Drummond is New York born guitarist and composer of progressive metal/jazz fusion. He recently released his debut EP of original music titled Getting Comfortable. He is currently studying at the Suny Purchase Jazz Conservatory in New York.
Hey Drumm. How are you doing?
Im good, thanks for having me!
You just released your debut EP Getting Comfortable. How do you feel about the release?
I’m happy with the music i’ve created. There is always room for improvement though! im excited for my next few released. I want to really perfect them.
It was pretty difficult trying to balance school, work, and the EP. It took a long time to finish because of the balancing act.
How is the progressive rock scene in New York these days?
I’ve noticed that more and more of what happens within the music scene has migrated towards the internet. Its a sad fact, but the internet is so accessible that its making the drive to go out and hear music dwindle a little.
What is your opinion about the new wave of progressive bands?
A lot of bands are creating really amazing music. and like i was saying before, now with the internet at our disposal, theres just sooo much content coming out its hard to keep track of it all.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
I grew up in a pretty musical home, jazz was all around me, and at school me and all my friends all listened to metal. It only made sense for me to head in the metal/jazz direction. I listened to a lot of Meshuggah, but on the other end of the spectrum, i listened to a lot of jazz guys like Joe Pass or Art Blakey.
What are you listening these days?
Our Oceans just released their debut album and ive been rockin’ out to that. A lot of jazz too, i’ve been listening to a lot of Count Basie recordings recently.
Your five favourite records of all time?
Plini’s The End of Everything, David Maxim Micic’s Bilo 4.0, and the Spanish Guitars of Laurindo Almeida. I think are all perfect albums. Ive been pretty heavily influenced by these three records.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you used to record Getting Comfortable?
I used my strandberg boden os. 6 and my Ibanez S 5470 for the entire EP, and used a lot of guitar amp simulators to help get the sounds I thought fit the record.
Besides the release of the EP, are there any other plans for the future?
I’ve been writing a good amount of music, and Im planning to release a few singles before I embark on EP number 2.
Any words for the potential new fans?
Just want to say thanks for the continuing support, and keep listening to new music!