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Local musician fills gap in band

Brian Fogg acts as temporary drummer

By Faythe Del Rosario, scene editor
On October 3, 2012

  • Brian Fogg began taking his music aspirations more seriously after serving as a temporary drummer for the band Tumbleweed Wanderers. george morin / The Advocate

In today's world, people have difficulties progressing toward their dream job.
"Being really enthusiastic about your craft is worth it if you are willing to work for it," musician Brian Fogg said.
And he is doing just that.
Fogg decided to withdraw from last fall semester at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill with only four weeks remaining before winter recess.
"I felt so burned out with classes and my heart wasn't in school. There was a bigger opportunity (for me)," Fogg said.
Guitarist and vocalist Jeremy Lyon for the Oakland-native, folk rock band Tumbleweed Wanderers said his group invited Fogg to be the substitute drummer for its first three-week long tour that started in November 2011.
The band's original drummer, Daniel Blum, was unable to request the necessary dates off from work at that time and the band grew frantic looking for someone to replace him as the tour approached.
Lyon said Fogg regularly attended the Tumbleweed Wanderers' local shows. Fogg, however, wasn't the first choice since the band had another replacement.
Because the previous drummer had a preoccupation with another band, Explosions in the Sky, the Tumbleweed Wanderers were still short one musician.
With the band becoming more desperate looking for a drummer, the group remembered Fogg from previous shows and finally gave him a call.
Fogg hopped into a van with the four available members and traveled down the coast of California, to states such as Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16.
The band is currently on its eighth tour and it is unlike the first one.
"It was totally different - it was the most grueling tour we had. Even though it lasted only three weeks, we didn't know what we were doing. We were so inexperienced," Lyon said.
Going on this tour has made Fogg become more serious about music.
One way that would help him continue to create music was his recent move to his home in El Cerrito. Fogg said he converted his basement into a studio for him and his band mates.
After the tour ended he decided to take spring and summer 2012 semesters off and focus on funding his music career.
Fogg said he wanted to resume his education so this semester he enrolled into two classes at Contra Costa College and one class at DVC.
He said juggling the schedule of a full-time student while working and creating music are hard things to accomplish. Education is his "Plan B" if he fails to become a success musically.
"I just have to stay positive, but if it doesn't work out maybe I'll go transfer to UC Berkeley and major in industrial design because it's similar to music - you create  things to send to the masses," he said.
For financial support he is self-employed and working as a DJ mixing and playing music at events such as weddings and being a drum tutor.
One of Fogg's newest projects is playing in his new band Stream with bassist Chris Wood and guitarist Jordan Steer. The band recently formed after several sessions of playing music together, Steer said.
Fogg plays more than percussion and will incorporate his experience with this project.
He plans to take on several instruments while being in Stream. He will pay less attention to the drums and more on synthesizers and keyboard, Fogg said.
The trio wants to direct the sound toward a psychedelic tone, meshed with folk and electronica influences. Wood said the overall music, however, is supposed to be interpreted by those who listen to it.
Fogg's biggest aspiration for the future is to get worldwide recognition as a musician and have many of his friends collaborate on his work.
"What I like to call it is a 'bohemian businessman.' I want to continue to enjoy doing what I'm doing and make money while I'm doing it," he said.

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