Episode 10 is up on the show! ...
25 years ago, a young @danradin heard the opening fill and drum groove on a song called Two Princes by @spindoctorsband and immediately said, “I need to do that myself.”
The drummer on that track, and one of the driving forces in that band was @acomess. The Spin Doctors went on to sell more than 10 million records. Aaron’s sound was one of my defining drum sounds of the 90s, with his cranked-up Brady snare cracking backbeats, ghost notes chattering away; @zildjiancompany A Custom cymbals contributing glassy, not-too-bright wash, and the whole thing anchored together with thunderous Brady kick and toms.
Since those Pocket Full of Kryptonite days, Aaron has reinvented himself as a producer, composer, and a drummer with a pretty different sound. Today, Aaron’s music tends to have more balance and blend than the cut and pop of those early days.
He’s played on, written on and/or produced over two hundred albums as well as stepped forward as an artists and bandleader introducing music under his own name. …
More at tinyurl.com/comess
• Show notes: • Aaron's background as a player including studies with @rick.latham
• Forming and building the Spin Doctors
• Recording Pocket Full of Kryptonite • Creating *that* snare drum sound • Aaron is a busy and in-demand composer, producer, and session drummer • @joan_osborne's new album, Songs of @bob.dylan • How Aaron's sound has changed since the early 90s • How he modifies his tone, sometimes song by song • @yamahadrumsofficial Club Custom drums including background • Yamaha Recording Custom aluminum snare drum • Zildjian Avedis 20″ ride and 18″ crash, and his '50s 15" A. hats • Learn more at aaroncomess.com
Update to Episode 5 with Fred Beato of Beato Bags. Fred and I have collaborated to offer a special price for listeners on his new double snare and snare/tom combo bags. You can get the Beato double snare bag custom made to fit any sizes, in either Pro I or Cordura, for $125 including shipping within the continental US. Or get a combo snare/tom bag for $140 including shipping. Details inside.
Fred Beato is the founder, president, and personality behind Beato bags. Proudly handcrafted in Huntington Beach, CA, USA, Beato bags are the choice of many of the world’s top drummers including Gregg Bissonette, Dennis Chambers, Tico Torres, Nigel Olsson, and Tris Imboden. Fred was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to Florida at age 10, without his parents. Shortly after arriving, The Beatles grabbed ahold of the nation’s attention and inspired young Freddy to pursue a path as a drummer. For more than 35 years he has prided himself on manufacturing a quality product that is made in America, and his cell phone number is accessible to every customer: professionals and future stars alike.
I have known Fred for more than 20 years and have been huge advocate of his Pro I bags since my retail days. Talking with him was fun. He paints a vivid picture of coming to America in the 60s, and reminds us of the place music held in popular culture at that time. He’s a real person and his willingness to share his flaws and shortcomings – as well as the successes – was refreshing.
Fred’s early story: immigration from Cuba
Rock and Roll in the 60s: his playing career
Starting his company with the rug caddy
Building the Beato name
Tips and tricks for maintaining Beato Pro I bags
Did you know: you can get custom Beato bags!
Building the company and designing the bags
Universal Percussion and licensing
Rebuilding direct to drummers
Getting back to playing drums
New record: Fredy Boy - Tail of the Shark, mixed by Al Schmitt, also featuring Joe Porcaro
Fred’s gear: 70s Gretsch, Canopus, Paiste
The future for Beato
More at beatobags.com ***Help Me Donate a Snare Drum to a School Every Month***
I've launched a Patreon to enco
Tonight I played my last show with @fearthemasses before @emilycoltradin and I move to Asheville. Tonight’s show was simply a joy. Everybody was on. Energy started high and grew higher. The audience was engaged, enthusiastic, and built as the set progressed. The sound was great and we could all hear each other.
Sometimes everything just goes right on stage or in the studio or rehearsal room, and that’s when music is its best. There is nothing like sharing the experience with the other people on stage with you, and the people in the audience cheering you on. It’s why we do it, for the moments like these.
I’m proud of the work we did these last couple of years and I’m proud of the friendships and brotherhood in this band. We made relevant, vibrant, topical art and shined light into darkness.
I’m sad to be leaving but happy to be facing the musical opportunities that I hope to find in my new city. Thank you everyone who came to the shows, listened to the music, bought the merch, said a kind word, or raised a fist. You make the 1am gear unloading worth it.
@emilycoltradin it’s our one-third anniversary and we’ve been married for 17 weeks. So here are 17 amazing things we’ve already done together. I love you!
1. Wedded in the rain with our closest family and friends in Ridgefield, CT
2. Drove up the east coast to Halifax, NS and walked on the ocean floor at the Bay of Fundy
3. Came back down to Portland, ME; sailed on a 100-year-old schooner and drank champagne
4. Both performed music
5. Ate fish sandwiches at Fred’s Shanty in New London, CT with Gram
6. Begged to be let on a plane with a passport with the wrong name
7. Danced and ate and cried at a Spanish wedding
8. Hiked to one of the world’s most beautiful places in Basque Country
9. Drove a Smart Car straight through mountains in Italy
10. Rode bikes around Lucca
11. Made gnocchi in Chianti
12. Saw Michaelangelo’s David and climbed to the top of the Duomo in Florence
13. Watched the sun dip below the unobstructed horizon in Anacapri
14. Biked around Copenhagen and sat by fireplaces under blankets
15. Quit our jobs and signed a lease in Asheville, NC
16. Said a proper goodbye and spent quality time with the Lynn clan in Vermont
17. Started an online company, a podcast, a YouTube channel, and helped a friend start her podcast
Site of future lampin’ #Repost@emilycolt (@get_repost)
Say hello to our new home..... in West Asheville! (Well at least for the next year)
We knew after spending the month of May in Asheville that we had to find a way to make it our home. With all of the places we have been over these last 6 months, nothing felt as right as this place. So... we are going for it!
We’re excited, nervous, anxious, and filled with butterflies to start this next chapter of our lives. We will be heading south first week of November, so please reach out and let’s make plans to see each other before we go! And of course, visitors are always welcome!!!!!!!! #homesweethome🏡#westasheville#ashevillenc#northcarolina