Breaking Down “Boom Boom Pow”

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.

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