Hi folks! My name is JP Lindsay, I've been playing a full set of drums since the age of five. I've been playing professionally for over 25 years. Being the son of two pro musicians, my Dad: Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Composer & arranger/Recording Engineer/Studio owner
Mom: Drummer, vocals, piano & more..
I feel so fortunate to have been born to two awesome parents/musicians and the music culture, in general! At the young age of five years, I exhibited great potential and natural talent for drumming and music. My mom has been a great inspiration for me as a drummer, as well as some of the best drummers and musicians in Tucson, AZ. (my home town!)
I got serious about playing around the age of 12 and began taking formal lessons from one of the best drummers in Tucson, one "Uncle" Dave Jeffrey. When not in school, I had a practice regimen of at least 5 to 10 hours a day. Uncle Dave taught me to be a session player, as recording has been a huge part of my life growing up. My Dad, studio owner & Engineer, recorded many local greats including, five time Grammy award winner for Best Female Jazz Vocalist Diane Schuur, Steve Soloman (Sax, Keyboards, Arranger & Composer) and many others including his own compositions. Growing up around musicians like Diane Schuur was nothing less then a great privilege, as well as, a great way to learn all about the industry, for which, I am grateful!
Being trained as a "session player", it was necessary to learn and become very comfortable playing all styles. The thing about being a studio musician is to , not only read & write drum charts but, also to be fluent in all styles. As I watched and listened to my favorite local musicians including my parents, I developed a great "ear" for music, as well as, become very familiar with all types of music including, Jazz, Jazz standards, Top 40, etc., which has aided me greatly in being a "well rounded" musician.
When I was 12 years old, I began practicing to my favorite music & drummers, becoming not only, familiar but able to play to most of my favorite artists/drummers, such as: Chick Corea, anything with Steve Gadd, Lee Ritenour and many, many more.
As a teen, Uncle Dave decided that it was time to begin learning the more complex playing styles, fusion, latin jazz, etc. We spent about a year studying everything Steve Gadd played. I learned to get into the mind of Gadd, to think like him when it came to approaching drum parts and styles. FUN! Rudiments and syncopation were/are key to playing just about anything Gadd plays. When I perfected his signature beats such as, 50 ways (playing it the RIGHT way, with left hand on the hi-hat), the "Mozambique" he applied to Paul Simon's Late In The Evening, etc. I then moved on to learn Dave Weckl's approach and styles as he was fast becoming raved about as both a session player for and his amazing work with Chick Corea.
Having all this knowledge & experience got me to where I was playing both "live" & session work at the age of 16 with musicians that were two to three times my age. I'm now 41, and have found these experiences to be a fantastic foundation for all types of music work.
Equipment: Yamaha Custom Maple Recording Series (7 piece Fusion type set-up), a nice blend of Zildjian, Sabian and some Paiste cymbals (they all match with each other nicely).
I feel incredibly fortunate to be where I am today and I just love being a drummer!
Sorry for writing a "book"! Thank you! Sincerely, JP Lindsay firstname.lastname@example.org