Kelsey Drayton Pounds Progressive Pop
By Waldo The Squid Originally published in the July 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine
EQUIPMENT DW drums and hardware, Ludwig Supra-Phonic snare drum, Zildjian cymbals, Shure E3 in-ears, MalletKat Express through Nord 2x rack, Shure 57, Beta 52, and SM 81 mikes (Sennheiser 421 for toms).
Kelsey Drayton is our Joe The Plumber. Playing in a rock band by night and teaching by day, he is all too familiar with the daily grind that must be endured until the big break comes. Before he was doing battle in the music performance wasteland of Los Angeles, there were the formative years of banging around on assorted instruments in elementary school before he got his first kit, and finally, a bachelor’s in percussion performance at Northern Arizona University. On Why, the new release from his band, Shattered Atom, you can really see the influence of his specific degree as he fills out the crevices in the band’s soft progressive pop with unabashed bronze bashing, not to mention pithy yet subtle fills, limb independence without losing the rocker’s sense of backbeats, fills-as-beats type things, and even the pro-level job he did of miking his individual drums. Here’s to the working drummer.