DW 9000 series pedal; Gibraltar hardware; Vic Firth 2B wood tip sticks; Remo heads - Clear Emperors on toms batter side, Ambassadors on resonant side, Powerstroke 3 on kick, Emperor Vintage on snare
Why do you have your tech Ben playing with you live?
“You can be more percussive with other drums, it doesn’t need to be a whole other drumset but you can add another part. You overdub an extra floor tom or an extra beat to elevate a part.
“I guess that started happening on the third record where I had a lot of time on my hands. It was like, ‘I’ve got an idea for this.’ When that happened I was like, ‘We have to do this live. I can’t just ignore the fact that there are two other things happening,’ and that’s when Ben started playing with us.
“Also, aesthetically it looks great. A lot of people are doing the double drummer thing now. I think it looks really cool to see two drummers play.
“I like Blue Man Group. They have 19 drummers at once. I love very theatrical drumming and that’s how I think about it a lot now. I think of drum parts in tribal or theatrical terms at the moment. I think about Cirque Du Soleil and Blue Man Group, I don’t think about rock music. I don’t know if that’s a good thing. A lot of those tribal things are simplistic beats layered over each other.”