All Up to You (song)

May 22nd, 2013 by aaron

Had an opportunity to record with my good friend Shane Tutmarc  to track this song for a Australian Kid’s show. We had two days to get it in. Recorded everything at my place and I was really pleased on the way the sounds turned out.

Shane is a great writer and I think the song really blossomed. We had a lot of fun with it. From an engineers perspective, it’s amazing what can come of a great song with good sounds going into Protools, even with the small perimeters I have to work with right now. We had our friend Stephen Keech mix it. It’s a fun little diddly..

Take a listen..


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Building my Beat Laboratory

May 4th, 2013 by aaron

It has begun. I’ve got some new gear at my place and its allowed me to start getting some good drum tracks. It’s a steady build, but I’m stoked to have what I need to get the ball rolling.

Thanks to a Digi002, some Shure 57′s and an Audio Technica condenser mic, I’m on to building my “Beat Laboratory”.
Tracked a friend’s demo this last week. I’m pleased with the way the drums turned out this early in the game. 3 Mic’s. That’s it.

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Rhythm to the Beat

April 23rd, 2012 by aaron

Drummers. Here it is. Rhythm to the Beat. My Facebook drum group has commenced…

I’ve kicked it off with a few videos (death cab, queens of the stone age, jimmy eat world). Without a doubt, there will be more to come! Make sure to stop by and like the page. Great bands and great drummers have always inspired me to play.
Come check out my drum tips and talk drums with me!

Rhythm to the beat is also on twitter.

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Drum Lessons

February 18th, 2012 by aaron


Attention drummers. I’m opening up time to teach drum lessons this March via Skype. My instruction has an emphasis in hand technique, foot technique, tempo, and a variety of feels. To sign up for a Skype lesson you can email me here. Right now the first lesson is free.

Check out the lessons page to learn more about my approach to teaching.

I look forward to helping you explore the world of drumming.


Follow me on twitter for updates

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Hit Pause, Now Fast Forward

October 31st, 2011 by aaron

I’ve been TRYING to make my time worth while out here in NYC (not hard). Unfortunately, Travis, frontman of Gym Class Heroes, has been extremely ill due to a stomach infection. A few shows have been cancelled, but its no big casualty. As much as we crew guys are willing to get back to the gig, we hope Travis will get the recovery he needs to be back rocking 100% again.

For the past week we’ve been checking out the city. I had the chance to see the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art, eat some great food, see some friends, and acquire the iPad 2. Not complaining about that.


Our road companion, Stitch, has been good company. He’s a French bulldog. Typically, small dogs have the syndrome tolerable intolerable, but Stitch insists on being a cool dude.


That’s the update. We should be back soon to finish out this tour.

(from the Museum of Modern Art)

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Bringing Back That Old New York Rap

September 30th, 2011 by aaron

Bloody hell. I’m in the UK tuning up drums for Matt McGinely of Gym Class Heroes. Long plane flight, short fix on Great Britain. I like it out here, so I’m going to enjoy what I can get out of it. As I swing back and forth from behind the kit and then to the side, it helps me have a fresh perspective on things. I dig hearing good players like Matt having a good time doing what they do best, playing drums I had a hand in tuning.

We’ll be back in the states in no time and who knows, when the tour ends in California I may stick around to see the fam for Thanksgiving.

Peace and Love


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The Make, Live

July 24th, 2011 by aaron

Played drums with The Make last Friday Night. Chris from Saves The Day opens.. enjoy.

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They Will Make Me

July 20th, 2011 by aaron

Well that’s not entirely true. Actually, on my own conscience choice, I have agreed to come out to Chico, Ca and play this online show with old touring friends Jeff and Trevor (of Number One Gun), and new friend Sarah.

They are ‘The Make’, an up and coming band that has gained a lot of online presence. Their EP This Box has just been released on iTunes. We will be performing a live streamed show you can watch at

Right now, we’re having a good time working on all the songs and getting ready to do this live thing in front of you and you’re computer screens this Friday night, July 22nd at 6pm PST. So Please tune in.

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Bro-Am Was Off.. The Hook

June 22nd, 2011 by aaron

I’ve never seen so many people packed on a public beach. This was my second time at Bro-Am in Encinitas, CA. If you have never heard about the event, the band helps homeless through StandUp kids. Great to see a touring rock band really give back to it’s community. The vary nature of rock’nroll seems so vain and self involved but not for Switchfoot. Good stuff. If you haven’t attended. You should next year.


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I Do Guitars Now

May 19th, 2011 by aaron


Didn’t think I was going to be on the road for awhile, but I’ve found my way back to the nomadic life style through guitars. I’m in Canada for the next two weeks shaping up gear for Switchfoot. Good guys. I remember being 16 on the road and watching the original trio play songs like “New Way to Be Human”. They’ve come quite a ways. I’m stoked to reconnect and work with them now!

More Canadian Tour photos to come…

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