Snare, Bass, Hi Hat, Piano? – Dino Campanella – DREDGNate Brown
OLD: What was your first kit?
Dino: For eighth grade graduation I asked for a drum set as my present, and my mom got me a Pearl Export. I loved it. I tried to figure it out by watching other drummers and listening to recordings, trying to put it all together in my mind.
OLD: Do you think it has been an advantage that you had a background in other instruments than only drums?
Dino: Yeah, definitely. Piano is one of the instruments where you learn everything there is to know about playing an instrument. I feel it gives you — for one thing coordination between left and right hand. There are different things going on with the left hand and the right hand to be able to separate those two. It’s something you have to know how to do to play drums.
And, a lot of the training was about dynamics, speed, tempo, etc. That’s obviously needed for drums as well.
It’s also good for songwriting and working with a band. To know what you are doing a little bit on a piano or on a guitar really helps.
OLD: How much effort do you think should be put into “putting on a show” (i.e. stick flips, etc.)?
Dino: I think they should cautiously try to do that. When I go off that way, I feel it’s an extension of the emotion that I am going through while we are playing.
I mean, it’s all about helping in drumming, helping in playing and helping the band as much as I can, but I would never suggest that drummers should try hard to come off flashy.
It shouldn’t be forced for anyone on stage. It’s better to be driven by the music.
OLD: What do you like to do after a show?
Dino: I usually calm down for a while because it’s really physically exhausting. Maybe it’s the way I play, but I am pretty wiped out. After about a half hour or so I walk out and say hi and hang out with some fans.
OLD: If you could only pass on one piece of drumming advice to the next drumming generation, what do you think that piece of advice would be?
Dino: You should play from your heart, your soul, your instinct – play from instinct. Don’t play like you are forced to play. Try to be original.
When you are writing drum parts, there are no rules. Sometimes it’s cool taking something that’s done and changing it, But I think some of the coolest drum parts that drummers have ever done are those, just because they are so original.
It’s not about technical craziness. Sometimes it’s as simple as a little variation in those simple grooves with the right feel. I have always been a fan of feel over technical ability, style or feel.