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WHO IS IAN O‘NEILL?





Name: Ian O’Neill

Paiste Artist Since: 2013

Website: Ian O‘Neill – Official Website

Other Projects (Websites):

 

Colbie Caillat – Official Website

Cassadee Pope – Official Website

Social Media:

Twitter (@thisianoneill)

Instagram (@thisianoneill)

 


Birthday: March 10

Hometown: Originally, Fairfield, CT; now: Nashville, TN

Playing Drums Since: 1991

First Drum Kit: The first real kit I had played around town as a kid was an amazing sounding bright green Yamaha Stage Custom. I was incredibly lucky to have drums that are musical to play on so early in my development as a musician.

First Paiste Cymbal: 20" Giant Beat Multifunctional Crash

Favorite Paiste Cymbal and Why: Impossible question to answer! Too many to list here. At the moment though, my favorite is the 20“ Masters Dark Crash/Ride. This is the most versatile cymbal in my arsenal and can be both a warm full-bodied crash AND a dirty china type, depending on how you play it. I love knowing that I have the ability to dig in and ride a crash without worrying it will overpower the entire kit (and more importantly, the VOCAL).

Heroes: Musically? Steve Jordan. The End. Disovering him at a somewhat early age really helped me focus on my playing and inspired me to put time into learning how to really serve a song. So far, my entire career has hinged on this concept.

Hobbies: Pretending to be healthy, playing chess and being a nerd.

Favorite Food: Ice cream and also ice cream. Seriously though, Ben & Jerry's 'Cherry Garcia.' 

Favorite Movie: This week? Probably, “Inception.“ Anything directed by Christopher Nolan.

Top 3 Albums: So (Peter Gabriel), Everything You Want (Vertical Horizon), Continuum (John Mayer)

Favorite Car or Motorcycle vs. Your Ride: Tour bus

Favorite Song That You Recorded/Tracked On: This is a tough one. I’d say my favorite at the moment is a song called "Temple" by Canvas (new song by a new band from Nashville, TN).

Favorite Holiday Destination: What vacation?

Favorite City / Cities: This one is a tie between London, England & Jacksonville, Oregon, USA (not kidding).

With Whom Would You Like To Go Out On A Date? Why? : Somebody artistic, kind and supportive. She lives in London.

My Best Ever Session: I’d have to say my favorite show was playing with Gavin DeGraw at Madison Square Garden in NYC, opening for Billy Joel. I will never forget it.

Favorite Paiste Artist Show I Attended: Sara Bareilles‘ summer 2014 show. Fellow Paiste artist Steve Goold on drums. Very few drummers are able to infuse such an incredible level of musicianship and innovation in a pop-genre show without stepping on the artist’s toes. From production to performance, it was one of the very best.

If I Wasn’t A Drummer, I’d Be A….: ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

What You Can’t Buy With Money: Genuine personal happiness.

My Ritual(s) Before A Show and/or a Recording Session: STRETCHING!!! Monumentally important.

Talisman On Stage / In The Studio: For me, the honest answer to this question is my own set of Paiste cymbals. Quite a bit of time and energy goes into selecting and relying upon a very specific tone palate for the gigs I am playing, so I do my best to always have them with me. Here’s to hoping for continued success with the airline industry.

Do You Prefer Touring or Recording? Why?: Touring, for sure. I love the idea of creating in the studio, but what really fulfills me the most is lending my own identity to a song’s lifespan on the road. There is a very fine line between pushing a song to new heights night after night while simultaneously honoring the parts that were recorded in the studio and the care that wentt into that process. Both sides of the coin are entirely necessary.

Recommendation(s) For A Beginner: Set goals for yourself. Seek advice. Never stop learning. Be kind and gracious...forever.



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