Re: What got you started playing drums?
As far back as I can remember I have had the "drum bug". Every Christmas my parents would get me a toy drum set that would have broken heads by the time my birthday rolled around (which was two days later).
From what I remember, watching Rick Allen rock out in the early 80's is what really got me to want to play. The drum beat in Hello America resonated in my brain and its all I wanted to play. Plus I thought it was so cool in the video that he was positioned up in front of the band. I had never seen that before.
Finally Christmas 1989 my parents got me a "real" junior set. It was a piece. Of course I was ecstatic and started playing it at 6 in the morning.
I played every morning before school, and every day after school. My neighbors hated me.