POSTED ON – 29.06.12
SSR Jakarta Interview With Jeremy Ellis
On 26-27 May 2012, SSR Jakarta held an event called SSR Day at Summarecon Mall Serpong. During the event, we proudly presented performances from our students as the opening acts for Jeremy Ellis (Master of 16 drumpads/ Native Instruments’ Maschine) from Detroit, USA.
Jeremy Ellis with SSR Jakarta’s Danny Murniadi
During the day we caught up with Jeremy for an interview:
Q : Why are there only a few people in Indonesia who use drumpads?
A : Drumpads are relatively new to the world of art in many countries, including Indonesia. But, last time I heard, drumpads are one of the best selling instruments on earth, so this is why I see a big opportunity in the near future.
Q : For your information, SSR Jakarta run a DJ course. Do you think it will be easier to learn drumpad skills for students who are already taking the DJ course, in SSR Jakarta but do not have any skill of basic instruments, such as piano?
A : I didn’t learn to DJ so I cant compare it between those two, but about learning drumpads, I showed it on my youtube channel. I showed how to play drumpads from a basic level. I started everything from the basics, first I practiced playing the piano, then to drums. And I took the classic skill sets and applied them on the drumpad. Not reinventing the wheel or anything but I’m taking wheels that already existed and put them on the new car.
Q : Can drumpads replaced DJ equipment within music?
A : I find it different, so drumpads can not replace DJ Set because these two things are different.
Q : What was the most memorable experience for Jeremy Ellis?
A : Before the show I already have a list of what I am going to play, but when people start to dance to one part of the music, I will be playing that much longer and this results in more and more people coming over and dancing. After I played the drumpad on the big Square, many people stopped by for dancing and it amounted to thousands of people. That was amazing and memorable.
Q : What do you think about selling music through internet and the music industry?
A : It’s awesome! I’m not a huge fan of big corporations. Not that I dislike all of em, I can’t make a blank statement like that, but I think that they are more limiting with artists. I prefer the freedom and control, not to have someone else say, to change this part, to move this part this way, you know. I think a perfect example is Skrillex. He didn’t have a label, he made music all by himself, he made all of it by himself in his own house, no one told him I don’t like this part, like, ‘this is my music’. Lucky him, he made a lot of money! You having control that’s really important. Frank Zappa, you should see it on YouTube, he talks about the end of music. There is a story goes like this, that back in the day, all these, like, fat old men in a random music industry and they didn’t know anything, so when freaky little kids came up with music they were like “what the hell, just put it out”, and then they hire all these hipster kids and these kids think that they know what’s up; “it isnt cool to me, we’re not putting it out” etc. So it’s actually like the young hip guys that were like ruining the music industry in a lot of ways.
Q : What is your advice for our students who want to learn drumpad?
A : Watch my videos (laughing) and learn to play classical instruments like the piano or drums. Even if it’s not a piano or drum, maybe one of Indonesia’s classical instruments, something that makes one hand do something and the other hand do something else, and your brain literally like has to change to two different things.