It seems everyone wants to talk to Mister Billy Ward. A few publications
have managed to get his attention for a few moments. Here at BillyWard.com
we are privileged to reproduce some of these interviews. Enjoy!
Billy in The Black Page
Check out this great drum e-zine, with BW as September's cover story. Download the magazine here.
DrumScene Live 2008 Roundup
Earlier in 2008, Billy toured Australia with Mike Mangini and Horacio Hernandez. Drumscene's Sydney-based correspondent, John Adams, brings us this report.
Modern Drummer Interview
That Billy Ward isn't a household name is a shame. Talk about "talent deserving wider recognition." In a drumming world filled with highly touted so-so players, Ward is a certifiable monster--impressive chops, an incredible feel, a vast knowledge of styles, and a true sense of touch (practically a lost art these days). Oh, and be sure to include Billy's playful, gregarious personality on that list; it adds a sparkle to any music he touches. (read more...)
Midwestern Skies Interview
There are some musicians out there that you don't really know what they're up to and have done in the past. Billy Ward is a guy like that. Geeh... he played with tons of my favorites like Marc Jordan, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Rick Springfield, Chris Whitley, Cy Curnin just to name a few but he still is a hidden treasure... So we thought we had to track down this monster drummer and who is best to do the work... none less that Mr Schwarzenegger of AOR Rick Huisseune... (read more...)
GCSBinker: Billy, could you please begin by briefly telling us about your drumming style?
Billy Ward: Well, I started off in love with rock 'n roll, then quickly swung over to jazz and growing up in Cinncinati, I was greatly influenced by James Brown, studied classical percussion so my influences are pretty diverse. When I hear myself play now, I always hear sort of a slurpyness in my playing that I think is maybe an underlying part of my style......or maybe not!
GCSBinker: What was the concept behind your solo CD, "Two Hands Clapping?"
Billy Ward: Well, I suppose it started from my wanting to show the drums in a more melodic, harmonic arena and so by having only drums with a guest artist, I was exposing the possibilities of drums doing more than maybe what you normally hear. Also, I wanted to show in this live, no overdub format what incredible abilities that these guest artists have. (read more...)