Sunday, May 31, 2009

No. 22 ~ John Blackwell ~

When it comes to powerhouse drumming and extreme showmanship; no one can match up to the amazing drummer by the name of John Blackwell...

John was raised in a very musical family and started his playing since the age of three when got his first drum kit. He studied in one of the most prestigious music college (Berklee College of Music) soon after, his career kicked off and was playing for big Pop, R&B, and Rap artist like Prince, P. Diddy, Utada Hikaru, and Justin Timberlake.

John Blackwell drumming for Justin Timberlake at the Grammys.

He has made a trademark of himself with his kung-fu like stick twirls when he drums which is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. He does it so fast that at times I though the video was being fast's that fast!

You can see him doing it at 0:52 in this video...

Not only is John Blackwell good in his showmanships, but also in his amazing groove and style of playing which really nice to hear...

Rock on John Blackwell!

This concludes my series of my favorite gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop drummers. My next post will be about drummers that the majority of readers will know and recognize as famous, good, cliche and extremely overrated. Although not alot of drummers like them, they have truly caught the attention of many non-drummers and non-musicians. Causing an effect that made many people want to play drums. So for that, I would have to thank them by mentioning them in my posts. But to clarify things, I do not like those drummers but I respect them.

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