Another Well Respected Drummer Passes ;…(

It’s been a week now since the passing of Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins at the young age of 50.  Like many people, I am still in shock that he is gone, especially after watching the mock-horror film from the band entitled Studio 666.  At first, I thought it was some kind of joke as Taylor’s death coincided with the release of Dream Widow (Dave Grohl’s solo death metal project from the movie) the day before.  But no, it’s just true utter sadness.  Taylor was an amazing drummer.  He was well respected among his professional peers and to us layman drummers, he was the drummer we wish we could be.  Talented. Gifted. Passionate. Beastly. Technical. Inspirational.  Just some of the adjectives I can use to describe him.  We’ll miss you forever Taylor. Hope the rest of the band and family close to Taylor all the best. 

I felt the need to upload my Superior Drummer 3 project file that I completed for Foo Fighters – Arlandria, so go check that one out!  Additionally, I added Ghost – Absolution to the downloads section…I’m kind of shocked I waited this long to publish that one.  My bad!  😬  Going back through these old project files is kind of funny.  Some of the mixes I did and kit piece selections I chose had me scratching my head; but I left them as they were to show the differences in my progress.

In other happenings, I have been contacted again to do another collab with some YouTubers which I have accepted and will start work on that at the end of the month, hopefully.  🤞  Another collaboration with Heavy In Hawaii is pretty close to be complete; just waiting on vocals from another YouTuber.  So there is no time table on when that will be released.  I have two drum covers already uploaded and scheduled to be released on April 14th and May 6th.  So be on the look out for those!  Progress on my own personal project is coming along.  I am very skeptical that I will get it done in the timeframe I set for myself but I think it will be worth the wait.

That’s all I got for now..looking forward to some better weather here in the midwest.

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5 Years Fully Active on YouTube, New Downloads, & Others…

While I have had my YouTube channel for a long time (first video was uploaded September 2007), I was never really that active with uploading content on a consistent basis.  On March 13, 2017 is when I knew I wanted to start posting more videos regularly and I began to shape the channel to where we are now, posting videos monthly.  Well…most of the time.  😂🤣  To celebrate 5 years active on YouTube, I have a new drum cover scheduled to be released on that day and will feature the updated logo in the video introduction like you see here here on the site.  It’s the small things.  😃

I have also uploaded 3 more Superior Drummer 3 projects to the Downloads section.  You can now grab: Sepultura – The Hunt, Royal Blood – Hole In Your Heart, and Goldfinger – Mable.  I still have quite a few more projects left to upload, even some that I do not have drum covers for.  I will work on getting those uploaded as free time permits.

In other news, there is another collaboration in the works and my BIG project is taking shape very, very nicely!  With each milestone I reach within the project, I get more and more excited for you guys to see it.  However, I have yet to reach the difficult part(s) and that could make or break the entire thing!  🤔😣  Well I think that’s enough of an update for now.

Oh! One last thing.  Check out the live videos I posted on the channel of the recent Twin Temple, Volbeat, & Ghost concert I attended on February 18th @ AllState Arena.  It was such an amazing show.  Volbeat’s stage set up was incredible! I’ve never seen anything like it…and of course Ghost was top notch.  Twin Temple…yea, that was new for me.  Satanic doo wop music.  It was crazy.  🤣   

 

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Let’s Start Off The New Year With A Drum Cover!

Today I have a new drum cover scheduled to be released at 6pm CST and if you are visiting this site before then, you will be the first people to find out what it is before anybody else!  This cover is a group I absolutly love and my most favorite song…Less Than Jake “Look What Happened”.  It’s not a difficult song by any means but I wanted to cover this band for many years and what better way than to kick off the new year?!  Honestly, I needed an easy song to cover so that I can continue my work on the “BIG” project that I am hoping to release by fall of 2022.  Today I was practicing for the next video in this project and I think I am ready to film it tomorrow.  I filmed the first video last week and the ONE person who saw it liked it; thanks Frank.  😎

Ok so what about another collaboration?  I’ve been in talks with Heavy In Hawaii to pick another song to collab on; we just might have something in the works.  It’s difficult because we both have very specific tastes in music and we want the performance to showcase what we are capable of.  For him as a singer, the tune has to be in his vocal range.  The song I chose, I think would work great, has a SUPER KILLER RIFF, and is a new release for a pretty popular band!  

I have already started the drum track and got about 75% done.  Maybe I will do the drum cover for this song for the February drum cover release…we’ll have to see how Heavy In Hawaii is progressing with the tune before I make that decision.  Aside from that, hope you guys have a great new year and love to hear your comments about this website!

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The Work Flow Is Flowing!

My ultimate goal with the YouTube channel is to release a new video once a month.  I’ve been pretty consistent with that but occasionally, I will get into a funk where I do not want to play drums at all.  The collaboration with Heavy In Hawaii (where my work was pretty much done several months prior), I was able to gain some time and start working on drum covers for the future.  The Megadeth drum cover was done 2 weeks before I released it and I filmed another one last night to be released on or around New Years.  Now this will free up time for me to continue work on my “BIG” project and shoot video for what I have done so far.

I’m contemplating on doing a gear review of the IEMs (In-Ear Monitors) that I use.  I just bought another set of them and I am still amazed at how good they sound!  I just am not good with on camera talking and I will probably just look like a dork.  So maybe I post a review about them here and do a YouTube short letting people know to come here to check it out.  Speaking of this website…. why do I have one?  I dunno.  I’ve had websites ever since I started working with computers around 1996, remember Geocities?  Yea I had a website on there!  I just thought people might find the blog interesting (wishful thinking) and find the Superior Drummer 3 downloads useful in someway.  It’s all still early in development and we’ll see where this takes me/us.

Anyways, that’s all I got to say today.

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New Drum Cover & a New Huge Update To Site

Not sure how many people are aware of this, but close friends of Nick Menza are making new music with his drums tracks he did before he passed away.  One of those friends, David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth bassist & bandmate), teased a little snippet of the music created.  Also, I’ve been subscribed to Nick’s YouTube channel for sometime and there has been alot of work & posts on a documentary coming out entitled “This Was My Life – The Story Of Nick Menza”. 

Why am I bringing all this up?  Well the drum cover I released today was mainly because of all the videos I have been watching on Nick Menza.  His drumming is so solid and the kick patterns he uses are just great.  Like the song Captive Honor from the epic album Countdown to Extinction, is a basic song with a simple tempo, but the kick pattern he used in the verses is what drove me to want to cover this song.  Plus it’s one more checked off the list to complete this whole album…which isn’t my goal really.  🤣😂

So enjoy this cover and leave a comment on what you think!

Now, the huge updates with this website.  Yea, I spent alot of time getting this going again.  Many people probably didn’t know that I have/had another website, actually a posting forum, called SD3presets.com.  It’s main purpose was for users of the Toontrack software Superior Drummer 3 to share custom presets they have created with a specialty for ones that sound just like albums of bands.  It’s been running for almost a year and it hasn’t really taken off like I had hoped, although a user named Omega Station, has uploaded quite a few projects of some awesome bands.

So I decided to take the SD3presets site and roll it up into this website so that www.redgearmusic.com will be your one stop shop.  😁  You can find a good majority of the old posts from SD3prests (some posts I chose to not carry over) in our newly created Forums page.  You will need to register to post in the forums but registering also gives you the ability to comment on my blog posts as well!  So win/win?  Hahahah, who knows.  Oh, and if you are looking to find people to collaborate with, you’ll find a section in the forums for that as well!  

I have the next drum cover already in the works.  I am 90% solid during my practice sessions and hope to shoot it by next weekend with a release date for New Years Eve.  It’s a great genre of one my all time favorite bands.  I am super stoked for you guys to check it out!  OH!!!  Slightly modified RedGear Music logo…do you like?

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