is the guy who makes your favorite drummers look and sound their best. In this second part of our conversation, we get way into tuning methods, tips, and tricks. We talk a lot about tuning approaches for different types of music and playing well with microphones for live applications. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out the first part of our conversation here.
Kenny shares some of the things he taught Train drummer Drew Shoals about head and stick selection to make his job easier. This is part of a bigger topic in being open to learning from everyone around you. He also shares a story about working with Stevie Wonder drummer Stanley Randolph and improvising his way to Motown-type sound in the middle of an international tour.
Some of his many stories from the road include an exploded bass drum pedal in the middle of Live Aid, having to sub in for drummers mid-show, destroying Kenny Aronoff’s monitor mix, dancing with Rihanna’s dancers, and so much more.