It’s a common misconception among musicians that the drummer is the least important part of a band. They make drummers the butts of so many jokes. Here’s why they’re wrong.
Obviously, we keep time. I don’t have to explain that to you. But I think our role as musicians goes deeper than that. Think of any song on mainstream radio right now, and it most likely has a unique or very prominent beat. Look at Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” or No Doubt’s “Hella Good”.
The first thing you hear is the beat, and it grabs your attention. Once the song has your attention, courtesy of the beat, you listen to melody next, then lyrics. Something had to initially grab your attention.
In my opinion, drummers are time-keepers yes, but also attention-grabbers. What do you think?
PS– Bob Lefsetz (@lefsetz) twittered this last week, and I thought it fit well with this post: “An amazing drummer makes a huge difference.“