For some time now I’ve been walking around with the idea of reducing my kit to a more minimal, two tom setup. First because it might be more convenient when playing live, and second because recently I felt that I got a bit stuck in my playing.
I got lucky with my first drum kit: it was a really big one that just begged for expansion. So I moved the drums around a little and added cymbals, seeking out different types and arranging different sounds together.
I learned a lot from experimenting, but recently I felt it time to to something ‘drastic’. So I kept the sounds I thought of as being essential for my playing and took everything else out of my setup, ending up with the minimized kit in the photo.
We just finished a good rehearsal session with Anatomy of I and I got sort of comfortable behind my new setup rather quickly. Playing on a reduced kit makes you rethink your options and your movements, and it promises to be a refreshing experience.
Setup: 22″ bassdrum, 14″ snare, 10″ tomtom, 16″ floortom, 14″ hi-hat, 16″ crash w/ 10 splash on top, 16″ china, 20″ ride.