I was hanging on with my dear friend, Steve Fidyk and my "little" buddy Tony. They were headed to Jason Sutter's clinic and all I knew about him was that he played with Marilyn Manson. To be honest, that was all I needed to hear to turn me off…I've never been a Manson fan! However, this is my one time of year to hang with Fid & Tony, so I tagged along. As it turns out, this was my lucky day!
When I walked in the session had just started and I heard the classic rock sound of Foreigner. Definitely not the sound I was expecting. When Jason finished he talked about the challenges of playing this seemingly straight forward type of music. Then he talked about playing double bass and how he ended up with the Marilyn Manson gig. Can you guess what happened? I absolutely enjoyed his playing! This may not be the type of music I would choose to listen to, but the way he presented it and the challenges of playing it…lets just say he was phenomenal!!!!
So where do you go from there? I noticed he had two snare drums set up on the stage. Then he starts talking rudiments and marching percussion and I realized Jason Sutter was way more than Manson's drummer. All of a sudden he lays down a crazy rudimental solo. When he finishes that, he walks across the stage talking brushes and BAM, throws down some incredible brush work. He definitely takes the dual role of drummer AND educator to the highest level.
After the session was over we went up to the stage and I was able to meet him. What a great guy! Throughout his entire session he seemed like a guy who you could hang with, have a drink and talk drums. And that was the same guy I met after the show!!!!!!!!
I learned a lot that afternoon. To be honest, I'd say I learned more about being a person than a drummer at Jason's session.
At PASIC I caught many great sessions, but to be very honest, I left there completely inspired by this experience and have been on a mission to watch every video I can find of Jason Sutter. I am now a fan and look forward to hearing more of his drumming in the future. And who knows, one of these years if we both do PASIC sessions, maybe I'll get him to join us on stage to sling a rope drum and play the Downfall of Paris.
Experiences like this are why I go to PASIC!!!!!!!!!