"The challenge is reproducing the different sounds and doing them justice live. Some things are in the hands of the front-of-house engineer. With other things, Shannon and I have little tricks, like dropping snares off while he’s playing a fill to go into a part where strands aren’t used on the snare, then flipping them back on.
"The record is very electronic and synth-heavy, so to play all these sounds we brought a bunch of V-Drum pads in to give us versatility. A song like Hurricane has three different snares and three different kick sounds, as well as other one-hit sounds, so currently Shannon is playing a nine-piece kit, with nine electronic pads, chimes and a mess of cymbals.
"But Shannon’s sound is his technique. He’s an animal behind that kit, so I love giving him tons of things to beat up!"
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