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Hey everyone - thanks for being the first to join THE SHED! Go into your profile and build it out so people can learn more about you. But first, let's get a thread going about yourselves!

    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums?

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?

    6. Were you in any bands in high school?

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape?

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are?

    8. Who are your influences now?

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to?

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine?

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?

    17. Where can we find more information about you?

  1. Attach some photos of yourselves!

    1. candid shot

    2. your practice spot

    3. your drums

    4. you as a beginner drummer if possible


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How old were you when you first started playing the drums?
12

What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?
My best friends had a guitar and a bass so I had to be the drummer.

Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?
I took lessons my first teacher was Joe Raynor who also taught Frank Beard from ZZ Top, he was an old school big band drummer. I also studied with Ed Soph at UNT.

Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?
Descendents, suicide machines, shades apart. This show was on a school night and I ran away from home to see it, I got a ride home from the door guy. I met so many of my friends at that show. Plus seeeing the descendents was amazing, and suicide machines at the time had Derek grant playing drums (alkaline trio). It was an awesome show.

Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?
Yes to both. I bombed auditions for marching band and played cymbals the first year, but I got 1st chair in jazz band my freshman year. I played snare for the next three years and Jazz band for 4 years.

Were you in any bands in high school?
I was in a ska band called the ventolators.

What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?
Our first show was at the skatepark, but by my senior year we were opening for every ska tour that came through and we put out two albums.

Where did you record your first demo tape?
Guitar player had a 4 track cassette recorder.

What kind of drummer would you say you are?
Relaxed, effortless. Other drummers always comment on that when they watch me.

Who are your influences now?
Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Brian Downey (thin lizzy)

What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?
I want to play on a late night tv show (Fallon/kimmell/Colbert)
tour in a prevost.
Say yes to every gig I can.

What’s your favorite song to play along to?
Rain - the Beatles

If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?
Operation ivy

If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?
Stewart Copeland

What’s your warm up or practice routine?
I hit the pad for 30 minutes 5 days a week, I also teach lessons 5 hours through the week. Band practice once a week and play 150+ shows a year.

Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite? I'm obsessed with LEGOS and I like building stuff like guitar pedals, drones, and small robotics stuff.

Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

8x12" rack Tom nice balance of projection and dynamic range. Shallow drums resonate at quieter Dynamic levels, deeper drums project more but loose some of the lower dynamic levels. 6 ply maple. 6 ply for toms is my favorite. I like thinner vintage drums Ludwig 3 plys, Gretsch 6 plys thick ply toms just remind me of the 80's and early 90's power tons.
14x16" I love the resonance of a cut down floor Tom. Square sized 16x16 is very punchy but 14" deep has more resonance.
14x22" kick. I love 14" deep kicks I have 2 other kits with 14x24" but I went to 22" because it is easier to find a drum head on the road. I do not really understand the trend of super deep 18" or 20" deep kicks, or how they fit through the door!?!? They are super loud but to me a 14" deep works.

If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?
This is tough. I have gone on tour in Europe and only brought sticks. I'm pretty particular about my sticks but if I could only bring once piece of gear it might be my roc n soc nitro throne. I can't stand sitting on some of these crappy thrones. I can and have made any kit work if you tour Europe and see some of the POS backline they have over there and you can't really afford to bring your gear or rent really nice stuff.

Where can we find more information about you?
Http://www.mcaloondrums.com

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you as a beginner drummer if possible

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How old were you when you first started playing the drums? 12 What or who inspired you to start playing the drums? My best friends had a guitar and a bass so I had to be the drummer. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher? I took lessons my first teacher was Joe Raynor who also taught Frank Beard from ZZ Top, he was an old school big band drummer. I also studied with Ed Soph at UNT. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why? Descendents, suicide machines, shades apart. This show was on a school night and I ran away from home to see it, I got a ride home from the door guy. I met so many of my friends at that show. Plus seeeing the descendents was amazing, and suicide machines at the time had Derek grant playing drums (alkaline trio). It was an awesome show. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school? Yes to both. I bombed auditions for marching band and played cymbals the first year, but I got 1st chair in jazz band my freshman year. I played snare for the next three years and Jazz band for 4 years. Were you in any bands in high school? I was in a ska band called the ventolators. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls? Our first show was at the skatepark, but by my senior year we were opening for every ska tour that came through and we put out two albums. Where did you record your first demo tape? Guitar player had a 4 track cassette recorder. What kind of drummer would you say you are? Relaxed, effortless. Other drummers always comment on that when they watch me. Who are your influences now? Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Brian Downey (thin lizzy) What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician? I want to play on a late night tv show (Fallon/kimmell/Colbert) tour in a prevost. Say yes to every gig I can. What’s your favorite song to play along to? Rain - the Beatles If you could play drums for one band, who would it be? Operation ivy If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be? Stewart Copeland What’s your warm up or practice routine? I hit the pad for 30 minutes 5 days a week, I also teach lessons 5 hours through the week. Band practice once a week and play 150+ shows a year. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite? I'm obsessed with LEGOS and I like building stuff like guitar pedals, drones, and small robotics stuff. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs? 8x12" rack Tom nice balance of projection and dynamic range. Shallow drums resonate at quieter Dynamic levels, deeper drums project more but loose some of the lower dynamic levels. 6 ply maple. 6 ply for toms is my favorite. I like thinner vintage drums Ludwig 3 plys, Gretsch 6 plys thick ply toms just remind me of the 80's and early 90's power tons. 14x16" I love the resonance of a cut down floor Tom. Square sized 16x16 is very punchy but 14" deep has more resonance. 14x22" kick. I love 14" deep kicks I have 2 other kits with 14x24" but I went to 22" because it is easier to find a drum head on the road. I do not really understand the trend of super deep 18" or 20" deep kicks, or how they fit through the door!?!? They are super loud but to me a 14" deep works. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be? This is tough. I have gone on tour in Europe and only brought sticks. I'm pretty particular about my sticks but if I could only bring once piece of gear it might be my roc n soc nitro throne. I can't stand sitting on some of these crappy thrones. I can and have made any kit work if you tour Europe and see some of the POS backline they have over there and you can't really afford to bring your gear or rent really nice stuff. Where can we find more information about you? Http://www.mcaloondrums.com Attach some photos of yourselves! candid shot your practice spot your drums you as a beginner drummer if possible


Thanks for sharing man!!

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... Plus seeeing the descendents was amazing, and suicide machines at the time had Derek grant playing drums (alkaline trio).

... Were you in any bands in high school? I was in a ska band called the ventolators. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls? Our first show was at the skatepark, but by my senior year we were opening for every ska tour that came through and we put out two albums.

...If you could play drums for one band, who would it be? Operation ivy


I think we need to be friends! Ska all the way! [biggrin]

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    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums? ripe ol age of 10.

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?Slipknot and my old band director. He always showed so much passion to drums, which mad me want to do it.

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher? I was for the most part self taught. I took a few in high school.

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why? My first warped tour. I had never been exposed to that lifestyle till 2008 warped. Seeing Matt Greiner kill it changed a lot.

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school? Marching.

    6. Were you in any bands in high school? Never was in a band in High School. Joined the game late.

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape?

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are? I would say I am a feel type drummer. I listen a lot to music that drops and always can groove to. I try to incorporate that into my band which is metal.

    8. Who are your influences now? As always it has been Tino Arteaga. Lately, Jared Easterling has been on constant repeat on my Youtube. Jay Weinberg has been another major influence. WHAT A STORY.

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician? My aspirations would be just to help out anyone in need. When people say that your music has helped them is the greatest feeling. 

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to? Anything Slipknot, Of Mice and Men or Memphis May Fire.

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be? Other than my own band,Tamerlane, I would want to play in Fit For a King.

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be? I've been fortunate to have met a lot of my idols but if I had to pick one I would say Ray Luzier from Korn. I have met him a few times but never got to pick his brain.

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine? A lot of stretching. I will mostly diddle around. I never really sit down and think of a specific routine. A lot of it is 8 on a hand to get the blood moving.

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite? I am a big MMA enthusiast along with a movie freak. I love them both equally.

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs? I have a Ghost Black to Black fade kit with distressed black hardware. Sizes are 12x8 16x14 22x20. I love the sound of the huge kick with the toms being so accurate and fast. My snare is a Mahogany w/maple rerings 13x7. The mahogany gives it a nice deep, rich sound with some extra pop.

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be? Snare.

    17. Where can we find more information about you? My social medias (travisoftamerlane) or my bands socials which are THISISTAMERLANE

  1. Attach some photos of yourselves!

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    2. your practice spot

    3. your drums

    4. you as a beginner drummer if possible

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Thanks for sharing Travis!!

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Originally Posted by travisoftamerlane

    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums? ripe ol age of 10.

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?Slipknot and my old band director. He always showed so much passion to drums, which mad me want to do it.

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher? I was for the most part self taught. I took a few in high school.

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why? My first warped tour. I had never been exposed to that lifestyle till 2008 warped. Seeing Matt Greiner kill it changed a lot.

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school? Marching.

    6. Were you in any bands in high school? Never was in a band in High School. Joined the game late.

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape?

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are? I would say I am a feel type drummer. I listen a lot to music that drops and always can groove to. I try to incorporate that into my band which is metal.

    8. Who are your influences now? As always it has been Tino Arteaga. Lately, Jared Easterling has been on constant repeat on my Youtube. Jay Weinberg has been another major influence. WHAT A STORY.

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician? My aspirations would be just to help out anyone in need. When people say that your music has helped them is the greatest feeling. 

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to? Anything Slipknot, Of Mice and Men or Memphis May Fire.

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be? Other than my own band,Tamerlane, I would want to play in Fit For a King.

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be? I've been fortunate to have met a lot of my idols but if I had to pick one I would say Ray Luzier from Korn. I have met him a few times but never got to pick his brain.

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine? A lot of stretching. I will mostly diddle around. I never really sit down and think of a specific routine. A lot of it is 8 on a hand to get the blood moving.

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite? I am a big MMA enthusiast along with a movie freak. I love them both equally.

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs? I have a Ghost Black to Black fade kit with distressed black hardware. Sizes are 12x8 16x14 22x20. I love the sound of the huge kick with the toms being so accurate and fast. My snare is a Mahogany w/maple rerings 13x7. The mahogany gives it a nice deep, rich sound with some extra pop.

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be? Snare.

    17. Where can we find more information about you? My social medias (travisoftamerlane) or my bands socials which are THISISTAMERLANE

  1. Attach some photos of yourselves!

    1. candid shot

    2. your practice spot

    3. your drums

    4. you as a beginner drummer if possible

    5.  

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How old were you when you first started playing the drums?
-About 15 years old

What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?
-The high school drum line

Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?

-Not until I had joined winter drum line

Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?

-probably going to see Jonny craig at a local venue in phx.
Nothing too crazy at all but after purchasing some band merch, I ran to my truck to put everything inside and he was standing there, I had mentioned how it was awesome to meet him and we talked a little music come to find out he had recognized me from a cover I had put out including a band he was in called isles and glaciers. After the very humbling compliment I got from him. I've been on cloud 9 ever since wanting to better myself as a musician.

Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?

-Sure was, snare line (marching/wgaz)

Were you in any bands in high school? Yes I played quite a bit in a few metal and experimental bands involving the same guitarist that now plays for flaw.

What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?
-a really fast roller coaster when from hangout to instantly traveling and playing music festivals.

Where did you record your first demo tape?
Tommys studio (guitarist from flaw)

What kind of drummer would you say you are?
- a highly motivated, learning one!

Who are your influences now?
Cameron losch - born of Osiris
Matt McGuire - independent
Danny Carey- tool
Luke holland - the word alive
Mat nicholls - bring me the horizon


What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?

-To learn as much as I possibly can and play music that makes people happy.

What’s your favorite song to play along to?
-That's so tough, I don't know where to start.
Tba...


If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?
-Probably of mice and men or machine gun Kelly

If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?
-Hands down, Danny Carey

What’s your warm up or practice routine?
-ones and ones 7/8 paradiddle 8's&8's triplet diddle gradually speeding up the bpm and swapping between hands and feet.

Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?

- I build power lines in the union.

Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

-Nothing too crazy just a pdp center stage evans heads 10" 12" 16" rack size meinl cymbal pack pearl Demon drive double kick pedal.

If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be? My kick pedals for sure

Where can we find more information about you?

-YouTube YouTube.com/troybashjr1
-Instagram. @troybashdrums

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How old were you when you first started playing the drums? -About 15 years old What or who inspired you to start playing the drums? -The high school drum line Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher? -Not until I had joined winter drum line Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why? -probably going to see Jonny craig at a local venue in phx. Nothing too crazy at all but after purchasing some band merch, I ran to my truck to put everything inside and he was standing there, I had mentioned how it was awesome to meet him and we talked a little music come to find out he had recognized me from a cover I had put out including a band he was in called isles and glaciers. After the very humbling compliment I got from him. I've been on cloud 9 ever since wanting to better myself as a musician. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school? -Sure was, snare line (marching/wgaz) Were you in any bands in high school? Yes I played quite a bit in a few metal and experimental bands involving the same guitarist that now plays for flaw. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls? -a really fast roller coaster when from hangout to instantly traveling and playing music festivals. Where did you record your first demo tape? Tommys studio (guitarist from flaw) What kind of drummer would you say you are? - a highly motivated, learning one! Who are your influences now? Cameron losch - born of Osiris Matt McGuire - independent Danny Carey- tool Luke holland - the word alive Mat nicholls - bring me the horizon What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician? -To learn as much as I possibly can and play music that makes people happy. What’s your favorite song to play along to? -That's so tough, I don't know where to start. Tba... If you could play drums for one band, who would it be? -Probably of mice and men or machine gun Kelly If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be? -Hands down, Danny Carey What’s your warm up or practice routine? -ones and ones 7/8 paradiddle 8's&8's triplet diddle gradually speeding up the bpm and swapping between hands and feet. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite? - I build power lines in the union. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs? -Nothing too crazy just a pdp center stage evans heads 10" 12" 16" rack size meinl cymbal pack pearl Demon drive double kick pedal. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be? My kick pedals for sure Where can we find more information about you? -YouTube YouTube.com/troybashjr1 -Instagram. @troybashdrums


Awesome! thanks for sharing man!

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    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums? 8

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums? John Bonham

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher? Yes. 8 years with Davis Christensen, many great instructors since then, Tom Knight, Creig Harber.

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Too many good ones can't choose one!

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school? Yes, symphonic, jazz, pep, and marching band.

    6. Were you in any bands in high school?

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls? Trying to play system of a down with my friends.

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape? Old Sony tape player.

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are? Versatile.

    8. Who are your influences now? Gavin Harrison, Chris Coleman, Vinnie Colaiuta, and all the musicians around me.

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician? To get better every single day.

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to? Erotomania by Dream Theater   

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be? Deftones

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be? Vinnie Colaiuta

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine? I try to stretch for a good 10 minutes before I start my warm up, then do random groups of singles and doubles with hands and feet for another 5-10 then get into the material I'm working on that day. Always end a practice session playing to some songs and letting out ideas.

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite? Working out, motorcycling, video and music editing, teaching.

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs? Mahogany shells with mappa burl veneer. 20x18 kick 10x8 tom 14x14 floor tom 5x 14 maple snare. I really wanted a sharp, articulate sound out of this kit, I have another kit that is much larger sizes so I wanted something completely different. The mahogany shells are so stellar I'm definitely pleased I chose them.

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be? Throne.

    17. Where can we find more information about you? IG: @ericdansiedrums

      Facebook: EricDansieDrums

      website: ericdansiedrums.com

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    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums? 8

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums? John Bonham

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher? Yes. 8 years with Davis Christensen, many great instructors since then, Tom Knight, Creig Harber.

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Too many good ones can't choose one!

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school? Yes, symphonic, jazz, pep, and marching band.

    6. Were you in any bands in high school?

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls? Trying to play system of a down with my friends.

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape? Old Sony tape player.

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are? Versatile.

    8. Who are your influences now? Gavin Harrison, Chris Coleman, Vinnie Colaiuta, and all the musicians around me.

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician? To get better every single day.

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to? Erotomania by Dream Theater   

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be? Deftones

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be? Vinnie Colaiuta

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine? I try to stretch for a good 10 minutes before I start my warm up, then do random groups of singles and doubles with hands and feet for another 5-10 then get into the material I'm working on that day. Always end a practice session playing to some songs and letting out ideas.

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite? Working out, motorcycling, video and music editing, teaching.

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs? Mahogany shells with mappa burl veneer. 20x18 kick 10x8 tom 14x14 floor tom 5x 14 maple snare. I really wanted a sharp, articulate sound out of this kit, I have another kit that is much larger sizes so I wanted something completely different. The mahogany shells are so stellar I'm definitely pleased I chose them.

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be? Throne.

    17. Where can we find more information about you? IG: @ericdansiedrums

      Facebook: EricDansieDrums

      website: ericdansiedrums.com

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so awesome, thanks Eric!!!! Keep it up!!!  #deftones!

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  1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums?
The Lucky Number 13
    1. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?

The sounds of spoons hitting the frying pans and hitting buckets sounded so cool! Even though my mother would get upset at the noise level I would make but later bought me a mini drum set and damped them with towel to minimize the noise! Not to mention, Animal was a huge inspiration thanks to the Muppet’s show! So no one better leave him out! But main inspiration to continue was Aaron Gillespie when he was in underOATH and The Almost. I spent countless hours listening to all underOATH albums from start to finish and learning by ear then later through drum tabs I would research to compare the difference and see if most of the parts that I learned were accurate.

    1. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?

I am self-taught behind the kit, I learned just by hearing each sound of every track from mixed CD’s I was given to me from my uncle based on all types of genres from Tejano, hip-hop, punk, rock, metal etc. I did not take any lessons but joined Middle/High School percussion classes which is where I focused more on the snare line which is my biggest arsenal of every show!

    1. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?

When we played at the Cine El Rey in McAllen, Texas! It was our first legit show with me and OK Robot! Most of my favorite bands such as The December Drive, Saosin, Sky Eats Airplane, Senses Fail, Dance Gavin Dance, The Color Morale, Aiden, Ivoryline, Interpol and so much more have performed at this venue since 2007. It was an honor to have shared this experience none other than performing with my best friend’s altogether and having the blast of our lives! It is the greatest feeling in the world….

    1. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?

Yes! SBHS Percussion class of 2009!

    1. Were you in any bands in high school?
      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?

Negative, we did not officially form during high school until we all graduated since we could not afford instruments at the time. BUT! We started right before college and it has been a milestone to achieve where we are now. Starting out slow, still progressing as we speak.

      1. Where did you record your first demo tape?

Right outside my house with a voice recorder and not going to lie, it sounded pretty legit for a garage band (I still have it on my computer) and listen to our old songs to appreciate the art and integrate it and be prepared to remaster old songs from our demos which still have great potential.

    1. What kind of drummer would you say you are?

I would like to say I am a minimalist drummer, I don’t get to technical at what I play but each day I learn to progress more and practice air drumming everywhere I go, I find myself humming to music on my way to school/work/show and even do paradiddles on my lap/desk/objects wherever there is rebound! Practice is the key and discovery requires experimentation so discover new ways to feel comfortable in your set up, experiment different types of sounds, accessories, etc. and share and learn among other drummers to feed off each other’s knowledge!

    1. Who are your influences now?

Current influences include:

Aaron Gillespie, Atom Willard, Nathan Young, Jeff Schneeweis, Zac Farro, Paul Koehler, Gabe Barham, Daniel Williams, Steve Carey, Matt Greiner, Matt Nicholls, Chris Kamrada, Brandon Mullins, Adam McMillion, Ilan Rubin, Dan Trapp, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Mingus etc. I can go on forever! But most of these peeps are my inspiration to continue creating different type of beats, sounds and learning different types of styles from open hand, traditional etc. 

    1. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?

I would like to improve as much as I can with any type of instrument, even if it’s not drums you can always learn to progress to other types of instruments. Most of the equipment I use at shows consist is a Kick, Snare, Floor, 15” Hi-hats, and a 22” Crash/ride. Depending on the occasion I take an extra rack tom just in case other drummers are not used to a 3-piece set up. In my opinion, it is always better to familiarize and train yourself to use the smallest number of drums and slowly build up to other equipment. It’s a more diverse experience when you are able to make your kit sound loud and good with such limited amount of equipment. You are never limited to any type of genre! Keep playing with everything you’ve got!

    1. What’s your favorite song to play along to?

Ha! Good one! I have too many!!! I have 256GB worth of music on my iphone that I cannot keep up every artist but I usually shuffle all my music and listen to all the songs whenever I am in my car or cycling the trail but at the moment I am listening to is Story of the Year – The Ghost Of You And I. I usually have an Artist of the week playlist category so it changes every week depending on the mood of the weather and myself!

    1. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?

Once again…..a tough question, but I am going to go with OK ROBOT! Lol jk It would have to be Number One Gun, This band progressed and developed over time and I have been listening to them from their EP to their latest album! I can literally listen to all the albums in a day! Most of the drum parts are extremely well done that it goes with the vibe of the music! That will be a dream come true for me! Second would be everyone’s favorite, Underoath! With the following albums, They’re Only Chasing Safety, Define the great line and Lost In The Sound Of Separation. Those are golden records to me! Practiced and learned every song as well as The Almost “Southern Weather”.

    1. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?

The legend himself, Mike Ciprari!

    1. What’s your warm up or practice routine?

RLRR LRLL diddles and before every show I hear my band’s full album to get pumped up followed by Tejano music to get even more funkadelic! At times I also put on theme songs from video games to help me prep before I go on so it can change my character when I get on stage!

    1. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?

Yes I do! I have many activates! I am a college student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology, I also play on my Xbox One (Destiny) at the moment I only do it on the weekend due to my busy schedule. Need a Raid/Nightfall partner? Hit me up! Gamertag: eddie047. I also cycle around my park to stay conditioned throughout the month to avoid any injures during a show/practice. I also like to do unboxing/editing videos and publish them on Youtube regardless if people subscribe or not, it’s all about having fun and enjoying what you do at the end of the day. I love working on computers both Mac and Windows OS to learn every shortcut and explore new challenges throughout the operating systems since new ones are released almost every year! I always have something to do to keep my productivity level at maximum carnage and enjoy discovering new solutions to problems, so get out there and explore as much as you can and increase your skills with every asset that you can!

    1. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

Here are my initial specs:

16x24” Kick Drum - I like having a nice, warm, punchy kick drum. I have previously used 20x20” 14x22” and it seems that I fell in love in between those sizes and ended up going with a 16x24” I tune the batter side medium level, so I can get that rebound sound and not sacrifice attack and power at the same time.

9X13” Rack Tom - I rarely use it at times unless it is necessary but gives it a look too. I have the batter medium level with one full tight turn, and the resonant is tuned at low, medium level. I tried to tune even but somehow I really like the sound that comes out of my own tuning dimensions.

14x16” Floor Tom – You can’t go wrong with a floor tom! You will always need one! I tune the batter medium range so I can get that low attack hit and not just a fast delay where you just hear a thump! Sound but rather hear a good sustain and hit. The resonant is matched and medium level as well but sometimes if necessary depending on the venue, I just may have to even it out.

8x14” Snare - Oh man now we are talking! Depending on the venue of the show I crank my snare sometimes high and low at times. If I need to do extra rolls and get that rebound for ghost notes immediately I tune it tight. BUT! On regular occasions I have it mid tuned just so it can sound nice and warm to avoid a firecracker sound! The best tweet I have ever gotten from my snare was when Kris Roe from The Ataris commented and wanted to know what kind of snare I was using! He gave me positive feedback on how my snare sounded so great that show! Since me and Ok Robot opened for him! Everyone has different tuning settings for their snares but it all comes down with the Depth x Diameter of the snare where you can find tuning secrets to bring the true potential of a good sounding snare! I always collaborate with other drummers and discuss sizes and tunings we use all the time and we feed off each other’s knowledge when it comes to debating sizes and sounds for our next projects.

Oh, I also drive a Honda Civic Del Sol and able to fit all of my drums in my car...........yea.........

    1. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?

This is a tough one but the winner has to be a Snare! You can still play with beer bottles! Spoons, brushes that you can make out of paper and so much more that you can find among the venue! The main idea is to prepare for unexpected at all times! The beer bottle one is just as dangerous as the drummer! Just make sure you don’t hit the rims on the snare otherwise you will be covered in glass by the end of the night! Unless, you are brave enough to ask another drummer to loan you his equipment for your set which will be your last resort!

    1. Where can we find more information about you?

Check out my Bands profile! We are all across the media new music coming soon!

We are OK ROBOT!
*Links are clickable!*

Talk to us on Facebook

Share your experience with us on Instagram

Tweet with us on Twitter

          Hear our full length album “Whats your reason for Existing?” on Spotify now!

Keep up with us on every muscians favorite website! Bandcamp

Download our Lyford EP and early demos prior to our full length album for free on Reverbnation YES! you saw that! F R E E!

Support us in every way you’d like on itunes

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  1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums?
The Lucky Number 13
    1. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?

The sounds of spoons hitting the frying pans and hitting buckets sounded so cool! Even though my mother would get upset at the noise level I would make but later bought me a mini drum set and damped them with towel to minimize the noise! Not to mention, Animal was a huge inspiration thanks to the Muppet’s show! So no one better leave him out! But main inspiration to continue was Aaron Gillespie when he was in underOATH and The Almost. I spent countless hours listening to all underOATH albums from start to finish and learning by ear then later through drum tabs I would research to compare the difference and see if most of the parts that I learned were accurate.

    1. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?

I am self-taught behind the kit, I learned just by hearing each sound of every track from mixed CD’s I was given to me from my uncle based on all types of genres from Tejano, hip-hop, punk, rock, metal etc. I did not take any lessons but joined Middle/High School percussion classes which is where I focused more on the snare line which is my biggest arsenal of every show!

    1. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?

When we played at the Cine El Rey in McAllen, Texas! It was our first legit show with me and OK Robot! Most of my favorite bands such as The December Drive, Saosin, Sky Eats Airplane, Senses Fail, Dance Gavin Dance, The Color Morale, Aiden, Ivoryline, Interpol and so much more have performed at this venue since 2007. It was an honor to have shared this experience none other than performing with my best friend’s altogether and having the blast of our lives! It is the greatest feeling in the world….

    1. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?

Yes! SBHS Percussion class of 2009!

    1. Were you in any bands in high school?
      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?

Negative, we did not officially form during high school until we all graduated since we could not afford instruments at the time. BUT! We started right before college and it has been a milestone to achieve where we are now. Starting out slow, still progressing as we speak.

      1. Where did you record your first demo tape?

Right outside my house with a voice recorder and not going to lie, it sounded pretty legit for a garage band (I still have it on my computer) and listen to our old songs to appreciate the art and integrate it and be prepared to remaster old songs from our demos which still have great potential.

    1. What kind of drummer would you say you are?

I would like to say I am a minimalist drummer, I don’t get to technical at what I play but each day I learn to progress more and practice air drumming everywhere I go, I find myself humming to music on my way to school/work/show and even do paradiddles on my lap/desk/objects wherever there is rebound! Practice is the key and discovery requires experimentation so discover new ways to feel comfortable in your set up, experiment different types of sounds, accessories, etc. and share and learn among other drummers to feed off each other’s knowledge!

    1. Who are your influences now?

Current influences include:

Aaron Gillespie, Atom Willard, Nathan Young, Jeff Schneeweis, Zac Farro, Paul Koehler, Gabe Barham, Daniel Williams, Steve Carey, Matt Greiner, Matt Nicholls, Chris Kamrada, Brandon Mullins, Adam McMillion, Ilan Rubin, Dan Trapp, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Mingus etc. I can go on forever! But most of these peeps are my inspiration to continue creating different type of beats, sounds and learning different types of styles from open hand, traditional etc. 

    1. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?

I would like to improve as much as I can with any type of instrument, even if it’s not drums you can always learn to progress to other types of instruments. Most of the equipment I use at shows consist is a Kick, Snare, Floor, 15” Hi-hats, and a 22” Crash/ride. Depending on the occasion I take an extra rack tom just in case other drummers are not used to a 3-piece set up. In my opinion, it is always better to familiarize and train yourself to use the smallest number of drums and slowly build up to other equipment. It’s a more diverse experience when you are able to make your kit sound loud and good with such limited amount of equipment. You are never limited to any type of genre! Keep playing with everything you’ve got!

    1. What’s your favorite song to play along to?

Ha! Good one! I have too many!!! I have 256GB worth of music on my iphone that I cannot keep up every artist but I usually shuffle all my music and listen to all the songs whenever I am in my car or cycling the trail but at the moment I am listening to is Story of the Year – The Ghost Of You And I. I usually have an Artist of the week playlist category so it changes every week depending on the mood of the weather and myself!

    1. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?

Once again…..a tough question, but I am going to go with OK ROBOT! Lol jk It would have to be Number One Gun, This band progressed and developed over time and I have been listening to them from their EP to their latest album! I can literally listen to all the albums in a day! Most of the drum parts are extremely well done that it goes with the vibe of the music! That will be a dream come true for me! Second would be everyone’s favorite, Underoath! With the following albums, They’re Only Chasing Safety, Define the great line and Lost In The Sound Of Separation. Those are golden records to me! Practiced and learned every song as well as The Almost “Southern Weather”.

    1. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?

The legend himself, Mike Ciprari!

    1. What’s your warm up or practice routine?

RLRR LRLL diddles and before every show I hear my band’s full album to get pumped up followed by Tejano music to get even more funkadelic! At times I also put on theme songs from video games to help me prep before I go on so it can change my character when I get on stage!

    1. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?

Yes I do! I have many activates! I am a college student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology, I also play on my Xbox One (Destiny) at the moment I only do it on the weekend due to my busy schedule. Need a Raid/Nightfall partner? Hit me up! Gamertag: eddie047. I also cycle around my park to stay conditioned throughout the month to avoid any injures during a show/practice. I also like to do unboxing/editing videos and publish them on Youtube regardless if people subscribe or not, it’s all about having fun and enjoying what you do at the end of the day. I love working on computers both Mac and Windows OS to learn every shortcut and explore new challenges throughout the operating systems since new ones are released almost every year! I always have something to do to keep my productivity level at maximum carnage and enjoy discovering new solutions to problems, so get out there and explore as much as you can and increase your skills with every asset that you can!

    1. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

Here are my initial specs:

16x24” Kick Drum - I like having a nice, warm, punchy kick drum. I have previously used 20x20” 14x22” and it seems that I fell in love in between those sizes and ended up going with a 16x24” I tune the batter side medium level, so I can get that rebound sound and not sacrifice attack and power at the same time.

9X13” Rack Tom - I rarely use it at times unless it is necessary but gives it a look too. I have the batter medium level with one full tight turn, and the resonant is tuned at low, medium level. I tried to tune even but somehow I really like the sound that comes out of my own tuning dimensions.

14x16” Floor Tom – You can’t go wrong with a floor tom! You will always need one! I tune the batter medium range so I can get that low attack hit and not just a fast delay where you just hear a thump! Sound but rather hear a good sustain and hit. The resonant is matched and medium level as well but sometimes if necessary depending on the venue, I just may have to even it out.

8x14” Snare - Oh man now we are talking! Depending on the venue of the show I crank my snare sometimes high and low at times. If I need to do extra rolls and get that rebound for ghost notes immediately I tune it tight. BUT! On regular occasions I have it mid tuned just so it can sound nice and warm to avoid a firecracker sound! The best tweet I have ever gotten from my snare was when Kris Roe from The Ataris commented and wanted to know what kind of snare I was using! He gave me positive feedback on how my snare sounded so great that show! Since me and Ok Robot opened for him! Everyone has different tuning settings for their snares but it all comes down with the Depth x Diameter of the snare where you can find tuning secrets to bring the true potential of a good sounding snare! I always collaborate with other drummers and discuss sizes and tunings we use all the time and we feed off each other’s knowledge when it comes to debating sizes and sounds for our next projects.

Oh, I also drive a Honda Civic Del Sol and able to fit all of my drums in my car...........yea.........

    1. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?

This is a tough one but the winner has to be a Snare! You can still play with beer bottles! Spoons, brushes that you can make out of paper and so much more that you can find among the venue! The main idea is to prepare for unexpected at all times! The beer bottle one is just as dangerous as the drummer! Just make sure you don’t hit the rims on the snare otherwise you will be covered in glass by the end of the night! Unless, you are brave enough to ask another drummer to loan you his equipment for your set which will be your last resort!

    1. Where can we find more information about you?

Check out my Bands profile! We are all across the media new music coming soon!

We are OK ROBOT!

Talk to us on Facebook

Share your experience with us on Instagram

Tweet with us on Twitter

          Hear our full length album “Whats your reason for Existing?” on Spotify now!

Keep up with us on every muscians favorite website! Bandcamp

Download our Lyford EP and early demos prior to our full length album for free on Reverbnation YES! you saw that! F R E E!

Support us in every way you’d like on itunes



Thank you for sharing Eddie!! and I'm down to meet you anytime man!! haha

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  • How old were you when you first started playing the drums?

    Starting when I was 14ish - 14 years ago

  • What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?

    Sevendust playing praise on Conan O'brian. 

  • Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?

    I bought one of those books you get for school trap band.. kinda figured it out.. went from there.

  • Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?

    Sevendust - I've seen them 9 times. By far my biggest drum driving force. 

  • Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?

    I played saxophone in high school.. Sold it.. bought my first drum set.

  • Were you in any bands in high school?

    I was in a Ska band called Varsity Dropouts.

  1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?

    We played our fair share of VFW legion hall shows. Our city used to have this event on the first saturday in June called June Jams. They'd basically shut downtown down, block out the streets, setup 5 stages across town and big a city wide free music festival..  Played for well over 1,000 people.. big moment starting out for me. 

  2. Where did you record your first demo tape?

    In the guitar players basement.

  • What kind of drummer would you say you are?

    Hard rock funk drummer. 

  • Who are your influences now?

    Morgan Rose - Sevendust
    Ray Luizer - Korn
    Tony Royster JR - Jay Z
    Chad Szeliga - A lot of people
    Zac Hanson - Hanson

  • What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?

    To be able to pay my bills playing drums.

  • What’s your favorite song to play along to?

    Are you in - Incubus

  • If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?

    Taylor Swift

  • If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?

    Ray Luizer

  • What’s your warm up or practice routine?

    Rudiments on a practice pad to warm up before a show. I also have these little pocket warmers that I activate and warm up my hands with. 

  • Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?

    I'm also a photographer and enjoy making videos and stuff. 

  • Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

    9x12 16x16  18x22.  7x14 20 ply snare.   These are pretty great standard sizes. I love a 20 ply snare.. Nice thick crack to it. 

    I have pretty much all A custom zildjian cymbals. I love bright brilliant sound. 

  • If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?

    My snare drum.

  • Where can we find more information about you?

    facebook.com/onepimpavengers is my current bands Facebook page.. I suppose theres a bunch of stuff there.   Also I have drum cam videos on my youtube.com/jakerains page 14124253_10155281221497575_3345816613554405674_o.jpg  15370001_339656203072093_6618636377347344518_o.jpg  15826909_10155767672832575_9113163196244502126_n.jpg  IMG_9423.JPG 


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  • How old were you when you first started playing the drums?

    Starting when I was 14ish - 14 years ago

  • What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?

    Sevendust playing praise on Conan O'brian. 

  • Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?

    I bought one of those books you get for school trap band.. kinda figured it out.. went from there.

  • Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?

    Sevendust - I've seen them 9 times. By far my biggest drum driving force. 

  • Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?

    I played saxophone in high school.. Sold it.. bought my first drum set.

  • Were you in any bands in high school?

    I was in a Ska band called Varsity Dropouts.

  1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?

    We played our fair share of VFW legion hall shows. Our city used to have this event on the first saturday in June called June Jams. They'd basically shut downtown down, block out the streets, setup 5 stages across town and big a city wide free music festival..  Played for well over 1,000 people.. big moment starting out for me. 

  2. Where did you record your first demo tape?

    In the guitar players basement.

  • What kind of drummer would you say you are?

    Hard rock funk drummer. 

  • Who are your influences now?

    Morgan Rose - Sevendust
    Ray Luizer - Korn
    Tony Royster JR - Jay Z
    Chad Szeliga - A lot of people
    Zac Hanson - Hanson

  • What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?

    To be able to pay my bills playing drums.

  • What’s your favorite song to play along to?

    Are you in - Incubus

  • If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?

    Taylor Swift

  • If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?

    Ray Luizer

  • What’s your warm up or practice routine?

    Rudiments on a practice pad to warm up before a show. I also have these little pocket warmers that I activate and warm up my hands with. 

  • Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?

    I'm also a photographer and enjoy making videos and stuff. 

  • Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

    9x12 16x16  18x22.  7x14 20 ply snare.   These are pretty great standard sizes. I love a 20 ply snare.. Nice thick crack to it. 

    I have pretty much all A custom zildjian cymbals. I love bright brilliant sound. 

  • If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?

    My snare drum.

  • Where can we find more information about you?

    facebook.com/onepimpavengers is my current bands Facebook page.. I suppose theres a bunch of stuff there.   Also I have drum cam videos on my youtube.com/jakerains page 14124253_10155281221497575_3345816613554405674_o.jpg  15370001_339656203072093_6618636377347344518_o.jpg  15826909_10155767672832575_9113163196244502126_n.jpg  IMG_9423.JPG 



Awesome! Thanks for sharing man! Kit is looking great!

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  • How old were you when you first started playing the drums?

    I first grabbed a set of sticks at age 2, some how managed to climb up on the drum throne that was as big as I was. I actually started to play drums in 2000 at age 10 or 11

  • What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?

    My Dad played in a band and my bedroom was right above the drum kit, so I was kind of subliminally brain washed in my sleep.  Inspirations at a young age were as follows 1. Animal 2. John Bonham 3. Travis Barker

  • Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?

    I took a few years of lessons from a local drum teacher who happened to also play marimba in my Dad's bad. Being a dumb kid I gave up on these lessons because I wanted to play the whole kit and not just the snare drum. Many years later I kicked myself in the ass for this decision.

  • Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?

    AFI - Sing the Sorrow tour - It was the first show that me and my buddies were old enough to drive ourself the 2 hours to the nearest city that had shows. The venue was dark and all of a sudden you hear the drums kick in for Miseria Cantare -- The Beginning and Oh Buddy was my mind blown!!! 

  • Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?
    I was in concert band from grade 5 -12 easiest 90% of my life!!!

  • Were you in any bands in high school?

    I was in a rock band that was called The Rons, we started to back a country / folk artist simply known as Heather and The Rons I was the youngest in the band by 7 years

  1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?
    We rented an old farm house just outside our prairie town. We would play every bar in town and eventually rent out the Legion Hall and do a DIY show. Just us playins as two different bands.

    Where did you record your first demo tape?
    It was a little demo studio in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan called Demos by Del. The engineer was named Del Ryan

  • What kind of drummer would you say you are?

    I would say I am a rock drummer with a groove. 

  • Who are your influences now?

    Travis Barker
    Jeff Kummer 
    Tristan Kelly
    Chad Smith
    Matt Cameron 
    Hawksley Workman - Mounties

  • What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?

    To be able to share my love of music with others. If thats 1 person in the crowd or 200. The moment music isn't fun anymore I am out! 

  • What’s your favorite song to play along to?

    Gasoline - Halsey - The drums are so open / almost non existent that it allows you so much musical freedom to play with.

  • If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?

    The Early November

  • If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?

    Jeff Kummer 

  • What’s your warm up or practice routine?

    Rudiments on a practice pad to warm up before a show. I also have to stretch like mad or I cramp up mid song. 

  • Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?

    Does beer drinking count? 

  • Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

    12X12, 16X16 18X22 it's a min to late 80's Tama Superstar Kit. I have a 7 X 14 SJC snare on it's way. Honestly it's how the kit came, I bought it second hand off of my uncle I love the sounds I get from them. 

    My cymbals are mostly Sabian AAX and HHX with an old Zildjian ride with no markings on it. 

  • If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?

    My snare drum! 

  • Where can we find more information about you?

Instagram @Nerdweilerprod
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  • How old were you when you first started playing the drums?

    I first grabbed a set of sticks at age 2, some how managed to climb up on the drum throne that was as big as I was. I actually started to play drums in 2000 at age 10 or 11

  • What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?

    My Dad played in a band and my bedroom was right above the drum kit, so I was kind of subliminally brain washed in my sleep.  Inspirations at a young age were as follows 1. Animal 2. John Bonham 3. Travis Barker

  • Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?

    I took a few years of lessons from a local drum teacher who happened to also play marimba in my Dad's bad. Being a dumb kid I gave up on these lessons because I wanted to play the whole kit and not just the snare drum. Many years later I kicked myself in the ass for this decision.

  • Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?

    AFI - Sing the Sorrow tour - It was the first show that me and my buddies were old enough to drive ourself the 2 hours to the nearest city that had shows. The venue was dark and all of a sudden you hear the drums kick in for Miseria Cantare -- The Beginning and Oh Buddy was my mind blown!!! 

  • Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?
    I was in concert band from grade 5 -12 easiest 90% of my life!!!

  • Were you in any bands in high school?

    I was in a rock band that was called The Rons, we started to back a country / folk artist simply known as Heather and The Rons I was the youngest in the band by 7 years

  1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?
    We rented an old farm house just outside our prairie town. We would play every bar in town and eventually rent out the Legion Hall and do a DIY show. Just us playins as two different bands.

    Where did you record your first demo tape?
    It was a little demo studio in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan called Demos by Del. The engineer was named Del Ryan

  • What kind of drummer would you say you are?

    I would say I am a rock drummer with a groove. 

  • Who are your influences now?

    Travis Barker
    Jeff Kummer 
    Tristan Kelly
    Chad Smith
    Matt Cameron 
    Hawksley Workman - Mounties

  • What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?

    To be able to share my love of music with others. If thats 1 person in the crowd or 200. The moment music isn't fun anymore I am out! 

  • What’s your favorite song to play along to?

    Gasoline - Halsey - The drums are so open / almost non existent that it allows you so much musical freedom to play with.

  • If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?

    The Early November

  • If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?

    Jeff Kummer 

  • What’s your warm up or practice routine?

    Rudiments on a practice pad to warm up before a show. I also have to stretch like mad or I cramp up mid song. 

  • Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?

    Does beer drinking count? 

  • Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

    12X12, 16X16 18X22 it's a min to late 80's Tama Superstar Kit. I have a 7 X 14 SJC snare on it's way. Honestly it's how the kit came, I bought it second hand off of my uncle I love the sounds I get from them. 

    My cymbals are mostly Sabian AAX and HHX with an old Zildjian ride with no markings on it. 

  • If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?

    My snare drum! 

  • Where can we find more information about you?

Instagram @Nerdweilerprod


awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums? At the ripe ol' age of 12!

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums? When I was in second grade, at a school assembly a local drummer who worked as a sound effects engineer for a film studio came to show us what he did for work. I remember sitting front and center staring bright eyed while he played while all the kids surrounding me were covering their ears due to the volume. I knew from that day that I wanted to play drums - didn't get the opportunity for several more years though!

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher? Never had the opportunity to have a private teacher while I was just starting, I learned essentially everything I knew from my school band programs and from playing along to all of my favorite albums. I did have the opportunity to spend a weekend in California with one of my favorite drummers (Derek Rock from Suburban Legends) taking lessons. Learned a TON from him! 

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why? I've had the fortune of seeing some incredible shows over the years, but I think the one that stands out the most to me was actually my first real show I ever went to! The Aquabats in the summer of 2004! I wound up sharing the stage with them in that same venue a mere 4 years later! Coincidentally that show in 2004 was the first time I saw an SJC kit in person!

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school? All of the above. If there was a band program in school, I was in it. Jazz band, Marching band, Concert band, Pit orchestra, Symphonic orchestra... I practically lived in that room.

    6. Were you in any bands in high school? Oh yes... So truly truly awful. I didn't experience playing with a REAL band until after I graduated.

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls? Super sloppy ska band and a really awful blink 182-esque punk band. The ska band managed to make it to the state battle of the bands and our singer got super drunk and essentially screamed the lyrics with no consonants. Good times!

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape? The very first demo we recorded was at my neighbors house across the street in a makeshift studio.

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are? Definitely more of a power drummer. I try to focus on being solid, but could definitely use some work on my chops!

    8. Who are your influences now? Several of the more solid drummers I've seen - Will Hull-Brown, Chris Tsagakis, Todd Rosenberg, Zac Farro, Javier Torres... drawing a blank now, but the list goes on!

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician? To continue playing the music I love, hopefully for all my friends and more!

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to? Mastering the List - RX Bandits

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be? My band! I'm not worthy of playing with the bands I idolize!

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be? I've had the fortune of meeting a few of my favorite drummers, but it would be incredible to meet Will Hull-Brown from The Cat Empire!

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine? Stretch my wrists and arms, spin my wrists to get the blood flowing.

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite? I do audio engineering and I love it! I've recorded pretty much all of the music I've been a part of for the last 7 years!

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs? See my post on rig rundown>aerial rundown [smile]

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be? Totes my snare! 

    17. Where can we find more information about you? My Facebook has a lot of that info! http://www.facebook.com/theskaboss

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    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums? At the ripe ol' age of 12!

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums? When I was in second grade, at a school assembly a local drummer who worked as a sound effects engineer for a film studio came to show us what he did for work. I remember sitting front and center staring bright eyed while he played while all the kids surrounding me were covering their ears due to the volume. I knew from that day that I wanted to play drums - didn't get the opportunity for several more years though!

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher? Never had the opportunity to have a private teacher while I was just starting, I learned essentially everything I knew from my school band programs and from playing along to all of my favorite albums. I did have the opportunity to spend a weekend in California with one of my favorite drummers (Derek Rock from Suburban Legends) taking lessons. Learned a TON from him! 

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why? I've had the fortune of seeing some incredible shows over the years, but I think the one that stands out the most to me was actually my first real show I ever went to! The Aquabats in the summer of 2004! I wound up sharing the stage with them in that same venue a mere 4 years later! Coincidentally that show in 2004 was the first time I saw an SJC kit in person!

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school? All of the above. If there was a band program in school, I was in it. Jazz band, Marching band, Concert band, Pit orchestra, Symphonic orchestra... I practically lived in that room.

    6. Were you in any bands in high school? Oh yes... So truly truly awful. I didn't experience playing with a REAL band until after I graduated.

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls? Super sloppy ska band and a really awful blink 182-esque punk band. The ska band managed to make it to the state battle of the bands and our singer got super drunk and essentially screamed the lyrics with no consonants. Good times!

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape? The very first demo we recorded was at my neighbors house across the street in a makeshift studio.

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are? Definitely more of a power drummer. I try to focus on being solid, but could definitely use some work on my chops!

    8. Who are your influences now? Several of the more solid drummers I've seen - Will Hull-Brown, Chris Tsagakis, Todd Rosenberg, Zac Farro, Javier Torres... drawing a blank now, but the list goes on!

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician? To continue playing the music I love, hopefully for all my friends and more!

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to? Mastering the List - RX Bandits

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be? My band! I'm not worthy of playing with the bands I idolize!

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be? I've had the fortune of meeting a few of my favorite drummers, but it would be incredible to meet Will Hull-Brown from The Cat Empire!

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine? Stretch my wrists and arms, spin my wrists to get the blood flowing.

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite? I do audio engineering and I love it! I've recorded pretty much all of the music I've been a part of for the last 7 years!

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs? See my post on rig rundown>aerial rundown [smile]

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be? Totes my snare! 

    17. Where can we find more information about you? My Facebook has a lot of that info! http://www.facebook.com/theskaboss

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      A classic picture from high school Jason:
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dude this is amazing! The holz setup was tight!

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Hey guys! I decided it was time to sit down and do this thing!

    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums?
      I was 3 years old

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?
      My dad was/is a drummer so I was around drums from the very beginning.

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?
      I took some one on one lessons with my band teacher from 6th grade until I graduated high school.

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?
      My wife and I took my kiddo to see Twenty One Pilots at the beginning of this month. It was amazing and it was my son's first concert and they happen to be his favorite band. I'll admit I was a bit teary eyed during the show.

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?
      I was in all the bands in school. Elementary band, high school band, jazz band, marching band, pep band etc.

    6. Were you in any bands in high school?
      I used to jam with a guy that thought he could play bass in 7th grade and we called ourselves Misguiding. My first real band started in high school and we were Impure.

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?
        We were a basement band at first, played talent shows at the high school, parties and stuff like that. We ended up staying together for a long time and played a lot of shows.

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape?
        It was recorded in my parents basement.

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are?
      I like to think of myself as a pretty well rounded drummer. I grew up playing 80's rock, and jamming along to the radio, and then really got into Jazz. That's when I really started to focus on playing the drums, learning my rudiments and such.

    8. Who are your influences now?
      Buddy Rich and Jimmy Chamberlain will always be my main influences but right now I would say Anika Nilles, JP Bouvet, but mostly Lorne Walker.

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?
      I would love to be able to quit my day job and support my family by playing drums but also I want to die behind the kit, mid paradiddle.

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to?
      Either With Teeth by Nine Inch Nails or 3's and 7's by Queens of The Stone Age

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?
      I think currently it would be Twenty One Pilots. Those guys look like they are having a blast playing those giant fun shows.

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?
      Buddy Rich hands down.

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine?
      Just hand stretches and doubles on a practice pad usually.

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?
      Playing video games with my kiddo, hanging with my dogs.

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

      SJC Coke Bottle Green Acryic
      18x20 kick
      14x16 floor
      7x12 rack
      7x14 snare

      I went with the smaller kick drum because I've always loved the punch from a 20'' kick but the 18'' depth adds some boom to it as well. As for as the rack tom I initially wanted a 9x12, but I've had several and they've kinda been odd for me, something about a 9'' deep tom has never fit the music I've been playing. The floor tom is just the size I've always had. I'm really happy with the sizes i currently have but my next kit is going to have bigger sizes.

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?
      Snare  

    17. Where can we find more information about you?
      Add me on facebook and instagram!! You can also check out my band on facebook and soundcloud
      Just search Zach Vernon on facebook
      instagram is vachzernon_sjc
      and the band is Buildings Like Mountains

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    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums?
      14

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?
      Joshua Dun, Travis Barker, and Casey Cooper

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?
      I am now. Started without lessons for a few months. My teacher is Nathan Whitehurst, he knows a few people who work at SJC

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?
      Twenty One Pilots, it had so much energy and one of my favorite drummers, and it is the only one I have been to so far.

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?
      No, I am homeschooled but will join a marching band for homeschoolers in the area.

    6. Were you in any bands in high school?
      Not yet

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are?
      Alternative, Rock, Punk

    8. Who are your influences now?
      Tre Cool, Josh Dun, Travis Barker, Jared Falk, Casey Cooper, Adam Tuminaro, Benny Greb, Ronnie Vannucci, Luke Holland, Cobus Potgieter

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?
      To have more energy and play the drums harder and better then anyone I know, but to stay humble.

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to?
      After Midnight by Blink-182

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?
      My own. I don't want to conform to some other band's sound. I want something new and unique.

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?
      Josh Dun. To say thanks for getting me started.

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine?
      Flip wrists backwards holding sticks to stretch them, then shake wrists and fore arms out. Follow up with 15-20 min on practice set/pad on maneuvering and speeding up doubles, paradiddles, six stroke roll, four stroke roll, and singles. That is warm up, and then I work on my weekly assignment's from my teacher and whatever songs I am trying to learn on my own. Right now that means working on a fluid and powerful train beat and making fills with cymbals incorporated.

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?
      I live and breath drums. Other then that it is church basically. I am a Mormon. Always will be.

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?
      PDP Concept Maple 7 pc (white),  set with a 14" hand hammered (by me) TAMA Rockstar snare. 7", 10", 12", 14", 16", 22".  13" Sabian B8 hats (I am going to drill them soon to make them like FX hats), 14" Meinl HCS Crash, and 20" Zildjian A Custom Projection Ride (VERY crashable). I hope to soon play SJC drums, before I even got my first kit, I wanted to play SJC. I play PDP now because it is great sound for little money, which is all I need right now.

      I wanted to play SJC because I knew Josh Dun did, which meant I needed to. But now it is more then that. They are beautiful sounding and looking drums and I would be so proud to bash a kit like that. 

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?
      Snare

    17. Where can we find more information about you?
      Instagram.  n_schulzke

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I'll always love that side by side photo! So sick! The fact you started so young definitely explains your killer chops!

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So fun getting to know all of you!


How old were you when you first started playing the drums?
It was 12 when I got some drums. But my mom's pots and pans still have dents in the bottom from when I was 4 or 5.

What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?
I grew up in a musical family. Just about everyone played something. But rock & roll is reall what drew me to the drums. My uncle played in rock bands. So I got to hear the stories and legends of things that I wanted to do.

Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?
Most of what I know I self taught. Locking myself up with the first two Deftones records is what really taught me how to get a feel and groove while still being aggresive and pushing a song in the right way. I also took lessons from Jason Gann after I had been playing for a handful of years. Jason is one of those guys that is a soulful machine. He was the one that could push me to get to the next level but make sure that I nailed it and retained it.

Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?
The last one I played? It's so hard to say. I get so zoned into the vibe of each show, as well as focusing on what I'm playing and how I'm playing with my bandmates, that every show is the most memorable... until the next one.

Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?
I started on alto sax in middle school and through the first two years of high school. I was playing drums at home and in bands most that time. But with band directors and other staff changing one year, I was somehow able to smooth talk my way into drum line for the next two years.

Were you in any bands in high school?
There were a handful of bands throughout high school. I just wanted to play drums. So I would play with anyone and everyone. Punk is always my true love. But it was awesome getting to play with the songwriters and the classic rock dudes to any other random thing I could find to get into. As long as there were sticks in my hands, I was good to go.

What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?
House shows!! All house shows. And they were mostly pretty awesome. Of course in the rual south, there's a lot of farms and space. So house shows would be a mix of basements, barns, garages, fields with generators, tractor trailer beds in back yards, etc. It was rad.

Where did you record your first demo tape?
My house! It's kinda cool, when I was in middle school I decided I wanted to make records and play drums. You know what?? That's exactly what I'm doing for a living at 31. Hold tight to your dreams, kids. Play drums if you want to to play drums. No reason not to.

What kind of drummer would you say you are?
I would say that I'm a drummer who really wants to play would soul and vibe while still being in charge of the power and feel of a song.

Who are your influences now?
Atom Willard - I mean, come on. When that guy plays, he almost always has a stupid grin on his face while he's absolutely shredding on his kit. That influences me greatly.

What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?
To be better. To move people with a connection to something intangible. To always have fun.

What’s your favorite song to play along to?
Any of The Loved One's records. Mike Sneeringer can play a drum kit. I like playing along to those powerful grooves and fills.

If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?
All the bands I would want to play for wouldn't be what they are without their drummer.

If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?
Buddy Rich. I'm curious as to what he would yell at me for doing wrong and fire me.

What’s your warm up or practice routine?
LaCroix and stretches.

Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?
Motorcycles. I love those two wheeled death machines. I currently have a Harley Sportster and a 71 Yamaha XS650.

Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?
My usual live set up is the SJC 60's black oyster kit. 18x24, 8x12, 14x16. This kit sounds huge with almost any tuning. I keep the kick punchy and the toms thundering low. It works for a lot the rock and shoe gaze I play.

I also have an SJC kit from 2007 that's a white sparkle wrap. Super clean looking. 20x20, 8x10, 12x14. I use this kit a lot in my studio. For a tight and controlled sound.

I've got a handful of snares. A handful of SJC snares, a pork pie, and an old Ludwig.

So I've got it covered from stage to studio. Whether it's my own band or any clients that come to record with me that need specific sounds.


If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?
That 18x24 kick I just mentioned. That thing kicks so much ass. It's easy to mic, cuts through a mix nicely and is really comfortable for me to get what I need out of it. A lot of people like bringing a snare. I'd rather have my kick.

Where can we find more information about you?
http://KyleTroop.com
http://instagram.com/kyletroop

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    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums?
      I was 12

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?
      My best friend had a band (it was pretty much a Nirvana cover band), but their drummer never wanted to practice at all. One day they asked me to listen 'Drain You' so I could play with them cause their drummer didnt show up again. About 4 months later I got my parents and my uncle to buy me my first drum kit, it was a Tama swingstar I believe

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?
      Sadly I never have. But I have been thinking of taking some cause I know I do somethings wrong that I should fix...

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?
      I'd have to say one of the shows I saw Thursday play at the Palladium in Worcester MA. I got backstage and got to meet the hole band. I have a the Thursday Dove tattooed on my side and they all signed it and I was able to get all of their real signatures tattooed around the dove the next day. A close second is a couple years later I was seeing them at Palladium again and on the sidewalk Tucker Rule (Thursdays drummer) was filming a video for Zildjian and he recognized me. The video is still up on youtube and on the Zildjian website.

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?
      My school did not have a band

    6. Were you in any bands in high school?
      Yes

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?
        Played mostly in basements and garages, a few shows in a school basement in Lowell MA.

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape?
        A guys basement in Nashua NH. He had a really good set-up though

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are?
      This is a really hard question to answer. I try to play as many different styles as I can. I think it helps so much with creativity.. But I guess what i enjoy to play the most would be pop/punk. Just so much you can do...

    8. Who are your influences now?
      Phil J is so great to watch, makes me want to play the second I'm done watch a video of his. Atom Willard, Travis Barker, Mike Ambrose, Thomas Pridgen, Jeff Salem, Matt Garstka... many more as well

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?
      Clearly it would be great to be able to make a living and provide for the people I love most in the world, my kids, from playing the drums. But I just want to keep playing, having as much fun as possible, and become as good as I can possibly be

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to?
      I'd have to say any other the Thursday, or Angels and Airwaves albums. Nothing super hard, just so fun to play along with.

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?
      Filling in for Travis Barker, playing in front of so many people, would be pretty awesome..

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?
      Thomas Pridgen

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine?
      I used to just sit down play. Getting older though I find that's not very bright haha. I usually stretch a little (5-10 min) but nothing much else

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?
      I play a lot of poker, played for a living before I had kids and still love to do it as much as I can

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?
      Right now I have a PDP concept series birch kit. I'm a really short guy so I have to mount the toms off to the side of the bass otherwise they are way to high lol. Bass drum is 18"x22", two rack toms are 8"x10" and 9"x12" floor tom is 14"x16". This kit is the 4th Ive had and these sizes have been my favorite since I had my second kit. I cant wait to get my 8"x13" maple snare (black, with my daughters handprints, and my sons footpprint on it. with brass hdrw) from SJC, hopefully just a couple more weeks till I can come pick it up. I am so excited I cant even explain it. I'm currently saving up to have you guys build me a custom kit, already have most of it figured out in my head, just need the $$$

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?
      probably my snare

    17. Where can we find more information about you?
      https://www.facebook.com/matt.donovan.5268
      instagram: Matt5MD

      I dont have many pictures of myself playing, First one was taken about 2 years ago. Second one was taken over 10 years ago. I'll update this in early August. Going on and 11 date tour filling in for a friends band, I'm sure to get a lot more pictures from that.

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How old were you when you first started playing the drums? 14 or 15? I don't remember exactly. It was exactly a month before my birthday I know that

What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?

Jimmy Sullivan and Arin Ilejay of Avenged Sevenfold (unfortunately no longer). Those two dudes still inspire me to this day, and 90% of my current style of drumming came from Arin's playing on Hail to the King (probably favorite album of all time)

Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?

Never took a lesson besides brief YouTube videos for concepts I just couldn't get! Otherwise 100% self taught!

Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?

Either Fit for a King and talking to Jared Easterling after the show or seeing Whitechapel and a bunch of local bands and actually getting to help set up and talk to almost every member of every band including Whitechapel! I'm all about personality in bands like that

Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?

Nah not at all, most of them actually look down on me and are pretty harsh and cocky

Were you in any bands in high school?

Still am! UYB! (United Yet Broken)

What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls? Basement band with a few shows here and there, looking to change that soon!

Where did you record your first demo tape?

My basement! I'm an aspiring audio engineer as well [wink]

What kind of drummer would you say you are?

Power and groove all the way, thanks to Hail to the King and Vinnie Paul

Who are your influences now?

Pretty much everyone who I've already talked about. Jimmy, Arin, Vinnie, Jared, little bit of Lars too.

What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?

Playing out, inspiring others, and making great music!

What’s your favorite song to play along to?

Shepherd of Fire (Avenged Sevenfold) or Vengeful One (Disturbed)

If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?

METALLICA dude that'd be sweet. The songs are a perfect blend between groove and speed. You're never too bored, but also never too overwhelmed.

If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?

Jimmy Sullivan! He was incredibly creative and I'd love to talk and get a vibe of how his mind worked.

What’s your warm up or practice routine?

Taking a stab at playing whatever song has been on my mind all day! Even if I've never played it before, I just give it a shot. Unless I was listening to technical deathmetal or something. Then I just kinda mess around with different beats.

Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?

I play Battlefield 1? That's my jam, but otherwise music is legitimately everything

Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?

24x14, 13x9, 18x16, all maple and (upcoming) 14x7 bell brass snare. I love deep sounding drums because of the music I learned metal with. I grew up with AC/DC and so Power toms filled my ears since I was a child. I love rock sounding drums, despite playing in a metal band, and those all seemed the perfect sizes to blend the two. The bell brass is because of how well it records and how loud it is, much thanks to the Black Album!

If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?

That bell brass snare!

Where can we find more information about you?

Instagram at tony_uyb or my Facebook! Instagram is far more music related, though.

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    1. How old were you when you first started playing the drums?
      18

    2. What or who inspired you to start playing the drums?
      My long lost Cousin

    3. Did you take lessons? For how long, who was your teacher?
      Freshmen yr college

    4. Most memorable show you’ve been to? Why?
      Anti Flag- Feb 21st 2016 SATX, in the middle of the show they said to shake the hand of the person next to you, and that every1 at thier shows are friends , there were more hugs then hand shakes....ive nvr gotten hugs from other punk rockers at any show ever...only with Anti-Flag 

    5. Were you in the band (jazz, marching) in high school?
      should of been

    6. Were you in any bands in high school?
      Nopes far from it

      1. What was it like? Garage band, VFW halls?

      2. Where did you record your first demo tape?

    7. What kind of drummer would you say you are?
      Punk Player

    8. Who are your influences now?
      Pat Thetic, Mike Ambrose, Matt Skiba, Derek Grant, Andrew WK, Justin Nace

    9. What are your aspirations as a drummer/musician?
      Im not smart enough to know what that means yet

    10. What’s your favorite song to play along to?
      alot of NOfx Songs!!!

    11. If you could play drums for one band, who would it be?
      The Cure

    12. If you could meet one drummer, alive or passed, who would it be?
      The Rev 

    13. What’s your warm up or practice routine?
      Tom build ups

    14. Do you do any activities besides drums? What’s your favorite?
      I use to play college Golf, soooo I do that and love to exercise

    15. Can you give us a walkthrough of your drums, and why you chose those specs?
      20x22 bass kick for the deep low end tone, 7x12 rack for the sharp and quick high pitch hit, 15x16 floor tom for the low end rolling overtones and 7x14 snare to have the opportunity to have the thick sound for the fast punk beat, then switch gears to lay into the ultimate breakdown with awww power to give the song/style aesthetic 

    16. If you could only bring 1 piece of gear to a gig, what would it be?
      A Single Grenade.......goin out with a bang \m/

    17. Where can we find more information about you?
      facebook.com/ninetysevengrenade
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