The internet is a wonderful mind opener. Last night I went on a typical journey of discovery. I start by something catching my interest. Last night it was a keyboard, which lead me to browsing synths on eBay, minutes later I was looking at synth drums, and then drums, and then drummers. After seeing a demo of a synth drum by Carl Palmer (ELP) on youtube I watched a 10 minute drum solo of his, which reminded me of an album I had many years ago - Ginger Baker's Airforce. I recall a track called Toad - another mammoth drum solo. Soon I was watching loads of Ginger baker footage, then transferred into a world of jazz, and then to Indian tablas. Wasn't long before I was in the early hours of the morning.
Drummers are incredible performers and often go unnoticed in the background. I was pleased to see at the recent Sigur Ros concert that their drummer, Orri Páll Dýrason , was at the front of the stage. And what an incredible performance he gave, specially the last song (nearly two hours in) where he built the rhythms up and up until the whole crowd was buzzing.
I rarely ever photograph drummers at gigs, but this one was worth it. And occasionally the light worked in an atmospheric way.