Joseph Hernandez – Given the gift from GOD, drumming became easy to Joseph at a young age. Remembering his mother, when she would put the pots and pans in front of him; gave him some wooden spoons and the rest was history in the making. Growing up in San Francisco, CA in the Mission District, music was most prevalent in his life; living two houses away from the great Santana family. Having reflections on accomplishments throughout his career, Joseph would remember his younger years, when he walk over to the Santana’s garage and watch them rehearse. After rehearsal, they use to sit him behind the drum set and mentored him to “keep the pocket” and the rest will come. Never limiting himself to one genre of music, he incorporated all that he has learned, further forming and perfecting his style of play.
Joseph has toured nationwide and internationally, and is getting ready to hitting road on another tour in Aug 2015. Joseph believes that drumming come from the inner part of your soul that GOD gives you, but on top of that craftsmanship of the tools of the trade are of the upmost importance. Joseph also believes that if you play with the best you have to bring the best equipment and a pro attitude along with it, always remembering there’s always another drummer out there that is at a certain stage in his or her playing career that might be better suited for the gig, but if you practice, practice and practice some more you will always be on top of your game and will stay gainfully employed as a drummer.
“I believe that allowing your inner self to come out while behind your set is an expression of who you are and how you’re feeling at that particular moment. Some say if you’re having a bad week or day and you get behind your set that you’re playing will have feeling and passion. But if you’re happy and joyful your playing will come alive and people will see that your spirit is free. So with that being said let both sides show and it will let people see the inner strength inside you when you’re playing”
Growing up in a musical family is most definitely a plus, always listening to my mother play her records and having her parties was exciting for me, people used to come over eat and drink and the when my mother played music it seemed like the vibe went on a whole different level. You can see what different kinds of music will put people in a mood of peace and tranquility and when the beat drops people dance with joy. But when my mom was going thru hard times and use to just sit at the kitchen table with a look of despair she used to listen to jazz, and when I heard the articulation of the triplet pattern on the ride and the off beats on the bass drum and snare, it gave me as sense of peace and I looked into my mom’s eyes and saw tears not just because she was having hard times. It was because I sat on her lap and took my hands and tapped on the table and said mommy it’s going to be ok. Then she told me something that made me smile, she told me that she sees I always loved to tap to the music and on time always with the rhythm of the song. She told me one day you will become a famous drummer and will make her proud. So with that I took off and became a drummer, I owe it all to GOD for giving me the gift, and my mom for believing in me and specking those words of encouragement that started me on this journey. “THE JOURNEY OF BEING A DRUMMER”