In the late 1970s, Anthony White, an L.A. session drummer, auditioned for and played with the legendary Frank Zappa. He discusses his abrupt departure from the band after being replaced by upcoming percussion virtuoso David Logeman.
In this candid telephone interview, we discuss the audition process, L.A.’s studio climate in the late 1970s, what it was like to fill the gap between Terry Bozzio and Vinnie Colaiuta, the rehearsal sessions for You Are What You Is, his practice habits, and the psychological events that led to Anthony’s eventual retirement as a session drummer.
Anthony shared many dark business insights, which could help any struggling drummer who is seeking commercial success in the realm of progressive or math rock.
Find out more about Anthony White and his production / engineering / live lighting and sound career at his “under construction” website, Anthony White Productions.