- PPAP Drum Solo by kozo suganuma & hiroshi matsuo
- When I thought it started to be cute, all of a sudden...
- He's playing drums on his face as well
PPAP Drum Solo by kozo suganuma & hiroshi matsuo
I was surprised to find out that my colleague at work knew a professional drummer. And I never thought that I would have a chat with colleagues during my work break about odd meters, "TE-KAZ-OH", and his band FRAGILE. Professional musicians are all around us.
When we had the chat, she took me to this interesting video.
Kozo Suganuma, known as "TE-KAZ-OH" which means the king of many strokes, plays drums on Pikotaro's PPAP. You see a heavy technical fusion drum performance that doesn't match for that light pop music PPAP at all! That big gap is an important point here.
When I thought it started to be cute, all of a sudden...
I took a few bars from the begining:
The sextuplets in the first 4th and 5th bars also entertain us with his stick twirling as shown in the video. The left hand moves in the order of snare > high-tom > low-tom > floor tom, and right/left kicks fill up between them to create 2 sextuplets. In the meantime, he twirls the stick on his right hand in idle. Next, on "the other hand", the right hand moves in the order of floor tom > low-tam > high-tom > snare, and he twirls the stick in idle. The R/L sequence is as follows:
That is a phrase that requires practice and preparation in advance because it could not be improvised instantly. When you think of the cute beginning of "Pi ko ta ro ohhhhhhhhhh, Piko!" it heavily starts like above. That is a big gap amazes us.
He's playing drums on his face as well
More generally, the gap between ultra-fast technical performance and his smiling face is still striking. This smile sets him apart from other drummers. From around 0:58, the heavy metal pattern with sextuplet kicks is the best part of his dazzling smile. He is the king of many strokes who entertains the audience not only with his hands and feet, but also with his face. He has the fifth element for drum performance. I am so inspired by watching the video that I decided to practice to flash nice smiles during my playing drums.