I’ve been posting daily drum videos on my instagram @drumnmike since July of 2016. It was one of the scariest things to me at the time, but quickly became one of the most enjoyable things.
My initial fear was that I’d run out of ideas in a month, but what I didn’t realize is that during the month posting similarly filmed videos I was able to see where there was room to grow, not only in my drumming but in my film making, editing and graphics.
The reception has been overwhelmingly positive and I’ve been able to make a lot of new friends, either meeting new people or older acquaintances became more comfortable with seeing me and then that brought us closer. It helps continue a drumming conversation between people I’ve never expected to have a drumming conversation with, and it’s helped push me to do more and more stuff with it.
I started shooting videos in my unfinished basement, which led to a finished basement, which led to playing outside, to double Mike’s and then to my personal greatest achievement: playing in Unity Temple in Oak Park.
Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine playing drums there, but just starting to post the drumming videos led me to thinking ‘what is the 1 place I would love to have as my backdrop for videos?’ Unity Temple was the answer and it happened in September of 2017. It was a long road and I was so mentally exhausted after it was finished, but it was remarkable and I would encourage everyone to reach just outside of your grasp. Do those things that scare you, you’ll never know what will happen.
Please visit my instagram @drumnmike to see daily videos.