Drake's Drummer Adrian Bent - How To Get The Gig!

August 27, 2020

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Written by Jake Nicolle

“A lot of people can fall by the wayside… and give up. But, if they just stayed the course, they would realize nothing is built overnight.” Adrian Bent

Adrian Bent is not just Drake’s drummer, but he’s even played bass on some of Drakes biggest hits.

Adrian Bent

Have you ever tried to understand how the guys touring arenas all over the world and playing on your favorite records first landed their big break? We have too and we know what that curiosity feels like. Getting a big gig is hard and there’s a lot more than just one element involved.

Hard work, network and opportunity all vary in their significance, person to person, but they matter. Adrian has all three working for him and explains how he practiced and put in the time to be prepared when the opportunity came knocking… Even though it did catch him sleeping ;)

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Why listen to this episode? You will learn how to:

Play Less and get hired to play drums more

The value in a “straight groove” mentality

Get big gigs

Keep big gigs

Develop a network

Value playing less

Enjoy!

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Quotes

“People really don’t understand drums…. You’ve gotta make it more relatable.”

“Even when it comes to soloing you need to make reoccurring themes for people to understand.”

“Stay the course.”

“No one sees the groundwork.”

“No one saw the hours I practiced in church by myself, they just assume I came out of nowhere.”

“Everything will come that is supposed to come your way.”

playing “Relatable Fills.”

“We need to simplify to make it relatable.”

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Connect with Adrian:

Adrianbent.com | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

People And Artists Mentioned

Drake

Larnell Lewis

John Jr Robinson

Ndugu Chancelor

Jeremy Haynes

Jay Z

Josh Tietlebaum

Zildjian

Dave Weckl

Vinnie Colaiuta

Steve Gadd

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