As a drummer, Todd Sucherman is in a band with a fitting name: Styx. Har har…had to do it. On a more serious note, the Styx throne has only been held by two individuals in the forty-six years that the band has been around: the original drummer, John Panozzo, and of course Todd Sucherman. That is serious rock drumming royalty to behold right there.
This interview was captured the day after the cold and rainy helicopter mountain shoot that many of you have seen on YouTube. The video shoot was in an effort to promote Todd Sucherman’s Rock Drumming Masterclass and do something that has never been done before.
Imagine…you already play with Styx, you’re publicly known as a total badass player, you have been recognized numerous times for your many contributions of excellence in the art of drumming, and then some crazy Canuck suggests you fly in a helicopter with a massive drum kit to play on top of a mountain while being recorded and filmed. “A charmed life”, I believe is how Todd put it.
In addition to drumming for Styx, Todd is also a clinician, session player, and responsible for multiple award-winning video pack series Methods and Mechanics. In 2018 Todd was awarded the title of “#1 Progressive Rock Drummer” and “#1 Recorded Performance” for “The Mission” (Styx).
Beyond Todd’s outstanding playing, he is also an incredible hang. I can see why people want him around. He’s clear, direct, intentional, smart, funny, and there is a certain intensity to him that is nice to be around. I had an amazing time visiting with Todd, Dave, Jared, Victor, Taylor and the rest of the team at Drumeo while I was there. Getting to have that time with such a revered musician is something very special. It was the best way to reintroduce this podcast that I and many of you have grown to love.
So I want to give all of my past listeners a big “high five!” It’s great to have you back! I also want to welcome new listeners to this show. Thanks for checking this out! I love hearing from listeners, and I will always try to get back to everyone, but please write into the show to share your thoughts, experiences, and in general any feedback or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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