How to Play Music With a "Drunk" Feel

  • Published: 18 December 2018
  • Play lopsided tipsy grooves by subdividing in odd groupings! Also, by staring deep into the abyss of meaninglessness. Either one works!


    ALSO, check out the studio version of DRUNK, plus a couple other electro rhythmic grooves here! This is the studio EP.


    Brooklyn Rose Ludlow’s. Great Groove Analysis

    The Lesson GK / Lenny “The Ox” Reece killing it on Zildjian -

    Questlove talking about drunk feels

    Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis' sweet article on repetition

    Forum post talking about Drunk feels

    Snarky Puppy - Binky (outro)

    Anderson Paak - NPR Tiny Desk

    Peggy Lee - Is That All There Is?

    John Covach
    Eastman School of Music


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Comments • 2 426

  • Adam Neely
    Adam Neely   9 months back

    Check out the live session we recorded of the tune “Drunk!” Also make sure to subscribe to Shawn's channel, he drums really good.

    Also, if you dig what we do, presave our upcoming EP, out Jan.7. Thanks guyz!

    • Murilo Ferreira
      Murilo Ferreira  2 days back

      Please Adam, we need portuguese subtitles 🇧🇷

    • Earle Monroe
      Earle Monroe  3 weeks back

      10:39 You're welcome.

    • William Brooker
      William Brooker  3 months back

      Your drummer is fucking killer

    • Alex Mar
      Alex Mar  8 months back

      Maybe not on point, but my favourite drunk songs are not "stupid" lo-fi hip hop

  • AIex Out-A-Magic
    AIex Out-A-Magic  2 days back

    Same principle is applied in mainstream news channels, they tell the audience something that is totally made up, you are in shock and in disbelief, they repeat it ever hour, every day, every month and then every year on as many channels as possible, it becomes the undeniable truth, so much that even people questioning it, will be accused of revisionists of history and put in jail. In music industry, this is how hits are made, no matter if good music or bad music, they can push anything just by repeating it. They know you hear something weird once, it will sound weird, you hear it 20 times, it sounds more convincing, you hear 1000 times, it becomes hit, you hear it 10.000, it becomes an all time standard.

    • Ayman Zaidan
      Ayman Zaidan  2 days back

      You are so underrated, you need way more views. Keep on the good work 🍻

      • Murilo Ferreira
        Murilo Ferreira  2 days back

        The lazy style

        • CaelumEtAstra
          CaelumEtAstra  4 days back

          Everybody in the comments is quoting Zappa, and meanwhile I'm wondering if The Black Page is gonna get mentioned. Not just for tuplets, but _nested_ tuplets... *shudders*

          • Hugh Jones
            Hugh Jones  5 days back

            *1. Drink 3 bottles of beer.*
            *2. Start playing.*

            • D. Ruskonov
              D. Ruskonov  5 days back

              Can't wait for that quinuplet-flow to be the best thing in rap!

              • Micke Nyberg
                Micke Nyberg  7 days back

                Answer to title - get drunk!

                • Zerek592
                  Zerek592  1 weeks back

                  Nine triplets? So you mean they play in 9/8?
                  R E P E T I T I O N
                  L E G I T I M I Z E S

                  • Jade T
                    Jade T  1 weeks back

                    Yep, Collier effect... just.... how . Adam, you have awesome skills. We all love you. I'm gonna play this beat now. Thanks

                    • Edenium Music
                      Edenium Music  1 weeks back

                      1:48 I feel so attacked

                      • Notorious [GMD]
                        Notorious [GMD]  1 weeks back

                        Fricking Lo-fi hip hop!!! 😆

                        • Led Daudet
                          Led Daudet  2 weeks back

                          I’m drunk cheers guys

                          • Fabian Van Der Elst
                            Fabian Van Der Elst  2 weeks back

                            Apart from the repetition legitimises part, you can also cover up a mistake, for example playing a wrong note, by embracing it, and playing around it, so that it doesn't sound too off. That's best usable in jamming and improvising in blues/jazz, I think. It might for example not sound very good in a church hymns context haha

                            • Andree Uuetoa
                              Andree Uuetoa  2 weeks back

                              8:47 I don't want to be a smartass or anything, but I believe this chord could also be thought of as a B♭m/DMaj.

                              • Reine H
                                Reine H  2 weeks back

                                John Bonham said something like "If you make a mistake, be sure to make the exactly same mistake again and everyone thinks it's a part of the song". Sounds so easy when he says it

                                • lanonime83
                                  lanonime83  2 weeks back

                                  thank you so much, i always wanted to know that.

                                  • Facepalm Jesus
                                    Facepalm Jesus  2 weeks back

                                    Meshuggah have joined the chat

                                    • Rachel Cabot
                                      Rachel Cabot  2 weeks back

                                      "smooth jazz for millenials" OOOHHH HE SAID WHAT WE WERE ALL THINKING

                                      • Thiren Sriskantharajah
                                        Thiren Sriskantharajah  3 weeks back

                                        Damn.. I've listened to Drunk by sungazer so much lately, and I love the 'drunk feeling'. Hearing it with the metronome made me feel so sober. Like gaining a superpower of oversight

                                        • Illumignostic
                                          Illumignostic  3 weeks back

                                          If thou duffeth once, simply repeat the mistake and it becometh Jazz.

                                          • Rikku Takanashi
                                            Rikku Takanashi  3 weeks back

                                            It doesn't sound "drunk" to me it sounds sleepy and chill.

                                            • Stuart Morrow
                                              Stuart Morrow  4 weeks back

                                              That "it's only in 4/4" comment is literally like saying 12/8 is 4/4.

                                              • djejiyo
                                                djejiyo  4 weeks back

                                                since im not a music person i just gave up at 10:39

                                                • GraysKale Hyena
                                                  GraysKale Hyena  4 weeks back

                                                  PFF Nice genre shoutout for Lofi.

                                                  • Miguel
                                                    Miguel  4 weeks back

                                                    When I make a mistake or play a wrong note I repeat it as a lick, and it doesen't seem a mistake, seems more kind of experimental music.

                                                    • pricken2000
                                                      pricken2000  4 weeks back

                                                      Just drink a few shots

                                                      • Jason Fieler
                                                        Jason Fieler  4 weeks back

                                                        Adam I know this is an old video so there's a very small chance that you'll see this but I just really wanted to say thank you for introducing me to Jacob Collier. I've been watching your videos for years so I always watch the newest one right away, and that afternoon when this video came out, I was watching it like normal until I got to the Jacob Collier part. My mind was blown for about 4 seconds and I just needed so see where that was coming from. I finished the video then searched up Jacob Collier With The Love In My Heart and was introduced to a new, almost unclassifyable genre of music that I had never heard before. I almost immediately got into his other music and the June Lee transcriptions/interviews and I just went crazy over the fact that this kind of thing was happening in the same world that I live in. That interest grew into a full on obsession and after squeezing out all the music theory I can from him, I started to become genuinely inspired to do my own similar things. I started by transcribing 6 of his Djesse Vol. 2 songs which was fun and then I realized that I could make music like that too, so now I have this long chapter of my life to look forward to, even at 15 years old. I'm happier now than I've ever been because of all these new feelings I'm getting from music and it's so wonderful! I'm sorry to put a praise of JC on your video but if you hadn't made such great content that kept me around for all these years, it might have been years till I found him. So thank you so much for being the reason that I've started this new era and found new love for music! I hope you have a wonderful life!

                                                        • Cal Erba
                                                          Cal Erba  4 weeks back

                                                          If you really want to get that drunken hip hop beat, listen to mid 2000s garage beats from the UK specifcally the Streets, Original Pirate Material, there are some beats on that album that opened my eyes up to offbeat, glitchy timings that work...

                                                          Music is about ooohhhhhs and ahhhhhs, that change is something we expect naturally, its the oooohhhhhh ooohhhh oohhhh ooohhhh and then ahhhhhhhh :)

                                                          • Jordan Botelho323
                                                            Jordan Botelho323  1 months back

                                                            Simple. Grab an accordion, drink some vodka, and play some gigs.

                                                            • Исидор Натансон

                                                              Or just listen to a lot of Sibelius ...

                                                              • Hexteria
                                                                Hexteria  1 months back

                                                                3:44 lady on her phone!!!!

                                                                • Mehmet Akif Çalışkan
                                                                  Mehmet Akif Çalışkan  1 months back

                                                                  6:29 Where is that "You are mine" from?

                                                                  • Paul Woelke
                                                                    Paul Woelke  1 months back

                                                                    Yo, Imma steal "smooth jazz for millenials".

                                                                    • VLSkate
                                                                      VLSkate  1 months back

                                                                      lisa needs braces

                                                                      • Karina Takayama
                                                                        Karina Takayama  1 months back

                                                                        Repetition legitimizes

                                                                        • Grace Juell
                                                                          Grace Juell  1 months back

                                                                          AAAAAAAHH— you’re just— SO COOL!!!

                                                                          • davidfirechops
                                                                            davidfirechops  1 months back

                                                                            dude, FUCK YEAH. Used all the right clips and drummmers..

                                                                            • gabe denardis
                                                                              gabe denardis  1 months back

                                                                              Adam Neely saying Jacon Collier is 'obnoxiously good at music' makes me feel like I'm really bad at music.

                                                                              • MrStevetmq
                                                                                MrStevetmq  1 months back

                                                                                Have you got any "basic" videos? For people like me, I understand A, B, C, D, E, F, G and A#, B#, C#, D#, E#, F#, G# and Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, Fb, Gb and Major and Minor but what about Fmai7 so this is a F major chord but what does the 7 or 3 or 5 refer to? What are 3rd's, 5th's etc?

                                                                                • A Humble Hero
                                                                                  A Humble Hero  1 months back

                                                                                  Am I the only one who’s really not a fan of this feel of drumming? I can’t stand it because it just feels like the drummer who plays it is shit. When doing it with tuplets it’s useful but it’s just intentionally giving a sloppy delivery it feels entirely wrong.

                                                                                  • Cody Garland
                                                                                    Cody Garland  1 months back

                                                                                    repetition legitimises is my goto skill when i screw up when soloing. "Oh crap i played the wrong note, just uhhh, do it again and its music"

                                                                                    • Ju Berry
                                                                                      Ju Berry  1 months back

                                                                                      today i learned what an EwI is.

                                                                                      • Michael Robison
                                                                                        Michael Robison  1 months back

                                                                                        Repatition legitamizes
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                                                                                        • Tim
                                                                                          Tim  1 months back

                                                                                          Ha this is perfect. I just played a gig. and now i am drunk hjaha

                                                                                          • Jacques Bloques
                                                                                            Jacques Bloques  1 months back

                                                                                            Cliff Burton had to have a joint and a beer right before playing and then he would announce, "Okay, I'm loose!" and Flemming Rasmussen would be yelling, "I don't want you loose, Goddammit! I want you tight!"

                                                                                            • AIVER WAY
                                                                                              AIVER WAY  1 months back

                                                                                              14:20 Steve Reich Different Trains-ish ^^

                                                                                              • Guilherme Moresco
                                                                                                Guilherme Moresco  1 months back

                                                                                                amazing editing illustrates it all perfectly