Rich Campus’ Fabulously Funky Foot
EQUIPMENT Sonor drums, Sabian cymbals, Remo heads, Vater sticks, and Roland electronics.
In the fame-seeking climate of the L.A. music scene, there must be days when Rich Campus, drummer for pop-rockers Spaceman, feels like just another crab in the bucket. Besides diverse, catchy tunes, the best part of his band’s new album,
Little Baby Souls, are the assorted beats offered up by the San Fernando Valley native, ranging from no-frills 4/4 to dance-inflected sixteenths. But no matter what his upper body does, the common denominator in his style is a funkified right foot — clearly the influence of Bill Bruford. Spaceman’s current Saturday night residency at Burbank nightspot The Smokehouse may not be as exciting as headlining arenas, but it’s the kind of steady gig that has honed Campus’s chops to a razor’s edge. It may be a while before he can quit his day job, but that hasn’t stopped him from having fun … something those fame seekers ought to remember.