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When I was young, I had one of those Yamaha drum machines, and I used to practice to that quite a bit, just to practice…
Sometimes the band can’t fully hear your fill, so they come in differently. So I’ve also learned not to really step out too much, because…
I was really conscious of that when I went in because I felt that I was pretty solid on the first one, but I didn’t…
When the snares don’t hit together, it’s just the most awful thing to hear.
We’ve got many different sides of music to us.
We knew we wanted to put a lot of melody into it – a lot more than what we did on our first album.
Jazz was more of a tool for me to use to enhance my musicality.
It’s all about theme and development anyway. That’s what music is about.
I’d take the syncopation and play swing, and then read the syncopation lines with my left hand.
I’ve always liked funk and rock and everything.
I usually go with the first instinct, and then build upon that.
But I’ve gravitated more towards the drum set.
Even on the drum level, it’s all about stating your theme, going back to certain things that need to be emphasized, not doing fills for…
Onstage, it’s more of a momentary pressure.
I think jazz is a wonderful learning tool.
I really just wanted to play the drum set and match that. I was never really into the percussion thing.
When the songs pop out, that’s like the climax of us building.
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