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Five questions with Inna Riddim. …. Q: You guys arenโ€™t DJs, you play live. For those who havenโ€™t seen you perform, tell us briefly about your setup – what equipment, who plays what? A: We’re a drums and synths duo. Completely electronic and entirely run through Ableton Live. I hit the amen’s, Rehan turns the […]

Mr. Bill’s Australian Winter 2017 tour, accompanied by Ryanosaurus and Bill’s side job, Electrocado, had us all take on Coffs Harbour, Airlie Beach, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. Mr. Bill’s complete live set from our final show of the run, Psyland Festival, is up for download exclusively from Clyp. Features a shit load of remixes, VIP […]

Nate Smith is the funkiest mofo going. Here’s a quick transcription of the first released track from his album, “Kinfolk : Postcards From Everywhere”. Every second bar has an extra quaver to the count, making the rhythm 4/4, 9/8 repeated throughout the song. This can also be felt as 17/8 time, with the back beat […]

An incredible tour with Mr. Bill through the USA and Canada has all wrapped up. ย 24000kms (15000 miles) on the road with an awesome crew taking on 30 shows from California to British Columbia, New York to Florida, Louisiana to Colorado all book ended in surreal fashion by time spent with Patrick Leonard in the […]

The Following 4/4 triplet based groove exercises and 6/8 double bass exercisesย are valuable in developing precision, control and musicality in heavier double bass drumming situations. Downloadable PDF’s ; Triplet Metal Grooves – One Bar Exercises 6:8 Double Bass Drumming Exercises-5 4/4 Triplet Based Grooves, including halftime feels, quarter note, eighth note and sixteenth note triples […]

I recently played a few shows asย Mr. Bill’s drummer on his Australian “Corrective Scene Surgery” tour, complete with giant inflatabill and visual show. I transcribedย all the fundamental grooves for each track to make up a simplified chart to cover hisย 1.5 hour DJ set and assist in committing some often heavily syncopated patterns to memory. Here’s […]

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Love this Guiliana track. The intro features a 24 bar heavily syncopated passage that the drumsย andย bass play in unison. I included it here as an additional clearerย pdf. This, plus the accents on beat 3 then 1 of the first two bars of the head are two important points of playing the song. Practice it with […]

I was put onto Nitin Sawhney’s music when Kobra Kai was starting out, when we were still mixing some eastern sounds with different UK style dance beats. These grooves were scribbled out amongst my notes from this period, They’re some cool examples of garage / 2 step style UK grooves backing up some awesome songwriting […]

“Technique has nothing to do with music. Technique is a tool, like a hammer… Having technique means I can concentrate on what to play and not how to play it. Technique becomes a safety net” – Thomas Lang Downloadable PDF’s ; Warm Ups – Triplet Independence -1 Warm Ups – Triplet Independence -2

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I got listening to hip hop when I joined Debasa around 2002. Prompting me to research and listen to a lot of music that I wasn’t previously very familiar with. It was a lesson in stripping things right down, keeping it super simple, but right in the pocket. Like our bassist used to say – […]

The Roots were one of the first bands to draw me into hip hop. Still one of my all time favourite acts. Here’s a selection of grooves taken from the “Things Fall Apart” album. The track “Without a Doubt” is sampled from a Schoolly D track, which was also sourced from Wild Magnolias (Zigaboo Modeliste) […]

These are Jungle grooves repeated in the consecutive bar/s as a mirrored image – played in reverse. They’re a good variation on any looped beat you’ve been sitting on and a good exercise in shifting the backbeat off the โ€˜2โ€™ and โ€˜4โ€™ and moving the accents around the bar like a cut up sample. Note: […]