I had 24 hours to learn this insane music…


Last week I was on tour with my band
Sungazer and we were playing shows in the US with Shubh Saran and his band.
Shubh’s band features seven musicians including two drummers. Now, for one of
these gigs in the middle of the tour, one of the drummers was not able to make one
of the gigs. And so I was asked at the last minute if I would like to hop in
and fill in for Josh on this gig. Josh can’t make it to tomorrow’s show because
it’s his one-year wedding anniversary. So he’s going home. [Adam] Fortunately, we
already have two drummers. [Angelo] We’ve got a spare drummer. [Adam] We’ve got a spare drummer on this tour. [Angelo] We don’t have a spare tire, but we have a spare drummer. Now, Shubh’s music is not the easiest music
in the world to learn. There’s a lot of intricate rhythms, there’s a lot of time
signature changes, and again, I’m playing with a second drummer. On top of that, I
would have to learn the music in 24 hours without a drum set and without
rehearsal. We’ve got two long car rides. [Shawn] Yep. [Angelo] Actually we… tomorrow’s only an hour. There’s a lot of things that could have gone wrong on this gig, which made learning the music rather stressful. What’s the hardest Shubh tune in the setlist? Maybe Storm? [Josh] The middle has the hardest…
[Shawn] Just like a lot of details. A lot of time signatures. [Brian] What about Slip? There’s so many like changes in Slip. [Angelo] Slip is hard, but it’s not as long. [Angelo] If there’s like… if you don’t want to learn like all of the set… [Shawn] Yeah, yeah. Well, we’ll see. [Angelo] It’s a lot. Out of all the songs I would say this one probably works
best solo drum. Wouldn’t you say? [Josh] Yeah, it could. [Angelo] I mean it… yeah. [Josh] Right. Now fortunately I did have this one day to kind of hang out with the guys and ask
them questions, talk to them about how they approach this music and how they
approach double drumming. [Josh] For a lot of these I have like note notes about like the stuff I’m doing. Yeah, dude, like maybe I should share this with you if you’re curious. Like for example, I’ll
just write in the shit that I do as compared to what Angelo does. Like the
swell stuff, where the little breaks are. They’re not really indicated in the
charts, you know? [Shawn] Anytime I had a question I would bump Angelo next to me and say, “hey what’s the deal with this thing?” What is that metric modulation between those two songs? It’s not a metric modulation. It’s just different tempos. The last 3 hits of the song are like “da da da.” And then we just add another one, and it’s the ‘2’ of the new tempo. [Brian] It’s like “and four and two”. [Shawn]
“And four and two.” Okay, okay. So I made my notes on an iPad while
driving. I have a system which tells me how long each section is. It’s got all
the time signatures in it. It’s got all the basic notes that I need to know
about the song. [Brian] We’re an hour away. [Adam] Hour away. [Brian] One hour. [Liz] Is this us here? [Shawn] This is us. [Adam] Econolodge. The Econolodge tour! our way [Josh] Captain Groovy’s Grill & Raw Bar?? [All] Oooooohhhhhh. That’s where we’re going. [Shawn] That’s going down. [Josh] Dude, that was my prison name. Captain Groovy. So I’ve
been listening through everything in the van. I’ve got like half of them charted
out. I’m excited but it’s also gonna be a challenge, because this music is not easy.
There’s a lot of little details in there. There’s a lot of time signature changes,
a lot of really specific rhythms, and in addition to that, I’m going to have to be
playing with another drummer, which is Angelo, so we’re gonna have to coordinate
our drum parts and there’s a lot of little details. So, time to get to work. By
the time we arrived to the hotel I had about half of the set transcribed and we
scheduled a meeting among the drummers to talk about the set. [Josh] You like that single knock? Single hit. Maybe like, let’s go down the order. [Shawn] Alright. “Becoming.” [Josh] So at the beginning,
the big swell into the top of the tune, I tend to take
the cymbals and and Angie takes the floor tom. It’s like “one, two, three, four…” Anytime there’s like a unison swell, one
will be on toms and one will be on cymbals. [Angelo] Usually, you’re on cymbals. [Josh] Usually, I take the cymbals.
To be honest, like maybe 50% of my job in Shubh’s band is like a suspended
cymbal transition deal. That’s why I do half the gig with like mallet/sticks. And I do a
ton of this. Because I like probably just came out of like “Shhhh…. bang.” You know what I mean? [Angelo] There’s the “duh duh, duh duh”
rhythm. I’m doing it on the snare. He’s doing it on the toms. Like in general, that seems to be how we
approach it. Like if it’s a unison, if we decided to do a unison rhythm, we’ll
orchestrate it on different parts of the kit. So when did you guys start doing double drums? A fortnight ago. [Shawn] A fortnight, what is that, 20 days? [Josh] I don’t know. [Angelo] 20 minutes. [Josh] Alright, we’ve done
two records this way. The first album we did separately. I just layered a ton of
percussion on that. [Shawn] Is that how it started? [Josh] Yeah. [Angelo] It was solo drums when I
started playing with Shubh. [Josh] I subbed you for you for a few gigs. And then over time
it was just like, “We should just try THIS.” And there was enough of, like, an instant
like “this works.” It wasn’t great, but enough of “this works” to be like “let’s do this.” Now it’s like we got our systems kinda worked out. [Shawn] Yeah now
it’s like a thing. [Josh] But like it’s so funny, like the first time we did the recording, we
were like, “Oh shit, we shouldn’t do this.” At Asellio’s spot. But then like, we both heard it and
we were like, “that sounds like trash.” It was like flammy, we were both playing way too much. [Josh] Yeah, but now like, dude, the last live recording,
we were in the same room. So you can’t slide snares and kicks essentially.
And it sounded… [Angelo] Sounds solid. [Josh] It sounded solid. Because I was like… that
“Becoming” video that came out yesterday you can’t edit, from a quantized standpoint. And I was very happy with that. That night I got to watch the set from
behind the drums on the side of the stage, which was really helpful to see
exactly who’s doing what. And Josh was really good about kind of coaching me
through the show as he was playing it that night. So he would look over at me
and say, “okay, now we’re going to halftime.” Or he would kind of point out where
certain fills happen. Maybe Angelo takes this fill. He was really good about indicating that stuff during the show. The next morning I
finished transcribing the tunes. I did a full second pass listening through
everything with the charts to catch any finer details and make notes about that.
And then I listened to everything with the video so I can see exactly what
drummer is playing what, so I know exactly what I should play. And before we knew it, we had arrived in Richmond, at the venue. And this
soundcheck was really the only opportunity I had to play with these
guys before the show. I’m totally down with using his kit. It’s easier not to have to switch. Shawn’s playing the show tonight for Shubh because Josh
actually had to go back to New York for his, like, wedding anniversary. So there’s
all these, like, charts on stage and he’s gonna be reading throughout the entire
night. The dude’s a madman, but if anybody can do it it’s Shawn Crowder. Could we do Storm? Yeah, I guess that middle breakdown. Fortunately, I knew ahead of time which
parts of which songs I wanted to hit, so when we got to soundcheck, we ran down
that list. Can we just run it from the top of the saxes? Killin’ it. [Mark] Give it up for Shawn. [Angelo] Yeah dude, killin’ it. [Shawn] It’s gonna be fun. [Angelo] Can the drummers have
their entire mix up just a hair? Yeah. Thank you. And in the end I think we
got through maybe two and a half songs and then we were out of time. [Mark] Can we get like 2 minutes? [Staff] They’re out there in the cold so hurry up. [Shubh] Okay, one minute then. And the
rest of it we did for the very first time together on stage in front of the
audience. I had a lot of fun playing the show and
it was really fun experimenting with double drums. It’s a really fun texture
to play around with. It’s really cool to have all of these sounds available when
you’re constructing a riff or a pattern. It was just a lot of fun to spend time
with these guys. And so it was really fun to learn from them and be inspired by
all of the great musicians. So I’d just like to thank Shubh and his
musicians for having me onboard. It was so much fun to play with these guys, and
honestly it was just as much fun listening to them every night from the
side of the stage before Sungazer went on, even when I wasn’t playing with them.
And I have to give a shout-out to Angelo. Angelo Spampinato on the drums. Because
he’s really the unsung hero of this whole thing. We actually decided to do
double drums for a number of the Sungazer songs, so as I was learning
Shubh’s music and filming this whole night he was busy learning our songs. So he
hopped in at the last minute as well and absolutely killed it. So thank you guys, and thank you to
everybody who came out to the shows. We had such an amazing first tour with
Sungazer we hope to be doing that very very soon again. And last but not least,
thank you for watching.

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77 thoughts on “I had 24 hours to learn this insane music…”

  1. Toshiro Bozdogan says:

    Hope this video blows up

  2. Aberdeen says:

    🥁 🥁

  3. GRISuS says:

    Seems difficult 😛

  4. Gabe Miller Music says:

    Loved seeing the process. Some absolutely monstrous grooves in this one

  5. AmrddH says:


  6. greg goso says:

    Gg, wp

  7. Stanislovas Riska says:

    Uppin' that clickable title game i see. And it's not misleading! absolute madman

  8. Khaztaroth says:

    That's some peak youtube thumbnail shit right there

  9. sss r says:

    Mom, when I grow up i want to be like Shawn Crowder

  10. Yonatan Boker says:

    Have you done the 4/20 ?

  11. trizgo jones says:

    would love to see an in-depth video on your notation system!

  12. Qeud says:

    Absolutely a Mad man. Fascinating!

  13. Erik Korsvik Østergaard says:

    The level of craftmanship and discipline you guys show is amazing! Thank you!

  14. TheDelahunt says:

    Ca. 14:00 "YOU'RE A CHAMPTION"

  15. Aristoth the Dragon says:

    This video has an almost uncomfortable amount of my face in it :p

  16. Diego González says:

    How anxious were you before the gig? I'd be shitting myself.

  17. Danny says:

    Epic GAMER moment

  18. Angel says:

    So…why is two drums a good idea? What does "drum 2" does, apart from lets same, the same pattern with, let's say…a cymbal instead of the snare

  19. JulianFernandez says:

    nothing feels as good as doing a job subbin for a friend. kudos!

  20. Volkan Bakirdan says:

    The performance was amazing! So fortunate that I got to see it live in all its glory.

  21. monowavy says:

    for some reason I love seeing Adam just casually hanging and not talking about hyperjazz all the time, it makes me happy 🙂
    also, you had to do all that in 24h PLUS recording and documenting everything which makes it even more impressive! heck yea

  22. mikeshouse2000 says:

    you're a bad man!!! Excellent!!!!

  23. Gustav Biehl says:

    Adam Neely foot reveal leaked.

  24. Scott Marten says:


  25. Violetta Zoffoli says:

    This was so interesting to watch on so many levels and you did a great job, but I can't help but wondering: did he not know it was going to be his wedding anniversary until the day before? lol

  26. ratamacue0 says:

    Odd that they couldn't give you more notice for the guy's anniversary.

  27. djguydan says:

    Oh man should have gone to the Richmond show too, Norfolk was great.

  28. Brap Trap says:

    I'm a big fan of how meter geek this channel let's me be lol

  29. mumblbee bee says:

    Congratulations, to both Shane and Angelo, music as collaboration is simply the best thing!

  30. Aidan6496 says:

    Hey Shawn, have you heard of the French band PinioL? They have double drums and seem to write in a similar way, it's almost like chamber music how they play together!

  31. Sergio Arocha says:

    Great job man!!!

  32. Six Months Sleep says:

    Nice job Shawn your a great musician (and language genius), ps. these videos are really well produced.
    Good Man!

  33. chippchipp1 says:

    Didn't he have an entire year to plan for his anniversary?

  34. domdib says:

    Outstanding levels of professionalism and fun.

  35. Ezra Mancini says:

    Next Shubhgazer tour you guys could go triple drummer now that you know the music.

  36. Pedozzi says:

    Hi shawn you're great

  37. Raphael Pinheiro says:

    Great job man!!!!

  38. peabnuts123 says:

    Very impressive! Shubh's music blows my mind. Great video too, well put-together and great content 🙂 Would love to see the Sungazer footage some time too …

  39. Sandbryc Music says:

    Okay for the longest time I thought the alto player and the drummer that couldn't make it were the same person wtf

  40. Josh Posada says:

    How come I can’t find storm anywhere? It sounds so cool

  41. Josh Buckwalter says:

    Rip Shawn’s high hat clutch at 16:02

  42. Ignacio Meyer says:


  43. Phil Heesen III says:

    Y’all killed it in Richmond! I hope you come back again!

  44. Martin Lotz says:

    That was impressive, but thanks for introducing us to this amazing music

  45. Mark Canlas says:

    Here from Adam's Patreon!

  46. suomi35 says:

    Superb job!

  47. Clay Johnson says:

    Larnell Lewis Adjacent

  48. Monkey Business says:

    Absolute madlads, the bunch of you! I dig it!

  49. Wafflemancer says:

    Pls, no sensational thumbnails Shawn-boi. Great video though

  50. Dovydas Čiplys says:


  51. aid_n says:

    I saw your show in Richmond, you killed it!

  52. JusticeTheMusician says:

    It was an insane show! You were amazing, so was Angelo and it didn't even show! I love the different methods you both did XD You were like super analytical and detailed and he was like what is the vibe ok got it XD But it was awesome seeing y'all and getting to talk about rhythm and music in general! Hope to see y'all again in the future 😀

  53. Dragobot7 says:

    @2:35 HEY! its Pagan by Vitalism! How the hell did i manage to pick that out XD?!

  54. Arthur Garwood Delahooke says:

    This makes me want to become a faster learner….

  55. FlarkeFiasco says:

    God this was absolutely insane. I'm so glad this happened

  56. Smiley says:

    What song did you play in 9:52?

  57. IrontMesdent says:

    Coming to Canada for the next tour might be a cool little addition. Just sayin' 😉

  58. Jibster says:

    Absolute madman

  59. Jerko Jurin says:

    Dear Shawn, I wanted to ask you which books or methods did you find the most useful for systematic approach to odd-meter reading and drumset playing? Mangini books? 🙂

  60. Midas Mazairac says:


  61. Joe O says:

    What crash/ ride is that Shawn

  62. Juan Borjas says:

    Hey man, I love your videos, but I don't think it does your channel any good to have those fake looking exaggerated facial expressions on your thumbnails like a lot of other youtubers. I hope you don't take this the wrong way.

  63. Onkel Pappkov says:

    Didn't want to watch this because it looked like clickbait. Then Neely said it did but it wasn't. So I watched and it was good.

  64. Griffin Edwards says:

    Kudos to you man, it takes a real skilled musician and a really tight band to pull something like that off, I hope you and the guys you're on tour with keep blessing us with amazing music

  65. Carson Longacre says:

    Thank you all for coming to Richmond (I’m the flannel in the front of the stage), looking forward to seeing you again!!! You all are such inspirations to me as an undergrad music student, and I can attribute much of my fascination with music theory to Adam, Shawn, and Shubh

  66. Sodomized Seniors says:

    So glad I was there to witness this

  67. George Burkhard says:

    Can't wait to see/hear some clips from the Sungazer set!

  68. james blace says:

    Wtf. i quit

  69. poockoo says:

    Holy shit, mate.

  70. Em says:

    Great video, the tumbnail, not so much

  71. Maranoch Ranoch says:

    you are amazing… and have a lot of guts I tell you.

  72. Tom Doublier says:

    More videos!! This is the best vlog ever 🙂 keep it up man!

  73. ice la honk says:

    O wow did not realize you played with Adam Neely. Interesting connection. I just know you as the guy with the black page video. Great content guys

  74. Mark Sowers says:

    That is some genius work on your (and their) part! Meister.

  75. E.W. "SquErl" Tiffin -E3PercussionPRO says:

    This was really entertaining to watch! 🖖

  76. wilson lawson says:

    All those rhythms that drummers call ''complicated'' are just random. Any non-identical random beats always become synchronised eventually. Just like the hands of a clock. Anyone who studied wave interference patterns in final year school physics knows that. : )

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