Episode 11 – David Anderson: “What the Music Calls For”


David Anderson is another drummer who comes to us through our interview with legendary drum educator, Ed Soph. A student of Lee Rucker at the University of Central Oklahoma, David would also drive three hours to Denton, TX to study privately with Soph. Between Rucker and Soph, along with inspiration from his brother — the late William Salter, a professional drummer twenty years his senior — David made it out to LA where he is still flourishing as a working drummer and drum educator.

David has toured and recorded with some incredible musicians, including Eddie Harris, Dionne Warwick, The Rippingtons, Tom Scott, Hubert Laws, Chaka Khan, and Larry Carlton, to name just a few.

For listeners serious about drumming, David is a wonderful inspiration. He had a dream from a very young age, knew what he wanted to do, and, despite his doubts, stuck with it. And that’s what being a pro takes, regardless of what you’re doing. It’s hours and hours of practice, chasing down lessons three hours away with the best teacher you can get, knowing that the practice and learning never ends, and ultimately, having a belief that you can do it. And all of that takes courage, because devoting to something you really want takes courage.

For those of us who have less ambituous dreams, like being able to play locally without embarrassing ourselves too, too much, well, that takes courage, too. And time. And practice. And a belief in yourself. For all his success,

David strikes me as an incredibly humble, grateful person.  He was kind enough to tale with us and share stories of his history, work, and approach to drums.

To see David in action, check out this YouTube Video, as well as this little taste of David’s Steve Gadd inspired Aja Outro.