Yamaha Oak Custom: 24x18-inch & 22x18-inch kick drums; 14x51/2-inch snare; 14x8-inch Loud snare; 13x7-inch Musashi snare; 8x7-inch, 10x8-inch & 12x9-inch toms; 16x16-inch floor tom; 18x16-inch Gong drum
How do you approach replicating the sounds from Rihanna’s original recordings?
“I have electronic pads and triggers incorporated in my acoustic kit. We’ll take a lot of sounds from the record and place them in the sampler and then I’ll trigger that snare or kick sound or bells and whistles and reverb claps.
“It was designed that way so it wouldn’t feel like a robot is playing. This is the first time I’ve ever played electronics to this extent on every song.
“I have to change every patch myself, so I have a foot switch next to the hi-hat pedal so sometimes in the middle of songs I have to hit the switch. It took me a while to get used to it but I think I’ve got it now.”