On January 20 2018, Vic Firth hosted its first ever #vfJAMS LIVE recording session at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, California. Vic Firth will continue to post these sessions throughout this year with full performances, interviews, transcriptions, play-along tracks and prize giveaways. Devon Taylor's videos are coming next week, followed by Sarah Thawer, Eric Harland, Benny Greb, Mark Guiliana and others. This first episode features Matt Garstka performing the track G'ska Funk, a composition by bandleader Robert "Sput" Searight and Matt Garstka himself.
Below you find all the videos released for this episode only, plus the download links of the Transcription & Music-Minus-Drums Tracks.
Episode 1: Matt Garstka - G'ska Funk Matt Garstka playing G'ska Funk with the all-star vfJAMS Band.
Matt Garstka Matt Garstka is regarded as one of the key progressive drummers of his generation. With a Berklee education on his side and gigging experience since age 12 it's no wonder he teamed up with Animals as Leaders. He is by no means simply a metal drummer. His stylistic background in chronological order goes as such - blues, rock, reggae, funk, fusion, latin, punk, jazz, metal, R&B, gospel and whatever style you would call Animals as Leaders. He states 'if you're truly passionate about something, you won't mind working your ass off for it'.
Matt Garstka Signature Stick (SGAR) Animals As Leaders drummer Matt 'The Rhythmic Scientist' Garstka now has its own signatures with Vic Firth. Just like his 2018 Meinl Signature Equilibrium China, Matt's demands for a stick were all about that balance in power, speed and sound. The unique characteristic is the blended tip and long taper.
The new Matt Garstka, Steve Gadd and Questlove Vic Firth sticks