183 – Quinton Robinson Pt. 2: The Culture of a Musical, The Gig You Have vs. The Gig You Want
Quinton Robinson moved to Atlanta from Miami in 2010, and has established himself as a busy touring and session drummer for acts including Kenny Lattimore, Avery Sunshine, Algebra Blessett, and the newly released New-York-based musical “Born For This.” Jonathan Joseph served as his primary mentor on the drums, and Q has also made himself valuable as an expert Ableton practitioner and STEM producer. In addition to many roles as drummer, Quinton is also the musical director for Anthony David.
In this podcast, Q talks about:
The different type of fulfillment he gets from playing in musical theatre
How trust between a musical’s M.D. and drummer drives (and sometimes saves) the show.
What it means to be more than your job title
Navigating the culture clash that happens among people from different backgrounds on a musical
The enormous potential in musicals for drumming to contribute to emotional content
Honing your gift vs. honing the “vessel” that carries and delivers the gift
Being a good player vs. “living in musical excellence”
How being willing to do a little extra thing for free can lead to an income source
Using social media to make authentic connections and create genuine community
Quinton Robinson endorses Pearl drums, Vater sticks, Sabian cymbals, Humes & Berg cases, Reunion Blues gigbags, Audix microphones, Empire ears, Pighog cables, Ableton, Kickport, Drumdots, and Big Fat Snare Drum.