Nik Furious: Brilliant Shower: Street Drums

Nik Furious - Brilliant Shower
Brilliant Shower artwork by Shawn Atkins

I'm a little embarrassed to say this... but I just now taught myself the difference between the 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures. And I'm happy to say that I can proudly claim Street Drums to be in 6/8 time.

This song is just drums. Well, drums and a juice bottle. But I'll get to the juice bottle later. First up, I want to explain why this track is just percussion.

See, back in college, I was in a band called Dirty Weekend. We had a song named Street Vending Man. I don't have a recording of it posted anywhere online.

About one year after college, I became entrenched in writing and recording instrumental songs as Nik Furious. But I still wanted to keep the Dirty Weekend torch lit, so I started building the drums and bass for a couple of Dirty Weekend originals.

But the full-band recordings never got off the ground. So I ended up with a couple of fantastically tight drum tracks and nothing to put on top of them!

INTERMISSION! Street Drums on SoundCloud:

And that's how Street Vending Man became Street Drums. But wait... didn't I say something about a juice bottle?

While recording, I decided that I wanted to give this drum track a more unique flavor. I remembered a Marvin Gaye biopic where they told the story of the Got to Give It Up recording session. According to legend, Gaye plays a half-full bottle of grapefruit juice among the many layers of percussion.

I decided to steal a page out of the master's book and play a juice bottle of my own on Street Drums. You can first hear it at 0:54 and again at 1:47. (It's weighted towards the right, in case you're having trouble distinguishing it from the cymbal.)

NEXT: A sample of a friend's electric guitar turns into a digital symphony.