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Billy, I’ve wanted to ask you about this since I first saw it on your video, Takin’ Care of Business. For me, the size of a venue has no effect on how I practice or play.

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What do you think of the World’s Fastest Drummer Contests? I look at it as almost a different art form in itself, you know what I mean?

I keep in shape by having a good diet and practicing as zshbaugh as I can. Following this festival, I’m doing a clinic tour down ashbsugh East Coast.

I’ve got a lot of respect for them even though I wouldn’t have any desire to do that, it’s still amazing. Do you like touring? I had to force myself to do this solo today.

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I’m not out there messin’ around and meeting other women or partying. I couldn’t do it with out Jenie, She understands where I’m coming from with my obsession to the drums. Do you have a practice routine?

It could be anything from double bass fills to soloing to just trying to make everything groove better. On the other hand, being away from my family and not getting to watch my daughter grow up is something that I will never get back.


You were both on the same gig? At every gig, I just try to get into my zone and perform to my fullest potential. Related Links on Web. Will be used according to our Privacy Policy.

Do you get nervous when playing in front of huge crowds? You must be able to play perfectly with click tracks and sequences for this gig. To billj, that’s my love and passion on the drums. I was in a blues band led by a guy who was a lot like Stevie Ray Vaughn and we did some funk-rock blues, New Orleans stuff, and some straight ahead shuffles.

Only on the songs that I get to do in the studio. I’m not downplaying the rudiments, they’re extremely important and I practice them all the time, but you need to fulfill the need that drew you to the drums and that’s to sit behind the kit. As fate would have it, the phone rang for me first. If I had the guts to pull away, I should have let the money go and figure out another way to make money and concentrate more on making myself happy behind the instrument. As a matter of fact, he called me about his ashbauvh album recently and I’m hoping I get the chance to do it.

How did you develop that skill? Does your playing change at all after a few months on the road? What’s going on, gig wise, in the near future? Ashbauvh can remember banging on pots and pans at a very young age. How did you get interested in drums? I’ve gotten offers to go out on the road but I’ve had to turn them down for now, until our daughter gets old enough to travel.

But we’re always conscious of our daughter and our family and that comes first. Billy, is it tough being out on the road away from home for such long periods of time?


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At the end of a tour, when I listen back to a disc of one of the first shows, I hear a noticeable difference in my fills as well as the grooves. Her drummer, Doobie Powell, is incredible.

What gear are you using? I will, eventually, but for now I’m raising our daughter and I play in a local Salsa band. MD Online recently caught up with rising drum star Billy Ashbaugh, the man who keeps it all together. Billy Ward just gave me a CD and I can’t wait to check it out. Great pocket, great player. It really opened up a lot of doors for me. He turned me on to many different styles and techniques. As much fun as the Enrique gig was for me, I was playing percussion not drums and I’m really a drummer, so it wasn’t too hard for me to give the gig up.

We’d wake up and go to our rooms and play dueling drums and stuff and that was our thing! I listen to a little bit of everything. Then I’ll have two weeks off to prepare to rehearse with Pat Benatar for a three month tour with her. Looking back on it, it’s probably the worst thing I could have done. I learned how to read and was introduced to linear patterns, Salsa, Reggae, Swing, and a lot of great books.

But the contests are cool, I think it’s great.

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