Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can now get to Sweetman Podcast on Spotify – follow it there and have it saved in your Spotify library.
This week’s episode is my conversation with Lance Philip. He’s a drummer, percussionist and educator – he’s dedicated his life to playing drums and for the last quarter-century he’s been a teacher, first at Polytech/Massey and now Victoria University. He’s also played everything from musical theatre and orchestra work to being in the live band on TV for Dancing With The Stars and working with small combos and larger ensembles as part of tribute acts, backing international visitors, playing jazz and almost everything else.
I first properly met Lance – having seen him play many times across the years – when I co-interviewed Steve Gadd on RNZ. Lance had the dream-gig of looking after Steve for the 10 days of his NZ tour playing gigs and clinics. A dream come true, Gadd is a drumming hero to many and Lance lists him among his all-time favourites and a towering inspiration.
Lance has taken the chance to meet many of his heroes across the years and he’s also been responsible for guiding some of the great players in the local scene across the last two decades.
So I wanted to sit and chat all things drums with Lance. And that’s what we did.
Also – Lance had read my e-book about drummers and drumming so I’ll mention that here and include that link, it does come up briefly in our conversation.
We talk about Lance’s journey with drums and drumming and shine the light on many of the great local and international drumming talents. As with any such conversation this is just a series of starting points of course.