Guyton Sanders / Part 3

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S: So, after 2-3 years on pillow, what did you start playing?

G: When I really started playing the drum a lot more was primary from the, when I started going to the junior high and high school, I started playing the snare drum.

S: For the marching band?

G: For the concert and marching. The concert is like the symphonic or just orchestra. Those are the concert. The marching band is more field based, snare drums are much bigger. The concert snares are much thinner and they don’t require the brace.

S: So, many people do the marching drum?

G: Oh, there are tons of marching bands. We have the DCI, which is the Drum Corp International. The Drum Corp International is a huge marching leagues. For instance, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Devils, if you look up any of these, you will see it. If there was a marching band that reached professional level, then that will be the Drum Corp International. That’s huge in pretty much everywhere in the United States.

S: And also people play the drums at churches. What type of style you play at the church?

G: As far as anything with churches, you definitely come across with lot of gospel style type of playing. There are also lot of contemporary style. When you start dealing with the contemporary style, that’s when you start go into the kind of realm of hillsong, hillsongs united where it’s more pop and rock based. If you look up on YouTube with hillsong, you will easily see so much. There are a couple of country gospel. But, that’s not played as much in here, surprisingly. I haven’t noticed it. I might be hidden from me at the moment. I may have not noticed it.

S: Your band, Vandoliers is country oriented. That’s Texas style, right?

G: I guess you could call it that. Lots of influences are based on like Old 97 which originally are from here. Turnpike Troubadours, which is another good example of Texas style.

S: When you guys make songs, and when you put your drums on the music, do you intentionally make it stick to the Texas style?

G: Not really. Whatever sounds good. I try not to think of it as a drummer, as much as I think of it as a songwriter. You don’t necessarily have to go nuts and try to put as many notes into one song as much as you possibly can. Sometimes, it’s also the space between the notes.

S: Yeah, I noticed your drumming has good space and good time. You are really good with keeping time.

G: I try to be.

S: How do you try to accomplish that? How did you make yourself so good with time?

G: Well, metronome really helps. Yeah, whenever you practicing your rudiments or anything like that, timing is always important. I was lucky, because before I was doing stuff with Vandoliers, I was playing with a band that requires playing with click tracks, or lot of loops, those were already fixed to a certain tempo. So, it was really the matter of getting in there with basically playing that along to the beat. After that, it was more of dancing around the beat as opposed to just playing exactly what’s on. That makes it a lot of fun.

S: But with Vandoliers, you don’t play with the click, right?

G: I do not. I do not play with the click. I only play with the click on whenever I am doing any kind of recording with them. But, whenever in live, I don’t ever use that. Lot of times, they like to play it lot faster anyway. It’s just a matter of energy sometimes.

S: So, when you play with the band, what are you thinking?

G: I am thinking what my lead singer, Josh, can throw in my way. Typically, I am so used to playing the song, like as the structure. I know exactly how many measures I supposed to do the train beat, and how many I supposed to do this, which comes in handy. Because when I go into a venue, and the monitor system goes out, which does happen, then, they have to rely on me. I don’t have a choice. If I know my part, then everybody else can play along to me. But, sometimes the lead singer likes to add more measures. I try to keep eye and ear out for everybody in the band, but I do primary pay attention to Josh, who is the lead singer of the band. Sometimes he reaches to the crowd, that’s one thing he does extremely well at. If he feels that he needs to extend out another phrases, he is pretty good at giving me the cue, and that’s when I do that. But, I have to constantly watch out for everybody.

S: Your base player uses the upright bass, right?

G: Oh, our old bass player used the upright. Our current bass player uses the hollow body bass, which is the acoustic electric type of bass.

S: In Japan, Rockabilly was popular once. It is country and rock.

G: Yeah, that’s another form of Cowpunk, basically. It’s kind of technically where we are at, in a way. There is definitely some influence there. Lot of 2 beats. Lot of train beats. Lots of it.

S: You are on tour.

G: Yeah, we are just back from tour, and going to tour again with Old 97.

The other tour we are doing is that we are heading to West Coast. We love it. Sometimes we take the tour bus. Sometimes, we take a van. I have no idea whether we are taking the bus or we are taking the van for this tour.

S: Do you carry your drum set?

G: Yes I do.

S: Are you going to take the stainless kit?

G: I probably not going to use my stainless for the tour. I try not to take stuff that’s extremely heavy with me on tour. It is very heavy, yeah. What I generally want to use is my 26 inch kick drum. That’s a Super Classic Deluxe in black oyster. And, 13 inch rack tom and 16 inch floor tom and 18 inch floor tom.

And, I generally carry a Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum with me or I carry my Copperphonic from Ludwig. I am pretty happy with every single sound from that. The Copperphonic is 6 ½ inch. You can get it in 5 inch too.

S: So, it is made of Copper.

G: Yeah, it’s made of copper. As a matter of fact, we have it right here.

It’s a beautiful snare drum. It is the exactly the same one that I got, with same finish and everything. It’s a new one. They never made Copperphonic before. This is the first time they ever made the snare drum with Copper. I love it. I absolutely love it.

S: Oh Guyton, I asked you so many questions. Finally I want to ask you what musicians here love to eat. Any kind of soul food for musicians?

G: Oh wow, what do I like? Oh, wow, um, I fell in love with a place on Legacy. There is another place in Carrollton, too. It is the conveyor belt sushi place.

S: Huh, that’s KULA Sushi.

G: Yeah, that’s the name of the place.

S: Oh, you like Sushi.

G: I LOVE THAT. I love sushi in general. But, that place is absolutely incredible. It’s absolutely awesome. I love it.

S: So, you like Japanese food.

G: Oh, I LOVE Japanese food. It’s so easy to go overboard with that place, too. I keep pulling the plates in, and next thing you know is you owe like $200.

S: Do you eat $200 at Kula? That’s a lot of food!

G: I did not, but I came really close.

S: Really! That’s a LOT OF FOOD.

G: Yeah, that’s a lot of rolls. It’s so easy to do. You put wasabi and along with soy sauce. I just don’t even eat half of that. I usually swallow the whole thing.

Yeah, honestly, now I think about it, I like either Thai food or Sushi are the 2 of my favorite around here. Especially KULA. I love KULA. I can never have enough KULA. If there is a way that I can afford to eat there everyday, I would.

S: Guyton, thank you so much.

G: Thank you.