160 – Rob Mount: Drumming For Lou Gramm, Creating & Maintaining a Strong On-line Presence, Creating Drum Parts in Heavy Rock
At the age of 7, Rob Mount started studying percussion at The Hochstein School of Music in his hometown of Rochester, NY. During his high school years Rob studied percussion at The Eastman School of Music, and continued his music education at Nazareth College. Through all of these years, Rob participated in various concert bands and percussion ensembles. While Rob is schooled in percussion, he is entirely self taught on the drumset.
Throughout the ‘90’s and 2000’s Rob was in high demand recording and performing live with various artists like Court Jester, Ramrod, Thick as Thieves and Metal Blade recording artist Lieglord.
Also during this time, Rob played 3 tracks on fellow Lou Gramm bandmate Michael Staertow’s CD, “Oxygen” – currently available on iTunes and Amazon.
Prior to joining Lou Gramm’s band officially, Rob had performed many drum duties for him, including recording drum tracks for several Foreigner songs to be used for promotional purposes, as well as filling for shows and practice when needed by Lou. These days Rob has been touring North America for some time now as Lou’s permanent drummer.
In this episode, Rob talks about:
How he got the gig with Lou Gramm
Replacing a drum machine on a recording
Creating drum parts in heavy rock
The fact that we never stop learning
New things from which to draw inspiration
Creating and maintaining a strong on-line presence
Playing for the song
Balancing your career and family
Maintaining chops during time off
This episode is sponsored by Crush Drums