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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Free Rhythm Section Lesson Series with Stephen Taylor

I'm stoked to announce a free lesson series coming out next week with my dear friend & incredible drummer Stephen Taylor (@stephensdrumshed).
Please see more details below from Stephen:
This free lesson series has been over a year in the making. It drops next week. Signup link is on my profile.
It addresses topics that every drummer (and musician) deals with. Despite how common the issues are, I have never seen a lesson series devoted to dealing with these issues.
I'm joined by my good friend and stellar mulit-instrumentalist, Roy @mitchellcardenas (check out the band Mute Math to hear his work). We're going to be discussing and demonstrating:
What is locking in?
What does it sound like?
What is pushing the beat?What is pulling the beat?
How do I know if I'm locked in?
How do I know if I'm over playing?
What IS over playing?
How can I play for the song?
How can I improve my creativity in writing parts?
How can I gain creative confidence?
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
This one is a lot of fun. It drops next week. It will only be available to watch for a few days. And I would love to have you join us.

Click the link https://www.stephensdrumshed.com/groove-secrets-free-signup to reserve your spot. 

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Leaving Touring Life Behind...

Hola MUTEMATH amigos!
Many of you know that family is everything to me. I view my role as being a father and husband as top priority in my life. Perhaps, many of you do not realize that I have been a "touring father" for the last 9 years. As you can imagine, trying to balance touring life with my parental duties for my three beautiful children has always been a massive challenge for me. Now, I have reached a point in my life that I cannot continue to make the huge sacrifices that come from being away from my family for long periods of time on the road: from missing important birthdays and family events to being absent from school performances and kids' sports practices just to name a few examples. Quite simply, I just need (and want) to be present for when those closest to me need me.
So, I have decided to stop touring. I will not be performing at future MUTEMATH shows starting May 6, 2017. I imagine there will be opportunities in the distant future to join the guys on stage here or there, and I hope to be involved in future albums. However, it is time for me to step away from touring life and be there 100% for my family. I will continue to make music but centered around my home life here in Nashville.
I want you to know that I'm forever grateful for the past 12 years of touring. Thank you for buying tickets; for taking the effort and time to come out to the shows (sometimes traveling long distances); for standing and waiting in lines; for helping create an energetic atmosphere and inspiring me to perform and play my best; and for all the other things that involve going to see a band do their thing. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of many amazing musical experiences and to have played all around the world to some of the best music admirers in the world. Thank you for making that possible.
Thank you for making many of my dreams come true.
Roy Mitchell-Cardenas
We are so beyond thankful to have toured, made music and gotten to share a significant portion of our lives with Roy. From jamming for the first time in the back room at his aunt's house in New Orleans east to traveling the world. He has left an indelible mark on MUTEMATH, and while we support him fully, we will miss him greatly as well. He contributed immensely to our upcoming record, and of course will remain a great friend. In his stead, our long-time collaborator and friend Jonathan Allen will be joining us on the road. Thank you Roy!

Vintage cab used on MM debut (two 15" Jensen speakers).