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"I do think it’s useful for a drummer to have a click or a metronome in their pocket in case they need it, although I was definitely afraid of them for years!
"They were intimidating, because I was afraid of not being able to lock in to the click, and that people would think I was a poor drummer. But I finally conquered it, and half the songs played in an Interpol set are on click and half are not. Both have their merits.
"Some kid might be in an out-and-out punk rock band, and a click might not be necessary, because dips and valleys in the tempo are good. Look at John Bonham: that was all feeling, but I guarantee you that he had to nail it down on a click track. I just think it’s a good thing to have.
"How you go about it is up to you: in this day and age it doesn’t have to be a click noise, you can program in a little percussion part to send you the beat. Then it becomes like a percussionist that you’re playing with."