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Caroline-up Interview with Ralph Nader

Caroline-up Interview with Ralph Nader

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Caroline-up interview with Line Drummer/Hip Hop Artist, Ralph Nader of Cold Steel & Seeed
Caroline-up interview with Line Drummer/Hip Hop Artist, Ralph Nader of Cold Steel & Seeed

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Published by: Caroline Simpson Timmerberg on May 25, 2013
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Ralph Nader:Line Drummer/Hip Hop Artist/World’sMost Positive Guy Talks Beats Seeed &  Cold Steel
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Don’t be thrown off by the name, because this is a completely different kind of Ralph Nader! This is a young,gifted, dedicated, disciplined and explosive performer, who’s just starting to make his way in the music biz,thanks to the Drum Line Corp called, “Cold Steel”, and thanks to one of Germany’s premiere musical artists,Peter Fox of ‘Seeed’. Ralph Nader will be generously enhancing Seeed’s summer festival tour, not only withquaking and mammoth drum beats, but also with his dazzling stage presence and neon accessories that are way schway! Plus, he’s just an incredibly nice and lovely young man. Read on...
Caroline-up
: Hi Ralph! Let’s start with a little history of your own musical background.
Ralph Nader:
To be brief, I started drumming in an after school marching band (Jackie Robinson Steppers) inBrooklyn, NY that ranged from ages 7 -18 at the age of 7. Within that program, I was in two movies, ("OurSong" and Disney's "Enchanted") and was also a part of two NBA drum lines, (NY Sticks and NJ Nets DrumLine). I received a $10,000 a year music scholarship from Hampton University and toured/competed aroundthe U.S. with a drum and bugle corps (The Concord Blue Devils) during my college years. After college I was a high school drum line instructor and soon was offered a position at Disneyland to drum and perform forguests.
By Caroline Simpson Timmerberg 
 
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C:
Give me a little background about
Cold Steel
and how you became a part of its line-up.
RN: Cold Steel
is actually a drum line organizationfrom a university that
Harvey Thompson
teaches at -North Carolina A&T. I always wanted to be a part of 
Cold Steel
, but didn't get accepted to the school due tothe limit of accepting out-of-state applicants.
Cold Steel
travels and performs all over the East Coast of the States.Since I grew up watching 
Cold Steel
, I had picked up ontheir music and choreography. I've been best friends withHarvey since I was 10 and with Harvey holding theDirector's position of 
Cold Steel
, he was able to give methe opportunity to finally perform with the group.It was a true blessing!
C:
 You and some of the other
Cold Steel
members -
Keon Galloway and Justin Campbel
l - live in differentplaces in the US - how do you get together to work on new  beats and material?
RN:
 With us living in different locations we're able to useSkype to visually see each other and show ideas, musicand choreography. We're all able to pick up on music anddances fast so we can makeup routines right on the spot.
C:
So, how did you first get interested in drums, and do youplay any other instruments?
RN:
I was always interested in music from a young age.My father was a DJ and I always watched over his shoulderand helped him pick songs to mix. But, I grew up ina bad neighborhood and my mother didn't want me to be around the negative influences so she threw me inthe after-school marching band and that started my drumming career. I did take a few piano and guitarclasses, but at that age I was more intrigued by thedrums. I do wish I would've stuck to the other instru-ments though, haha!
C:
How did you get involved with (German Dancehall/Reggae Band)
Seeed’s
2012 - 2013 Tour and is thisthe first tour of such magnitude for you?
RN
: I thank Harvey for granting me the amazing oppor-tunity to perform with him and
Seeed
. It was my firsttime performing with that type of magnitude. It was the best experience of my life!
C:
 Was this your first time in Europe or Germany,and what did that feel like for you? Also what is it like working with
Peter Fox, Frank Dellé and Demba Nabé
?
“It seems like it's frownedupon to live a happy life nowadays,so I'm big on sharing happiness!”
 
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RN:
 
In June of 2012, Harvey and I ran a rhythmic and choreography clinic for a diverse a cappella group (One World Project) for one weekin Munich, Germany. That was my first time in Europe and I was fascinated by the culture. Also in September, Harvey included me with
Cold Steel
to perform with them at the Ghent Festival in Belgium. He recorded their practice session in N. Carolina and sent it to me. Ilearned a 20-minute show from watching the video. It was so much fun working with
Peter Fox, Frank Dellé and Demba Nabé
! I lovedthe chemistry they had and their approach to get work done. They all gel well together and add their own style to the overall product.
C:
 You were back home in California from March until early May; in fact, you should be landing in Germany right about the time I finishtyping this sentence! You’re then scheduled to spend a few months touring Germany. How are you prepping for the next big leg of the
Seeed
tour and what are your personal methods to stay grounded despite the extreme pace and pressure of 
Seeed's
gigantic shows?
RN:
 We're already in Germany and have had plenty of rehearsals, so we're not stressed about anything. We're just thinking of visual effects we can add to the show, but we're more excited than anything else!
 
 We arranged everything in the States so that it'll be smooth sailing  when we're gone. We admire
Seeed's
ability to be extremely humbled and down to earth (cool) so we mirror their attitudes.
C:
How would you, yourself, describe
Seeed’s
very giant, very unique sound?
RN: Seeed's
sound is absolutely original. Each song grabs your attention and you have to move some part of your body to it. Their musickeeps me in good vibes. I'm able to be a performer, as well as a fan of them.
“Sometimes we have to take a step away from something to understand and seethings clearly.”

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Hi Eunice! Thank you for your loving and touching comments, I'm honoured to have you here on my interview page, Proud Auntie! Ralph indeed has a very special, certain something and connects in a very personal way with an audience of thousands. Fantastic. I will be interviewing him and all the Cold Steel guys together toward the end of their tour, for my web show, 'Caroline-up', and am really looki
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Ralph Nader is my nephew, my sister's son, and he has always had a beautiful loving soul. He is truly an inspiration and his energy is always positive. Thank you for interviewing him and showing the world the bright up and coming future star. I am very proud to be his Aunt.
Here's young Ralph Nader in action with Seeed in Bamberg, Germany - March 2013 http://youtu.be/2HyVPDYaiB8
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