240: Dave Stark – Defining Success in the Music Business, Working as a Clinician & Author, Parallels Between Drumming & Yoga
Dave Stark is a highly in demand session and touring drummer, as well as one of the world’s top drum instructors and clinicians. He’s been playing music since the age of 5 and drums since the age of 7. Born and raised in New York, Dave studied with legendary teachers Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Al Miller, Frankie Malabe, Gary Chaffee and an abundance of other great drummers.
After attending Berklee College of Music on a scholarship, Dave’s career took off quickly back in NYC where he became a first call session artist. He also started a teaching career which to this day, has many top drummers seeking out his advice and guidance. For over 25 years, Dave has traveled around the world doing clinics for Zildjian, Yamaha, and ddrum/clavia.
In this episode, Dave talks about:
- Defining success in the music business
- Important teachers for Dave like Dom Famularo and Jim Chapin
- Being prepared when work is scarce
- His involvement in PAS
- Parallels between drumming Yoga
Dave endorses GMS drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Drum Muffs, Evans Drumheads, Tru Tuner and Soloman Mics