What's the writing process with the band? Are you one of the songwriters?
The process we have is that the singer/guitarist starts with a a lyric. He then puts its to a melody and then to music. Other times the music comes first but. It very often. From there the other guys will add an idea that they had or a riff they came up right there on the spot. I'm not so much a writer but I have been known to come with things a time or two. I'm more the arranging side. I like things to flow naturally. That's definitely my forte.
Is there an overall theme for the bands music? What types of things do you guys like to write about?
The theme of the bands music is a Trucker Rock / Outlaw Country vibe mixed with blues.
The things we write about extend from drugs,alcohol, to cars, daily life, dying, taking what's yours, amongst other things. It boils down to nothing is off limits really. It's the way art should be.
So, what's the scene like in your hometown?
How did you get drawn in to playing Wuhan cymbals? That is not something we see everyday
People are always shocked when they come up to me, ask about my cymbals and find out they're Wuhan. I was looking for a cymbal that would just cut through any live show situation. I've played all the major brands and they just didn't please my ears. I was seeing a lot of people loving the Wuhan China cymbals so I decided to try out their crashes, hi hats and splashes. They sounded like they were already EQed and they have a very bright sound. Those two things sold me on them. I've been using them for 8 years now and and even though they are a thin cymbal they have actually held up over the years. It's probably due to them being so bright you don't have to hit hard to project.
You're playing CooperGroove Sticks, how do you like them?
They are amazing! I kept on getting hand cramps towards the end of my shows because I found myself gripping my sticks harder to keep from slipping. One of the drummer groups I belong to Carlo Cooper (owner/inventor of CooperGroove) was posting about these sticks that had grooves cut into the stick. Me and him started chatting about them and he asked if I wanted to try them out. When I received the sticks I took them to my first show and I started warming up with them. The amount of relaxation that came through my hands was amazing. Even when I switched over to a regular stick that same relaxation carried over. From that point on I was fan. The durability these sticks have is insane as well. I have a pair of sticks from last year that I'm still using at shows and when I'm practicing.
Another thing that is great about these sticks is when I had my stroke I lost the use of my right side temporarily. Building the ability to use my hand was a struggle. I was doing hand exercises to building LEGO sets. My grip was completely gone. They were the only sticks I could grip at the time were my CooperGroove marching sticks. With the physical and occupational therapy going on, in between those days I would grab my CooperGroove marching sticks and start practicing rudiments. The grooves kept the sticks from slipping out which was encouraging. I have regular marching sticks as well but they were discouraging because I couldn't grip them hard enough to keep them from slipping. CooperGroove sticks gave me the determination to keep going. I honestly think if I didn't have those sticks I wouldn't of bounced back as quick as I did.
They definitely have a special place in my heart.
Do you have a “Dream Kit”?
Hey Tim, thx so much for taking the time to share your story and your drum life. And thx for exposing us to Trucker Rock. Kool band and great drumming man. I wish you and the band nothing but success.
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