I gotta tell ya, I am so glad I'm doing this interview for TC. I have been awaiting this one for awhile, don't know why but I had a feeling this was a drum life to be explored.
First off, Scott has a very kool wrap on his drums which was one of the reasons we connected. He is also a really kool guy and a dope drummer. One of the great things about social media and being a musician is you get to meet other kats in the game. And when those friends are other friends of yours and drummers featured on TC it's a good sign, you're dealing with some righteous peeps!
Secondly, this guy is a hero in every since of the word. Touring all over the country, playing in a number of bands, helping feed the hungry in the community only to be diagnosed with MS and yet this guy keeps on rolling. Through pain and fatigue Scott is still living his dream and going hard. Ready to take on a busy 2017 and take his music all over the world.
But for now he is Takin' Chop and giving us an insight to his courageous drum life.
I started out on trumpet in like the 4th grade school band in Owasso, Oklahoma. it only took a few weeks for the band directer to talk my parents into letting be play drums. cause I suck at trumpet... I just loved working as the back bone to music even at that early age.
It pretty much as been my life. Not sure what I would have done without it.
So, since your diagnosis, how have things changed for you? as a musician and as a person.
It has definitely changed things for me quite a bit. I was sick for 18 months before they figured out what was wrong with me. Spent a lot of time in the hospital, while still managing to do shows and make rehearsals. There were several times during the 18 months before my diagnosis, I felt like just giving up to be honest. Not knowing is even worse than knowing actually. I've had to change the way I do things I have to make sure that I keep my energy saved for the important things that I have to do. Which generally ends up being things with my music career. I haven't had to work full time since my diagnosis. I still do a lot of shows but I'm not on the road for months at a time like I used to be. I'm hoping that 2017 will bring some more Road shows for longer periods of time. To include a lot of the festivals that we have done and our booking and 2017 and hopefully some European dates as well. My biggest issue with MS is fatigue and pain. The pain and nerve damage in my arms and legs can make it very difficult being a drummer as one might figure. But I'm hard-headed and I love what I do so I keep pushing and hoping that I can continue on for many more years.
Is music even more so a source of healing for you now?
My music has always been a source of healing, so to speak emotionally and it is even more so now. But the exercise I get from being a musician and specifically the drummer really helps my physical well-being as well as writing songs and remembering songs helps my cognitive ability to stay up to par. With five large lesions in my brain the biggest of which is in my memory area I have to make sure an exercise that portion of my brain a lot. So music suits that very well. My neurologist told me that my past experience as a musician and how strong that portion of my brain is anyway has really helped it not to deteriorate any more than it has. That in itself is one of the other reasons why I am definitely one who believes in school music programs as it helps develop young brains.
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Because of my MS issues I don't get to practice as often as i would like, and certainly not as much as i used to. But a couple of times a week on my own and then a couple of times a week with my bands.