As you can probably tell from my set-ups and videos I tend to gravitate toward the unorthodox-side of drumming. In fact my whole project Question Everything (?E) is about being an unconventional player. I’ve messed around with odd combinations, weird time signatures and experimental sounds. This includes using set-ups with all hi-hats, choosing multiple snares in place of rack toms and playing along to Godzilla’s roars that are triggered with sample pads. It’s no wonder that I gravitate toward drummers that are doing highly original things like Alan Myers of DEVO and Away from Voivod. I have a friend from high school who is a tremendous drummer for an amazing experiential band called Hepcat Dilemma (see video). He personifies what it means to be a nonconformist.
Another notable drummer who is pushing the envelope in a variety of ways is Scott Pellegrom. I was introduced to Scott after he did a guest appearance on Drumeo a while back (see above). I found his presentation to be incredibly enlightening and inspirational. Scott is an innovator who uses a variety of sounds emanating from his mouth and the drums. He also uses mallets, sticks and his hands to create a groove that he continues to build upon. At one point in Scott’s Drumeo lesson he broke free and displayed some amazing chops showing that he was a talented conventional drummer too. Scott refers to himself as a “rythmist” and has a remarkable ability to produce sound from anything. This includes sticking rubber duckies in between his hi-hats.
My favorite aspect of Scott’s playing is that he is fearless. He is willing to try anything in order to create music. In addition to his studio work and festival appearances Scott leads the Scott Pellegrom Trio. SPT refers to itself as a unique blend of Funk and soul. They have released their debut album titled“Supernatural Bang.” In his online bio John Sinkevics from LocalSpins.com describes Scott’s abilities:
“Whether he’s dubbed a ‘mad scientist’ or a ‘magician’ on drums, one thing is certain: Scott Pellegrom is an adrenalized, world-class percussionist with unmatched passion for his music and unrivaled admiration from his peers. For an admittedly “introverted, quiet, nerdy person, Scott Pellegrom transforms into a dazzling and rhythmic pretty crazy beast on the drums – a world-class percussion powerhouse.”
For those who want to see how far a drummer can push the boundaries check out Scott Pellegrom. His style will inspire you to experiment with your own original music. Ultimately Scott is redefining the status quo while proving that in drumming, anything goes.
Visit Scott online at: http://www.scottpellegrom.com/