in between all this, we still manage to find time for other musical projects. All of us have our own passion projects that we pursue regularly – making music in our own bands, hitting the studio and taking them on the road. We love the flexibility of the Underground schedule, and Tailored Entertainment always encourage us to make the most of our own music alongside our other bookings.
In this blog, we thought we’d turn focus towards our guitarist, Thom, and a super cool project he’s been pursuing with the folks at GetGood Drums. We asked him a few questions to get a sense of what he’s been up to.
So, Thom, what can you tell us about this awesome promo video below?
'Basically, the video is something I put together to showcase the brand new ‘GetGood Drums’ drum sample library. I have been fortunate to have been asked to put together a play-through for them in the past and was asked to beta test their new library for this new video.
Who are GetGood Drums, and what do they do?
GetGood Drums is a company started by some of my favourite musicians, Misha Mansoor, Matt Halpern and Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood from the band Periphery, and so being asked to be on board has been an absolute honour. The product that we’re using is a drum library that you can program to play in your own ideas - sort of like a drum machine but with a ridiculous amount of control. The PIV library is a capture of Matt Halpern’s drum tones from when they recorded their latest release, ‘Periphery 4 - Hail Stan’ and you can really hear the attention to detail.
How can this be used by musicians in the studio?
I’ve been using it to ‘program’ ideas so that a real drummer can get the vibe and ideas that I’m after. Then when we come to record things for my own releases (which are self-produced, mixed and recorded from my home studio), the drummer can then play them in on a live kit.
But we’re not seeing that application here, are we? You seem to be playing live!
Well, you can hook the program up to an electric kit and use the MIDI out function to play the drums in real time and record a drummer’s actual performance as MIDI. I put the video together to showcase this functionality and ease of use in a variety of different musical settings, so the track is more like a product demo in a faux single release disguise!
Wow. It sounds insanely realistic.
It really is. I’m currently using the library to put together ideas for a new EP that I’ll be recording (hopefully) in early-mid 2020 after I return from NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) in California where I’ll be demonstrating some new guitars!
Keep an eye out on this blog for more from Thom’s solo projects in the future!