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Old 03-21-2006, 06:52 PM
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:05 PM
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Cool. I've been there many times, but wanted to make sure it worked for anyone else wanting to check it out. Sure they could take the long way but some may not even bother wich would be a shame.
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:46 AM
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Also, I just moved here to the UK from the States, and I never heard of your band over there. Do you have a pretty good following Stateside, or is that something you are trying to break into more?
I have known about Porcupine Tree for about 8 months after I heard the single Shallow. I didnt know the depth of the band though till I bought the album. I love Deadwing. Killer album. Great drums, if I dont suck up myself. I love to play to The Start of Something. Great stuff. I was pretty sure I read in Modern Drummer, that you said the song was kind of written around that initial beat. Am I write, or am I thinking of something else? Anyways, its awesome to have you here at DW.
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Old 03-22-2006, 08:58 AM
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Hi Gavin! Big fan here!

I love your drumming with PT and Franco Battiato, simple to hear but not to play!

I've seen you also in tour with Claudio Baglioni (two drummers on stage, you and Elio Rivagli) - absolutely great!

PS. Cool the GHFC avatar....!!
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:10 AM
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Hi Tom,
thanks for the kind words!!

brittc89
Yes you're right that song started with that verse drum groove. I enjoy playing it too - although it's quite hard to make it feel right.

Secio
Wow, I haven't worked with Franco in a long time - but I really liked his approach to music - and he was always a real gentleman. I had a good time in France recording "L'imboscata". Playing with Elio in a two drummer situation was very interesting. Elio is a master of understatement and made it so easy to play with. We had a great time.

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Old 03-30-2006, 04:18 AM
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Heres my question, and its probably the simplest yet:
What is that little black piece of equipment on the left side with all the splashes/chimes? I like the idea of one peice to hold all those cymbals, but I have never seen one, nor can I seem to find one.
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:46 AM
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Hi ZDrums24,
It's a custom piece that a friend of mine made. I designed it because it was a real problem to get 5 little cymbals all close together like that using standard cymbal boom arms. It looked a mess too.
So far the new arm has held up for 15 years now!!!

I think Pearl make something similar to it with a bar and little extensions and also Sabian do something for Jack DeJohnette

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Old 04-01-2006, 03:37 PM
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Hi Gavin,

Hopefully you won't mind answering my question. I think it's so cool that you come on here and spend time chatting with us.

I was wondering firstly what you think of Chris Maitland, the previous PT drummer? I really enjoy his playing and his style. How do you approach his parts? Do you like to replicate them quite exactly, or do you prefer to add in your own touches? I always like to hear two drummers' different takes on the same song.

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Old 04-01-2006, 09:20 PM
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Hi Jonny,
yes Chris is a great drummer. We have quite different styles and probably come from different musical backgrounds. Obviously I listened to his drum parts when I joined the band and tried to work out which parts were crucial to the song's composition, and which parts I could take liberties with and do my own thing. I'm a player who likes to play different every night (even if it's only subtleties that only I notice some nights). That way the parts and the fills are always evolving and mutating - including the parts that I composed for the last two PT albums. I put this down to my jazz upbringing.
I don't know what Chris's early influences were, but (from what the other band members have told me) he liked to play exactly the same parts and fills every night. Nothing wrong or right with either approach - it's just two different ways from two different drummers.

If you're very familiar with the back catalogue stuff - you'll get to hear how I approach the older songs when our live DVD is released soon.

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Old 04-05-2006, 10:20 AM
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Greetings Gavin! I am a drummer from Moscow (Russia) and I your big admirer. PT - one of my favourite groups, in many respects due to your plaing drums. I have site www.playdrums.ru. It in Russian, and I would like ask you about small interview for your Russian fans whom in Russia much, it is especial among the Russian drummers.

P.S. Sorry fof my English!
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:22 AM
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OH, sorry. e7z is I'm, and my name is Smirnov Alexandr.
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:47 PM
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Hi Smirnov
OK, email me some questions for an interview. Check your PM (personal messages) here at Drummerworld.

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Old 04-06-2006, 11:07 AM
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Hi Gavin. Thanks for the answer. I shall prepare my questions and I shall send them to you on e-mail.

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Old 04-10-2006, 03:20 PM
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This site is improving my life everyday! I didn`t know PT until today and i am SPEECHLESS! That is the drumming style that gets my blood flowin`. I hold you in high respect, and i`m pretty sure that your fan base is going to expand within my relatives.

I too never really play the songs exactly the same, voluntarily and because i learned playing in jam sessions and filling the seat in a lot of different bands. I tought it was something i had to fix if i ever wanted to go pro, now i know a pro that do the same in the same music style( PT at least), great!!
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Old 04-13-2006, 12:43 PM
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Hi gaspesien,
thanks for the kind words - glad you're hearing some PT.
I think my reasons for trying to play a little bit different every night is in two parts.
1. I want to evolve as a player and keep pushing myself.
2. I think I would go CRAZY if I played the same fills every night.

I suppose it's down to the fact that I'm rhythmically curious - and I have quite a restless nature.

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Old 04-18-2006, 07:05 PM
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Hi Gavin,

Just checking in from the other end of the M4!

Am I right in thinking that you played with Artful Dodger a few years back? I remember seeing several live performances on TOTP and some other shows. I believe I saw the track they performed with Lifford.

Whilst that type of thing isn't something I'd usually go for, I remember being intrigued due to the interesting drumming.

Thanks.

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Old 04-19-2006, 12:36 AM
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Hi Chris,
yes I did play with Artful Dodger - I think it was 2000/2001.
Great fun - I only used a bass drum, (10") snare, and (8") hi hat. I took a couple of toms but never hit them.
We did a few TV shows and that was pretty much it. A short lived gig.

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Old 04-19-2006, 01:01 PM
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Thanks Gavin.

That's right! You used something like a 20" or 18" bass drum, a tiny snare and even smaller hi hat!!! I remember it now, it was back in your Pearl days?

...oh, and don't forget the splashes too!

You're obviously someone who is happy to experiment and think 'outside the box' to achieve the required sound for a particular gig. How did you approach that? Did the artists have any input or was it something they left to your imagination?

I remember watching it, then promptly altering my set-up in the spare room!!! LOL

Nice one...
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Old 04-19-2006, 04:59 PM
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Hi Jonny,
yes Chris is a great drummer. We have quite different styles and probably come from different musical backgrounds. Obviously I listened to his drum parts when I joined the band and tried to work out which parts were crucial to the song's composition, and which parts I could take liberties with and do my own thing. I'm a player who likes to play different every night (even if it's only subtleties that only I notice some nights). That way the parts and the fills are always evolving and mutating - including the parts that I composed for the last two PT albums. I put this down to my jazz upbringing.
I don't know what Chris's early influences were, but (from what the other band members have told me) he liked to play exactly the same parts and fills every night. Nothing wrong or right with either approach - it's just two different ways from two different drummers.

If you're very familiar with the back catalogue stuff - you'll get to hear how I approach the older songs when our live DVD is released soon.

cheers
Gavin

I would just like to say that I appreciate all the little nuances you have added to the back catalog. While Chris is no slouch, your Jazz background has really added a nice feel to these classic tunes, the ghost notes, cymbal work etc really keep the original 'intent' of the rhythm, but at the same time making them something new and exciting.

I am NOT a drummer, nor do I have any real skill in any instrument. But, the drums and the drum/bass interaction is my favorite part of music and PT is absolutely the master of this. I can only imagine that having a bassist like Colin makes your job much more fun!

Thanks for all your hard work!

ps: I just enjoy the hell out of watching your DVD, even though I don't play the drums, I just find your concepts totally facinating!
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Old 04-19-2006, 05:21 PM
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Gavin-

Hi there. Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer all of these questions. It's great to read your insights.

A quick "thank you" to you and the rest of Porcupine Tree for restoring my faith in music. I think "In Absentia" and "Deadwing" are nothing less than spectacular, and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for you guys!

Quick comment/question: The boys in *Rush* seem to have very HIGH praise for you guys lately. I've read numerous interviews with Alex Lifeson, where he mentions his appreciation for your music. And Neil Peart as well - very recently in fact (in a "Drummer" interview), he explicitly cited your drumming as being "creative" and "inspiring". I was just wondering what your opinion was/is on Rush, and if there might be some possibility of PT collaborating with them at some point. Much as I enjoy seeing you guys headline your own shows, I think a Rush/PT double bill would be a fantastic pairing. The Internet rumor mill has been rumbling for some time now................can you comment??

Thanks for your time, and especially for your incredible music/drumming.


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Old 04-19-2006, 06:29 PM
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Hi Kevin,
Thanks for your kind comments about PT. Neil Peart has been very supportive and I really appreciate that, because when someone of his stature speaks...people tend to listen. We would of course LOVE to do a support slot with Rush if it ever got offered to us. I'm sure it would do us a load of good.

Hi Johnny, I'm glad you're enjoying my DVD - the new one is almost ready. I promised Bernhard that he would know about it (and hopefully host a preview clip or two) as soon as it's ready.

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Old 04-19-2006, 07:19 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I just wanted to add my voice to those who praise your work. I had given up on meaningful music until I stumbled upon PT a year ago. Since then I've seen you on tour in Montreal early last year and in Ottawa in late 2005. I even hooked my 58-yr-old dad onto your music and he came with us to the Ottawa show. He's a musician and commented that you really smoked that night. I'm pumped for the new DVD as well as the re-release of Stupid Dream. I've seen your DVD (a friend bought it at the Ottawa show) and even though I've been drumming for 15+ years, I still sit there slack-jawed trying to absorb the concepts you so effortlessly exhibit.

Keep up the good work.

A fan,

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Old 04-21-2006, 04:06 PM
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Gavin,

"The Drum Pad" in Chicago has you listed on their website as "Coming in 2006" on their "clinics" page. Is there any other info about this that you can share at this time?

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Old 04-21-2006, 04:38 PM
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Hi Tom,
Yes I'm hoping it's going to happen in the last week of June. I guess The Drum Pad will make an official announcement about the exact date in due course.

Cheers
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Old 04-21-2006, 07:27 PM
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Hi Gavin,

Just to say that i'm a little poor french bass player...Unfortunately, i don't speak english very well.
When i saw you the first time during a PT show you blown me away, i love your drumming and i think you deserve more "celebrity". Your DVD is really very interesting even it's not for beginners, it helps improve me as a bass player. I try to spread the word here in france and hope you'll become famous among the drummers community.

A short question for the end.
Do you prepare an other solo album ?

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Old 04-21-2006, 11:18 PM
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Hi Alex,
thanks for the kind message - glad you enjoy the DVD.

I haven't prepared another solo album - it's been a very long time since the first one, and I keep thinking about doing a new one. I've been quite busy in the last 3 years and any spare time I had I put into making the new DVD.

Thanks
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Your English is much better than my bass playing!!!
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Old 04-22-2006, 12:53 AM
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Hi Gavin,

Congratulations on your recent work with PT - your playing is very inspiring

What's in the rack to your left? I'm guessing it's to do with your monitor mix - or is that down to the monitor engineer on stage? Also, I've heard that you play to a click (via in-ears) to sync with sequences and video - is that for the entire set? Do you keep the tempos the same as the album, or change them (think Blackest Eyes is a tad slower live than on the album)?

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions!
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Old 04-22-2006, 12:41 PM
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Thanks Sol Good,
my rack on the left mainly contains monitoring stuff. We do carry our own monitor desk (Yamaha o2R96) and that connects to my little mixer so I can tweaked things as I'm playing.

Some of the songs have video - so I play to a click to sync it all together for those songs. The tempos are exactly the same as the album in those cases. It's funny - I read on a forum that people thought a couple of the songs (Blackest Eyes bieng one of them) were faster some nights and then slower other nights. I didn't have the heart to tell them that they were the same tempo every night. I guess that's people's perception.

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Old 04-23-2006, 06:38 PM
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Hi Gavin,

Your sense of humour is equal to your drumming abilities !!!

My drummer is also a fan but he doesn't understand english, so i ask you his question.
What do you recommend to play for rehearsals ? What songs should we play ? In fact, we're trying to play some PT songs but the drumming is a bit too difficult.

Thank you so much.
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Old 04-23-2006, 09:37 PM
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Hi Alex,
thanks for the message. Yes most PT songs have some degree of difficulty to them. Somehow there's nearly always some tricky rhythmic passage to negotiate...but songs like "Wedding Nails" "Lazarus" "Deadwing" aren't too complex. Maybe start there.

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Old 04-25-2006, 03:10 PM
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Greetings Gavin !
I just bought the reedition of Up the Downstairs on vinyl and I'm listening to it right now. Must be now my second favourite PT album after The Sky Moves Sideways.
It's said by Steven that drums were suppose to be kept simple.......well they could be simple but your fluidity and finesse always amazed me, it's even more obvious when you keep a simple rythme. Same thing with your playing on Dislocated Day, damn simple rythm but how the hell could we sound like your perfection.
Your drumming is also very inspiring on the two latest PT albums, but I do confess that I prefer the type of music that was done in the early days, specially when it's added by some new drum section of yours. I also do have a lot of respect for Chris Maitland who brought a lot of power and energy to heavy parts (thinking about Russia on Ice).

I've seen you live in Pratteln at the Z7 (Switzerland) about one year ago. I really appriciated the whole show, but specially when you got your own space and did some real tricky stuff on the bells. I also remember meeting Colin Edwin and guitar guest 2 days after at the Vicor-Emanuelle galeria in Milano, that was some kind of luck !!!

Anyway I play in a Post-prog-psychedelic-stoner-folk Rock band (lol we are pretty eclectic), and we do listen a lot to Porcupine Tree. The drum'n'bass section has become some our highest reference, so thank you again and hope to do your opening once (some kind of dream) hum !!!
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Old 04-25-2006, 04:46 PM
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Hi Alex,
thanks for the message. Yes most PT songs have some degree of difficulty to them. Somehow there's nearly always some tricky rhythmic passage to negotiate...but songs like "Wedding Nails" "Lazarus" "Deadwing" aren't too complex. Maybe start there.

Cheers
Gavin

Gavin,

"Shesmovedon" is another fairly straight forward one. I'm currently working on that, as Wes is coming up for a party at my place in a couple of weeks, and we're hoping to get him to sit in on a couple of P'Tree songs with us.

You mention in a previous post your "jazz upbringing". I don't think I've ever read anywhere how you got your start. Do you have any kind of formal training, or is it pretty much self taught?

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Old 04-25-2006, 11:55 PM
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TPic,
If Wes is coming over to play Shesmovedon - tell him not to "murder it" or "sing it like a girl" (in joke).

My Dad kind of got me going on the drums (he was a professional jazz trumpet player but could play a bit of drums). I drummed along to some of his record collection - that's probably the time that most of it seeped in. Then I had formal lessons from aged 11 until 16 (learning to hold the sticks and read notation). After that I had some lessons with an ex-berklee guy and the rest was just following my own nose.

Hi Anchein Vouivra,
thanks for the kind message - I'm glad you liked the new drums on "Up The Downstairs".
Good luck with your band!!!

Cheers
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Old 04-26-2006, 04:45 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I almost flipped out when I saw this post (which lead to my registry on the Drummerworld forum)! I can honestly say that you support me as THE role model these days, by providing so many new ways to approach the drums and the drumming. And I have learned a lot throught this post thanks to your generous advice. Thank you very much!
... Not forgetting the excellent show in London with PT on the "In absentia" tour, which was awesome!!!

Something that has not been brought up in this thread is the sound of your drums. I read about your work in studio on your website, but you never mentioned your approach on the sound of the drums in practical terms?

I'm curious to know the dimensions and what kind of wood you have in the shells of your Sonor Designer drums (?) used on the "In absentia" and "Deadwing" recordings? What is your choice of drumheads on the whole kit? Of particular interest is the bassdrum and snare: How do you manage to get that rich, full bassdrum sound as well as that crisp snare? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!
I can't wait to see you with PT on Sweden Rock Festival in june!!!

Cheers!

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Old 04-26-2006, 08:11 PM
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Hi Erik,
thanks for the message!!

My Sonor drums that I've used in the Europe for the last 3 years are Designer Maple shells.
8x8, 10x8, 12x9, and floor toms 14x12, 16x14 and a 22x17 bass drum in Earth finish.

Heads in the studio and live are coated emperors on the tops of the toms and either clear ambassadors on the bottoms or coated diplomats on the bottoms.

In the studio I would use a coated pinstripe or a CS Dot on the snare top. Live I use an EmperorX - itís a bit heavy but the only one that will see me through the whole show without pitting too badly. Probably I can use the EmperorX for 2-3 shows maximum before I have to change it.

The bass drum has a powerstroke 3 clear on it and inside the drum it's about a 1/3 full of heavy pillows. Yep I like a dead bass drum. I noticed that live it's really hard to get a good punchy bass drum to come through a PA unless it's really dead, because most venue PA's will extend the note of the kick making it really un-usefully long. In fact PT's sound engineer gates the length of the bass drum to make it really short. Sometimes I ask him to turn the gate off and suddenly it sounds like an 808 sample with long sustain.
Also the bass drum is MUCH easier to play a double pedal on when itís got a pillow pressed up against it. Acoustically itís a bit of a 80ís Jeff Porcaro sound but when itís amplified it sounds good to me.

The only strange thing I do with a snare drum is I normally put 12 strand puresound snares on it - but I cut down the outside strands so thereís just 8 left in the middle. It sounds better and feels better to play - just my preference.
For the last couple of tours I used the Sonor black steel 14x5 snare and it was consistently good in different rooms. I normally carry a few other snares but this one just sounded great so I used it every night.

Hope that answers your question.

cheers
Gavin
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:31 AM
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Thanks for the fast and very thorough reply, Gavin!

As odd as it may seem I have exactly the same shell sizes on my good old maple Sonor Hilite kit, except for a 20x17 bass drum! My most rewarding experience so far, in terms of a rock sound in studio, has been when the kit was equipped with clear emperors on top and clear diplomats on the bottom. I've never tried the coated ones though, but I'm sure it makes a positive difference. Does it make the tom sound richer/warmer with more overtones but a shorter decay perhaps? In any case I MUST give your choice of heads a try! Thanks for that!

As for snare I have never really tried out the coated pinstripes as I have been scared of a ringing tone similar to toms (except for one occasion when I accidently put on a clear pinstripe w terrible result) - Do you use any additional external damping on the snare or tune it exceptionally low? I just might need to try the fine Sonor black steel artist snare out after all!

Thanks again!

Btw any chance you might do a clinic during your passage through Sweden with PT?

/Erik
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:00 PM
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Hi Erik,
I guess ever drummer has a sound in their head that is an 'ideal' drum sound for them in a certain musical situation. In the 70's and early 80's I thought Evans Hydraulics' were the sound I wanted. Then I moved onto pinstripes and then clear emperor's and then coated emperors as my skin of choice for the toms.
The clear emperors were a little bit eq'd for my liking. That is to say that it felt like some of the middle was missing and it was just mainly top end and bottom end. On their own they sounded great but in a track they went a bit transparent. This is typical of a graphic 'U' shape. If you dial in lots of top and lots of bottom - all you're effectively doing is dropping out the middle - and it's the middle that makes it in a mix. I find this VERY true for the bass drum too.

On my snare I use a very slim "O" ring. In fact I've made about 6 or 7 "O" rings that are all less than 1" wide and I try different permutations of them (sometimes two together) until I get the amount of dampening that I want.

I have no plans to make a drum cinic in Sweden at the moment - sorry.

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Old 04-27-2006, 07:06 PM
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Again, thanks for your quick clarifying comment on this! You definitely hit the spot when you describe the sound of clear emperors... I have yet to find the PERFECT combination of heads but I'm sure your advice will prove worthwhile! :-)

Please excuse me if I'm acting proactive on the edge of manic here! If not too much to ask I have only one more question about your choice of cymbals that has not previously been discussed in this post. That being said, I know for sure you have more important things on your mind than answering my basic questions. Sorry, but here I go again... ;-)

On several PT tracks I hear you occasionally play short patterns on bright bell sounding cymbals or similar while maintaining groove or as minor fills? To serve as a recent example, there is a two stroke figure at 1:34 in the song "Synesthesia" (among many others)!

I've tried to play similar patterns to some songs in my band's repertoire, but I never seem to get the right sound out of my regular cymbal setup. The closest thing is when I softly hit the bell on my small 6" A custom splash...

If I am to guess - I suppose you're using a number of different small splashes to achieve this? Whether this assumtion is correct or not, I would be most interested to hear your opinions on the matter as well as your choice of splashes (or what it is) you're using to accomplish this? I hope you understand what I am referring to.

Thanks again for all of your informative replies!!!

All the best! /Erik
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:12 PM
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Hi Erik,
many people have asked me about those little bell cymbals. They are in fact home made out of old broken 16" Zildjian crash cymbals that I had in my garage.
So I cut 5 of them down. The biggest one is just over 6" and the smallest is just under 5". The smallest one is actually made from a broken splash cymbal.
Then I got a friend of mine to make me a little bar to mount them on. Simple as that.

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Hi Gavin

I was at my drum shop looking for some new DVDs and you were highly recomended...unfortunately I've never really heard of you before so its kinda hard for me to just shell out $$$ unless I know what some of your specialties are....

Anywayz can you touch on some of the things you cover in your DVD...the clip on the site doesn't really tell me much....

Are you covering beat displacements like the way Weckl plays the beat backwards cause thats something I want to start developing.....
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