Zen Rising – Meet Dustin, Drummer Extraordinaire! – Kamloops Photographer Jo LeFlufy

Welcome to the third installment about our fantastic local rock/a little bit of everything band, Zen Rising. If you haven’t had a chance to read about Todd, the singer and Erik, one of the guitarists, you can do so at https://jojohnsoncreative.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/zen-rising-one-rockin-band-kamloops-photographer-jo-leflufy/ and at https://jojohnsoncreative.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/zen-rising-eriks-turn-in-the-spotlight-kamloops-photographer-jo-leflufy/

Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you all to Dustin Doherty, the band’s drummer and, according to Todd, also the band’s Zen Master!

Firstly, let me just say that when I figured out Dusty is almost 28, I nearly had a heart attack because I thought he was so much younger. It must be nice to age so well!!!

What I immediately noticed about him, besides the fact that he likes to beat the drums without a shirt on (LOL), was how much Dusty was enjoying himself and feeling the music. The thing about drummers, I think, is that they often lose a lot of the spotlight because they are usually stuck in the back, behind the band, and people tend to focus on the singer and other front end players. Not so with Dusty. Even though he was sitting at the back of the stage, he still gave off a noticeable presence. In a nutshell, he was freakin’ amazing and a pleasure to watch, listen to and shoot.

I asked Dustin the same questions that I asked the rest of the band members and here are his answers.

1.What inspires you?

Being able to express myself through music, reaching new levels with my instrument and feeding off the musical expression of the other members.

2.What is your favorite song by the band?

Misunderstood. Its original and the elements of the song are well balanced

3.What do you love most about being up on stage?

The adrenalin and clarity…you just feel alive

4.If you could say something nice about each member of the band, what would you say?

Todd: Supportive and encouraging
Eric: Devoted… not just to the music but also to the members
Mark: Insightful and patient

Here are my favorite shots of Dusty from the night.

Wow! He’s fast!

There’s just something amazing about the energy of musicians – even if they seem oblivious to the crowd and absorbed in their craft, they still exude something captivating and contagious that spills out into the crowd and this band definitely has that something. I have one more blog to do about Mark Radloff, the band’s other guitarist, but I’m still waiting for him to answer my questions. Hopefully he’ll get them to me soon so I can wrap this up!

In the meantime, here are a few more of their songs for your listening pleasure!




Stay tuned peeps!

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