Daft? Punk? Thought not...
So, a French electronica band have released a new album. Is that a reason for us drummers to celebrate?
Daft Punk might be known for their previously programmed tracks which have seeped into our subconscious since 1997, but their latest album 'Random Access Memories' is slightly different. At the time of writing, it is riding at the top of the album chart, the single 'Get Lucky' was number one single for four weeks and everything seems rosy for the robot helmet wearing duo.
So what is different? Well, the album has real musicians on it. Play any track and the chances are you are listening to John 'JR' Robinson or Omar Hakim playing actual drums. You can also hear Nile Rodgers' supremely wonderful playing on the album as well... and Nathan East, Paul Jackson Jnr, James Genus and Chris Caswell...
So the reason I bought this up is - will we start to see the general public (who, lets face it, pay our wages as drummers, either directly or indirectly) expecting to see and hear real musicians in the charts in a non 'ProToolsed to death' way? Will the public start to become aware of that thing called 'groove'? Will the public start to ask just quite why the Daft Punk album sounds so good?
I've already heard people talking about the 'guitar player' on 'Get Lucky', while not knowing who he is, what he's done in the past or anything else for that matter. But put on a Chic track or Bowie's 'Let's Dance' and most people will recognise it instantly. Hopefully they'll make a link.
So, French electronica + drummers = more work? Lets hope so.