Austrian born, Los Angeles based and one of the biggest names in drumming today, Thomas Lang shares with us his practice routines and how he sub divides his time on each routine. Thomas talks about why learning how to practice before you learn how to play is important. Thomas also tells us how he does all these things he do at the same time without getting overwhelmed and discusses ” fame by proxy” .
” Practicing is for tweaking, adjusting and learning new things. Playing is applying what you’ve already practice. ”
” Be patient and keep working. ”
– Thomas Lang
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Worst Moment in Music
- Thomas had been to a lot of situations. One of the biggest things Thomas learned is to be patient. Thomas says sometimes it takes more than one failure to learn a lesson.
Musical Lightbulb Moment
- When Thomas realized that he can work independently and don’t have to rely on employment by somebody else all the time. For many many years Thomas has been working as a sideman, touring and recording musician and trying to get gigs. Thomas says that you work on a certain attitude and mindset. You always depend on other people’s diaries, schedules and success in a way. Thomas also explains that you maybe a very successful as a touring musician or sideman for whoever artists you’re working with, but that is sort of fame by proxy. You’re always the drummer of whoever. You’re only as good as your last gig and you’re only as big and important as your last gig. When Thomas realized that there is an alternative to fame by proxy, which is working independently and even if you’re working with smaller acts or create your own act, your own thing, it’s still more reliable and more fulfilling in the end and you work on your own career, then it’s not fame by proxy. It’s true fame if it works out. Everything that Thomas does is managed by himself.
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