A brand new docufilm featuring one of Taylor Hawkins’ last ever interviews is to be released soon.
The film Let There Be Drums which is to explore “the art of drumming [and] the musicians who’ve mastered it”, features one of Hawkins’ last ever interviews before his death.
The Foo Fighters’ drummer tragically died back in March. He was 50 years old, and his death sent shockwaves around the world of music, along with a seisimic outpouring of grief.
The trailer for the film which you can see below, also shows Hawkins speaking about the day he realised that drumming was his niche.
“The second I sat on those drums, it was like a bolt of lightning went through my body, and I’ll never forget that day”, Hawkins says in the trailer.
“the essential role drumming plays”
Let There Be Drums is to be directed by Justin Kreutzmann. Justin is also the son of Bill Kreutzmann, the Grateful Dead drummer.
The film is to feature interviews from other drummers including Taylor Hawkins, Ringo Starr, Chad Smith, Tré Cool, Matt Sorum, Stewart Copeland and others.
When asked about this project came about, Kreutzmann had this to say.
“I wanted to talk to the world’s most influential drummers in hopes of better understanding his father and the instrument that defined his life”, he explained.
He continued, “It started Christmas Day, 1977 when I was given a Super-8 film camera. The first home movies I filmed were of my Dad on stage at Winterland in San Francisco”.
“They were shot from my perspective, sitting right behind him on the drum riser so he could keep an eye on me during the Grateful Dead’s performances. Drums, and the drummers that play them, have been a major component of my entire life”.
According to Kreutzmann, the docufilm “examines the essential role drumming plays in great bands and how music passes from generation to generation”.
He also added that he started this project “to talk to the world’s most influential drummers in hopes of better understanding his father and the instrument that defined his life”.
Arriving on October 28, Let There Be Drums is to be made available on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and select theatres.
Here’s the trailer.