10 more tips for successful drum depping

The etiquette of 'stepping in'

Take the throne... © Arthur Baensch/Corbis

10 tips for successful drum depping outlined the advantages of depping for another drummer and the importance of volunteering. Now, courtesy of Rhythm Magazine, here are 10 more essentials: drummers' etiquette, drum set ups and networking…

10 more drum depping tips

1. Follow the drummers' etiquette

Deputising for a fellow drummer is a great way to make a new contact, but there are questions of etiquette to be aware of. Answer them all…

2. Google Maps is your friend

Get a map and arrive early - they'll all be fretting you're not going to turn up.

3. Be confident, not cocky

First impressions count: put everyone at ease by acting professional when you turn up.

4. Dress appropriately

Some function bands still wear penguin suits. You don't want to look out of place. Find out in advance!

Tama stewart copeland kit

Stewart Copeland's signature Tama Kit = unsuitable for depping, obviously

5. Scale down your drum set

Don't turn up with a massively oversized kit. You'll be crowding/overshadowing the egotistical Guitarist/Singer.

Next page: the importance of networking (and playing well, of course)

Too loud scale

Seriously, SCALE IT DOWN! © Image Source/Corbis

6. And simplify it

And what's more you'll take too long setting up and getting in and out.

7. Always play your best…

…even if the gig sucks. You're being paid to be professional so be positive and get something out of it.

8. Make contacts

Be sure to get the names and contact numbers of any members you bond with particularly well.

9. Sell yourself

And make sure they have yours. Another gig might turn up. Or the bass player might have another band and want you to join.

10. Network

Equally, you might need a bass player one time. Networking is how most people survive in the music business.

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