How old were you when you first started playing drums?

Three years old. Haven’t looked back since!
Herman Watson

Four! It’s the best thing in the world being a student of this amazing instrument. It has given me so much.
Aditya Bhagavatula

Five years old, but I had to take piano as well per my mom.
@tx_injun_joe

Seven—thirty years ago this Christmas.
Matt White

Ten.
Oscar Balza

Thirteen.
Aizen Cramp Aniq

Fifteen.
@asianwiththecurlyhair

Twenty-two. I’m now twenty-six.
Aayush Gupta

Twenty-eight.
Lilia Toktarova

Thirty-seven.
@thescript_terhi

Forty-one.
@sour_purple_cookies

Forty-five. I’m a late developer.
Neil G. Foster

Fifty!
Gary Fryett

Fifty-five.
Isabelle Duss Oehninger

Fifty-six and I love it.
Natasha Wiggs

I still feel like I just started.
Hawk Lopez

 


Art Vs. Commerce —

What’s your take?

 

Well, it’s respectable, but it’s different for everybody. I think that if you don’t risk a bit at some point and you never do the music you love, it’s stupid to be a musician. Musician means artist. If you never do the art that is in your heart, it’s a clueless career.
@erdoscappon

Everyone wants to call others a sellout, until they themselves have a wife and kids and realize it’s easy to call people sellouts when you aren’t paying your own way. It’s a luxury position of youth.
Patrick Melville

Playing music I don’t like kills me inside. I’d rather get a different job. I’d be lying to myself and the audience if I played something I wouldn’t listen to. If you like it, though, more power to you.
Enrico Gusella

I did thirty years in cover-band land and worked with a corporate band that put me at six figures for a bit. In the end, those gigs put some money in my hand for a short while. And while I saved some, I passed up many opportunities that would have seen me getting royalties on album sales. It’s such a crap shoot (emphasis on the “crap”), but if you can make it work, then you’re winning.
@billraydrums

Somewhere along the way, getting a job became “selling out.”
@pope_george_ringo

Slippery slope. I would have said the same thing not too long ago. I’m currently doing both. Sometimes the cover gig outweighs the session work and original band work. It’s work, so take it while you can.
@skotzo

We all need money to live. Making it playing drums is a win/win.
Joshua Karis

  


 

Rototoms: Oh, How We…Love You?

Obviously
Carter McLean

The drums themselves are great, but I really hate the stand.
@_rywill22

They sure sounded good on Spring Session M.
@tattprguy

Rototom Bozzio was the best Bozzio!
Chris Jansen

I left them but now I wish I had them back!
@KickStrap

Loved them back in the day, felt old and cheesy so I gave them away.
Michael Flaherty

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