The Essential Tracks: ’88-’94

DFL, Stone Dresden, Black Moses: Eastside x Seattle 1988-1994. Order at this link!

This CD mixtape of sorts really came about because my sister asked for a CD of all the bands I used to be in. I tried to record all the cassette tapes to a CD several years ago, but always ran into some technical issue that I could never get past, and didn’t want to send them off to some service, so just packed everything back away. But then when I started finishing out my home recording studio last year, I realized I could just plug a tape player into my recording equipment, track it into a DAW, adjust some of the basic EQ, and have everything recorded into individual mp3’s.

I ended up being able to record each song from each cassette from DFL, Stone Dresden and Black Moses into individual tracks. I even found some demo tracks we never truly finished for Black Moses that were in good enough condition to throw on here too. Some other tapes or recordings with Mushmouth and 420 Love just had degraded too much.

One thing I didn’t have was our original DFL cassette, but a high school friend had a copy and I was able to track that into 4 15-minute recordings. Although, I didn’t put that on this CD, these are all on the Discography section of this site at this link.

What amazed me the most listening to all of this was how damn good most of this was…and I don’t think we ever truly realized it…especially the 8 DFL Movement songs (as punk high school kids) and then later Black Moses with such an original sound. Coulda shoulda woulda…but didn’t quite happen. I think of everyone from these bands, Joel Ross was the only who truly stayed in music after this time period, most notably with Lopez.

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Rogers Drum Kit History

In the middle of my first year of junior high school, I decided to switch from trumpet to drums. Using the money from a neighborhood paper route, I was able to purchase my first kit with the help of my parents: a Rogers R-360 kit.

This kit was a workhorse for the next 15 years. From junior high and high school jazz bands to an original punk band to jazz combo gigs to playing at church to recording sessions and finally serving me for several years of original funk and rock bands in Seattle.

These drums survived a house fire in the 90s in Seattle with only the maroon wraps melted off and tarnished hardware. After stripping off the wraps, my Mom hand painted the shells, and these were back in business!

In 2000, a 15-year rest period began for this kit as I decided to pursue skydiving full time.

In 2015, I dug these out of the closet to start practicing for an audition to play for my local church. Within a few weeks of practice, the lug hardware started to fail and crumble. I replaced my original pride & joy with a custom DW kit, but started working at the same time on restoring the Rogers drums.

After installing new lug hardware, cleaning up the bearing edges and replacing some heads, my first Rogers kit was singing again…and is now part of the Mike’s Drum Tracking recording gear. Check her out:

NGD: Ludwig Acrolite Snare

My goto snare for more than 20 years has been a 14″ Tama Piccolo, but one of the lugs finally gave way last week. Turns out the hardware for my version of the Tama Piccolo was long gone. So it was off to search for a new snare.

Instead of such a specialized snare like I already had, I wanted to find something that could be used in a variety of situations, recording and tunings. Nearly every search I did online came back to the same snare drum as “a must” for any recording drummer’s collection: the Ludwig Acrolite.

So I picked up a 5×14 Ludwig Acrolite, and it didn’t take much tuning to get a great sound out of it! The old school internal muffler is the bomb! On this recording I left it off as I was loving that full ring.

This snare was recorded with a Shure SM57 mic through the Arturia AudiFuse 8Pre into Ableton. Enjoy!