Even though the classic ‘Motown Sound’ had luscious horn and string arrangements or call-and-response vocals as some of its most identifying traits, make no mistake – the power of the steady backbeats that the likes of William “Benny” Benjamin, Richard “Pistol” Allen and Uriel Jones laid down are forever etched in history.
“I have always felt that there is something profoundly magical about the early days of this era. It’s almost as if the drummers seamlessly moved between straight and swung notes like it was the most natural thing in the world. Their grooves were playful, light, fun and uplifting at the same time as they had an undeniable musical depth. When it comes to groove and what rhythm truly adds to a song, this is a pivotal chapter in music history,” says drummer Norman Garschke.
This is what this collection of drum MIDI seeks to capture – the magic, feel and very heartbeat of the early ‘Motown Sound’ – but at the same time offer a sixty-years-later spin on it.
“The ‘Motown’ philosophy was never about showing off – it was about playing just the right thing at the right time. That’s what I’ve been focusing on: a broad array of basic grooves that you can use as foundations for your songs but then embellish and accentuate using the vast array of fills to create your own twists with,” says Norman.
In other words, get ready for a collection of basic drum gold for any songwriter of classic pop, R&B or soul. Welcome aboard the groove train, headed straight for the heart of soul town.
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