Episode 1 – Simon Fraser, Drummer




Simon Fraser has drummed his heart out for three decades. Starting at plastic drum-kits and pots n pans, he’s traversed myriad styles and found his passion in West African rhythms. Annual trips to West Africa since the mid 90’s have seen him collaborate with some of the regions’ great percussionists. His Melbourne based business, African Drumming, focuses on tuition in traditional Drum and Dance. Simon is a great example of someone who has seamlessly built a thriving business around what he loves doing.

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4 Responses to “Episode 1 – Simon Fraser, Drummer”

  1. On 06/10/2010 at 11:59 AM noe responded with... #

    beautifully filmed — but that goes without saying!

    doing what simon has done so confidently is both exciting and inspiring. i wish that more of us, myself included were able to see our skills clearly and follow on that path with confidence. as he says so well, “you don’t do things regularly that you aren’t good at”. so true!

    thank you for this peep at your world!

    • On 06/10/2010 at 4:15 PM Jan Waller responded with... #

      I just love everything about this website…I love the look of it, it’s ethos and it’s message. I think there is a change coming in education, it no longer serves the world we live in, in its present form. Creativity is being squashed in favour of tests, league tables and targets. This website shoudl be made accessible to schools, along with a copy of Ken Robinson’s The Element and a copy of the film We are The People. Great work guys…I will be spreading your message through my network..

  2. On 07/10/2010 at 2:53 PM ryanspanger responded with... #

    Thanks Noe. I am inspired by what Simon has created. When you see him drum it’s obvious he enjoys it as much as ever – really important to maintain that when you want to build something for the long term.

    Really appreciate your comments, Jan, and think you make an important point about education and creativity. I learnt a some pretty useful stuff at school. At the same time, I am still working on ‘unlearning’ habits associated with creative work that were drummed into me at school. I look forward to checking out Ken Robinson’s work.

  3. On 10/11/2010 at 2:24 PM Adrian Elton responded with... #

    Well done Ryan. Beautifully filmed. And looks so much crisper than most stuff you see online in terms of its playback.

    As for Simon’s story it’s certainly inspiring. The only thing that is unexamined though is the significance of his commerce degree when it came to knowing what to do with his passion.

    For most suits, who are qualified up to the gills when it comes to making things tick, it’s finding and then tapping into their own passion that is the central challenge.

    And for most creatives, knowing how to channel the self evident passion in ways that equate to business success is another.

    Obviously Simon has discovered the Holy Grail, commerce degree in hand.

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