Breaking Down "Boom Boom Pow"

Breaking Down

The new Black Eyed Peas single, “Boom Boom Pow,” has been banging everywhere, from aerobic classes to nightclubs. But Harris had to devise a three-pedal setup in order to translate the 808 bass drum sound – which also plays the bass line – to the drum set. “The electronic kick drum has three different pitches, so each one is assigned to a different pedal,” he says. “This is definitely not an easy thing to do.”

DRUM! Music Editor Wally Schnalle is a drummer, composer, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has performed with Eddie Gale, Ernie Watts, and the San Jose Symphony Orchestra.