Ozzy Osbourne Drummer Shares Steven Tyler’s Advice On Drumming

Brian Tichy, who played drums for Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, and more, revealed the advice he got from Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler during a recent appearance on Drum For The Song.

In the talk, Brian touched upon the fact that he had recorded so many studio albums and songs in his career with so many musicians, but he is most proud of his work with Aerosmith frontman.

Back in 2011, Steven decided to release a new single, named ‘(It) Feels So Good,’ and it was featuring the musicians such as Nicole Scherzinger, Brian Tichy, Randy Jackson, and many more.

As Brian said, he was so nervous about playing for Steven back in the studio and he was thinking that Steven and the producer didn’t like the way how he played the drums.

However, Brian revealed that they actually liked his playstyle, but they only wanted to change the sound of the snare drum. Therefore, Steven asked him to play with a higher pitch, which made the song perfect.

Brian Tichy on his experience with Steven Tyler:

“He was super cool, and I had the song, we checked it out the night before when he came in so I had my parts sort of planned out… It’s just a cool story because I was totally nervous, Steven-freaking-Tyler, right?

And Marti the producer behind the control room window goes, ‘Alright, go for it.’ So I did a take and they instantly go to the chorus, and they start my drum take with the drum machine.

And I’m like, ‘Oh man, they’re probably listening to groove and feel, am I locked in, am I pushing, am I pulling… Oh god, Steven is probably not happy…’ I’m bugging out, thinking this could be a really sucky experience.”

He continued:

“Steven gets on the talkback and he’s like, ‘Hey, you have another snare drum with a higher pitch with some more ring to it?’ And I was like, ‘OK, they were listening, he likes the snare drum on the demo!’

And I go, ‘Yeah, hold on, I want to grab another snare.’ And cranked it up and put it on, and then I said, ‘Alright, cool, do another take.’ And I did another take and they checked quickly again and then Marti’s like, ‘Hey, come on in.’

I came in the control room and Steven looked at me and said some really nice things, complimented me, and I was like, ‘Cool, alright, so it was really about the snare tone and the snare pitch.’ And that was it!

They played it, we listened to a little bit here and there the section, that section, and Marti’s like, ‘I think we got it, Steve.’ He’s like, ‘Alright, great.’ And that was it, we’re done – two-take thing.”

You can listen to the full interview below.