1. What is your typical schedule on the road (or in the studio) like?
We play at least 6 months out of the year, the remaining time is spent rehearsing or recording. Our little time off is spent sleeping!
2. What are some of the things you love about your job?
I love everything about my job, to make a living playing drums is incredible. I NEVER take it for granted.
3. What are some of the drawbacks?
there are no drawbacks to having a job doing what I love most.
4. What made you want to play drums, and how did you get started?
Listening to the radio, and my uncles and mother's record collection, and seeing Buddy Rich on Johnny Carson. Being a kid in the 70's hearing all that great music, I was just drawn into all that fantastic drumming of that decade.
5. Whom did you study with and how did that affect you?
Never took lessons formally, Listened to tons of records and went to lots of concerts, guess those were my lessons as a kid, The Buddy Rich snare drum book got me hooked on rudiments. I always work out with George Lawrence stones 'stick control' and Ted reeds 'syncopation for the modern drummer' though.
6. What was your most difficult -or challenging- gig, and how did you handle that?
Being deathly sick new years eve of 98 in Houston, everyone else was celebrating and I was the sickest I've ever been. Made it through the gig somehow.
7. How did you get your current gig?
Was with another band in 94, friend told me The Rev needed a drummer. So I drove from Chicago to Dallas, met Jim and Jimbo, recorded a song for 'Ace Ventura pet detective' and joined the band, Quit the other band and have been with the band since except for 2006 until about 3 months ago. So I'm back!
8. Are there certain shows that stick out in your mind above others?
Yes just last week. gave an 8 year old girl and her father a pair of my sticks, the look on her face was priceless.
9. What was the strangest thing that has happened (or that you have seen,) during a tour?
When we played the Blue note in Columbia Missouri and the police confinskated all our gear because our manager owed money to a promoter.
10. What do you do to maintain your versatility as a drummer?
I walk at least 5 miles a day, practice every day, for me if you don't use it you lose it. I love to practice. Playing rudiments is a blast for me, I love to play a paradidles and invert them and move the accents around breat them up on the drumset, thats alot of fun.
11. What’s your current set-up, and what are you digging about it?
I'm playing an orange glass glitter (my favorite color) Keystone kit at the moment, and it's wonderful. has about 150 shows on it and not one problem and it sounds great, I think every drummer should own one, or at least try one out. Incredible drums.
12. How important to you are the drums you play and how do you feel it affects your playing?
My drums are my tools for the job, and they have to be the best in sound AND looks, and if one of those is not happening, it makes for a less then great show. My Ludwig drums have both and have never let me down.
13. What drew you to Ludwig?
As a proud American I have always played and bought as much American made product as possible. I play Ludwig and drive a 1970 GTO for those reasons. The quality of sound and construction, and incredible durability are second to none, and all my favorite drummers played them when I was growing up.
14. Can you describe how you tweak your drums to get your personal sound?
My drums are tuned high and wide open, I don't have to hit them very hard to make them speak louldly, another great quality of Ludwig drums.
15. Are there any upcoming projects that you are particularly excited about?
We are working up material for a new album at this time, in between tours.
16. Who are you major drumming influences?
There are so many, but if I had to name the big ones they would be Buddy Rich for his incredible drive and ability to do everything great on the drums, Joe Morello for the same, and must add Karen Carpenter as my favorite performer and singer ever, I love her and if I played drums 1/4 as good as she sang, I would be the greatest drummer of my time.
17. What are your four favorite albums (drumming or otherwise)?
Again, so many. Here's a few: Anything by The Carpenters, Beatles 'Rubber Soul'. The Dave Brubeck Quartet 'Time out', too many to list!!