2) NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
Call it what you want, but there is no way to do too much ” network ” as the Americans call it. Make sure that any musician you play with has your number. Don’t be intrusive, but let them know you’re always interested in playing and contacting you if they need a drummer.
The practice is important, as is the study and care of social media, but do not underestimate the importance of going out and going to places where music is played regularly, show off, be confident and try to make a good impression.
3) FIND YOUR NICHE
Find out what your specialty is. Like a cook or a writer, even a drummer has his strong points.
You’re probably a thug, or you’re a super-fast. You could be known for caring for sounds or feeling with the metronome. You will be a jazzman or one who learns parts quickly.
Being versatile is useful, indeed essential, but so is finding your strength, the one for which people know you. Not trying to be everything to everyone, in the long run, it becomes as useless as frustrating.
You are you and the musicians will look for you for that reason.
In the world of life, be punctual means to arrive in advance.
Presented on time, make sure it’s all right and take the time to make sure everything functions and to be ready to play.
If you mount the battery too late you will not have time to warm up or solve any problems that may arise.
5) FOLLOW UP
Start with yourself. How did you play? What would you need to improve? Do you also think about the rest of the band, were they happy with your performance? Are there things that they particularly liked? Or do you think they have bent their noses in places?
Let them know that you are completely open to receiving suggestions and advice. You will then evaluate them calmly, but it is important to think about them with a cool mind and be seen as open to dialogue and growth.
I hope these points can be food for thought if you are trying to become a professional. Beyond the technique, which is always very important for those who make the profession, these other aspects are also very important.