Nick Cannato is a 27 year old Drummer from Stratford, Connecticut. He's been playing drums since he was a 14 year old freshman in high school. By his sophomore year he was in his first band, who played in a basement and couldn't fully write a song. His first on stage experience was an Open Mic Night at The Georgetown Saloon opening for Jose Feliciano with his Uncle, CT's own Doug Wahlberg of the Doug Wahlberg Band, and his cousin Julian Wahlberg, the singer and guitar player of Connecticut reggae group ,The Screwups.
Since then Cannato has taken the stage in venues all over Connecticut for many local bands and solo artists either full time or filling in. Some of these groups include Glorietta, Terra Luna, Mike Falzone & The Peppermint Trick, Dylan Connor & The Epic Poets, Andrew Pinto Band, Year In Review, Karsyn, Lighthouse, Samsara, and Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots.
Cannato's philosophy on Drumming is "It's all about the song." He believes a good drummer is someone who can lay a solid foundation that compliments all instrumentation, especially the vocals. Keep it tight and add just enough flare to keep the audience interested in what the drummer is doing.
Cannato's full time bands are currently: Terra Luna, Samsara and Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots.
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Check out the below interview with Nick!
1. Where in Connecticut did you grow up and when did you start playing the drums?
I grew up in Stratford and lived there for 27 years. I first started playing drums during my freshman year of High School. I got my first Drum Set for Christmas and have been rock'n ever since.
2. Where did you record the new Pat Stone and The Dirty Boots album and can you talk about the recording process?
Our newly released and debut album for Pat Stone And The Dirty Boots was recorded at Birdseye Studios in West Haven, CT. We are the first album to be recorded in this studio and we are thrilled to say so. The engineers on this album were Jon Conine and Steve Hill. Jon owns and is still building the studio. We have worked with him before on another record with a band, called Samsara, so we knew and trusted him. I've played music and have recorded with Steve on many projects over the years so this was a dream team to work with on this project.
The studio itself was basically a tall detached garage which I believe was originally a boat hanger behind Jon's house. The recording process was great and unlike any past experience we've had. All the basic tracks were recorded directly to 2" tape on a Studer A80 which is a tape machine the size of a refrigerator. Taking the analog rout was just what we wanted but tricky since there was no tempo map on a computer. We had a click in our ears but there was no such thing as "let's take it from that bridge" or "I'll punch you in coming out of the chorus." Every song we did was one seamless take. If I messed up a fill I'd either live with it, or do the whole song over again. We also recorded drums and guitar live together, so if I had the perfect drum take but Pat Stone made the slighted mistake that we couldn't live with on the album, we would scrap it and start over. So I'm proud to say that what you hear from me on the album is just me playing drums and not trying to fit in fancy fills that I can't attempt live.
3. What advice do you have to any upcoming drummer?
Don't be afraid to say yes and keep at it! I've seen drummers and musicians get comfortable with a band or a group of musicians and never stray away. Finding "your guys" is great, but bands come and go. I've been in a lot of bands. Some were short lived and some have been going for years. But it's only because I've said yes to jamming with strangers, or with bands and musicians who I thought were better then me... Or worse then me for that matter. The more you play with different people the more people will notice you. And who knows what will come of it. If a musician wants to jam with you but think they are too advanced, don't say no, because you will learn something and be a better drummer for it.
About 6 years ago Pat Stone messaged me on Facebook and asked if I wanted to Jam on a couple songs he wrote. I hardly knew him at all. His music was different from what I was used to... He asked me to play punk style beats that I wasn't used to. He requested I do this or do that. I learned to adapt to his style. And since then I've been in 3 bands with him in 3 different genres that I never would imagine myself playing full time and I love it! Now the members of Pat Stone and The Dirty Boots are moving into a house together and trying to write the best new songs we can. And it's all cause I said yes to play drums for someone I hardly knew. And kept at it.