Episode 4: Donny Gruendler, President of Musicians Institute and his ’50s WFL

This week’s guest is player, performer, programmer, writer, and educator Donny Gruendler. Donny has made music with Kenny Burrell, John Medeski, DJ Logic, and the Funk Brothers; composed and played on jingles, feature films, and TV; he produces under the pseudonym, Inc, and performs as half of the funky-jazz-soul-electro duo Rhett Frazier Inc.

Donny is President of Musicians Institute in Hollywood, a member of the Modern Drummer education team and columnist for the magazine; and has released many books and videos. Donny is an artist endorser for Yamaha, Paiste, Remo, Vic Firth, Gator cases, Electro-Voice microphones and Ableton Live software.

Donny intro/bio
Old vs. new, music and gear approaches
Artistic authenticity and influences
Approaches to balancing a music career and multiple activities
Teaching, helping others, connecting people
A brief history of Ludwig and the WFL Drum Company
Donny’s ’50s WFL snare drum (check it out at donnygruendler.com)
Old vs. new… again!
Working with companies developing instruments
The people behind your gear!
More at donnygruendler.com

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