Age 62, feeling like I'm 32, but with a few more post-gig aches and pains, I can still play a 2 hour set without a break. I played pubs and clubs regularly when younger, until real life got in the way. Now, with grown-up kids and no mortgage, I'm playing again, taking (very) occasional lessons to resurrect any technique I might have had. Currently waiting for the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, to complete a move to the Isle of Man, where I shall be looking for playing/gigging opportunities!
I love listening to and playing a wide range of music, regardless of "genre". If there's musicianship involved, it's worth listening to, and learning from. Ticking just 4 categories isn't really possible for someone of my age...
Until recently, I was the "dep" drummer for Quiet Wish - their music was alt-rock "sound-scaping" - ambient, progressive based - quite ballsy in places. Very sadly, QW have decided to call time on their music-making - at least for a while. I keep my hand in by playing for the Surrey Jazz Jam - a group of enthusiasts who get together regularly to play a wide range of stuff from the jazz repertoire just for the fun of it, and also with a jazz quintet - Gang of Five.
I'm a fairly quick learner (but don't instantly sight read), and have had some click-track experience. I can also count up to 3, 5, 7, 9 etc. So if you live on the Isle of Man, and need a drummer sympathetic to what's going on around him, and just as happy to play at "1 or 2", rather than just Spinal Tap's 11.... do get in touch.
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I don't think it's a good idea to state influences on an open forum... it tends to give a false impression of what might be expected from a musician. I'll happily listen to and enjoy everything from Alice Coltrane to Led Zep, and will have a go at anything. I will own up to my limitations too, if I feel that I'm not able to achieve what you're after.
If it helps, I regularly listen to Shubh Saran, Jacob Collier, Adam Neely, Carola Baer, everything ever recorded on the Blue Note or Verve record labels, Snarky Puppy, Portico Quartet, Kiasmos, Binkbeats, Vulfpeck, Esbjorn Svensson, Mammal Hands, Go-Go Penguin and the like..... and anything interesting that Bandcamp sends my way.
A Brazilian Odery Eyedentity (yes, they do spell it like that!) kit - 10"/12"/14"/20" maple shells, Tama Sound Lab Project 14" maple snare, all with Evans G1 heads, and a variety of Sabian cymbals. Gibraltar hardware, a DW5000 kick pedal, and access to a Roland SPD11, when the owner doesn't need it. I also have my own transport, and all my own teeth! For rock gigs, however, I will have to borrow some hair!