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What is your biggest quirk as a drummer? – Drum Soul
“Finding that I can’t carry some things from the practice song to the stage when I overthink them. For example, there might be something I’m playing something with ease. I might have worked on it for a week, and then I achieve it and can do it with my eyes closed, but I sometimes can’t make that transition from the practice song to the stage because I’m hitting so differently. That happens when I’m playing with the band – I have to pound out hits. Being on stage just isn’t the same as being in a practice room, which is a much more relaxed situation.”
Pick any famous drummer living or dead. Who would you most like to take a drum lesson with? Leo Matson
“There are so many! [Laughs] Trying to pick just one is hard because each one does what no other drummer does. I’m hesitating because I’m trying to figure out what I would want the most. Maybe that answer is unique: There isn’t just one person.
“This speaks to the way I see drums and drumming and human beings. It’s like, everybody does something special. For example, if I could take a lesson with Buddy Rich, I would ask him what he feels and visualizes before he goes to the stage to carry the kind of confidence that he does.
“If it were John Bonham, I would ask him what he thinks about mentally to control his velocities the way that he does in the studio. I’d like to know how he deals with those voices in his head, which might make a guy like me not think and overhit, or just explode with something.
“That’s really what I’d like to know: What’s going on in these drummers’ minds? What are they thinking about and visualizing to try to achieve what they do?”