I've been playing drums on and off for roughly 20 years. I'm mostly self taught, had few lessons here and there, watched few DVDs... Before that as a kid I used to study for 3 years at a primary music school back in Poland learning to play piano, sing and some music theory. I love playing drums because of how it involves your body, your mind and your personality, it takes discipline, patience, creativity and it's fun. I think I pay relatively more attention to the sound, groove and the band's togetherness than to speed or complexity.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Enjoying some undiscovered talents, share some thoughts on music with like minded people and hopefully get some more work as a drummer.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first concert I can remember was B.B. King back in Poland sometime in early 90's. Still one of my favorite artists, especially his albums from the late 70's & early 80's, like "There is Always One More Time", "Take It Home", "Guess Who", "Midnight Believer"...
What gear do you use?
I've got 4 drum kits, 7 snares, around 50 cymbals, many percussion instruments, 2 keyboards and some recording equipment. The kit I use for the most recordings is a Yamaha Maple Custom (8"; 10"; 12"; 14"; 16" & 22"), the one I use for "less important" gigs is a hybrid of a Yamaha Stage Custom bass drum, DW Pacific toms and Pearl Marvin "Smitty" Smith snare. For busking or gigs with volume, space or transport restrictions I use a Sonor Jungle kit and I also have a Yamaha electronic kit. As far as cymbals go I like darker sound, like Zildjian Ks, Sabian HHX, Meinl Byzance or UFIP Natural Series for example.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Growing up as a young kid probably The Beatles and some classical music, later it shifted more into reggae, soul, r'n'b, funk, blues, folk, so called "world music", generally speaking more groove based music.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Been in many cover and original bands over the years both in Poland and Australia ranging from very gentle to much more aggressive (although I prefer the term "energetic"), generally speaking I'm trying to be as versatile as I can.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Robbie Shakespeare, Keziah Jones, Jimmy Hendrix, anyone with great sense of rhythm & groove.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Not sure which audience was the biggest, might have been few hundred people on some occasions, probably the more important thing is how well we performed and how much the audience enjoyed it.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
maybe "Abbey Road", have listened to it a million times already, so I guess I could hear it few more times:)