The good people at Mojito Mastering recently asked me a bevy of questions about playing drums and making music in general, and I did my best to answer them. Have a look here -
Talk Shop: Drummer/Producer Joshua Van Tassel on Drum Tech & Session Work
You basically want to be one less thing anyone has to worry about in a potentially stressful situation. – Joshua Van Tassel
MM: When did you get your start playing drums? How did you get into session work?
JVT: My first introduction to drums was through my older sister. She played in junior high band, and it was always really exciting to see and hear the concert percussion at the recitals.
I joined the school band as well and luckily had super supportive band directors and parents who encouraged me to keep pursuing music post high school. I continued on to study at St FX Univeristy, Humber College, and then also at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
The sound of your drums really goes under the microscope and small tuning details can make all the difference.
Session work came from being in a variety of different bands, and getting to meet a whole lot of different producers and engineers. It also helps that I have my own studio and am able to do sessions by myself. On any session I was on I’d always try and pick up any helpful stuff about sounds, mic-ing techniques, or how to generally improve as a drummer without being too annoying while they were trying to work!
MM: What are some key components of your kit set-up?
JVT: I think my key components are having a small but reliable arsenal of cymbals and snare drums that I feel like I know really well. A cymbal is a super complex instrument and depending on where you hit with what part of the stick/brush/mallet/hand, the sound can vary greatly with every stroke.
I have some instruments that I’ve owned for years now and really feel connected to, which helps convey the ideas that best support the artist I’m playing with.
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