Tama hardware including Speed Cobra double pedal, Iron Cobra lever glidehi-hat stand & 1st Chair Ergo Rider drum throne; Vater 5B woodtip sticks; Evans heads: EQ3 clear bass, EQ3 black resonant bass, EQ Pad muffler, AF Patch, Power Center snare batter, 300 snare side, G2 clear tom tops, G1 clear tom bottoms
Is the writing a democratic process?
“It’s democratic. Everyone contributes. It happens a whole bunch of different ways. I could write something at home. Everyone writes a little bit of something at home. Or, we come in and we have one riff or two riffs. Someone else has a riff that goes with that one, something like that.
“I feel like it doesn’t become a Mastodon song until everyone has some input on it. Everyone touches the song in a certain way. It does something different and it brings something different to the table to make it sound like us.
“If it’s just one person by themselves, it doesn’t sound like Mastodon to me. Everyone gets in there and contributes a little bit.”