"It is sad to think that with the enormous impact that both Clyde and Jabo have had on modern drumming as we know it today, there is still more to learn about them that hasn’t been put out there already," says Chris Brewer. It was for this reason alone that Saemann and Brewer came up with the interview idea and decided to tackle the project on their own. "When James Brown said 'give the drummer some,' he meant it, although symbolically the rest of the world hasn’t always sat up and taken notice," says Brewer.
In this episode Clyde and Jabo talk about two of the undoubtedly most popular James Brown songs ever: "Sex Machine" which Jabo Starks recorded with James Brown, and "The Funky Drummer", performed by Clyde Stubblefield, which is one of the most frequently sampled rhythms ever used in Hip Hop and popular music.
In this episode, Chris Coleman gives a heartfelt testimonial about Clyde and Jabo. During the interview the two discuss Clyde's experiences in Motown, the reasons why they each left James Brown, Clyde's experiences with the band in Vietnam, Jabo's recordings with Janet Jackson, and probably the most controversial issue of all: How they feel about being the most sampled drummers in history.
In this episode, Clyde and Jabo open up about different topics regarding their time with James Brown: being used for recordings, talking about the life on the road with James, financial circumstances on tour, demanding respect, equipment trucks and tour buses, and dealing with James Brown's managers.
In this episode, Clyde and Jabo talk about such things as the word "funk," how it originated, and its actual meaning. This is something that we all take for granted these days (i.e. ever since you have been playing drums, there has been funk music and funk drumming). What does "funk" mean and where did it come from? Sit back and watch this episode as Clyde and Jabo tell you all about it...and a whole lot more.
The last episode in our series of the in-depth interviews with Clyde Stubblefield and John 'Jabo' Starks, the original James Brown drummers.