First, Let me say thank you for your kind words and inspirational compliments. I'd be a liar if I tried to deny that they meant anything or made me feel happy and even a little proud.... Thank you, most humbly.
Second, You are not "just a drummer from Greece." Music knows no regional boundaries. It's all yours for the taking should you decide to go after it. You have something to say that's just as valid as anyone else. It may or may not ever make on the radio or in a record store, but no less valid does that make it.
It makes no difference what style of music or musics it may be. should you pursue it with enough desire and passion, you can play it just a well as the next person if not better.
As far as playing funk goes, I believe a simple question only requires a simple answer. I approach playing this music the same way. Once you understand the emotional make up that makes it funk. You will then understand that from a technical position it's not really hard to play or pull off at all. What makes you sound that much better as a drummer is when the other musicians playing it along side you understands that also.
It sure helps when the other players understand what's going on. And as a drummer, having a solid bass player is a must. It' makes it hard to emotionally lock into this music if you're busy carrying the bass player, and that can be from a bassist who's just not cutting it to another who knows the ropes but is doing way too much. So when playing this music, It's important to know when it's NOT your fault when it's not working.
If I were to advise a rule of thumb here, assuming there is one, I'd say lay it back. And by that I don't mean play behind the meter, I simply mean to relax, lay the beat down. If it feels good and natural to you then it's very likely you've hit pay dirt.
Trust yourself... Play what the music makes you 'feel'. If you do this 10 times, it will work at least 9. I personally believe that a big mistake that's made in playing any kind of music really is many players play time rather than feel. The hi hat has that steady tic, tic, tic, tic, consistent pattern, the dynamics are all the same and there's no expression, just solid time and you need more than that.
Experiment hitting different areas of the snare drum at different sections of the same song. If you listen to Superstition again, you will notice that I play the outer edge of the head when the sax solo starts. You can tell this by the harmonic overtone that begins here.
Experiment with different dynamics, using pulse on the hi hat and then not using pulse. Accent different areas of the bass drum pattern. This is what I mean when I wrote about understanding how and where you hit the drums. You don't have to play a "funk beat" for it to be funky. It wasn't WHAT John Bonham played as much as it was HOW he played it that made what he did stanky, fonky.
Listen!!!! To yourself as well to those around you... Relax, relax, relax... Forcing it will never work! let the music move, groove you, yet while you remain in control... I think you will find the journey a fun one.
And thanks again, Harris for your kind comments.
all the best,