The verse may have a tight hip-hop loop, the pre-chorus a subtle crescendo and, ultimately, the chorus may break out into a bombastic, full-on funk groove. This is just one scenario, but in a lot of modern music production, mixing and matching sound, style and groove is paramount to a song’s narrative.
With that and the modern, versatile songwriter in mind, drummer Brody Simpson created a conglomeration of grooves spanning anything from neo-soul to hip-hop, R&B, funk, fusion and pop – all performed flawlessly with the timing and nuance that only a great drummer can provide. Expect a tight, sturdy collection of drum grooves that will slide right into any modern song scenario. The perfect toolbox for any writer!
Works with EZdrummer, EZdrummer 2, Superior Drummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3 (optimized for 1 kick, 1 snare, 1 tom, 1 floor tom, 2 crash cymbals, 1 ride cymbal).
In this quick video, we walk you through the Song Creator feature of EZdrummer 2 using one of the beats from the Pocket Grooves MIDI pack.
In this quick video, our very own Mike Sanfillipp writes a quick neo-soul-inspired beat using EZkeys, EZdrummer 2 as well as the Neo-Soul EZkeys MIDI and Pocket Grooves MIDI packs.
How and when did you discover your passion for music?
– At a very young age. I can’t actually remember a time where I didn’t want to be a musician.
How come you ended up behind the drum kit?
– My Dad played drums years ago, so there was always a kit at my house. I just naturally gravitated towards it and, luckily, it came fairly naturally.
You are a very versatile drummer, mastering anything from progressive metal to hip-hop. How come? And is there one style you’d say you’re most at home with?
– It’s partially out of necessity and also from loving such a wide variety of music. Being a session drummer, I end up having to play a lot of different styles without any real warning or time to prepare. I’m quite often tracking a song I’ve only just heard an hour earlier, so it pays to be reasonably well versed in all genres. I also play in 3 different bands that span a huge range of styles. The Siren Tower – country/folk/rock. Förstöra – technical hardcore. NAIK – instrumental, world music influenced hip hop.
What would you say some of your biggest overall influences are?
– Currently drumming influences are: Chris Dave, Robert “Sput” Searight, Jason McGerr, Richard Spaven and pretty much anyone that grooves hard, and has interesting sounds and a creative approach to what they’re playing.
What was the overall idea you wanted to cover in the Pocket Grooves pack?
– I really just wanted it to be useful and easily useable. I wanted to cover a wide range of styles, but still explore each style quite a bit within each song. I definitely tried to play grooves that people will find familiar within the particular genre, but I also made sure that each song went off on a few tangents so that, hopefully, it might inspire something new and different when people are using it.
You’re Underground Studios and your drum related social media endeavors seem to be getting loads of work and attention lately. Tell us what’s in store for the immediate future!
– I’m really focussing on my session playing at the moment. Doing a lot of remote sessions for producers from all over the world. In the very near future I’ll be putting a lot of time into filming drumming/session playing/recording tutorials also. I love checking out other people’s approaches to their craft, so I figure I might as well have a go at it too. I’ve been teaching drums privately for a long time now, so hopefully I can put together some practical and useful video lessons.
Finally, what’s the top-five currently spinning in your player?
Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp A Butterly”
D’Angelo and the Vanguard – “Black Messiah”
The Shins – “Wincing the Night Away”
Death Cab For Cutie – “Narrow Stairs”
…and hitting shuffle on the Beatles’ back catalogue