I Don’t Play Drums; I Play Songs

The best seat in the house is the one behind the drum kit. I’m in my happy place when the band is connecting and songs are landing. I perform because I want to share an experience with people.

nathan kilen playing suitcase drum set live
Photo by Nath Dresser

Drumming is a very healthy exercise. great for working out aggression, tension and aggravation. It’s also great for developing coordination and connecting the mind and body. But when done all alone, drumming is just hitting things with sticks.

Playing for the song and supporting the artist, band, songwriter to reach the audience is what “I don’t play drums; I play songs” means.