My situation is new in that I'm seeking to leverage my relatively long and somewhat successful drumming career and reputation towards the pursuit of improving the visibility and reputation of my original band, Ratatet.
But seeing that my compositions do not generally feature me much on drums, is this wise or even doable? Shouldn't drummer led bands feature the drummer prominently? The models that come to my mind most readily are Billy Cobham, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Jack DeJohnette, Art Blakey, Tony Williams.
Being a naturally introverted fellow, I tend to write gentle and somewhat pensive music. This feels at odds with the concept of a drummer led band. But that's where my compositions tend to go. That being said, I do have a goal to more closely link my compositions to the outermost abilities I have on the drum set. So that deeper integration is the major task before me.
Perhaps I should heed the wise words of advice I give my students:
1) There's never a shortage of things to learn.
2) Limitations suggest new possibilities.
3) If you can't play something, you're simply going too fast. Patience!