Drumming is a serious form of art that should be treated with respect. It’s a musical tradition handed down from our ancestors in Africa and Cuba and other countries that are rhythmically driven. I don’t take drumming lightly, it’s a drummers responsibility to hold the “groove” and tempo in any situation, also setting the “tone” and not losing the momentum.
My buddy, bandleader, and producer extraordinaire Big Jim Wright from Flyte Tyme Productions with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis would always say to me “Lil’ John! You are the Heartbeat of this organization!” And that is why
I decided to name this album “The Heartbeat” because the drummer is in charge of the heartbeat in any band. They can make a band sound great, or the complete opposite!