Student of the Week - Chris Carman!
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in April 2017
When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music?
I started playing drums approximately 14 months ago at RiverCity Rock Star Academy. I have been an athlete all my life but after four knee operations, I have had to reinvent myself a little. Also, I work as a civil engineer designing a portion of the state highways and bridges. There aren’t a lot of expressive people in my field. Do you know the difference between an introverted engineer and an extroverted engineer? An extroverted engineer will look at your shoes when he is talking to you instead of his own.😉 I wanted to meet people outside my profession. And being able to sit down while playing music makes it an even better fit for me.
Tell us about your musical journey?
The first song that ever turned my world from black and white to color was ‘Bennie and the Jets’ by Elton John. I was blown away. In those days, Elvis was still the King, The Beatles had broken up four years earlier and Led Zeppelin IV entranced me. I loved the grittiness of the opening chords to ‘Honky Tonk Women’ by the Rolling Stones. David Bowie’s ‘Fame’ was scary and made me afraid. My first concert was Ted Nugent in 1977 and KISS in the same year. I was enthralled with KISS for about two years until 1978 when the Stones ‘Miss You’ was all over the radio. I have been a Stones fan since. I have been a music fan all my life, but drums are my first in experience playing music.
What is your favorite song you've played at RiverCity?
‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ by Grand Funk Railroad. I liked playing the quick, double beat on the high hat.
What are your favorite bands or artists right now?
Led Zeppelin, John Hiatt, Beth Orton, Counting Crowes.
What is your ‘day job’ (besides a Rock Star at RiverCity)?
I design culverts (adding rocks to simulate nature) underneath Oregon’s highways to make them fish passable. I also design treatment facilities to remove pollutants from storm-water runoff from the highways and also design ponds to temporarily store highway run-off and prevent downstream flooding.