Thom on his approach to crafting drum parts
“When we’re writing and I’m playing the drums, I play what I think sounds good, what feels good straightaway and then I try to figure out how to make it as unique as possible without going completely off the wall.”
“It has to be coherent but it’s hard to describe how I do it. You just keep trying until you get something that works and is unique.
“We all have input on each other’s parts. We’ve learned that you have to put your ego aside for the benefit of the track, you have to forget about the fact that you might not be playing until halfway through the song. You’ve got to compromise.
“It is hard but I’ve learned that it works with everyone working together. Now I’ve got a lot better just from touring so much, I’m a lot more confident. I seem to know what works better and I seem to know what the other guys like better as well. I’m less scatty, it’s a bit more professional now.”
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