Drummers Live Show Etiquette Pt.2 – Borrowing Equipment

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If you play live for long enough, you are going to break a piece of equipment during a show. Even worse, you may even leave your whole cymbal bag at home. It’s very acceptable to ask to borrow another drummers equipment at a show, but what it is unacceptable, is what people do after they borrow equipment. When I hang out with musicians I constantly hear complaints of how one drummer acted after borrowing equipment from someone. Below is a quick guideline of how to treat another drummer who lends you equipment:
  • If you borrow a drumhead, and you put some new marks on it, offer to buy a beer or give the drummer $5, consider it a tax on yourself being unprepared with a faulty drumhead. Drumheads get worn down and you just wore down someone else’s property, so pay your share.
  • If you borrow a cymbal check it for cracks afterwards, if you see any make sure you ask if it was there before and offer to help compensate the drummer, even if you doubt you did it. Odds are they will be humble and tell you it’s OK, while appreciating your kindness.
  • If you borrow anything else including both of the above, make sure to say thank you. Offer the person something whether it is merch, booze, or whatever. Treat the other drummer the way you would want to be treated.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.