Michał Bryndal is no novice at beatit.tv. He was one of the first musicians to have ever trusted us at the very beginning of our work. He gave us an in-depth interview 5 years ago, when he was just starting his adventure with indie/jazz/folk/rock institution in Poland, which the band Voo Voo have been over 30 years now. Today, he has grown to become the band’s integral part and a member of the Family in his own right, with four studio records and three live albums the group recorded with Michał behind the drums. If the band’s leader and mastermind, Wojciech Waglewski, and co. had an office decorated with the portraits of all the past drummers, Michał’s picture would be right up there with the legendary Wojciech Morawski, Andrzej Ryszka and the late Piotr “Stopa” Żyżelewicz.
Obviously, an artist of this format must also be caught in the act, which is live, behind his drum kit. That happened on April 1, 2017 during Voo Voo‘s live show at the Centrum Kultury Zamek in Poznań, Poland. The band were promoting their latest studio effort titled “7“.
Michał Bryndal and Voo Voo live for BeatIt, Pt. 1
Voo Voo is a band that doesn’t rehearse. It’s because during concerts, we are always open to one another to the max as far as attention, freshness, emotions, etc. Today, after a few years of playing with [bassist] Karim Martusewicz, when woken up in the middle of the night in two different corners of the country, we would still play in synch. It happens subconsciously. A very interesting thing. We should all form bands and play with them [as long as possible]!
Piotr Żyżelewicz’s Ludwig Chrome Over Wood [a kit Michał inherited after the previous Voo Voo drummer passed away due to a brain haemorrhage] is very difficult to play. Not only is the plywood very thick, but there’s the metal sheet on top of the shells. A few days ago, I was playing a Bonham-style Vistalite Tequila Sunrise kit. The same sizes, but it was so much easier to play. The chrome-over-wood shell is a strange idea. Currently, I use that kit for other things. The 16″ floor tom functions as a small bass drum. I use it in two of my other projects, i. e. Stryjo [a jazz combo] and Nikla Kołodziejczyk’s Progressive Baroque. Nikola told me during one of the rehearsals for the project: “Your job is to build the quietest drum kit possible. We’ll be playing classical venues and filharmonics, with no PA.” Turns out the echo in such venues is perfect for a small, muffled bass drum.
Drummers and Drummerettes! We give you Michał Bryndal and his band Voo Voo in a live rendition of the song “Piątek” (Friday), which is taken from their 2017 release, titled “7“. Exclusively for www.beatit.tv – the drummers’ website!Share