So a few weeks back I brought to you how my church, Riverside Chapel SDA Church, is doing a new thing! Here is a quick recap…
KNOW God through Bible Study, GROW in God through a Spiritual Family, and SOW God’s love through Ministry of Others.
Well, I have a very good friend, Terence Clark, who is SOWing everyday and in every way through his music. I thought about him and what he has gone through and I just wanted to spotlight him and just how much of a blessing he is! So I called him about a month back indicating just how proud of him I was and that I wanted to do conduct an interview with him. Soooo…check it out below!
What made you want to start playing?
How long have you been playing?
I’ve been playing all of my life. I received my first drum set at the age of 2. I started playing professionally at the age of 15.
What’s the most fun part of being a musician?
The funnest part of being a musician is the amazing people I come across. I get to see so many different cultures from all over. I learn so much from that experience alone. The opportunity to see the world. Being a musician is like working while on vacation. It makes me more thankful for little things that I think the corporate world takes for granted. Being able to live out pure passion daily is the best part.
The hardest part right now is the desire to share the many amazing experiences with a special someone. You miss the simplicities in life such as having a pet, or cooking your own meals. Those are some of the hardest parts.
What are some things you do as a musician?
As a musician my job is always learn. I have to remain teachable to new musical ideas and concepts. As a drummer I create new rhythmic concepts. I program drum sequences and hybrid both acoustic and digital rhythms that create a foundation for other musicians to build on. My responsibility as a drummer is to simply make the music feel good.
What is your music background?
My musical background is that of Non-denominational/charismatic church. My Grandfather was the founder
and my Father was the music director. I learned how to play a range of many styles in the church. The church had a huge influence in my understanding of music and creating an atmosphere. My Father had many friends in the city that he would perform with. He would take me to concerts and rehearsals and that’s where I learned the art of music and what it takes to prepare for performance in excellence. Being allowed to follow my dad around gave me opportunities to play with a few local legends. I quickly realized the legacy of integrity that my dad and his father established. That gave me a sense of responsibility to maintain and keep that reputation. I had the opportunity to play for and travel with Christian music artist and legend, Ron Kenoly at the age of 15. I was then introduced to a producer in Memphis by the name of Kevin Paige. I had the honor to record and learn the difference in live performance and studio performance while working with him. Another Memphis producer by the name of Niko Lyrus was also a great mentor in the areas of classic R&B and Jazz Funk. I was given the opportunity to study under a great instructor named Stan Head who was the head percussionist for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. I learned the importance of understanding the rise and fall in Classical music. I have had the opportunity to play for and travel with artist such as, Brother’s Keeper, Jon Reddick, Kevin Paige, Shea Norman, Ginny Owens, Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers, John Angotti, B. Reith and now I’m currently the drummer for a Liturgical Post Rock band named Gungor. I am so thankful for the journey thus far and very grateful to God for these many blessings!
What are your long-term career goals?
I have so many goals! First I want to have a successful marriage with a family that I can instill the same qualities of excellence, legacy and love that my family taught me. That alone will be success in my life. I want to continue to tour and play with amazing musicians, artist both mainstream and independent, and bands of all styles for as long as God instructs me. I want to continue to build my production company, X-MIN Productions International. I want to not only be involved in creating music. I want to start a school that will train the new up and coming musicians. Create summits to educate musicians not just about music but the professionalism that it takes beyond knowing how to play. I want to provide consultation for Indy artist. There are so many other things but I’ll end it here. 😉
How would you define the word “success”?
I believe success is defined when one realizes their call in life. When an individual can can be happy wherever life has them and yet stay optimistic, that is success to me. Having a dogmatic desire to learn and grow is success. Making a plan and executing that plan is success.
When did you begin playing this instrument? How old were you?
I first started to play drums at the age of 2.
What type of music do you enjoy playing the most?
I really enjoy playing all types. I tend to gravitate to a more bluesy, classic rock, old school soul music, eclectic styled sound.
Where I am in my career currently, I perform about 4 – 5 days out of the week.
Do you perform with a group? Who?
As a Christian how do you represent that is what you do/are?
As a Christian I represent that in a non-evasive, non-judgemental manner. I feel that the modern day Christian has become more like the Pharisees. Followers of there own motives and not followers of Jesus. When we take love out of the equation, then we hand over our identity to Satan. God is Love!!! I see different types of believers all over the country and we still are so divided. I represent my beliefs by seeking more revelation. I play with the passion of Christ. I work hard to show the excellence of God and I submit and serve to show the compassion
and heart of God. Because I am not perfect at doing those things consistently, I don’t expect others to be fault free and flawless but I do surround myself around those who are striving to be separate and Holy. Not separate as in better but separate as in called and wanting to live a Godly existence.
I hope the you all learned just a little bit about a man of God that I love dearly, Terence Clark!! And for my up and coming artists out there looking and praying for support….X-MIN Productions International is JUST for you. Contact them!
-Terence F. Clark
Drummer • Producer • Consultant
CEO: X-MIN Productions Int’l