Being an Artist , I am attracted to different types of art and I thought it would be a great way to start the year to the beat of the drums. Paul Lizzi is not your typical drummer. Beyond infectious beats, the Montréal- based musician has added his own vocals and cool personal style to his act. Having seen him perform, I was impressed with his passion & drive for “putting the musician back into music”. He was rewarded with a European MTV award and a Much Music Video Award nomination for his work with Karl Wolf on “Africa”. Paul has collaborated with Adam Lambert, Kesha, LMFAO, NeYo, Sean Paul & Akon. His creations revolving around House music have become hits in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United Arab Emirates. It was great meeting and shooting a talented fellow artist from Montreal that is so creative and gifted, no doubt, il va aller tres loin!
Drumming has physiological effects. It increases heart rate and blood flow just like an aerobic exercise. The process of drumming engages both the linear, (the rational left) and the creative, (the intuitive right) sides of the brain. The two brain hemispheres emanate different wave frequencies. It also synchronizes the frontal and lower areas of the brain. It integrates the non-verbal information from the lower brain structures into the frontal cortex and produces a feeling of insight, understanding, integration, certainty, conviction, and truth. Consequently, drumming is like a deep meditation. It brings you into synchronization, which is a state of consciousness. “Drumming directly links humans with the vibration of the Earth by slowing the brain waves to around 8 cycles per second, the same frequency as the planet” (Feathers, 1995). Drumming heals the human energy field, so if your intention is for some healing while you drum, it will.
“Drumming provides an authentic experience of unity and physiological synchronicity. If we put people together who are out of sync with themselves (i.e., diseased, addicted) and help them experience the phenomenon of entrainment, it is possible for them to feel with and through others what it is like to be synchronous in a state of preverbal connectedness” (Mikenas, 2004).
QUOTES FROM FAMOUS DRUMMERS:
First and foremost I am a drummer. After that, I’m other things…But I didn’t play drums to make money. Ringo Starr
You only get better by playing. – Buddy Rich
You have to fight beyond it (self-doubt) and don’t let it stand in the way of you being what you want to be. – David Garibaldi
Every drummer that had a name, had a name because of his individual playing. He didn’t sound like anybody else, So everybody that I ever listened to, in some form, influenced my taste. – Buddy Rich
Laying fast around the drums is one thing. But to play music, to play with people for others to listen to, that’s something else. That’s a whole other world. – Tony Williams
Inspiration is not inside of us. Inspiration comes from outside. It comes from our spiritual guides and from different energies that are in the universe. If we keep in touch with god and our spiritual guides, just knowing that they exist and they are there for us, gives us the strength to say well this is a bad phase but it’s going to end and when it ends I’m going to do something good. – Airto
I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring. – David Bowie