Mike Sleath is the touring drummer for international artist Shawn Mendes. He has played hundreds of shows and has played for some of the largest crowds you can imagine. And for Mike, electronics are a staple and a must-have when he hits the road. From simple triggers to sample pads, each added element allows him to tailor his playing for Shawn and to create the best possible experience for the audience.
By adding triggers to his kit Mike is able to dial in the perfect sound for each song. In addition, he is also able to change and add to his sound during the song itself. By adding a sample pad to his arsenal Mike is able to trigger loops and backing tracks, add layers to his kit and customize his performance however he likes. If the song needs something extra, Mike can and will deliver.
That is the importance of electronics in modern drumming. No matter the scenario electronics allow you to deliver the best experience for your audience, your band, and, ultimately, yourself.
So what can you, as a drummer, do to ensure you keep up with modern trends and add more to your performance? What can you do to become the ultimate gigging drummer? That’s what this video is all about.
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0:00 – Concept Demo
0:20 – Gear Overview
1:07 – Gear And Samples Used In “If I Can’t Have You” by Shawn Mendes
2:42 – “If I Can’t Have You” Performance Demo
3:45 – Gear And Samples Used In “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes
4:48 – “In My Blood” Performance Demo
6:12 – Gear And Samples Used In “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes
7:36 – “Treat You Better” Performance Demo
8:12 – Outro
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