Bobby Previte Update

The liner notes from The Coalition Of The Willing raise a plea for consciousness: Wake up, everybody! If you were less familiar with his prolific output, you might peg Bobby Previte as some sort of quirky multi-instrumentalist agitator who plays some drums. Prepare for a shock. On the Coalition Of The Willing CD, Previte masterfully rips through styles ranging from grunge to rockabilly.

Bobby’s aware of how he’s perceived. “Listen, I’m a drumset player,” he asserts proudly. “That’s how I’ve made my living for twenty years. I’ve written pieces for everything from pedal steel to violin–but I don’t play them. I’m a trap drummer who writes music. And maybe if I was less ‘quirky’ I’d have a lot more zeros in my bank account!”

Proof his command of drums, Coalition presents a spate of drum sounds. On one track, Previte might be working a pair of loosely tensioned toms fitted with thuddy Pinstripes; on another, he’s cranked up a set of his new-found coated, 1-ply batters from Evans, or even EC2s. Either way, the sounds are thunderous–almost metal at times.

“I’ve been listening to a lot of metal right now,” Bobby admits. “Lately I’m trying to get sounds and timbres that capture the emotional qualities I’m trying to express. On Coalition it’s DW drums, but I also have an old Rogers kit from the ’60s–they still sound good.”

For more on Bobby, including news about his upcoming releases, go to www.bobbyprevite.com.

T. Bruce Wittet

Posted in Drummers Tagged Bobby Previte, Modern Drummer, drummer

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