Ode to my drumset


My current drumset, main part:

Left part:

Here is a scheme of it with a list of its components:

My drum history:

I got my first drumset in 1988. It was a very old (second hand) Ludwig drumset with a Pearl HiHat with Meinl HiHat Cymbals.

I had drum lessons from 1992 to 1997 at the "Musikschule (music school) Beckum-Warendorf" with british Jazz drummer James "Jimmie" Sargent. I told him that I want to play in my schools BigBand as soon as possible, so after a few very basic pattern practices I started to learn simple rock and jazz beats. After one year I joined the "Junior BigBand" of my school and the brass orchestra of the music school. Much later my teacher remembered that we left out to practice rudimentary patterns (triples, accents, paradiddles, etc.), so I went back to practice those basics. In addition I had a lesson series on odd time counting (5/4, 7/8, 3/4, 7/4, 9/4, 11/4 measures).

After years of playing in the "music room" on the attic I took my set down into my room in 1995 (I look like taking drugs... but don't worry!):

Jimmie was a great teacher, demanding but patient and very helpful! However, after 5 years I realized that every week was the same: I practiced the homework he gave me, presented it to him, he said "Yes, good! Until next time practice the following pages...", and I did it. In the meantime I had my first own band and we played rock music, I developed my own style. I decided to have no more drum lessons but practice on my own, that is cheaper and doesn't need a weekly appointment! But before I quit in 1997 I bought a new drumset from Jimmie: He was endorser of Premier, a quite expensive brand, so he recommended "WorldMax", a daughter of Premier, with excellent ratio of cost and performance. In combination with a few good cymbals and high-quality Remo drumheads the sound was pretty good! I extended the set more and more, for example with a rack to hang all the tomtoms and cymbals on, and with a Tama Iron Cobra double bass drum pedal (the most expensive piece of my set)! My band "no more lund" got some local fame and played on several festivals around Münster. Here is a photo from "Kottenrock" 1999:

I started several side projects. For some time I played in three bands... In those years (1999-2001) I improved the most and practiced a lot! And with growing skill also the hair grew long...

In the meantime I had piano lessons and also started a "career" as singer. It started with performing "Stairway to heaven" (Led Zeppelin) on stage during a BigBand concert at my school. The director of the musical that my school was going to perform, "Dance of the Vampires" insisted on my singing the "Alfred" part, the young shy assistant of the Professor who hunts the Vampire. Voice: tenor! After a lot of practice I managed to do it quite well.

  

I also had the guts to present my poor piano skills on stage, but made it to the newspaper with a funny Blues parody:

But back to drumming! "no more lund" recorded a CD in 2001! Being in the studio was a great new experience for me! Compared to soccer, if practicing is the training, and Gigs are the "league matches", then making a CD in a studio is like "Champions league"! It feels great to "have something in hand" that I can show to friends, family or future children! We promoted our new album with several Gigs. I often took my shirts off during gigs, because the music we played (a kind of progressive rock) required hard work and set free a huge amount of energy. Those are the moments that I love the most about playing music, but it also means that I sweat incredibly much...

I extended my drumset by a set of 8 "octobans", 6 inch metal tubes with different length, a drum head on one side, the other side open. Now my drumset occupied half of the stages that we played on, and sound technicians desperately scolded me because it was impossible for them to equip my set properly with microphones (or they didn't have enough microphones). I liked to put all drums and cymbals close together, so that I don't need to spend so much energy to move around a lot. That was the hell for the soundmen!

NML had its biggest gig on the "Krach am Bach" Festival in Beelen in 2005 after recording our second album. In the meantime we developed our style to more sophisticated progressive rock. When we started in 1995 as "The Nameless" we sounded like "Nirvana". Later as "no more lund" we were heavily inspired by "Rage against the machine". In the years 2000-2003 our songs reminded people of "The Deftones". Finally - and that was my favourite - we ended up making music like "Tool" or "Oceansize". The songs were quite long and had several parts, very dynamic! It was difficult for the audience to dance, because the songs were quite complicated and "odd", but it was so much fun to play! Especially on a big stage with huge PA system and nice lighting!

In 2006 NML split, because all members went to different places to study or work. What a pity! The best band I ever played with! After returning from Asia I played with NML's bass player's new band "Exit Illusion". We recorded an EP and had several gigs in and around Münster. I did not always bring my full set. Sometimes it was also fun to get much out of a little set. The "wild years" in which I tried to drum as strong and "massive" as possible were over. I tried to focus on "economic" playing, sticking to the groove, with every hit placed thoroughly and with sense. By the way, my idols were Jon Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) and Ian Paice (Deep Purple) in the early years, and later Billy Cobham (Jazz/Fusion drummer), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and Jack de Johnette (Jazz drummer).