I drum to release tensions and stress in my life, all I do is work and sometimes after work when I get a little time, I like to relax and lay down some rhythms. My favorite part of drumming is togetherness. I own a Remo djembe I got from X8 a few years back. Drumming is an excellent way to relax and make new friends.
I started drumming back in the day at Rainbow gatherings and Dead shows. I was attracted to the beat as soon as I first heard the sounds I walked all over through the woods until I found the drum circle and was absolutely amazed by all the different shapes and types of drums. My first drum was a bongo: one of the small ones with 2 little ones side by side.
Then I had a conga it was red and we carried it around to the different parks and beaches down in Miami. After that, I got a doumbek , one of the little tin ones . It was much lighter than my conga, and I had that one for years. After that, I had an Ashiko for the longest time; it was great but did not have as much bass as I was looking for, and I finally sold it to a buddy.
In 2010, I discovered X8 and finally got the drum I have now: a Remo djembe. It’s very important to me and I love the way it sounds and being able to have the fiber skin head and play in all weather; it is fantastic.
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Michael - so many drums, so little time! Drummers, tell us why YOU love drumming and drum circles! We'd love to share your story, too!