Drum grooves and fills inspired by the wealth of styles associated with gospel.
The Gospel Grooves MIDI pack presents a broad collection of drum grooves and fills inspired by the enormous wealth of styles that commonly get sorted under ‘gospel.’ It was performed by one of today’s most in-demand drummers in the field: Calvin Rodgers. With recording and touring credits with the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Isley Brothers, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp and many more, Calvin boasts a long career at the very apex of the scene.
Expect perfectly executed chops and beat ingredients for anything from traditional gospel and soul to R&B, hip-hop and any modern style of music. This is the very definition of a collection of grooves for extreme width and variation – all laid down with that extra amount of grace and craft that only a top drummer can pull off.
Note: This MIDI is unique and not the same as the library included with the Gospel EZX.
With a track record that sums up touring and recording credits for the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Isley Brothers, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp and many more, Calvin boasts a long career as an international touring musician, clinician and session drummer.
Q: You were born into a family of musicians and already as a young child got a glimpse of recording sessions, rehearsals and shows. What was that like?
A: It was literally the best time of my life. So many great musicians were either from Chicago, or passing through there often. I was a sponge during that time. Without question, this is a moment in time I wish I could go back to and share it with so many others. This was my idea of growing up privileged.
Q: Already at the age of fifteen, you performed on your first nationally released recording as part of the band on the Ricky Dillard and New Generation Chorale live album “Hallelujah.” At age fifteen, what was that experience like?
A: A part of me didn’t realize how major this was. I was just excited to be playing drums. I kind of wish I would’ve understood the magnitude of what was happening. This record will always be a part of my legacy, and I guess it can show how quickly I grew as a recording drummer. But I must say I cringe whenever someone brings this album up.
Q: From there, your career obviously took off. But if you hadn’t ended up making music and playing drums for a living, what do you think you’d do for a career? Who is Calvin Rodgers when he’s not behind a kit?
A: Unfortunately, I never had a plan B. This is not my advice, by any means. It just happens to be my reality. When I’m not behind the drums, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I’m a sports fan Football, basketball and boxing. I’m extremely introverted though. So when I have any time to relax alone, that’s what I do. Sometimes with a book or a good movie.
Q: If you had to identify some of the personal highlights so far in you career, what would the they be?
A: Working with Aretha Franklin would definitely be one. I toured with her for a little over a year. She was a joy to be on stage with. She was great for so many reasons, and it was undeniable as soon as she hit the stage. Writing a song with my dad would be another.
Q: You’re also committed to teaching and mentoring up and coming drummers and musicians. For all aspiring musicians around the world who don’t have you at an arm’s length distance, what would be your advise?
A: Let the music be your sole motivation. Please don’t go after this if you don’t love it. I come across so many aspiring musicians who are looking for things that really don’t matter. Followers, likes, subscribers, women, money…you can attain those things doing anything. But music is a healer. I think the making of it should be reserved only to those who truly love it.
Q: How would you describe your style of drumming?
A: I would like to think that my drumming is the culmination of solid time, great feel and heartfelt grooves. Studied and polished.
Q: To you, what makes a great drummer and a what makes a great groove?
A: A great drummer to me is someone who places the needs of the music ahead their own.
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