Pro Drummer Dave Elitch's Approach to Getting a Gig

Making his live debut with The Mars Volta and currently

touring with Miley Cyrus, Dave Elitch certainly knows the

art of getting a gig. Photo from

Ever heard of Dave Elitch? If you haven’t, you should. Elitch is well known as American progressive rock band The Mars Volta’s fill-in tour drummer from November 2009 to October 2010. Since his live debut with The Mars Volta, Elitch has established himself as a top call drummer in the LA music scene and has worked with Justin Timberlake, M83, Juliette Lewis, Big Sir, and many other big names in music. Currently, he’s the drummer on Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz tour and is preparing to release a debut album with his new band Killer Be Killed.

From making his live debut with one of the biggest American bands in the last decade to touring with the biggest pop star of the moment, Elitch has made quite a name for himself in the music industry. But how does he go from one big gig to the next, and how did he snatch such a big gig to begin with?

Elitch tells all in an in-depth podcast interview with Drummer’s Resource. In the podcast, appropriately titled “The Art of Getting Gigs,” you’ll hear Elitch talk about how he started playing the drums, his approach to learning songs, his practice techniques, and how his unique approach to networking and getting gigs scored him the The Mars Volta and Miley Cyrus gigs.

If you’re an aspiring drummer looking to make a name for yourself in the music biz, we can’t think of a better drummer to learn from than Elitch. Check it out, then let us know what you think about his playing and gig-grabbing techniques! Is Elitch a good role model for aspiring drummers?

28th Oct 2014

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