When Vertical Church Band’s latest album, Frontiers, released back in July, I was blown away by how good the drums sounded so we decided to take some time to talk to their drummer and our friend, Joshua Freddy, to dig a little deeper into what it took them to achieve that beautiful sound!
Humility goes a long way. Be teachable. I’m not playing for myself. I’m playing for God and to serve people and the song.Click to tweet
Worship Drummers are like bus drivers. And Worship Leaders are like the owners of the bus. We have to submit to their authority and go where they tell us to.Click to tweet
- Check out La Banquise for great poutine in Montreal, Quebec
- New Vertical Church Band live recording “Frontiers” released in July
- Gear rundown:
- 1972 Slingerland
- 24×14 kick
- 14×10 rack
- 18×16 floor tom
- 1970 Acrolite snare
- Mix of Zildjian and Istanbul Cymbals
- Night 1 of recording included a worship pit for gang vocals
- Night 2 of recording is with sanctuary filled with people – especially helpful with video and audio.
- Lots of preproduction and less postproduction
- Joshua memorizes his parts and plays them always the same. He learned this from Paul Mabury in 2012.
- Make sure you play the same parts. Once you land on something make sure you are playing the same thing of every take!
- Tip: Video record yourself playing the new songs so that you can remember what you played and so you don’t forget a good idea.
- When writing drum parts, be open to what other musicians are thinking about the song/part
- You don’t want drum parts to be too boring/simple, but you don’t want it to be too complex or busy either.
- Drum Sounds From the Album played from an SPD-SX
- #ConfessionsOfAWorshipDrummer Josh listens to secular music 🙂 Pop, electronic, hip hop
- Josh prefers iTunes Music versus Spotify
- How to handle criticism: Be humble. There are always better musicians than you. Be open to what others hear in the song.
- Most of us just think like drummers. Worship Leaders are thinking about the people
- Worship Drummers are like bus drivers. And Worship Leaders are like the owners of the bus. We have to submit to their authority and go where they tell us to.
- Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago has 7 campuses.
- Idea: Why not have a night where drummers meet together to jam and share ideas. You can learn a lot from one another.
- Joshua is originally from Chennai, India but was also raised in Dubai.
- Moved to US in 2008.
- Joshua’s favourite food: Curry
- Josh uses his story about how he began playing for VCB as an opportunity to testify of the goodness and faithfulness of God. God-dreams do come true! ?
- More Than I Deserve is Josh’s favourite song to play on the new album.
- Humility goes a long way. Be teachable. I’m not playing for myself. I’m playing for God and to serve people and the song.
- Follow Joshua on Facebook or Instagram.
- worshipdrummer t-shirt
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