EP: 198 Rich Redmond In Demand Drummer, Motivational Speaker, Mentor and Teacher
Rich Redmond is one of the world’s most influential and in-demand drummers who has worked with the “who’s who” of the music industry. A successful entrepreneur, Rich is a true “renaissance man” in the entertainment industry. Rich has toured/recorded/performed with: Jason Aldean Garth Brooks Bob Seger Bryan Adams Kelly Clarkson Ludacris Florida Georgia Line Keith Urban Trace Adkins Miranda Lambert Eric Church Cole Swindell Tyler Farr Thomas Rhett Michael Tyler Hank Williams, Jr Jewel Vince Gill Travis Tritt Montgomery Gentry Alabama Joe Perry (Aerosmith) Terri Clark The Pointer Sisters Thompson Square Marty Stuart Thompson Square Parmalee Frankie Ballard 1,000 Horses Lee Brice Steel Magnolia Emily West OAR Phyllis Diller Steve Allen Lit Lindsay Ell Rushlow Pam Tillis Gene Watson Susan Ashton John Anderson Doc Walker The Roadhammers Deana Carter Jedd Hughes Patricia Conroy Chuck Wicks The Lost Trailers Andi Griggs Earl Thomas Conley Hank Williams III Mindy McCready Robbie Nevil Emily West Jo El Sonnier Jim Brickman Deana Carter Crystal Schawanda Anita Cochran Patricia Conroy Earl Thomas Conley Big Kenny Stan Lynch (Tom Petty, Don Henley) Lila McCann Michael Peterson Ronna Reeves Regina Regina Lucy Woodward Lane Turner Crossin' Dixon Lee Brice Steel Magnolia The Stellas Hot Chelle Rae, and many others. Motivational Speaking Clients: Cisco Johnson and Johnson Hewlett Packard Microsoft Presidio Embassy Suites Hard Rock Hotel Katalyst Technologies Sigmanet Information Transport Systems School Of Rock Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp Herff Jones Omnience Hershey Park The Arts Institute Grammy Camp Active Data Comm Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Texas Tech University, 1992. Master of Music Education, University of North Texas. Teaching Certificate, State of Texas 1993. Rich toured with the 1:00 Lab Band, the most prestigious collegiate jazz band in the world. On the radio: Rich has recorded 23 #1 hits you hear on the radio every hour on the hour around the world. Hits like “Big Green Tractor” and “She’s Country” helped pave the way for a new sonic brand in music and have earned their place as radio classics. On the video: Rich has appeared in 20 #1 music videos on networks like CMT, GAC, AXS TV On stage: Rich plays to sold-out amphitheaters, arenas and stadiums around the world to over two million fans per year! Rich has played sold out shows at the most iconic venues in the world: Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Red Rocks, The Gorge, Texas Stadium and most every Major League Baseball and NFL Stadium. On TV: Rich has appeared multiple times on hit tv shows like: The Voice, American Idol, The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show (with Leno, O’Brien and Fallon), The Today Show, Conan O' Brien Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Good Morning America, Ellen, The CMA Awards, ACM Awards, CMT Awards, ACA Awards, The People’s Choice Award, etc. As a host: Rich hosts his “Pick Rich’s Brain” Podcast on Itunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Youtube. Awards: Rich was awarded “Country Drummer Of The Year” 2015, 2017, 2017, 2018 by Modern Drummer Magazine, the world’s most widely read drum publication. Producer: As a music PRODUCER, Rich has helped popular radio acts THOMPSON SQUARE and PARMALEE garner 3 #1 radio hits which included the most played song on country radio for 2011, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”? Author: Rich’s book “FUNdamentals of Drumming For Kids” has a 5-star rating on Amazon and is a best seller in 5 countries. Rich is also a regular contributor to magazines such as Modern Drummer, Drum!, Rhythm, Music Insider and many others. Songwriter: Rich has had #1 songs with the Australian pop-country band "The Wolfe Brothers"....entitled "You Got To Me", "That Kinda Night" and "When I Was The One". Educator: Rich has appeared twice as a featured performer/speaker at the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Annual Convention. Rich is also a popularly featured artist with collegiate ensembles, such as The University of Northern Iowa, where Rich’s drum set was placed on a moving riser with a 400 piece marching band. -Rich appears regularly in trade publications and interviews discussing the value and importance of music education in America. Other clients include: Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, The Los Angeles Music Academy, Belmont University, The School Of Rock, Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, The University of Texas San Antonio and many others. -Rich was the drum set professor at The University of North Alabama for the 2017-2018 school year. Actor: Rich is an active on screen and voice actor in Hollywood and the Southeast markets. He can be seen playing the role of “Lieutenant Paxton” in a new horror film called “Reawakened”, an over-caffeinated radio DJ in “All Light Will End” and a copy of SYFY Channel’s hit show “Happy”. Product Design: Rich has designed specialty products for global companies like DW Drums, Promark Sticks, Prologix Pads, Gator Cases and Humes and Berg Cases. Link to products: Rich Redmond SIGNATURE ACTIVE GRIP 595 Drumsticks: http://www.promark.com/pmMediaDetail.Page?ActiveID=3906&MediaId=10355 DW BLACK SHEEP Beater: http://www.dwdrums.com/factoryaccessories/fa.asp?sKITNAME=dwsm104W Mentor: Rich teaches musicians in one on one and group settings to help them further their skill set, confidence and career opportunities. Rich uses the MEETHOOK app to mentor drummers and musicians around the world. Expert: Rich is frequently called upon to lend his expert opinion on the subjects of music, motivation, marketing, and success.
Alright, guys, this is gonna be a really, really, really fun episode. You know, I'm having a lot of fun with bringing so many different guests on here. So this would be a little bit of a twist. Today I'm bringing on you know, a musician from the Nashville scene and, you know, so I'm sure I'm gonna bust his chops about being a drummer. So that'll be fun.
I'm sure he's caught his entire career but you know, so I'm bringing on Rich Redmond. I'm Donnie Boivin. This is Donnie success champions Rich buddy Welcome to the show, my friend.
I've played drums for 42 years. I'm originally from Milford, Connecticut. So I'm a little New England boys and the first 10 years of my life there fell in love with the drums my dad ended up moving to El Paso Texas when I was 11. He did that for 20 years and he ran the factories that made Victoria's Secrets underwear.
Ladies just sewing underwear all day across the border. And then and so that was a great thing for me because Texas has a strong culture of music education, the great state of music, education, very healthy scenes. So I kind of, you know, nurtured My, chops, and my musicianship there ended up going and getting a master's degree from the University of North Texas, the Eagles you know, those are actually the Eagles were formed.
Then in 1997 I moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and so I'm celebrating I don't know 23 years so of navigating the Music City, USA and so yeah, and so, since day one, I've been playing drums for a country rocker Jason Aldean. Just, I just celebrated playing drums on 25 number one songs which are really fun. We're working on our 19th record, I should know.
Finishing that up, and then we'll have enabled and had a nice tour this year. Then we'll probably get into some other things. But I just have embraced the entertainment and education fields and I do some speaking. I author I, I do a little voiceover and little acting out here in Hollywood. I like to mentor and educated from camps, produce records, write songs, I'm in the game of entertainment and just have just love and light and that is awesome.
That's awesome. I mean, Louis last night, I went to my niece, she plays saxophone or high school. And they this whole for a program that started off I did the drum corps. Yeah, that's what I was going through high school. You know, you know, a couple of guys banging on drums. Nowadays. It's like an entire flipping show. It's insane what they're doing with you and these kids into it, it was that you know how you could jump to this whole thing with your high school into the game? Yeah, it was a fifth grade I was actually in 1976 or 77. I was you know, six, seven years old and I was listening to kiss records and may I was restless my parents got me drum lessons I was studying with a guy in Connecticut and so I got some skills together and so then when I was enough hasn't tenses and they join the fifth grade band was already headed the other kids, but I knew that while I have this cool skill, it was an icebreaker people were interested in he was a way to be socially acceptable, you know, and that awkward period of your life especially when going into high school and stuff. And so it was great. It was you know, it was my calling, I recognize that and 93 police came out with a record called synchronicity and then the very next year, Van Halen came out with a smoking Angel on the cover of a record called nice name for and I just resonated with me and I said, this is what I'm going to do with my life and then I didn't know
About Malcolm Gladwell and the 10,000. Our theory of mastering a craft Matter of fact is so funny. I was in my favorite West Hollywood eatery the other night, and I don't get starstruck, but Malcolm Gladwell was ordering a drink next. He's a very unique looking individual. But, you know, five best sellers. I mean, his books they just full meaning, you before you know, you've learned so much the book is over. What what I'm a big fan out over that I wanted to be like Malcolm high five.
You're not supposed to do when you read but I didn't. I just walked away. I left them. But I didn't know about the 10,000-hour theory at that time, but was, you know, I was passionate about it. So when you know you're passionate about something, it's so easy to work hard, and the harder you work the more successful in attracting yourself. So I have already had those wheels in motion roses, living and breathing drums and I continued that all the way you know, never missed a meal man. You know, I mean, there were some hard times and you know, I had some rough day jobs.
I was a courier. I did construction. I was a waiter. I was a kindergarten teacher, substitute teacher and schlepped drums around all around the planet and lugging suitcases. I figured recently that I haven't unpacked my suitcase and 22 years I've been living out of a suitcase
The only time I truly unpack is when is when at the end of the year or currencies and as usual over in October and I'll and I'll literally I will just take everything out of the suitcase and put everything away even though I know I'm going to be putting things back in there to go do freelance things are speeches, but I touring cycle now has become like the beach or April through October, which is wonderful. We do about 60 shows a year. But we used to do 225 shows early days about being like in 2004 2005 2006 we lived on the road was just it was incredible. And then that's a wild lifestyle to I mean, so how did you go into the national scene and how did you hook up with Jason Aldean?
I mean, was it a tryout, was it a call? Or would you guys just have me drinking the same bar? And so let's put this together. Yeah, it's funny to hear people's stories and see how they're 16. Another success comes together, but it's the perception of the music business, is that it's an audition based industry. And I think that, you know, 99% of your guests are going there that are all speaking on success, are going to say it's about human relationships and interacting with the owner, championing each other and lifting each other up and having birds of a feather come together and I was playing in a band with a guy named Kurt Allison, who was our guitar player to this day. And so I've been playing with him for 23 years. I had a gig with him and his dad in a band called The Blues, other brothers and we had like a review. We did like Motown, Stax Records, kind of things. I'm working, you know, Dennis, Dennis, that, all that stuff and then he introduced me to this guy named Kelly Kennedy to who's our bandleader and our bass player to this day, totally Kennedy's Uncle was was writing songs at Warner Chappell Music.
Michael Knox was the VP at Warner Chappell music and who is Jason's producer to this day? Michael said we need a band totally said Kurt you know a drummer champion me we brought the three of us together and it's like you know can invert you put your peanut butter and chocolate just worked in like to this day you know i don't know we had I guess when I too many Irish Coffee is what we call ourselves to three kings and him kind of branded ourselves that way about those three knuckleheads that went every were together for a decade and we ended up just playing with Jason Aldean become great friends which are not being so it was. Yeah, I think I had to have it was there was a loose audition which means learning material going in knowing the material it was given. I was going to do a good job for them. I did a good job for them but they wanted to see if I can, if we can all you know it was going to link me because when you're living this lifestyle, your arms Stage, maybe two hours a day and there's another 22 hours a day that you're writing a 45 foot two.
And you're sleeping on airport floors and, and I'm about to put out a book next month called Crash Course for success and literally one of the photos is all of us crashed out on the airport floor. And the and the caption is, you know, touring is hell sleep cycle.
That's kind of how that all came together man and a very organic human relationship based way. And the music industry is not for the faint of heart. It's you know, it's tough on relationships. It's been tough on health. So it's nice to be able to go through such an industry with like-minded people that you finish each other's sentences and you're part of each other's you know, wedding parties and look for sharing it almost like five presidencies later and met a few gray more gray hairs later too. And yeah, this is my choice and I was I had Lot of wives and girlfriends that were a hairstylist and so it was pretty easy to get my hair pink and black. Right? On vacation recently I just said I'm gonna let this go. And when they fill my wife, man, I'm not getting gray hair thing. This is Chrome is.
But you know and a lot of people look at like the music industry or the acting industry of all that and they always around this whole thought process of this overnight success type thing. And, you know, doesn't matter how many times you tell them an overnight success is a myth. Right? There's a lot of damn hard work is a lot of friggin late nights at airport floors and everything else. I mean, how long were you in the game before you felt like okay, I'm finally you know, in my rhythm and things are working. Yeah.
Well, my story was I moved to Nashville on a Tuesday with a box of 400 cassette demos Rich Redmond percussion. And I was passing these things out everywhere and I had little before then you would have like a folder and it would have all your press clippings in it and it was so archaic and you know, I always had a, you know, a VISTA print business card that was a pretty savvy self-promoters still to the day, you know, no one is going to champion you like yourself and I want you as much as yourself. So you have to be polite, be persistent, and maybe have some luck along the way, but luck is just being prepared for those opportunities, and also giving yourself a shot to be successful in the music business people like can I do this from Des Moines, Iowa Can I do this from Tallahassee Florida know you can really only be in three places you know, and New York City really has kind of become you know, you do Broadway and then you can play weddings, environments were you know, make pretty good money. live out in Long Island come into the City, Los Angeles, you know, I'm here a lot. I have a love affair with Los Angeles like your business out here. But if you're not doing music for TV and film, and you don't have a big touring gig, the actual music scene
Los Angeles really isn't the healthiest. And then you have a place like Music City, where people are like, Well, what about Austin, Texas? Austin's great. It's great there's a lot of great live music going on, but it doesn't have the big machine, the infrastructure of, okay, song was written at 10am on a Monday, that song has to be demoed up. And so there's a group of musicians that play on the demo, and it's a play on the record in a live band has to be put together and then around that you have tour managers, graphic designers, web designers, truck drivers, caterers that whole industry, there are so many jobs and handle feet and you need all those things to make that Taylor Swift show work and as she called her label big machine, because we have the big machinery that infrastructure that doesn't exist.
But you know, and I'm glad you brought that up because a lot of people are looking at it as you know, I sing I played drums I play guitar, I'm just going to show up and it's going to happen. Yeah, you know, it's, it's a production. I like the term big machine.
You know, it's really an amazing name, you know for, for the label but know your skill set is having an extremely an incredibly well put together cultivated skill set is an expectation. The other thing is giving yourself that chance to be successful, which is going to a place like Nashville, Tennessee, and then getting out and shaking hands and crashing parties and letting the world know you exist because there are some amazing drummers Are you better than me? They're playing their mind space. But you have to take your music to the people you have to connect with other people. Those gatekeepers, especially someone like a drummer is only as good as, as the people that are surrounded by a really strong and important and powerful position in a band. But usually, unless you're like a deep Grove was writing all the material, you know, we're only as good as the person that you're surrounding yourself with.
So my story was I moved to Nashville on a Tuesday, and by Wednesday, I was I had a gig on Saturday night I was playing with like a corporate band and you know That you're playing, you know, jazz and the salads coming out. And then you're eating the main course and you're playing Motown by the end of the night everyone's been interrupted lip clapping on one and three and dancing to discuss something for the 70s. You know, and but that was great because that's what opened my door to my Nashville. You know, the family tree of shaking this person's hand, they champion me, they recommended me to someone else. And it's still happening to this day, and you're never done paying your dues, because I never want to be that guy that says, I've made it. I know everyone in the industry. There are new people coming to Nashville all the time. And what I do is I need that new talent. And now I'm on the other side of the business where you know, if you're a national long enough, eventually started writing software, producing records. I opened up my own record label, I have a record label 1225 label group. And so so now I can nurture you. Right and i and i, and through my eyes and my experiences, I can give them positive streets and be an artist, producer and Label Label. That's awesome. Well, keep your eyes and Fort Worth Texas because there's a lot of awesome local musicians coming out of here right now. Yeah. So, so, you know, what was it like, you know, up there performing with a guy like Jason Aldean and depending on some circles you love me or hate them you know you know what was it like being up there playing for massive crowds know live in that that rock star life with the spotlight the the craziness that happens on the road because I have some buddies in the game.
I know some of the fun stories, but you know, what is that what it was? Was that like that experience like for you? And it's my happy place. I think that you know, I was, you know, had these calling these columns in life and you know, I think, my God my house, my higher power gave me this talent and I was respected enough to nurture it molded and then Be able to have that connective tissue, the connective tissue are all the guys in my band or allow us to express ourselves and I think music is one of our highest forms of communication to get you to know, it transcends all cultural barriers language barriers, and but know when I'm up there and Pyros going off and see I mean that is just like my goddess energy and receiving energy and I'm putting out energy and I always tell my students I say look if you want to send your energy not to the person per person there in the in the expensive see if they're already the true believers you have to go to the cheap seats in the guy that was dragged there by his girlfriend you make that guy who believes that my goal is to have that guy go home that was on the fence and no man has ever seen in my life.
Have you got to say it that voice mail it was my attempt at a southern accent but no, it's it's I don't want to say that the drums to find me but it's such a it's such a calling when I'm when I see a set of drums even like I'm going to look up a nightclub or I'm at a wedding or something, there's a set of drums in the corner to focus on that man, I want to go play those drums. You know, it's just a, it's just calling so when I'm on stage, it's like Dude, I meant to do this and then it's like a drug and you're always looking for that next opportunity to do that. See?
You same thing when you're speaking but that's how I feel when I'm on stage speaking is you know, you know it said that I want to hit the people that are in the back the one that was guys know that you know that the skeptics? Yeah, those are the ones that I love that it's a thing for you when you're here. Yeah, and for me, it's it for me when it comes to speaking. It's not so much the power of the words in the concepts I'm saying because my when I speak on my craft concept, commitment, relationships, attitude, skill, and hunger. It's basically a way of reminding people, yeah, you can have your corporate philosophies, you can have your, your PowerPoint, and you can get lost in all of this corporate stuff. But lets I just I'm there to remind them everything I need to know in life I learned in kindergarten. I know basically keep it simple and work on added do everything. You know, like, maybe a relationship or power or you know, I wrote an E-book called five keys, the drumming success, you know, so people can remember it. But for me, it's really like how I am articulating the message. It's almost people like what is your event of about? I said, Well, just picture like an animal from the Muppets. And Robin's means Jerry Lewis, right. So it's like, it's almost like I want to present this in like a very energetic fashion. I'm sweating. I'm pacing. I'm cracking jokes and playing the drums. And then I'm speaking to the drums and I'm speaking and so it's really it's like how I'm getting people that information because I don't know.
We went Get people too much credit like I tell people all the time you know people hear music with their eyes most people don't know they're not really educated musically so so we have to give them a show give them or they can just listen to their mp3 right device and these little things right here it's like if you're going to spend all that money get a babysitter paying for parking grave the crowds by a $15 beer Dude, I'm going to make this a memorable experience. Well, and I hope everybody heard that because you have to, I mean, especially if you're going to make it in this day and age and whatever you're in, is I still remember there was an acapella show on TV. I one of the boys the men guys was one of the judges and it was a really really cool shit on there's a country music group that that one one of the episodes that's a completely acapella Country Music Group, Humphrey endings name the group but and, you know, I think was a second or third season. They had this colleague group on all acapella and they were The final episode and whoever won this episode one, the whole show. And the song was taking me to church, and it was done acapella. And, man, they had the littlest dude in their college. I mean, this guy if he was five-foot tall idea maze, and they said, No, we picked him to sing the solo in this because he's got that voice. Do this kid. I get goosebumps thinking about the kids singing. I mean, he's saying it and he, he left it all on the stage. And when he was done performing, then he dropped to his knees and pure exhaustion. That's how much you put into the song. I love it. And then that's stuck with me. Absolutely. I mean, even the voice and the game I wish I remember his name, but he was a judge looked at him because you know, that's why you just want because you put everything you had just in that song. But you know, I think it was Bon Jovi that said, you know, when you go on stage, you've got to perform like this is your last performance. So I always say that, yeah, go on stage. So this may be the very last time What do
That's how I'm going out man. Right. But yeah, and just think about that amazing singer in a talent that he had and that commitment to his craft who knows he may be killing it in the industry right now from that initial push of success that he had with that show, or he could be back in the day job became still be moving back in and was parents I don't know. It's like, just having the talent is not enough. You have to mold it and then you have to get to a place and get this and gatekeepers that can actually allow allowing you to give you permission to do what you do. Because I've had some very successful people that I've known that have been raised every hair on my bottle of one girlfriend of mine that comes to mind that was just such an amazing singer and still is an amazing singer. But to create that emotional reaction from when I would play with her i would shed a tear every hair on my arm and stand up. So powerful and things really didn't work out to the extent that they should have and if there are so many other factors involved in cultivating success, long term in your life,
Yeah, you know, I'm going through David Goggins book right now called you can't hurt me and do that guys bs but in his book, he laid out something but that once he said it, I'm sure I've heard it other times. It was the first time I heard it put this way when he says is the most time when people look at accomplishing that goal.
They're sitting in their soft, comfortable house. They're sitting on their soft, comfortable couch, they're probably drinking in a very comfortable drink watching a TV show, dreaming about that life that could be, right. So it's very, very capable of doing. They're not thinking about and he's talking about running 100-mile marathons and stuff, right? And he's like, you know, people, like, I want to run a marathon. Well, you're sitting on your soft couch, drinking your soft drink, drinking, you know, that simple lifestyle, you're thinking about the end, you're not thinking about all the things that you got to do to go through it, to be able to get there. And it was it was it's the same thing with what you're talking about, is you've got to literally be thinking about where am I going through and then realize that you're going to have to go through a lot of crap, you know, into a lot of things to actually be able to get there and get lucky breaks and what I mean by lucky breaks and you said earlier is by putting yourself in the position to find and they look happy. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Look favorite.
Then they're prepared, you know what I mean? Right? And I use over preparation. I use over preparation and hustle as a business model like some, some people have found success at a younger age, some people have found success easier. Some people found success and it has gone away. Like my trajectory has been I've always had the raw talent. I hope that raw talent, I had a vision there were roadblocks there was a door slammed in my face. No, no, no. And I would get success and that will lead to more successes. And it was just the slowest of all climbs. And I'm still working on achieving all of my dreams. And and it's just been very difficult for me. It was not easy. There was a lot of no's and a lot of setbacks. But if you use those setbacks to fuel your victories will be rocking. So like for me, I wrote down my goals in 1997. When I moved to Nashville it was I will be a top call touring and recording drummer based in Nashville. It was a one simple sentence creates a sort of very succinct one or two sentences, that could be your mantra and put it in places where you can, where you can reiterate, reiterated every day saved yourself special before you go to bed at night when you get up in the morning, and I would do that and take all the necessary steps to make that happen. And so I started making a living, playing with various artists, hundreds of others, and maybe out of those hundreds of artists, maybe 10 are still in the industry in some way. And of course, I had to find my Jason Aldean and when I say my Jason Aldean, I mean, he's my he was my standings, my john Mellencamp He's my bar know, he's me, he's me, he's my Billy Joel. He's the front man that I could that I can hitch my wagon to and cultivate a long term career. I had to find that guy. I found, you know, but I mean was country music the direction you are always headed.
You know, did you sound like you grew up more on the More the rock side of thing. I just tell everybody I'm an overeducated rock drummer Actually, I have experienced playing so many different kinds of music obviously I fell in love with the police's music, which is, you know, reggae and world-inspired pop rock and then I love you know just knuckle-dragging rock and roll like healing you know, and but I played like so I did the merchant Landry years and when I was in college I did steel drum ensemble world music ensemble, it was in the pep band that was in the jazz combo. I was in the new music ensemble, I was in the Symphonic Band, I was in this, the orchestra, anything I can do to play music is and I can read music and so I played every style of music under the sun. And when you mix all those things together, you can kind of create your own kind of style. And then the other way I was able to cultivate a style was having an outlet, like playing music on the world stage where were you know, God with Jason's music we mixed up the tune guitars and You know drop drop two guitars and drums and storytelling and kind of like restructured the fabric of some of the music making the game permission to like prefer like we're trying to do his thing and for Georgia line to do their thing and and then there are the rap elements and so just all my influences came together in this style and then and then having an encouraging boss like someone like Kaldi and his entire team Secrets You be the drummer you want to be you know their courage our creativity so um and it's been incredible but no but I did play a lot of country music like in Dallas Fort Worth It was like country bands all of the Dallas Fort Worth area but it was also a big band, getting my masters and university like Frank Zappa music and down a deep element. I was playing like alternative musical condos and bands and stuff. So I love music.
Um, but yeah, we just have an encouraging team that allows us to, that's awesome. That's important. That has Your part of a team that allowed that creative freedom, the flow. So you can just be yourself, you know, how did this all, you know, transfer into now speaking on stages and writing books and all of that. I mean, you see some people make a template that world not well, you see some people actually make it what what made you want to go that direction. So I have a teacher's heart, you know, I have always been a teacher and I feel like as soon as you, you're good at something and you can stay one step ahead of the students, if you if you have that own, that mentoring that educational bone, it's a really powerful thing to do. So I love that. And so I've always taught and then when, as we were cultivating Dean's career, during the day, every day I would go and teach at high school or a music store or college and I was developing a reputation as an educator and then during that event, I started incorporating some motivational elements from you know, my love of, you know, the law of attraction and Ziegler and Napoleon Hill and Tony Robbins and studying all these great thought leaders over the years so before you know it my teaching my drum event started to take on a more like motivational so I say mix music and motivation. And it's educational and entertaining. So I I'd say p people in it defines edutainment. And then that grew into someone from corporate America. Good friend of mine, Anthony Grady, worked at a company called Cisco and he saw one of my speeches, one time performances and a small little drum shop in Raleigh, North Carolina. And he said to five people here you can be should be speaking in front of 50,000 people, this is really strong messaging. It'll work for anybody in any field that's like you're right, let's do this. He goes, you're going to get you booked at Cisco. And so he got me booked in and went over smashing link. And then I've done 10 events for Cisco. And then I grew that into like a pattern and Presidio at Microsoft. And you just grow that same way you develop anything's one handshake at a time and it's all the sweat of your brow and cultivating a good reputation that precedes you and Then I wrote a book for kids called fundamentals of drumming for kids. And that's cool if you have like a five-year-old and wants to learn how to play the drums or a 50-year-old cousin that, that acts like a five-year-old, the book will work for them, you know? And then so I said, Okay, I'm speaking on this crash concept for like, 13 years, I need to put up a book, and I'm about to do it. And it's just, I think that once I get that, that in drumming book out, first motivational book, hopefully, it'll be popularly received in that and that'll just inspire me.
I think it's just follow through and just having a vision and just not stopping until you say, you're like, Okay, I want to be an internationally recognized speaker. I want to do no less than two speaking events a month. That's my new goals. Without fail, I want to be speaking twice a month, 24 times a year, which is daunting around where do you know because I'm playing Thursday, Friday, Saturday in Middle America without Dean and then that means I've got somehow look Sundays and Wednesdays to do my speeches, you know, so just having that vision and then having that follow through and not stopping now, that's, that's awesome. And, you know, it's, it shows a lot of your grit and it shows a lot of your tenacity to not reinvent yourself. But you almost create a whole nother business model view. So that is out of the norm. I mean, you're in a sense, creating your own side hustle, and I hate the word hustle. But yeah, you're inside business, as you're going through this still successful career and everything else you're doing. So when you're speaking, you know, I've seen people incorporate guitar and motivational speaking, I haven't seen the drum that's going to be a pretty powerful, you know, message when you're able because, with the drums man, you can really hit somebody in the heart with it and get them to move. Yes. Is that why you're you're really incorporating the both Well, I think it's you know, people love the drums is man's first instrument, we're just like biologically through our DNA drawn to the drums and, you know, the guitar is way more portable. And you know, people love the lead singer and with the guitar and all that. But if you can just get past the old parameters features like going, but you're going to like it better because it's a week for people to see the physical manifestation of my passion. It's the passion personified when they see how I can connect with that instrumental music as a form of communication in the form of expression. They go, Oh, this is what this guy does. He travels the world so he can get on those set of drums and create that energy to lift up his band and bring these songs to life and be an entertainer and I say, if you take this level of passion that I have the sweat on my brow, and I'm French, so you can accomplish anything you want to accomplish in your life. You know, and so they go Oh, okay. And so yeah, like my friend Mike Rayburn. It's like a comedian and a guitar player and he does motivational speeches and then my friend, Freddie Ravel, he's like Earth Wind and Fire keyboard player. He plays piano and does motivational speeches. And then really the only drummers are me and my buddy, Mark Schulman piece, Pink's drummer and so if I can't make a speech, I said mark and Mark can't make speech he sends me and so we look, Africa, there's really only like two of us really kind of that are like motivational speakers to play drums on a high level. And it's so it's a small group of us kind of looking out for each other that use the music. No, I love it. You know, I mean, I can like bang and top of my desk, you know, so if you needed a motivational speaker for the drums, how about I just come speak and you drop all right. Devil events together, right, right, right.
Very fun. You know.
A lot of people get hung up in this whole phrase and motivational speaker you when I say, you know, I'm a motivational speaker. People get hung up on him because they're like, you know, motivation doesn't last. You know you go get fired up at an event go get charged up and then Monday happens.
Right, you know, what are you teaching in these things that are the tangible take homes that that people are, like, completely applying to their life? And our action items off of your speeches? Yeah, great, great point. Um, you know, I threw my teaching and and like all my little drum camps that I've done over the years, you know, I've had success stories of students that are have all met at my camps, and then they get accepted to Musicians Institute Hollywood, or they're going to Berkeley, or they're getting gigs in their city, or they decided to make the big move to Nashville, Tennessee. And they're like, you know what? Your crash concept really stuck with me. I just always remember the crash. And I can actually live my life like that. And it's so easy to remember, I just can use these five things and I can apply it to anything. So I'm like, Great, yeah, committed. And if you're committed to yourself, to your goals, to your family, for your community, your company to your product, you're going to be able to break your ticket to success. relationships, remember that people are the keys. That's the end. Answer light finding those birds of a feather funny people that are going to champion you. So go out and make friends, you can't have enough friends and I constantly mix business and pleasure. People say don't do that. And it's the secret to my success because I always mix business and pleasure. And then remembering about your attitude is really is 99% of life. It takes twice as much as energy to cultivate and nurture negative thoughts. I just tell people to try to stay in a positive space because people are attracted to use it as a positivity. Those people are usually happier, happier, people are healthier and there are more successful so try to stay in that zone, and techniques you can use to stay in that zone, our synergy sofa birds of a feather, I use colorful food. I like film, I like friends, I exercise I use these as tools to like stay in that in that positivity zone. And then skill identifies those skills you need to be successful in your chosen field and master those skills but Don't get cocky. You have to make sure you keeping up with the Joneses and developing new skills like I'm doing in my mid-life isn't just an automatic successful drummer, I was on the cover of the magazine, I'm always going to be working, I never get cocky like that I'm developing these other skills in case my entire industry goes away. I other things that are happening, and who knows the music industry is kind of on its knees, who knows what's going to happen. So I'm preparing for that. And then staying hungry for success having that fire that burns in your belly to be successful. And I'd say that this passion is your engine and hard work is your fuel. So fuel that engine with hard work, and you will allow which will allow you to work harder, and the harder you work the luckier you get. So just oh my god, I just got to commit to my craft. I gotta find the people, the relationships, I've got to stay positive so people will be attracted to me. I have to identify those skills to be successful, Master those skills and then stay hungry for success. It's like oh my God if I can live my life like this, I will be successful. I love it. Dude, that is so awesome. And I love it when somebody comes up with a very, very, very simple analogy, you know that or simple acronyms or word I'm looking for. That is so easy to remember. And the principles are so easy to apply, you know, to the life, you know, so Well done, well done. What do you think this is all going to take you, man? I mean, are you going to be the next Tony Robbins with drums in your hand? Or, or-or, you know, are you going to stay in the corporate private gigs? You know how big sis and going?
I kind of like the corporate private. I don't see. It could happen because I had drum camps where people sign up and there's a hotel package and there's catered meals and the kids show up in a limo and we do the event and it's this huge exponential thing. I was Tony Robbins is my guru his documentary. And I sent myself to I want to do that on that level. I like this private gigs, saying, you know, I like that. I like the balance of my life where, oh, yes, I'm an international speaker. A company from Mexico City can hire me. I'm going to go
The lights smoke like a little mini rock concert disguised as a keynote. I'm doing that whole thing. I think for me the variety is very sexy. We're playing live touring with somebody and recording drums for other people. I'm doing my corporate keynotes on the the highest level for Fortune 100 companies. I'm cranking out my books, I'm running my record label, and then I have a foothold in, in Hollywood where I'm where I ultimately want to be doing more hosting, and some maybe some appearances on episodic television and films. So my latest thing is, is I played a cop on a show on the sci-fi channel called happily and it's with Christopher Maloney. And he was like the Bologna cop on Law and Order SBU. And he was on HBO is oz healer actor. And I was like, thrown into the deep end of the pool as a new actor been acting for four years. And I'm going to see what this guy is a 12 hour day and it'll probably
All boiled down to about, I don't know 15 seconds, right? But epic I mean to get flown to New York City to shoot in Queens in a real prison with a real prison guard suit with a real network and this thing is going to be seen and it's like I'm in the game their man. So I think creatively playing drums producing records, speaking at the highest level and cranking out my books and then I'm going to my acting jobs with the possibility like never know maybe I could maybe I'll be the next Mario Lopez or secrets where I'm doing a lot of hosting it at feels very second nature to me, I love reading teleprompter. I love interacting with a guest and, and just being that kind of like masters of ceremony. I'm doing a lot of professional emceeing now where I'm finally getting paid MC corporate events and charity events and doing panel moderation. Just love it all. And so people are like, how do you do it? How do you keep your schedule straight as an add on? Oh man. It's temporary.
I just created the scheduling gods and all these cool things come in and they're all different they're covered in different ways. And it just allows me to interact with people stay creative Hyslop that's so awesome man it's it's fun watching somebody step into their own fire Am I mean if you know actually go for it and chase it find some success and do it you know I have an only thing I ever want to do in a movie is I want to be the guy in the background so I can say I was in that movie Yeah, I was actor 12 you know I have friends that you know live in Burbank and they just they have these they make a great living just doing background acting as I can show up as always snacks craft service, right? You know, they have their, their their their benefits and their insurance to sag AFTRA and they go in there in the Big Bang Theory and all they have to do is look within the top of the hour.
Long day, I don't think I can do it. I'm not focusing on doing any background because I'm too on the move. I'd rather be like playing drums. Some of them he needs to know that you know I want to be the guy on stage I want to be the guy in front of the rooms and all that but you know I someday I want to be in just one big movie I don't want to actually put it in the I just wanted to get in the background that they like just walks through, you know, or you know, gets knocked out by a guy in the seat. Yeah, you'll do it by not going not getting an agent and having Yep, you're going to get it because a buddy of yours is it? Yes, he's run a new film. Yeah. Show up on this day. When this guy walks, you're just gonna walk right across right? Right. Right, right. Just be my one cameo. That's it. And I'm going to sign autographs right buddy and tell them a famous actor.
So I mean, this is awesome man. What a killer story what a great journey. It's just going to feel cool that you accomplished a lot of the things that you set out to accomplish and now you know you're adding so many more things to your life and funnels and said success in those you know, that's just getting a feel good.
Really cool on your journey it does it is it is very very nice to be like oh my god you know a lot of drummers will spend their entire life trying to plan a number one song to hear themselves on the radio and you know just to be part of this Creative Collective of like-minded people and and and to have a body of work like that could be like oh my god I can hear myself on the radio two-three times in our I can hear myself in elevators in supermarkets and you know at the gas station and pumping gas it's that's me playing the drums. I like my childhood dream DD did it. It is pretty cool. That's, that's awesome. That's awesome. Well, rich, I gotta it's been a lot of fun having you on here. Here's how I like to wrap up every show and I do stump some people on this.
So he goes, so if you were to lead the champions who listened to the show, people from all walks of life and the countries that are all chasing their dreams face in their passions, if you were to leave them with a quote, a phrase, saying A mantra, something they can take with them on their journey, especially when they're stacked up against it and going through it. What would be that quote or phrase you would say? Remember this? Do it. Do it now. I love it. I love it. Rich. Thanks, buddy. I really appreciate you coming on here and sharing your story with us. Hey, thanks so much for having me. Please keep in touch everyone to all the listeners out there. I'm a sitting duck on the Google Nadir. Just rich Redmond. com Crash Course success com and just rich ribbon on all the socials. Let's connect awesomely.
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