Drummer/Author Chris Peacock
Hey, Modern Drummer heads! My name is Chris Peacock and I’m addicted to drums. I’ve been playing for twenty-years and I started at the age of twelve. I’ve studied with Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, and Mike Shapiro and have worked in all sorts of musical situations including rock, pop, jazz, electronica, caleigh, and orchestral.
I would describe myself as a drummer, a producer, and an educator. I’m also a bit of a madman, but that’s a secret between you and me. Here is some of the cool stuff that I’ve been working on lately: The Samuraiz is my music production company based out of London, U.K. We write and produce a mix of dance and U.K. hip-hop for a handful of local acts. There may be an album launch in the future, but our primary focus is to help other artists build up their catalogues and create the best sound that they possibly can. Producing is a new gig for me and my partner, but I’m acting on the advice that the pros always give, which is to be the best drummer, the best writer, the best producer, and the best businessman you can be. It’s the only way to stay relevant and to stay active in the modern music industry.
I wrote a book, The Psychology Of Drumming, which is all about confidence, overcoming obstacles, and being the best. Some of the world’s finest players were kind enough to contribute, including Steve Smith, Kenny Aronoff, Jojo Mayer, David Garibaldi, and John “JR” Robinson. In the book they share their highs, their lows, and lots of stuff in between. It’s currently available on Amazon.com for anyone interested in checking it out.
TheDrumNinja.com is a blog that I recently launched designed to help beginner to intermediate drummers improve their technique, vocabulary, repertoire, and overall comfort behind the kit. I break down popular beats and licks every week, and best of all, it’s free!
I often think how lucky I am to be a drummer and be a part of one of the coolest, most supportive communities on earth. Drummers just seem to look out for each other and are always willing to lend a hand. If I could offer some advice to any drummer it would be to enjoy your craft, set lofty goals, and hustle every single day.
I’d like to thank Modern Drummer for continually bringing the world of drumming to us each and every month and for giving us a platform to share our experiences. They are the best!
Also, thank you guys and girls for reading this blog, it’s greatly appreciated!
If you would like to get in touch please visit me at thedrumninja.com and say hello.