Hobbies: Motorcycles, nunchucks, chains and gardening.
Favorite Movie: Strange Brew.
Heroes: Craig Kureck, Dale Crover, Dave Lombardo, Mario Rubalcaba, Phill Calvert, Sarah Lund.
First Paiste Cymbal: 18“ RUDE Crash/Ride.
Favorite Paiste Cymbal And Why: Love the whole RUDE series. Super loud, super dark and last longer than any cymbal I’ve ever played.
First Drum Kit: a 5-piece Rogers kit.
Top 3 Albums or Songs: Nervous Circuits (The VSS), The Drift (Scott Walker), Yank Crime (Drive Like Jehu).
What You Can’t Buy With Money: Talent.
Ritual/Routine Before a Show and/or Recording Session: Before shows I try to stretch my arms, legs and back. If the backstage area isn’t gross, I’ll lie on my back and try to stretch my legs out really well. Lots of focus on my wrists and hands as well. I won’t eat a full meal 2 to 3 hourse before the show – all that food weighs me down and can become vomit fuel. A few bananas are ok (potassium is good) and I drink lots of water and green tea before I hit the stage. I try and eat a big vegan meal before I get to the studio. I’m not vegan but I find that cheese and dairy slows my body down and makes me feel sluggish.
Your Best Ever Show and/or Recording Session: I’ve played many shows that I could list as my favorite but the first that comes to mind was this one time when The Locust was opening for the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs in Glasgow, Scotland. The crowd HATED us. They hated the band enough to throw full pints of beer at us. There was a song with a keyboard break and I had time to puke in a pint glass that someone threw at me. I threatened to throw it back into the crowd. People were freaking out, worried that they’d get splashed. After torturing the audience for a while I decided enough was enough and poured the mess on my head on my head and clicked the band into the next song. Sometimes playing in front of a few thousand people who hate what you’re doing is more rewarding than playing for people who enjoy it.
Do You Prefer Touring or Recording? Why?: I love playing live. I love the energy of the crowd going ape s**t.
Recommendation For A Beginner: Take it slow, don’t get discouraged. Learn to play a beat you like and don’t stop until you can play it in your sleep. Then start tricking that beat out a little bit here and there. Try playing along to something straightforward like the Ramones. DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!!!