Damani and Somadhi (AKA Stixx) are the people behind the very popular DrumTrax app. With nearly 40,000 users, together they have created an exceptional service for drummers all over the world to jam to tracks for free! They also host their podcast called “Drum Code” where they have had guests such as Eric Moore II and Devin Sumner. In addition to guest interviews, they often have solo shows where they explore deep subject matter that many of us likely consider regularly. They are also involved musically together in a band called Mino Yanci.
They also offer lessons through their DrumTrax YouTube channel where both Stixx and Damani share lessons and concepts to consider and apply within your drumming.
I have seen their tracks being used for online content all over social media for quite some time now. Very recently, Juan Carlito Mendoza performed and taught lessons at Drumeo. One of the tracks Juan performed to was, in fact, a tune composed by Damani titled “Odd Movements”. This tune is one among many drumless tracks featured within the DrumTrax app.
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This episode is filled with inspiration. Stixx and Damani share their points of view on intentions with art. They express their discontent for anyone who explores music for the sake of money and fame. We talk about insecurities, managing our expectations, and why we shouldn’t stop developing once we feel we have learned enough.
Toward the end of this episode, the conversation is truly impactful. We talk about how music and creativity flow through us and that we must allow that to happen without getting in the way. It gets a bit spiritual, but from where I view this, and them too, making art is about spirituality. It may not seem that way for everyone. For some, it may just be about learning, executing, listening, and essentially being a team player. But for others, it goes deeper than that. In my experiences, music has always moved me in a way that I have difficulty explaining. It is powerful and it is a blessing that should be held with high esteem.
By learning and developing skills, it allows us to respond to what comes through us. As Paul Wertico said numerous times in a recent episode, “the music plays me”. I believe that you will powerfully receive this message. This and many other parts of the conversation struck a strong response from these gentlemen and myself.
Music used in this episode:
An assortment of DrumTrax app tracks
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