Instagram Drum World

August 27, 2020
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Jeff Randall

(@Jeffrandallmusic) is a session and touring drummer living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has performed with artists such as Luke Wade (The Voice), Scott Mulvahill (Ricky Skaggs), Andrew Tinker (The Polyphonic Spree), Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy), Bobby Sparks (Phillip Phillips, Marcus Miller), Keith Anderson (Prince, Kirk Franklin), and Ray Johnston (Dallas Mavericks).

He’s also built up a large Instagram following with 15 second clips that show off his chops and groove.

Instagram Drum World

Jeff grew up in Atlanta Georgia and began playing drums at the age of twelve. By the age of fifteen he was performing in his local church and with an original rock band made up of his youth group buddies.

In high school Jeff was lucky enough to have an accomplished percussionist as a band director who mentored and encouraged him to audition for the University Of North Texas where he was accepted as a Jazz Studies major in 2004.

In this episode of the 180 Drums Podcast we ask Jeff about his;

Experience and Expertise on Instagram

Daily Routine

Drum & Cymbal Specs

Practice Routine

Tuning

Influences

University Experience

Perspectives on Networking

Plans for the Future

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Attending the University Of North Texas under the direction of Ed Soph (Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Chris Potter) challenged Jeff to learn the language of jazz, to sight-read on the spot, and to perform on a regular basis in front of large crowds and some of the best musicians in the country.

After graduating from UNT in 2009, Jeff began playing music full-time in the Dallas area. From pop venues to small jazz clubs to touring, Jeff learned what it meant to be a working musician. After a few years however, he came to the realization that the local circuit of gigs he was performing in wasn’t leading him to the bigger and better opportunities he desired.

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In 2013, Jeff decided that a change was in order and moved out to Nashville, Tennessee with a new game plan. In Nashville, he is focusing solely on two things: performing and touring with original artists who he respects as well as producing quality drumming videos on a daily basis for his social media accounts. He has picked up a “real job” at Apple which allows him to turn down the local gigs that once occupied the majority of his time. Instead, Jeff is now focusing on the gigs that lead to real opportunity and longevity in the music business.

Follow Jeff online to see how the story plays out!

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Steve Jordan

Jeff’S #180SEAT

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Yamaha Absolute Maple Drums (Black Sparkle)

22×16 – Bass Drum (with 2 Evans EQ Drum Muffling Pads touching resonant and batter heads)

13×9 – Rack Tom

16×16 – Floor Tom

14×8 – Snare Drum (Gretsch Maple)eo Player

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DW Hardware

DW 9000 Bass Drum Pedal

DW 5000 Hi Hat and Cymbal Stands

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Zildjian Cymbals

Hi-Hats:

18” K Constantinople Crash (top)

18” A Crash/Ride (bottom)

Crashes:

20” K Constantinople Medium Ride

22” K Constantinople Medium Thin Low Ride

Ride:

24” K Light Ride

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DW Hardware

DW 9000 Bass Drum Pedal

DW 5000 Hi Hat and Cymbal Stands

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Zildjian Cymbals

Hi-Hats:

18” K Constantinople Crash (top)

18” A Crash/Ride (bottom)

Crashes:

20” K Constantinople Medium Ride

22” K Constantinople Medium Thin Low Ride

Ride:

24” K Light Ride

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Remo Drumheads:

Toms – Clear Controlled Sounds

Snare – Coated Controlled Sound

Kick – Clear Powerstroke 3

Vic Firth Drum Sticks

Vic Firth 7A’s

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Jeff's Recording Set-Up

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