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DRUM FEST 2016: workshops, drum recitals, concerts and more

The weekend between October 21 and 23, 2016 was a very hectic one, both for the organizing committee of the 25th annual edition of the DRUM FEST festival and for the artists and the audience. The Conference and Exhibition Center in Opole, Poland, hosted numerous concerts, workshops and drum recitals as well as the Young Drum Hero contest, during which young drummers from all over Poland presented a very high level of playing. During all the events, which were attended by quite a number of people, the audiences had the opportunity to witness drummers playing many different genres of music, learn a few secrets of working with the biggest stars and broaden their knowledge of gear, exercises, drum licks and all manner of drum-related topics. The live shows included performances by such acts as: Lizzard (featuring female drummer Katy Elwell), Flotsam and Jetsam (with Jason Bittner on the drums), Rick Latham Trio (featuring the leader behind the drum kit) and Michael Landau Group (with Gary Novak keeping time).

The clinicians included the likes of Maciek Gołyźniak, Łukasz “Icanraz” Sarnacki, Katy Elwell, Jason Bittner, Rick Latham, Gary Novak, Kaz Rodriguez or Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep). Among those great drummers was Jason Sutter – a graduate of University of North Texas, where he studied the snare drum as a member of the university drum corp, and an experienced musician who has worked with some of the biggest names in rock music. Those include US public enemy no. 1 Marilyn Manson, the grunge legend Chris Cornell, early punk rockers The New York Dolls, pop rock masters Foreigner, as well as US pop rock greats Smash Mouth.

Jason Sutter presented some snare techniques

Drummer Jason Sutter and Ludwig Drums

Interview with Jason Sutter, Part 4

Naturally, we jumped on the opportunity to interview the man and we interrogated him about his way of going about drum clinics. In this part of the interview, Jason Sutter talks about his approach to working in the studio, recording in whole takes and segments, the impact of modern studio technolofy on music, playing to the click track, getting hip to electronic equipment and plans for the future.

Drummers and Drummerettes! Here is the fourth and final part of our interview with Jason Sutter. Exclusively for BeatIt!