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DRUM COVER: "Fortress Around Your Heart" by Sting

It was very apparent to me at an early age that Sting always sought to hire the best of the best when it comes to musicians. Heck, for his album, "Soul Cages" he was able to convince Branford Marsalis to play saxophone even though his older brother Winton absolutely forbid it because they were a jazz family, not a rock and roll family. Winton even disowned Branford for a while.


In any case, I learned quickly to trust Sting when it came to discovering drummers. This album featured Omar Hakim and being a kid just learning who was who, I had never heard of Omar before this album. But as soon as I heard "Fortress Around Your Heart," I knew he was a special talent that I needed to emulate.


So, here is my cover of the aforementioned. I hope you enjoy it!

Song: Fortress Around Your Heart

Artist: Sting

Album: The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985 A&M Records)

Original Drummer: Omar Hakim

Music: Drumless Track via XTRAX Stems

Take Count: 6


Equipment:

- DW Design Piano Black Drumset

9x10, 10x12, 14x16, 18x22

- Ludwig Black Beauty 5x14 Snare Drum

- DW Blue Pearl Oyster 5x12 Side Snare

- Zildjian Cymbals

6" A Custom Splash

10" A Flash Splash

14" K/Z Hi-Hats

16" A Custom Fast Crash

16" A Sound Effects Oriental Trash China

18" A Custom Fast Crash

20" A Ping Ride

- RhythmTech Mounted Tambourine

- Pearl HH3 ChaBELLa Horatio Hernandez Cowbell

- ProMark 5B Balance Rebound Wood Sticks

- DW Hardware & drumheads

- Audix drum microphones (i5, D2, D4, D6)

- MXL microphones (Mogami 603S)

- Røde NT1-A vocal microphone

- Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

- GoPro Hero 5 Black

- GoPro Hero 8 Black (x3)

- Behringer U-Phoria UMC-1820 Interface

- Obeamiu 5600k USB Studio Lighting Kit 3-Pack

- Apple iMac 27" Retina 2019

- Logic Pro X

- Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2021

- Adobe After Effects CC 2021

- Adobe Photoshop CC 2021

 

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