I was in every band class I could get in, like after school jazz band and marching band, and that's where I really learned to read music from elementary all the way through junior high and high school.— Chad Smith
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The Meatbats are a throwback band.
Playing well with others is important - not being too flashy, just keeping good time and of course coming up with cool beats. A good snare drum, kick drum, high hat. Just getting good at the hand feet coordination.
For live you need a microphone for the snare and the high hat, the kick drum, a nice stereo overhead and one for the toms - you can get away with using four mikes.
Playing along with records is key. And as far as equipment goes it has gotten so much more affordable and the drum sets are of great quality. I play Pearl; their Export Series is great for a beginner.
I just played at a club in L.A. called the Baked Potato. It fits like 90 people. It's like playing somewhere in a basement in, like, Indiana or somewhere where all your friends show up. It's really fun and there's a very different energy to that than to play to 50,000 at a Tokyo baseball stadium.
Flea and Anthony are into funk, like old school Meters and stuff like that.
I took a private lesson, but it didn't really work out, so I went back to playing along with records. That's really the thing that got me into playing a lot - getting excited about playing along with my favorite bands like Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
I had sort of exhausted all the avenues playing in Detroit.
So again, through the stewardship of my brother, I ended up in California and went to the Musicians Institute in L.A. I wanted to get better as a player.
We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs.
We write them together; we just get in a room, or on occasion in Flea's garage. We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians.
In some of the L.A. clubs, people can act too cool to get into your music. That can get to be a bit much.
I feel like in order to challenge yourself you have to get out of and do things that feel wrong at first and find new things. It's important to look for those things.
Drums all have their own particulars - each drum has a place where they sound the best - where they ring out and resonate the best, and the head surface isn't too loose or too tight, mainly so you get a good rebound off of the head.
Edible names are what drives me as a musician. My next band will be called the Hot Dogs.
Cardiff Stadium was a warm up for the 3 Hyde Park shows.
James Brown opened. And I think it may be the only time we played Mini Epic live.
I'm being a dad and a good husband.
People who come up to me are drummers or fans of the band.
I don't get it too much, but I'll be somewhere and someone will have me take a picture or something.
Its very sort of spontaneous and organic, not a preconceived sort of jamming.
Now we record everything, cause sometimes you'll forget, you know, 'what was that thing again?' So we record everything.
The juxtaposition of words - the color, feeling, and sound of the words together - has as much to do with the story as the narrative itself does.
There's something about the rawness of the live thing, there's no rhythm guitars behind the solo, nothing other than what you hear the people playing at that moment. It's exciting, it's about the performance.
Music doesn't solve your problems..but allows you to dance all over them
Sometimes one of us will have a riff or a bass line from home but it really gels when we come together. We really have a strong special chemistry that we take advantage of when we get together.
Going up north with the redwoods and driving along the coast, it's got everything, man. It's got the desert, the mountains, and the ocean. It's beautiful.
I just try to approach and serve the music in the way that I think is right for the band I'm in at the time.
Family time is really important to me.
Jazz can be so serious, no sense of humor.
I met the guys through a friend of a friend, and their former drummer had quit.
I wasn't too familiar with the Chili Peppers before that, so I joined at the end of 88' and we finished recording Mother's Milk at the end of 89', next thing I know I'm in Spin with a sock.
I'm a musician. It's what I do! I wouldn't be too good at anything else.
I'm a little more of a lead instrument in the Meatbats.
I just love to play and I get a chance to play with other musicians and I jump on it.