Olli Rubow

Rubow, who has been playing drums since the age of ten, completed the pop course in Hamburg (1993) after graduating from music school in 1991. Since the end of the 1990s he has been intensively engaged in the rhythm aesthetics of electronic and programmed genres. He dedicates himself to the task of implementing the rhythmic charm of DJ culture on drums, i.e. realising grooves in the stage situation that were originally programmed.

For this purpose, the acoustic drums are either prepared or extended by various types of electronics (sequencers, computers, e-drums, effect devices). In addition, the rhythm design is oriented beyond the pattern to the formative means of production (e.g. drum computers and sampling CDs), to the studio technical tricks of the producers, as well as to the DJ’s working methods (e.g. club-suitable suspense curve).

Rubow’s textbook on these topics (e-Beats on Drumset) was published in 2007 along with an accompanying weblog. He also works as a workshop author for the German drum magazine drums&percussion.

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