Why does KJ use these particular sizes and shell material?
"Kevin uses these particular tom sizes because the high notes work well with this kind of music and the range is sufficient to cover all the sounds he needs to produce. He uses Bubinga shells which are well known for having an aggressive attack yet still a nice, fat low-end!"
How does KJ like his drums tuned?
"Tuned even and quite low, especially on the floor toms, though the kick is actually tuned quite high."
Do you use much damping on the heads?
"Yes we do! Top and bottom. We use triggers on the toms for some tracks so a little damping helps keep the trigger sensitivity where we need it to be."
How often do you change heads?
"For most kits I would change all heads at the same time but not on this kit. The heads wear well and so mainly the snare and 10" tom, say every 10 shows. The rest when they need it - no pattern or structure there, I just keep an eye on it."
KJ also uses triggers and some electronics. How integral are these to re-producing the band’s sound live?
"Absolutely. Very. Completely!"
What about cymbals?
"Meinl. Kev smashed two large crashes in the first few gigs so we moved up a size by an inch and problem solved!"
Does KJ get through many cymbals/sticks?
"No. He’s a very precise, accurate player, so stick and cymbal wear is at a minimum."
What’s the most unusual thing KJ has in his set-up?
"A six foot sword."
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