If you could go back and teach your younger drumming self one thing, what would it be?
“Nothing. I like right where I’m at and how I turned out.”
How do you think the drum industry has changed over the last 25 years, and where do you think it's going?
“I think it’s cool that over the years I’ve seen magazines like Modern Drummer and more conservative magazines open up and cover more genres and styles of artists.”
Like acknowledging punk, for instance?
“Yeah, or death metal or people you wouldn’t normally see.When I grew up, all I saw was jazz dudes.No diss to jazz dudes or fusion dudes or funk dudes, they were all good.I grew up on Gadd and Dennis Chambers.It’s so cool when you’re young and you like all that stuff, respect to all our peers and legends, but it’s also cool to hear about your favourite drummer in that way out band that you like that they normally wouldn’t cover.I think it’s cool they do that.I’ve always thought the drum community was pretty cool.All the magazines would put chop busters in there and then transcriptions from someone’s song.I grew up on all that, so I love it.”
You are part of our 25 Drum Icons feature. What does it mean to you to be classified as a drumming icon, and who else would you choose to include?
“I love Gadd, Dave Lombardo, Mikkey Dee, Keith Moon, John Bonham, John Blackwell, Fish, Rob Carson... it’s hard, there are so many.To even be listed as an icon, it’s another one of those ‘moments’.”