“When a band brings somebody in it’s because they need somebody to tour with. Aside from the obvious ‘can they handle the parts?’ question, the first thing that comes up is, ‘Can I hang out with this person for a lengthy period of time and handle it?’
"There are instances where people can be great drummers but they’re a pain in the ass to deal with, and I think a lot of the time people would sacrifice a little bit of skill to have someone they can get along with. Touring means you’re going to be in pretty close quarters every day for a very long time. People can get on each other’s nerves very quickly if they don’t get along well to begin with. I’ve had to audition people for The New Regime touring band and there have definitely been people who have been easier to deal with than others.
"As a drummer, I almost make a point to be extra quiet when I’m first introduced to a new situation, just so I can get an understanding of how these people are. I’m always coming into a situation where there’s a tight-knit group of people and I’m the odd man out; I want to see how they are as people and they want to see how I am.You don’t want to get off on the wrong foot – make a good first impression, tread lightly and be very aware.”