Chad Smith’s drumming is as excitable as his personality. He may well posses a mischievous grin and a keen sense of humour, Chad is, very seriously, one of the most if not under-rated then overlooked drumming talents in the modern day. His ferocious, power-fuelled funk style has blistered American rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, through nine studio albums, two live albums, three compilation albums, one EP, two box sets, four video albums, forty-two singles, and thirty-five music videos.
The ability to crank out one hit drum groove after another is an exceptionally difficult thing to do. Not only has Chad done this, his solo abilities on a drum kit are explosive, musically exciting and show signs of his fun-loving sensibilities.
A classic Chili’s tune like My Lovely Man – definitely a favourite of mine, shows how Chad can serve a song brilliantly, but still inflict his own funky frills when required. When you have Michael (Flea) Balzary playing bass guitar in your band, you better be up to the test, or he will take you for a ride and quickly make you look sub-standard. In fact, it’s said in Scar Tissue (Anthony Keidis’ autobiography) that when Chad initially auditioned for the band, it was he who took command of the jam, with Flea and the rest of the band finding it hilarious – and knowing that they had found their drummer!
Chad Smith is a constant reminder to me, to always practice my rudiments and single-stroke drum rolls. Having seen many of his solo clips he is forever proving his versatility and individual sense of feeling the beat. Chad is not afraid to showcase his showmanship skills too – even at the risk of dropping a drum stick! He never misses a beat. A true entertainer.