My sound isn’t “wrong”, it’s just my sound.
I’ve tried most everything in the book regarding my drum setup, tuning and actual equipment that I use. What I mean is, I’ve used about every head that Remo makes; Emperor, Ambassadors, Diplomats, Fiberskyn, etc. I’ve also used a china as part of my hi-hat. I’ve used an FXO with my hi-hat, (I’m with Soultone Cymbals if you haven’t heard of an FXO?). I sometimes place my 8″ tom tom between my 14″ and 16″ floor toms. And, I almost always use a 10″x6″ Popcorn Snare as my Main Snare…not as a Side Snare! I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that my setup is weird or I’m using the wrong snare or heads. Do guitarist go through this? Part of what I love about being a musical artist is the “art” part. Art is what you make it. It’s different for everyone in how they approach it or how they react to it. Music, just like art is about experimentation. It’s about finding yourself and fine-tuning your purpose. Just imagine, if every performer, in every band, did things exactly alike? We would all sound like copies of one another! How boring would that be? So, constructive criticism like “I wish the kick mic was a bit more pronounced?” is fine. But, don’t think because I use a different setup, drumsticks or technique, that it is wrong. It’s not wrong, it’s just my sound.