Artists talk tools and honing their craft. This month: Reggie Thompson of We Are Not A Glum Not.
Reggie Thompson is a real busy guy. Like really, really ridiculously busy. Between his duties drumming for Colorado Springs indie rock darlings We Are Not A Glum Lot (recent winners of the CS Indy Best Indie/Pop Band award), he also hits the skins for post rockers Blind, The Thief, hazy indie dreamers Charioteer and a slew of other bands in the Colorado Springs scene. All while holding down a job and at some point probably sleeping.
“I leave for work around 6:30 in the morning and don’t see my apartment until around 9 at night,” he tells me as he sets up his drums, an unassuming Pearl 4 piece, a bit rough around the edges from the obvious amount of abuse it takes.
But that’s why I’m here. I want to talk with artists who use their tools, not just own them. I wanted to speak with passionate people and find out how they get to their art. So I did.
I spoke with Reggie on October 24 at one of his many practice spots around Colorado Springs.
What do you love about drumming, more than other music instruments?
I like the energy of it. It hits you back, you know? It’s very physical, and very all encompassing. A lot of power to it. And I think it’s very active and responsive to you. I also love that you use all four limbs simultaneously. You’re all in it at that point. (laughs)
Does your drum kit feel responsive to you personally? Is that something you even think about?
Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s on my own kit that I feel the most comfortable, and by extension, the most creative. If I’m in a comfortable state, then I can try some things I wouldn’t ordinarily try if I were on a drum kit I might not be as familiar or feel good about. You just feel so much better when you have more control and you know exactly where everything is at any given moment. I don’t know exactly what you call that, but it’s a great feeling.
Is it freeing?
Yeah, that’s probably the most accurate way to describe it. I like that a lot actually.
Is it expensive to play drums in a band?
You know, I’m a frugal person by nature, and I don’t like to spend a lot of money at once on anything. But drums are probably the only thing I’ll really spend a decent amount of money on. They’re probably my biggest non living expense.
Anything you dislike about drumming?
(Laughs) Setting up. With all these bands, it’s almost a constant breaking down and building up. Breaking down and building up. It just takes forever.
Do you feel like drumming has impacted other parts of your life?
Easily. It’s a huge part of me. It’s like 70 percent to 80 percent of what I do on a daily basis. All my free time goes into these bands. And it’s also impacted me socially as well. In doing this, I’ve gotten the chance to meet and make so many friends. It’s opened my eyes, for sure. When I was younger, I was a very reserved, kind of socially introverted kid. Still am I think. But now, when I meet new people or have new experiences, I’ve learned to be a little more vulnerable and put myself out there a bit more than I ordinarily would. And I’m real grateful for that.
As you’re reading this, there is a good chance Reggie is probably playing right now. Keep up with any number of his killer bands at the following: