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Pearl Reference Pure Series: 22x18-inch kick drum (x2); 10x8-inch tom; 12x9-inch tom; 16x16-inch floor tom; 18x16-inch floor tom; 14x61⁄2-inch snare
“What happened was I was a last-minute drum tech in 2009 because they didn’t have one. It was the first time I’d done it and I ended up doing two tours. I was teching and I left and they got another tech.
“While he was on tour, he [Travis Smith] wanted to sit out a tour and they asked me to come fill in right after I quit teching. I didn’t think I was going to be permanent, then they asked me to stay and I was like, ‘Of course.’
“That first tour went so well. We’re just having fun. It definitely took some getting used to at first. When I was working for them, I didn’t realise how popular they really were.
“I only did US tours with them and I saw the US crowds. It was on Mayhem Fest and they have a load of bands [on the bill], but now when you put Trivium alone on a tour it was like, wow, there are a lot of people coming out to these shows. It definitely took some getting used to at first but now that I’ve made an album with them, it’s not so new.”