Hey, MD readers! My name is Andrew Weber. I’ve been drumming for the past ten years, and it has been the most rewarding thing I have done in my life.
I started playing in my freshman year of high school. During that time I was interested in learning some sort of instrument, although I was in the school choir. I purchased my first pair of drumsticks and a small practice pad just so I could start getting down the basic patterns and rhythms of drumming. I became hooked on watching videos of Steve Jordan and Keith Carlock, which helped a lot, and a few months later I got my first PDP maple kit. I still play it to this day, and I can’t be happier with how it sounds.
I started performing and doing studio work for a few local solo artists and bands while I was in college. It was by far the most eye-opening experience, and it taught me how to become a more dynamic and responsible drummer. Some very talented people, from engineers to guitar and bass players, vocalists, and other drummers, surrounded me. I’m grateful to have been a part of their work over the years.
In 2012 I joined the band Green or Blue, which I am still in to this day. I’ve heard the phrase “proud to be part of something great” from others along the years, and I didn’t know exactly what that felt like until I joined this band. I play alongside Matt Nicolae (vocals/guitar) and Ben Gorham (piano/vocals). They are the most talented musicians I have ever worked with, and they are, more importantly, brother figures to me.
We wrote a handful of songs throughout the years and never did anything with them but record a few live videos. In the middle of 2013, we started a project on Kickstarter to help raise money for us to go into a professional studio and record a full-length album. The project was funded, and we got to record at VuDu Studios in Port Jefferson, NY with Mike Watts. We released our album, A Shot Below the Moon, and it was an amazing journey for all of us and is something I will never forget.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. It’s truly an honor and a privilege to be on a site like moderndrummer.com, as I’ve been a reader of the magazine for years. I hope you look us up and listen to some of our music. We’re on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.
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