How Hugh Padgham Got the Phil Collins Drum Sound

Recorded on October 27th, 2016

My friend Derek asked me about the crazy drum kit Questlove played when The Roots backed up Phil Collins on The Tonight Show. We wondered if the missing bottom heads on the toms were integral to recreating the classic sound or not. My feeling is that they were done that way to match how Collins played his kit back in the day, and they may have helped control the sound a bit on the live stage. Who knows?

Here’s where I did my research. A very fun read:

Classic Drum Sounds: ‘In The Air Tonight’ | MusicRadar

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