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Damon Che Documentary | The Godfather Of Mathrock Drums

I started playing the drums when I was 10 years old. Over the years many different drummers have influenced my playing but one in particular that I saw play in the early 90s basically changed the way I thought about playing the drums, and the instrument as a whole. That drummer was Damon Che of the band Don Caballero. 

I grew up in Morgantown WV, and quite often my friends and I would head up to nearby Pittsburg PA to see touring bands that weren’t making it to Morgantown. This time we were heading up to see the band Tar. Tar were an awesome band and we were all very excited to see them. There were two opening bands, and one of them was this band I’d never heard of at the time called Don Caballero.  

I barely remember them setting up, but I do remember some tall lanky dude standing outside behind the glass doors of the venue before they got started in a long black trench coat, drinking water out of a gallon jug and smoking a cigarette. That dude was the drummer of Don Cab, Damon Che.  

Don Cab came out and their first song was like a sudden explosion of a sonic fireball that basically leveled the audience. You could feel everyone in the room staring at the stage like they were witnessing something like planets colliding. At the center of all this, and the one directing the collision was the drummer. He was seated behind a cheap black Pearl Export series drum set, with huge toms setup nearly perfectly flat and gigantic shiny B8 Pro cymbals set up very high and tilted. 

I was close to the front of the stage, and watching him play, but couldn’t really believe my eyes. His motions were completely alien looking, and the way his drums were setup looked amazingly uncomfortable. But the sounds I was hearing were unlike any drumming I had previously encountered. It was busy, really busy, but with a very deep pocket feel and incredible power. Every couple seconds I was hearing a new beat I hadn’t heard anyone else play before. It was complex, bombastic, intense and incredibly tight.  

At this moment I knew the drumming world had just received an upgrade and I felt incredibly inspired to get even better at drums and my love for the instrument grew even stronger than it already was.  

So let’s take a closer look at Damon Che and see what exactly made him such an awesome force behind the drums. 

Sideling Hill [mathrock, synthwave, wierbonski]

This track I played Drums, Guitar, Bass, and Synth. I had fun with the video wearing some cute (and weird) outfits. It was once again recorded on my 2005 iBook G4 using the Mbox 1 Audio interface.
Drums: Tama Imperialstar Bop https://amzn.to/2Fbemvg
Guitar: Ibanez GRX20w https://amzn.to/2JXVSgM
Bass: Crescent Precision Copy https://amzn.to/2qGUnKW
Amplification: Ammoon PockRock https://amzn.to/2POZruV
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Cherry Red Lips [Milkytracker and Live Drums]

It’s been two years since my last Milkytracker and Drummer video, but now the time has finally come for a new one! This track is called, Cherry Red Lips, and I made all the samples and music within Milkytracker on a 2004 iBook G4 1.42ghz. I then recorded the drums in Pro Tools 7.4 with an Mbox 1 also on the iBook. The video was created in Kdenlive on Ubuntu 18.04LTS on my Dell Gaming Inspiron 5k Drums used: Tama Imperialstar Bop (2015 discontinued, 18″ kick, 12/14 toms, 14 snare. Heads, Toms/Snare – Aquarian Studio X https://amzn.to/2Q2DlBZ Kick – Aquarian Superkick 1 https://amzn.to/2D9J06z Sticks – Aquarian X10 https://amzn.to/2Q0mGPp Mics (kick and overhead) Nady RSM-5 https://amzn.to/2DcvD5m

Return Home – Drum Version (Live Playthrough)

This is the the title track and first song off my album “Return Home” I’ve made a special version with live drums for youtube, and possibly to be released later on within an album. Thanks for watching and please subscribe Drums uses: 2015 Tama Impiralstar Bop, 18k, 14s, 12t, 14f Cymbals used: 22″ Nuvader Ride, 18″ Camber (orginal) crash, 18″ Meinl Kinetic Crash, 14″ Camber/Avanti Hi hats (extremely rare, I’ve only ever seen two pairs of these, they have a sprayed on bronze color coating) Heads: Aquarian Studio X on everything Sticks: Aquarian X10 synthetics stands: 2x ludwig flat based stands, tama snare stand, olympic flat based hi hat stand, tama ride/tom mount stand.