142 – Evan Hutchings: Full Time Session Drummer, Trends in Style & Tone in the Studio, Producing
Evan Hutchings grew up in Ft. Smith, AR and is the son of a preacher. He started playing drums at age 2 and got his first drum set at age 8. It was through hours of watching other drummers play in church that he learned how to play for a song and try to convey a sense of emotion through the drums. After high school, Evan moved to Nashville to attend Middle Tennessee State University and studied with Lalo Davila and Tom Giampietro. Since leaving school in 2009, Evan has been touring extensively throughout the USA and abroad with various artists including Katie Herzig, Sugar and the Hi-Lows, Griffin House, Andy Gibson, Erin McCarley, and others.
Evan is currently an in-demand session drummer in Nashville and has worked in the studio with Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), Jamie Kenney (Erin McCarley, Marc Broussard), Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey), and many others like Danielle Bradbery, Rascal Flatts and Kelsea Ballerini.
In this episode, Evan talks about:
Different drummers style to playing, soloing, clinics
Tuning drums live v.s. studio
Trends in style and tone in the studio
Developing his abilities
The idea of complex drumming (ie metric-modulation) as a way to reinforce a solid time feel
Our mutual crush on Steve Jordan
Playing other instruments for writing and producing
Learning to write and produce
Finding your people, like minded musicians
The direction of the music industry
Evan endorses Innovative percussion
This episode is sponsored by Crush Drums