Ross McCallum Cajon

10 Questions: Ross McCallum

You may know Ross McCallum from his successful cajon lesson YouTube Channel: Cajon Groove Guide. Ross is a wonderful player and has a unique style of playing that he teaches through his lesson videos which are really well shot, and often shot in a range of interesting locations.

Where are you from?

I’m from Melbourne in Australia, currently living in Tokyo, Japan.

Who are you currently working with?
Check out Mai Fukui, T-cophony and Kris Roche.
I’m really proud to be working with these awesome artists!

What cajon & other percussion do you use?
The cajon I play most is my Sela CaSela Satin Nut.
My setup is super minimal. I occasionally attach a shaker or tambourine to one of my feet.

Do you endorse any percussion companies?
Yes, I’ve been a Sela Cajon endorser for about 3 years now.
I’m very excited to hang out with the Sela team at Musikmesse this year in Frankfurt, Germany.

Do you have a favorite rhythm right now?
Recently, I have been transcribing Steve Jordan’s drum grooves onto the cajon. I’m really in love with that feel.
I’m starting to better understand and harness the “melody” that’s created between the bass and snare.

What type of food are you into at the moment?
The cold winter here has got me loving Japanese curry.

What is a memorable show you have played?
Just this month I played my “highest altitude” ever show up in Tokyo Tower with a group called The Watanabes.
Grooving away on the cajon while looking out at the sparkling city lights of Tokyo was a lot of fun.

Do you have any fun hobbies or other passion?
I love getting out into nature for a bit of casual hiking or cycling.
This is pretty niche but I’m really interested in horology (I love watches).

Do you have any personal projects are you working on?
My YouTube channel, Cajon Groove Guide is finally getting the audio/visual makeover I’ve been dreaming of doing.
The confidence to go and buy proper microphones etc. just hit me and now I’m really keen to improve my skills.

Words to live by?
Pulling words to live by from a book like Fight Club is a little risky but there is a quote has stuck with me over the last 12 months. “This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time”.
Thinking about all the people I draw inspiration from, I imagine they live in a mindset a bit like this.