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17.12.14

Merry Xmas, 2014!

A lovely festive picture for you :-)

So, Christmas time is here again...  And that means 2015 is only a couple of weeks away.
It's been a busy, exciting, strange, happy yet mildly depressing year for me in 2014.
It started off well enough - A trip to the UK to record demos for a rather well-known singer, my drum school in Berlin starting to get busy, a few serious bits of remote session work which helped to break my studio in and various live projects in Berlin and across Germany; so all-in-all, not a bad start to the year...

...and it started to pay off too, with work leading to more work and my time being taken up more and more with recordings, teaching, shows, workshops...

The summer came and went with the end of this year full of promise, but then a series of unfortunate events meant I had to cancel everything for a month, and then with the end of the year looming it seemed like an uphill struggle to get motivated and make things happen again before the start of the new year.

The end of this year has, well, sucked.

Roll on 2015!!!!

But hang on...  this year isn't finished quite yet...

...so, before 2014 has gone, I'd like to offer a little gift of a free drum recording for anyone who wants it!

This Friday I have some spare studio time at Legato Sound Studio in Berlin and so can offer to record drums for FREE for one song for you - this is a one-time, one-off, limited to the first person to email me their song (mp3), offer.

The usual rules apply (rules and information), apart from you won't have to give me any cash for it.  The only other exclusion is, seeing as it's a free gift, I can't offer any revisions...

Apart from that, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

And here's a list of thanks to the projects, recordings and bands I have played for this year:


Recording in 2014 - Thanks to:
The Blowbacks
Realized Soul
Josuke Sato


Live in 2014 - Thanks to:


Music education in 2014 - Thanks to:
All of my lovely students :-)


Special thanks to Ibrahim Diril at Diril Cymbals for his continued support and wonderful cymbals.

Thanks to every fantastical, amazing musician I have had the pleasure of working with this year.  I hope we can find more projects to work on next and beyond :-)
And I hope to meet more inspirational and talented people to work with in 2015!

15.9.14

Berlin Drum Workshops



DRUM WORKSHOPS AT SUPER-SESSIONS!



Amazing news!

I have teamed up with Super-Sessions Musikproberäume in Berlin!

Starting on November 22nd 2014, I will be hosting the first of my monthly Drum Workshops at "Super-Sessions", covering a host of ideas aimed at intermediate and semi-professional drummers wishing to learn more about practical applications [drumming], career options and the music business [in general].

Before then, on October the 4th 2014 I will also be starting the Berlin Rock Club, a weekly club for young people aged between 14 and 18 who wish to learn more about being in a band. The first band is already full but I am already taking applications for a second band!


So, if you or if anyone you know fits the bill for either of these exciting opportunities and are interested in coming along, please get in touch - (See below for booking and contact details)!

  • The drum workshops are aimed at Intermediate to semi-professional drummers wishing to expand their knowledge and increase their skill-sets... So, if you fit the bill and are serious about being a better drummer and learning more about careers in the music business, these workshops are for you!
  • These workshops are all stand-alone workshops. You can pick and choose which one(s) will best help you improve your knowledge-base and skill-sets. The workshops will also relate heavily to each other, so when attending more than one workshop you will see links between all areas being taught. These links will be invaluable to young musicians and drummers looking for a long term career in music and drumming.
  • All workshops will be delivered in English.
  • You can book your place at one or more of the workshops by emailing me here: richmillindrums@gmail.com.
  • The cost is €25 per person for a two hour workshop.
  • If you pre-book your place at 4 workshops you will get a place at a 5th workshop for free.
  • The workshops will take place on the first Saturday of each month at Super-Sessions.de, starting on November 1st at 16:30 - (workshops are 2 hours long).

Workshops to choose from include:

1. Odd Time Signatures:
A look at odd and uncommon time signatures. Using examples of popular and well known songs, we will try to understand different ways of approaching playing, counting, and incorporating drum fills into odd time signatures.
2. Rudiments in Practice:
A look at using basic rudiments in your general playing. Using examples of popular and well known songs, we will try to introduce new ways of incorporating basic rudiments into your playing, both within rhythms but also within drum fills.
3. Different Styles and Genres:
Discussing different musical styles and rhythmical genres. Trying to understand how to be an adaptable drummer and musician, being able to play many different styles, rhythms and genres. Also looking at cross-genres and how musical style has influenced modern contemporary music.
4. Swing Feel and Straight Feel:
Understanding the “feel” of two very specific rhythmical styles. Looking at various examples of both styles in popular and well known songs. Also, including rudimentary studies into the feel of your playing.
5. Speed and Dynamics:
A look at increasing your own personal speed limit. Also, trying to understand the different types and ways of playing with “dynamics”. There's more to dynamic playing than just volume!
6. Careers in Music (general overview):
Looking at a comprehensive list of jobs in the music industry and establishing ways that you can find yourself a long-term career in music. We will discuss skills required and options for career progression for the individual.
7. Careers in Music (specific to Drummers):
Looking at specific careers or work areas as a drummer and discussing the skill-sets required for a successful career in your chosen area of work.
8. A Comprehensive technical study of Drumming:
A look at all of the areas that ALL drummers of every age and ability should constantly be working on. From Technique to Time Signatures and Physical Movement to Musical Awareness.
9. Teaching Drums as a Career:
Things you need to know to teach drums as a career. Understanding the skills you need and the way to run your own business.
10. What does being a “Session Musician” really mean?:
Understanding the job of the sessions musician (drummer). Looking at all areas of session work, from studio drumming & live drumming, to invoicing and communicating with a countless number of different people in the music business.

Other short courses or full workshops can be designed and run depending upon your needs and suggestions. Some ideas would be:

  • Drum Tuning
  • Drum Recording (Microphone techniques, different types of recording software, etc...)
  • Dealing with people in the music business
  • Record Deals and Publishing Deals – the differences and what these terms really mean.
  • Other ways to make money in the music business

Contact me for more information or for booking:

Rich Millin


Tel: 0163 6367 423
Email: richmillindrums@gmail.com
website: http://richmillindrums.blogspot.de/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richmillindrums?ref=bookmarks
soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rich-millin-drums



2014 Bio:
Rich Millin is a Session Drummer and Music Educator with over 30 years experience. Originally from the UK but now living and working in Berlin, Germany, Rich has become extremely busy in the Music Capital of Europe, with his own Drum School and a Recording Studio in locations both in central Berlin. He is also pioneering new educational ideas and activities in the city including Rock Clubs for young people and also drum workshops at various well-established Berlin education facilities. Since moving to Berlin, Rich has become an extremely busy session artist and in 2014 alone his drums have featured on no less than 7 albums and he has collaborated both live and on record for numerous artists, including:


Rich has gained huge experience in recording sessions, providing tracks to artists across the globe. He is also now experienced in studio engineering, studio production and mixing.

14.8.14

Recent, current and upcoming projects...

I am now officially international!

Here's a nice picture :-)

Recent, current and upcoming sessions include recordings for artists from:

England, Germany, Italy, America, Denmark, Canada, Israel, Pakistan and Japan!

(This is just a mini post - I just got excited and had to have a little boast...)

Listen to some of the sessions I have recorded here:

https://soundcloud.com/rich-millin-drums

with more coming soon...

:-)

27.6.14

Halfway through the year...

So far, 2014 has been a mixed year:  Some good, some not so good, some exciting stuff, some boring stuff, some promises not kept and some very nice surprises...

As far as my music and drumming goes, I have had a lot of varied projects so far with what looks to be like a lot more to come in the second half of the year.

I will think back and start at the beginning of the year and work forward chronologically up to now, and beyond...  This list is purely for recording work.  My live shows can be viewed here.

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At the beginning of this year I had the opportunity to work with two amazing singer/song-writers, one here in Germany and the other back in the UK.


Zeki Min (ex-frontman of The Driftwood Fairytales) asked if I would play drums for his debut solo-album, "Majestic".  I of course said "yes"...  So, he and Mr Hadl (producer extraordinaire and bassist for the album), came over to my place and we recorded the album live in a weekend!
The resulting album is stupendous and I am extremely proud to have been a part of it...
We also played a few shows in Berlin and I was asked to help in the creation of this interactive video too:

Click on the icons and have a play around with the awesome interactiveness!!!

If you like your music to be edgy yet familiar, glorious, yet understated and acoustic with a punk attitude, then you should definitely check Zeki's debut album "Majestic" out immediately!
Visit Zeki's website here!
Buy Zeki's debut album "Majestic" here!


Not long after recording with Zeki I was asked to fly over to England to work with Mr Josh Kumra - we spent a week writing and recording demo's for Josh's new album.  


Hopefully work on the album will commence soon and a release won't be too long in the waiting...
Visit Josh's official facebook page here!


I also have been involved with loops and beat-making.  Mr Ilkka Ala-Fossi, AKA Ile, used some of my loops in one of his songs which you can listen to on mysoundcloud, here:
"The Best Day (Demo)".
Visit Ile's SoundCloud page here!


A couple of months back started a surge of recording work with UK singer/songwriter Si Hall calling upon my [remote] service for his forthcoming E.P.
More along the lines of Chuck Ragan, Dave Hause and Tim Barry, Si's E.P. is almost ready to be unleashed on the world...
Find out more about Si Hall and his music here!


The work, coming in thick and fast, then took a slightly more exotic turn (no offence Si!):
The wonderfully colourful Mr Rameez Khalid emailed me and asked if I could record drums for his new single.




Another amazing opportunity...  I jumped at the chance and I must say it was a pleasure to work for such a talented and kind man.  I look forward to working again with Rameez sometime in the future...  Who knows, maybe I will even get to do some live work with him one day...?!
Visit Rameez's official facebook page here!


Keeping things international, I have been working on an album for Italian duo "Mr Dog The Bear".  The album is in the very early stages, but I am being encouraged to have a lot of input: Some production input (and happily a lot of creative input too!), the first song, (self-titled) can be heard on their soundcloud page here:
"Mr Dog The Bear"


This about gets me up to speed as far as the year has gone so far...
...but what does the rest of the year have in store?!!!
Well, let me divulge a little more:


There are 2 new projects definitely coming up in the next couple of months, not to mention the continuing & "in-progress" work I already spoke about and also the possibility of 2 or 3 more projects which are "under-discussion"...


The two projects coming up that I can say are both quite simply amazing:


The first is a chance for me to stretch my funk muscles.  Rachelle Jeanty has been singing professionally for the past 20 years. She has toured the world as a backing vocalist for Celine Dion and has given performances as a solo artist at ''Les Francofolies de MontrĂ©al'', with the Vienna Boys Choir and at the United Nations in New York.




A powerful and soulful presence on-stage (I've seen her twice and she is quite simply outstanding), the talented Ms Jeanty has a new project with an American based guitarist and song-smith underway, which will see me on-board as the beats man - excited is an understatement!
Visit Rachelle's website here!


The most recent session to land on my table is a studio album for Le-Thanh Ho.  This one is so fresh, all I can say at the moment is that the studio is booked for August and I am the drummer (unless I totally mess it up in rehearsals!)
Here's looking forward to working on this project as much as the rest!
Visit Le-Thanh Ho's website here!
Visit Le-Thanh Ho's official facebook page here!



So, there it is.  2014 so far with some things to look forward too :-)


And I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do.

13.6.14

New Video

New video for "Gambling In Denmark" by Zeki Min!





The song (and in fact the album itself) was recorded in my studio in Berlin, (I played the drums)...  :-)

You can now buy Zeki's debut album "Majestic" HERE.

Enjoy!