Roland SPD-SX; Roland PD-8 x2; Porter and Davies BC2; Vic Firth 55A’s; Heads: Remo - Emperor X snare heads; coated Emperors on toms; coated Powerstroke 3 on kicks; Protection Racket Cases and drum mat
So what is the key to becoming a stadium pop drummer, is it a balance of personality, versatility, ability and work ethic?
“I think you’ve answered that yourself there. For me, all the things I like to be as a working drummer is professional, efficient, I hope I’m good to get on with, a good team player.
“When I’m on stage I’m very much a perfectionist. Nobody likes making mistakes but everybody makes them, being able to recover from a mistake is important. You need to be strong, you’re playing big gigs and responsible for a lot of stuff, I like that responsibility.
“When you’re playing in a band it is so important to listen to the rest of the band. It’s easy on these gigs to fill every space with a fill, but to me it is more impressive that when somebody gets the chance they play something nice and the band plays together. We’re 45ft apart on this gig, but I’m still listening to Malcolm the bass player and getting off on his playing every night.”
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