A chat with Craig Lauritsen Cymbal Smith, Musician, Drummer
“I’ve been a professional musician for more than thirty years and my obsession with cymbal sounds began soon afterwards.
Some time ago I began a quest to find the ‘perfect’ cymbal and this passion led to countless hours searching for as much information as I could about all aspects of cymbal creation. Part of my study included getting my hands on many hundreds of cymbals from almost all of the major manufacturers and many independent cymbalsmiths.
I studied cymbal weights, profiles, tapers, hammering and lathing techniques, chemical composition, sonic characteristics etc. I also travelled to many different countries, seeking out cymbal makers and master cymbalsmiths.
I applied this knowledge to perform my own hammering, lathing and surface treatment techniques to existing cymbals, all in the desire to create more musical pieces of bronze.
I’ve always been attracted to pursuits which reflect subtle differences which can only be attributed to individual input or unquantifiable differences between other factors. For example, I love cooking, coffee, red wine, art, film, literature etc.
Cymbal Smithing is certainly one of those pursuits, a craft where the individual imparts something unique into the final product.”
The Tracker - Movie Soundtrack Craig played on discussed during the podcast interview
Some of the topics we covered:
- Creating and managing a creative business including managing time
- Importance of the connection with a mentor and how that relationship can work to benefit everyone
- Problem solving within the creative business
- Taking risks!
….. and much much more about being a creative person and creating an international creative business from a home workshop in Adelaide South Australia.
“Craig is that quiet achiever he works hard, thinks entrepreneurial and is true to his passion and core values. It was so much fun chatting with Craig, and I feel like Craig is someone you could talk for hours about so many topics, it was an absolute pleasure to have Craig on my podcast.”
Tania Ingerson Podcaster TEA/Creative Photographer
I would like to acknowledge that music played on my Podcast is an original tune by David Innocente, Jazz Musician/Artist