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June 4, 2013

The beat goes on: Drummer Kenny Aronoff still hungry after decades of drumming


“I don’t know if anybody will have a discography like this again because there aren’t budgets,” Aronoff said. “I know a lot of amazing drummers. Amazing. But there’s not a lot who have the discography or have crossed over in to so many things as me. I’ve always been willing and always loved playing everything where some people don’t like doing that.”

As far as his personal life is concerned, Aronoff has seen it all. He admits to living the rocker lifestyle of private jets, crazy parties and of course loads of women. Now almost 60 and a newlywed, the drummer no longer has any interest in continuing down that path. Health-conscious living, honesty and being a team player now dictate his days living in L.A. 

“I think I was so wrapped up in trying to make it. Always about me, me, me, me. It was I was underdeveloped in the team part,” he said. “I wasn’t ready to do that. To be great, you almost have to be selfish in your whole thing. I’m done with it. Basically, I went to the next level. I grew up. I matured.”

Even today, Aronoff works just as many hours as he always has in his trade. Besides being one of the most in-demand session drummers around, he also plays at special functions like presidential inaugurations and Kennedy Center Honors, not to mention world tours and drum clinics. 

And then there’s his production studio. Even outside this enterprise, he still creates other albums like the one he’s currently working on with fellow Hoosier singer Matt Gold. There’s no slowing down for Aronoff or his aspirations. 

“The key to success in my brain is that hard work is the vehicle of transportation through life. You have to work hard to get good at anything,” he said. “And anybody who doesn’t believe that, they are completely missing the point because there are guys like me who will work 17 hours a day. And I still have that crazy hunger.”

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