Hello, Modern Drummer readers! This is my first blog for MD, and I would like to introduce myself to you. As a child growing up on Long Island, New York, I dreamed of playing drums. A rebroadcast of the Beatles first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show when I was very young had me banging on pots, pans, or anything that would make a sound. I had my first toy drumkit at the age of three, and I was totally hooked and in love with drums. After a few years of persistently asking my parents to really let me play at the age of eleven, I joined the school band. One year later I got my first real drumkit. It was a Pearl World Series set that I still have to this day. I started lessons that summer with the amazing drummer and instructor Napoleon Revels-Bey. He was my first drum teacher, and he laid down the foundation for my path to professional drumming. Napoleon inspired me to share my craft and passion with others through teaching.
In my teen years, I played in a variety of bands from rock to jazz. I wanted to soak in as much music and different drummers as I could. The ’90s saw me touring the country, as well as studying at Berklee College of Music. In 2001, my drumming career changed direction while playing with country artist Jason Michael Carroll.
Since moving to Nashville in 2006, I have had the pleasure of working with many great artists, producers, and musicians. This last year I had the great opportunity of touring with Florida Georgia Line. During my time with them I had the honor of playing more shows than I can count. I played the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Throwdown Tour, appeared in the music video for the number-one “Single Cruise,” and received my first gold record.
I am currently touring with Brian Davis, an amazing singer, songwriter, and performer that I have known for many years. He is not only a very talented artist, but he’s an even better human being. We just wrapped up the Hell on Wheels tour with Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore. We have just started the Jägermeister Country tour with Aaron Lewis of Staind. I am fortunate every night to be on stage with three guys who are talented and passionate musicians. The entire Brian Davis team has been so great to work with.
I’m blessed and honored to be endorsed by Pearl, Paiste, Regal Tip, Aquarian, Wright Hand Drum Co., Slug Percussion, Grover Pro, Rhythm Tech, Roc-N-Soc, Pintech, QwikStix, Hansenfütz, Drum Fun, Drum Star Wear, and ProLogix.
I’m also truly honored and blessed to be able to be a part of this legendary magazine’s webpage. I look forward to sharing more. Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from you. You can contact me at [email protected] and on Twitter at @schmidtydrums.
To watch a video of Brian Davis’ “Hurt Like Hell Yeah” (filmed while on the Brantley Gilbert Hell On Wheels tour), go to youtube.com or watch below.