“I use electronic drums to practice at home when I’m not working in my studio. I do my warm up ritual and prepare for sessions, tours, clinics and other live shows. On stage I use electronics to trigger hand claps and kick drum sounds.”
“Adding electronics gives you access to many sounds, lets you take your drumming to another level and awakens the hybrid musician within you.”
''As a drummer and a composer, using acoustics and electronics is vital for me. Whether I’m playing pop gigs or recording my own tracks, combining the two lets me enhance my drumming and opens up so many opportunities."
“Drummers used to start on acoustic drums and graduate to electronic drums later. But, with technology being such a big part of life for my generation, starting on e-drums is just as natural and sometimes more practical.”
“Music is always changing and, as musicians, we must change with it. For drummers, E-drums are the ‘instrument’ of change.”
“Integrating the electronic with the acoustic is not the future... it’s the here and now. The only limit of my electro-acoustic setup is my imagination.”
“The vast majority of tracks you hear on radio feature some type of programmed drums. Being able to bring those sounds into a live music setting is a key part of my job."
"I’m a big proponent of mixing acoustic and electronic drum sounds, especially within the realm of contemporary pop music".
“Acoustic drums with a multipad, e-pads, triggers… I’ve been using a hybrid kit for years. There’s so much more that technology can add to the drummer’s toolbox.”
Fadavi discusses the advantages e-drums can bring to the development of young drummers. Check back for future Plug-Ins, which will cover a range of topics such as the growing importance of technology in drumming, combining electronic and acoustic drums into hybrid kits and the exciting, new generation of electronic hand percussion and mallet instruments.