Drummers, Feature Stories, Update

Joachim Cooder of Hello Stranger

Drummer Joachim CooderFor Joachim Cooder, this is a very exciting time in the life of Hello Stranger, a group he started several years ago with bandmate Juliette Commagere. They’re finishing up their second record with Mike Elizondo at the helm, and they’ve recently completed a tour opening for The Foo Fighters. “It’s been the most mind-blowing experience ever,” Cooder admits. “It’s definitely a dream come true, playing shows on this level. Their crowd really appreciated us.”

Songwriting is a very important aspect for Joachim in Hello Stranger, and he’s very excited about the direction the album is taking. “Mike Elizondo has played bass with my dad [famed roots rock guitarist Ry Cooder], and I’ve always been a big fan of his. Over the years I would give him stuff that we had written. We did this song called ‘Grab It!,’ which I just knew he’d like. Sure enough, Mike got right back to me and said, ‘Let’s work on this.’ We had a great time doing that song, and from there we started making a record at his studio.

“Drumming-wise,” Joachim continues, “I think it’s just about being supportive of the songs and of Juliette, our singer. If you’re a band with songs and a singer, it’s about that. I’m not really a flashy drummer. I’m all about being steady, providing a big foundation, and supporting the dynamics of the songs.”

Robyn Flans

This is an excerpt from the article appearing the September 2008 issue of Modern Drummer.


Posted in Drummers, Feature Stories, Update Tagged Hello Stranger, Joachim Cooder, update

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