Keep up with Bud Smith here:
I was born in 1984 and grew up in Oshawa, Ontario for a few years and then moved to Toronto, Ontario around the same time I started drumming (17 years old). I got into metal music somewhere around the year 2001 with Pantera as my main ” Eye Opener” to Metal.
I try not to limit myself to playing only 1 style of music, but ultimately Metal is my number 1 preference for jamming, writing, recording and performing. Some of my current main drumming influences are, Matt Halpern, Alex Rudinger, Anup Sastry and Thomas Lang just to name a few…
I feel fortunate to have found such a strong passion for Music and a positive outlet for my creativity. I encourage everyone to give music a try. I tried it and I found the 1 thing that makes me feel happy and complete in life.
Bud Smith Interview:
SDM: When did you start playing drums?
Bud: Around the age of 17 years old.
SDM: Do you play in a school band or any drum corps?
Bud: Unfortunately I have not.
SDM: Have you ever taken any lessons?
Bud: I’ve never taken drum lessons.
SDM: Who are your top 5 influences?
Bud: Currently: Alex Rudinger, Anup Sastry, Matt Halpern, Navene Koperweis and Danny Carey.
SDM: Assuming that influences doesn’t mean favorites, who are your favorites?
Bud: First off, I gotta give major credits to the main man Buddy Rich. I’m also a fan of Mike Mangini, Virgil Donati, Marco Minnemann, Bobby Jarzombek, Thomas Haake, among many others.
SDM: Let us know 5 CD’s that are in your current rotation
- All Shall Perish – The price of Existence
- Fallen Legion – The Archives
- Thy Art is Murder – HATE
- iWrestledAbearOnce – Hail Mary
- SikTh – Death of a Dead Day
SDM: Do you practice any specific rudiments or combo’s regularly?
Bud: Yes. I work on and practice standard drum rudiments, however I dont spend as much time on them as I should.
SDM: What is your favorite part of your drum kit?
Bud: It’s hard to pick just 1. My 14X8 Maple snare drum made by Mapex is def a fav of mine. I’m a huge fan of my Tama Double Speedcobra pedals also. Roland kick triggers and roland Modules are also fav parts of my kit.
SDM: If you could give one piece of advice to younger drummers, it would be…
Bud: Practice practice practice!
SDM: Who gave the best live performance you’ve ever seen?
Bud: Dimebag and Vinnie Paul (even though it was Damage Plan at the time). It was the night before Dime`s senseless murder. I watched Dimebag play his last full show. How can you beat that, right?
SDM: If you had to stop drumming, what else do you want to do with your life?
Bud: I’d likely pick up another instrument, or get more into recording and producing Music.
All Shall Perish play-along:
187 – Challenge Accepted Drum-cam :
Mixed short clip vid: