Creative people thrive upon inspiration. We can find it in the most unusual and unsuspecting places and moments. One thing that is great, though, is finding inspiration from people who do what you do. Finding inspirational quotes by and about drummers is not as easy as it sounds. Drummers are often quoted, but not always for saying the most inspirational stuff. And, yes, drummers get talked about, but maybe in more ways than we know. Drummers are the essence of creativity, taking a natural rhythm and turning it into something amazing to behold while keeping a song together, or an entire drum circle intertwined in the act of creation. It is these moments that lead to the inspiration we all crave, and give drummers the insight to say the following:
“I was a beginner again. I practiced hard and used to listen very closely to recordings of American jazz drummers such as Tony Williams and Kenny Clarke.” Jaime Muir
Jaime Muir was the drummer for King Crimson, an English rock band formed in the late 1960s. He began his musical career playing jazz on the trombone and switched to percussion.
“You only get better by playing.” Buddy Rich
Buddy was also a jazz drummer, often dubbed “the world’s greatest drummer”. He was self-taught and playing for audiences by 18 months of age.
“There are a lot of guys out there with skills who have not contributed to the evolution of the instrument. It's about more than that...it's an emotive language, an aesthetic. Skill is an aspect, but it's what you do with that skill, or say with that skill, that matters.” - Vinnie Colaiuta
Vinnie has been drumming since his youth and has played with a lot of people, including Frank Zappa. His technical skill and versatility are two things that make him stand out among drummers.
“I get to be a dozen different drummers on every album... I don't know of another drummer who has a gig like that. It's always fun and often a genuine challenge. Al's made me play parts I didn't know how to play. I need to thank him for that.” Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz
As “Weird Al” Yankovic’s drummer, Jon Schwartz has had an interesting career. He began designing websites in the mid-90s, as well.
“A good groove releases adrenaline in your body. You feel uplifted, you feel centered, you feel calm, you feel powerful. You feel that energy. That's what good drumming is all about.” Mickey Hart
Mickey is likely best known for his days as a one of the two drummers for the Grateful Dead. He is also a musicologist and seems to have drumming in his genetics, as his father was a champion rudimental drummer.
And, last but not least:
“Drummers are better bangers.” Unknown