What is Steve like to work for?
"He’s an absolute dream as he has no ego whatsoever. Drumming is so natural to him. His sticking and brush work are extraordinary, but more importantly he is a great human being. I finally learnt what the phrase ‘he makes the drums talk’ means.
"He has great humility, humour and is very welcoming and encouraging to all. His main asset is that he knows when to play and when not to."
What is special about Steve’s requirements?
"Nothing really… well, apart from new jokes. As with all seasoned pros he is very laid back but takes his input very seriously. The main area of concern is for him to know that you are paying attention during the gig in case of monitor adjustments or mishaps and to deal with them quickly. No crowd watching or you’ll miss it!"
What is special about Steve’s gear?
"The toms are birch for more attack and the bass is maple for warmth. He has a full packing blanket folded and placed in the bass drum that touches both heads. The toms are tuned for response as well as sound. To achieve the response they are tuned higher and dampened using gaffer tape and tissue. MoonGel may be used on the snare.
"Unfortunately for me, Steve has great hearing! I replace heads individually, only when required. The snare is used until it loses its sound, but generally it stays on until it pops!"
What would you and Steve never leave home without?
"Me: laptop and phone; Steve: coffee."
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