The Beat Beginner
Songs Beats & Fills Technique Rudiments Drummers Gear

Kaz Rodriguez: Hearing Colors

Seamus Evely  /  UPDATED Aug 19, 2022

“For me, when I hear something I see a colour.”

Kaz Rodriguez is an English drummer whose hard work has resulted in a lot of mega opportunities these last couple of years. He is touring with Josh Groban, performing clinics worldwide, and he writes his own music. His drumless tracks have been a huge hit in the international scene with drummers like Sput Searight, Chris Coleman, Aaron Spears, Tony Royster Jr. and Ricky Lewis. His philosophy regarding the drumless music is to share it with the drumming community so that drummers can put their sound to his music.

So, there is one thing I should point out in particular about Kaz that is incredibly unique. He has a condition called synesthesia. Basically, he ‘hears’ colors. He doesn’t read music but instead memorizes it based on the colors he hears.

Kaz endorses Tama, Zildjian, Remo, LP Percussion and Roland.

In this episode:

You will hear about…

  • How Josh Groban saw Kaz on Drumeo and hired him
  • Kaz’s experience so far touring with Josh Groban
  • How Kaz came to realize that pop session gigs weren’t enough for him
  • Kaz’s friendship with Aaron Spears and how grateful he is for that
  • The importance of giving back and how Kaz’s music was meant for that
  • Synesthesia
  • The aftermath after Kaz was stabbed
  • Kaz’s decision to discontinue studying architecture for music

Why you should listen:

Kaz projects so much positivity. His spirit for music and giving back to the drumming community is quite exceptional and his take on gratitude is a great reminder for every drummer out there. Getting a chance to hear his process with how he understands music is also incredibly interesting.

Follow Kaz:

Follow Drumeo Gab:

Improve your speed on the drums with El Estepario Siberiano’s FREE course.
Enter your email to get all 10 exercises sent to your inbox.

By signing up you’ll also receive our ongoing free lessons and special offers. Don’t worry, we value your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time.