121 – Kevin Stevens: Playing for a Tribute Show, Running a Multi-Band Company, Making Family Time Count
L.A. drummer Kevin Stevens recently completed two tours of Europe with David Brighton’s Space Oddity, a David Bowie tribute show. He is the drummer and bandleader for three groups (Rumproller Organ Trio, Brass Monkey Brass Band, and The Deep Cuts) under the umbrella of his company, Grits n’ Gravy Music. Kevin grew up in Denver, studied music at the University of Miami, cut his teeth as a pro on cruise ships and on the scene in San Francisco, and has lived in L.A. since 2003. He is also on the faculty at Musician’s Institute where he developed a 10-week course on the music, drumming, and drummers of New Orleans.
In this podcast, Kevin talks about:
First getting involved in Space Oddity ten years ago, being away from it for years, and being asked back three months before Bowie died.
His process of learning the songs, making charts for himself, and incorporating the tracks he’s responsible for running.
Instrumentation for the Oddity gig, on the road and at home
The psychological game of sharing a drum chair, and maintaining confidence in yourself and your relationships
How leading three separate bands led to leading a single company
His New Orleans Drumming course at Musicians Institute and his long love affair with New Orleans music of all kinds
The keys to successful marriage and family life as a musician
Kevin Stevens endorses Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, and Protection Racket Cases.