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twenty-eight year old drummer for Third Eye Blind, Brad Hargreaves
recalls picking up drumsticks for the first time at he age of five. He
played on a homemade drum set until he'd saved enough money to buy a
true set at age thirteen. He started official drum lessons in seventh
grade, and began learning jazz styles. Under different teachers, he
learned to approach drums both intellectually and emotionally.
Before joining up with Third Eye Blind, Brad played solely jazz. He was involved with various jazz projects in the Bay Area's underground jazz scene creating more progressive, avant-garde works. He worked with jazz musician, Vijay Iyer, for pieces on the "Memorophilia" and "Architextures" albums, and then with Liberty Ellman on the "Orthodoxy" album. Hargreaves lived and worked with Ellman for five years, playing music day in and day out in a converted garage in Oakland. "This was a huge growth period for me," he explains. In working with both Iyer and Ellman, Hargreaves felt challenged rhythmically.
Both projects focused on
incorporating the leaders ethnicity into forms of jazz that already
existed, and Hargreaves found himself working harder than ever as he
felt his musical horizon expand into new areas. Combining traditional
African and Indian rhythms into established jazz patterns was an
exciting project that pushed Hargreaves to grow as a musician.