DW 9000 hardware; Remo heads - Clear Vintage Emperors (tom batters), Ambassadors (bottom), Coated X14 (snare), Powerstroke 3 (kick); Vic Firth X5B sticks; Roland SPD-SX and triggers; “Woodshed Stage Art for all my head graphics”
How much do you use triggers live?
“On the last tour it was 95 percent organic and five percent triggering. Now I’ll probably be triggering a lot more songs. There are some cool drum sounds on the new album so I’ll probably trigger a lot of kick and snare.
“I always like to get distinguishing sounds off the album and I’ll act as a drummer/percussionist, putting in little extra sound effects. We just did Radio 1 Live and as soon as I started the intro for ‘Runaway Baby’, they knew exactly what I was playing.
“It comes with the territory, that’s why I tell younger musicians, learn to play the music and do it justice by respecting the music. It’s not about showcasing yourself. This is not the Eric Hernandez show. It’s a Bruno Mars concert so I want to do my part and respect the music that my brother wrote and play it properly.”
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