Born and raised in the New England area, Calvin showed an early proclivity for percussion. Although he spent time on other instruments, he always returned to drums. In and out of various genres and bands throughout his life, he finally settled on music production and recording. To this end, he established a production/publishing companySmithWorks Music.
Drums, keyboards, percussion.
Teachers and/or influences?
Very eclectic taste in music.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I was about six or seven. Started banging on my desk in school with a heel of my palm to knuckle action. Drove my teachers bonkers!
Your sound and approach to music:
Wow, that's a weird question when someone poses it to you. I'd say my approach is a natural expression of what I'm feeling at that moment. I rarely plan out what I'm going to do musically. I sit, I play, there it is. If I like what's happened, I'll leave it as is. If not, I just go back and rework it.
Your teaching approach:
If I were to teach, I think I'd tell the student to feel the music more than learn the music. You have to make it naturaljust my opinion.
comes to mind almost immediately. Slave for funk, The Police for pop/rock. For some reason Eric Clapton comes to mind with David Bowie or Bobby Caldwell on vocals. Bass would be Stu Hamm I think or maybe Marcus Miller
There was this gig I did with a local band (Boston). I had surgery on my left arm, so I wasn't on the traps. I was out front singing lead on a well known song and forgot the words! A lead man's nightmare/ My mother was in the audience...can you imagine?
There was a club in Cambridge, MANightstage. Man, that club was the absolute best for me. The vibe of the place was almost electric. Opened up for Lonnie Liston Smith