During a breaktime in between sets, Kenjhons and I had a short chat. He told me how much he enjoys our music and my drumming, which is such a humbling compliment from an artist of his stature. Kenjhons said that he may not be a drummer, but he can feel the groove in my drumming; the bounce, the pulse, the pitik... He can feel that the music we're playing is coming from the heart. He appreciates what I contribute to the music.
Then I told him about my little secret when it comes to grooving. "Whenever we're playing fast/upbeat songs, you and the Allstars are my inspirations. Whenever I'm laying down a beat, I try to visualize you guys dancing. Even with the slower songs, I still try to visualize. As a drummer, I have to make it feel good for you guys. It's like, I need to help you guys dance your best. And in return, your dancing helps me groove better. It's a give-and-take thing."
I knew Kenjhons understood me, with his clenched right fist pounding the left side of his chest.
Artists inspiring one another is always a beautiful thing.
Here are a few clips of Kenjhons jamming with us last week. Videos courtesy of Neil Santos Limon (Thanks, Neil!).