Remo Black Dot heads; DW 9000 series hardware, DW 5000 series pedal, Roland SPD-SX, Zildjian Ronnie Vannucci signature sticks
The music industry has changed a lot even in the time you’ve been making records, how do you think players starting out now can make a success of drumming?
“I think if you’re going to be a drummer and you want to make yourself valuable you need to learn other instruments. I know for a fact that Bernie Dresel for instance gets gigs, TV show gigs and movie gigs and stuff because he knows how to play other percussion instruments. And he’ll get the gig over someone who just does drumset.
“I don’t care how good you are, knowing more than just drumset will always get you the gig and it will make you a better player in the end. It’s all about understanding the instrument. Drums, especially in pop music, it’s a support role. So in order to be the best type of supporter, I think you should garner an understanding of who you’re playing with.”
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