Without Understanding


1 February 2023

I've always paid close attention to the sound of the drums as well as what is being played on them. Snare drums in particular seem to possess a fascination for me. My preference is usually for something tuned highish and tight but as ever, it depends on the context. There's little point in trying to precisely replicate a snare sound from an existing recording as it usually sounds the way it does because of the sounds which surround it. Having said that, one of the top snares to be committed to vinyl can be found on the 70s recordings of Johnny Guitar Watson when Emry Thomas was the drummer and indeed, co-producer. This one for example - they knew how to do it in 1976!