Jeremy Harvey is a hard-working Minnesota drummer in bands like Cloud Cult and Hitchville, he’s a teacher and shares with us his interesting history. Jeremy Harvey is a drummer you need to Get To Know.
MND: How did you end up in the Minnesota music scene? Are you from here?
Jeremy: I’m originally from Waseca, Minnesota, but I’ve spent the last 10 years in the Twin Cities scene. I decided to dip my toes into the Nashville scene for about 2 years, but I moved back in the fall of 2018 to be closer to family.
MND: What are some of the artists you have worked with that we may know?
Jeremy: I currently work with Cloud Cult, AirLands, Jesse Becker + The Neon Revival, The Kevin Gamble Quartet, and Brandon Daly’s String Fling. I’ve also done a lot of sub and session work for local groups like Hitchville, Shalo Lee, The Plott Hounds, BB gun, The OffNites, Eric Mayson, Nick Riley, Mitch Gordon, Lost Highway, Patchy, Jared Mason, and the Pan Handlers. I’ve also subbed for national touring artist, Walker Hayes.
MND: What is your drumming education? Self-taught, music school, teacher?
Jeremy: I started learning the basics of music when I was 10 years old playing in the school band. I got my first drum set when I was 13 years old. With what I had learned in band, I taught myself until I got into high school. I had a great teacher that took me under his wing for those 4 years. I studied music in college. It took me a while to find my place in school. I started at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire as a percussion performance major, transferred to the Music Industry program at MSU Mankato, and then finished up at the former McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.
MND: Who are your top 3 influences and why?
Jeremy: It’s really hard to narrow that down to just three! If we’re talking about my top three current influences, I’d say 1) Darren King because of the way he wears his heart on his sleeve when he plays. 2) Jason McGerr has a way with teaching that I admire. He’s incredibly creative with the way he orchestrates his parts with DCFC. 3) Stanton Moore for the way he embodies the New Orleans culture that raised him – a fantastic performer and a fantastic educator.
MND: Where are you playing? Where can we see you locally?
Jeremy: I try to never turn down a gig! I had a couple of shows coming up with Cloud Cult (CC) and the MN Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in March. CC just did an annual ski trip and show at Papa Charlie’s in Lutsen on February 8th. Locally, I’ve been fortunate to play venues like First Ave, The State Theatre, and the Northrop. AirLands recently played an EP release show at Aster Cafe. Jesse Becker + The Neon Revival has played Vikings kickoff parties at US Bank Stadium. You can find me playing in bars, breweries and festivals around the Twin Cities all year round. I’ve also got a weekly church gig.
MND: Are you a teacher? How do people get in touch with you for lessons?
Jeremy: Yes, I do teach private lessons. I’m currently at two different locations – Tackle Instrument & Supply Co.’s Lesson Room and The Music Lab. Both are located in Minneapolis. If you’re interested in studying with me, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always taking new students!
MND: What are you using for gear? What is your set up?
Jeremy: I have two kits that I use regularly. I have a Gretsch USA Custom (22, 12, 16) and a DW Design Series Acrylic (22, 10, 12, 16). I have a Ludwig Black Beauty (5.5×14) that is my workhorse snare. It can do anything. Amazing tuning range and versatility. Both kits work great for live gigs or in the studio. All DW hardware. Meinl Byzance cymbals (14, 18, 20, 22, & 24).
MND: What style of music do you like to play the most? & Are you a versatile drummer? How do you define your style?
Jeremy: To me, these two questions go hand in hand. I find myself playing some kind of rock music most of the time. I’ve studied and love trying to play multiple styles of music. When you’re trying to work as a studio drummer, or maybe a drummer for hire, it’s important to be well versed in multiple styles. I can play with several different artists in a given week that all play a different genre of music. In order for each group to be the best it can be, I need to be able to switch gears quickly and efficiently. One of my goals as a drummer is to make the artist feel comfortable and confident in himself/herself, and in turn, use my abilities to support them in a performance situation.
MND: What other drummers inside and outside of our scene should we know about?
Jeremy: When I lived in Nashville there were a few players that really stuck out to me because they are kind people and great players. Asa Lane plays with many artists in the Nashville scene. He also helps run Nelson Drum Shop located in East Nashville, TN. Lee Allen is a great player and drum tech in the Nashville area as well. Inside of our scene I think of Nate Babbs, who helps run Tackle Instrument Supply and plays with artists like Rena Del Cid and Foreign Fields. Steve Jennings, one of my former teachers at McNally Smith, plays with a ton of artists around the Twin Cities. He had a busy Children’s Theatre gig through March and you can sometimes see Steve and I doing a dual drumming gig with the OffNites at 10K Brewery in Anoka, MN.
MND: What recordings (Discography, if any) can we find some of your work on?
Jeremy: I am currently working on the next Cloud Cult record with Brian Joseph at Hive Studio in Eau Claire, WI. The release date is TBA. Other recordings you can find me on are Cloud Cult’s The Seeker (2016), Brandon Daly’s Home EP (2016), and Patchy’s Little World (2019). I’ve also done a lot of demo work.
MND: What is one of your best musical experience?
Jeremy: My best musical experience was an unexpected one. I never thought I would have had the opportunity to play with the Minnesota Orchestra. Cloud Cult played 2 shows with the MNO April of 2018. It was a challenging experience. I was playing rock drums with a full orchestra and had to do so tastefully and appropriately for the room. It was a tall order! I thought hard about what kind of gear I would use, the sizes of the drums and cymbals, where they would be set up within the orchestra, the kinds of sticks and heads I would use, etc. All of it was very specific and led to a great sound for the performance. The show was also very special to me because it was the last time my grandfather would see me play music. He passed away a few months after the show. He came out often to support me in what I do and had seen me play everywhere from the local band shell for 5 people in Waseca, MN all the way to the sold-out Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
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