Gavin Harrison here!

Hey Gavin,

Thanks for the response. Oops. I realize now it was just part of your rack but from this angle (http://imgur.com/a/pw7XH) it looked a bit like a mic to me.

Sorry about that.

Just curious, was everything on Dizrhythmia Too new material or were some pieces already written?

Also, thanks to you I've been exposed to the wonderful Jakko and I was wondering if you could share a little history lesson.. :) How did you guys meet for the first Dizrhythmia album? I'm always curious to hear how musicians ended up playing together.

Thanks again for your time.

Cheers,
Quinn
 
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Hi Gavin.

Thanks again for your answer. I appreciate it.

Maybe something a little off topic:
The reason I´m a fan is not only your drumming but also the way you talk f.e. in interviews. You seem like a very wise person to me. Are you interested in something else like politics or science?

Greetings Robert
 

K_HiHats

Member
Hey Gavin!

Just a couple of questions today, the first of which regards your sticks. A tiny backstory: I joined a metal band about a year ago, and after the first few shows I played with them, I found the sticks I had been using weren't really holding up to the great bashing they were taking. (ProMark 5A Nylon Tip, fine for playing with jazz ensembles, but not metal.) Way back when they first came out, I had received a couple pairs of your sticks as a gift (back when the grips were more of a royal blue). Remembering I had them sitting in my stick bag, I decided to switch over hoping they would hold up better from show to show. And they did! To an extent, until I started breaking them as well. Having broken or cracked both pairs, I went and purchased some more at one of the local Guitar Centers (blessed to have two in my area). Those pairs have held up since, but once more I'm on my last pair again. So my questions:

1) How often do you break/have to replace your own sticks? Also what prompted the change in grip colors to a lighter blue?

2) I came across a recent photo (shown below) of your kit on the KC tour on Facebook today. I'm curious as to what the cymbal I circled is? For years you've been known to have a 16" Oriental China where that new cymbal is now, and my very observant eyes happened to notice the change.

That's all for now. Still gotta check out the new Pineapple Thief album. Very much looking forward to it.
Cheers -- Peter
 

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Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Lightbulb_Sun

Just curious, was everything on Dizrhythmia Too new material or were some pieces already written?

Some of it was written in the early 90's as we were intending to quickly follow up our first album of 1988. The most recent tunes were written about three years ago. It's been a long slow process !

Also, thanks to you I've been exposed to the wonderful Jakko and I was wondering if you could share a little history lesson.. :) How did you guys meet for the first Dizrhythmia album? I'm always curious to hear how musicians ended up playing together.

I met Jakko in 1983 in a local music shop - and we started working together around 1984. During a session for one of Jakko's solo albums in the mid 1980's we did a song with Danny Thompson and Pandit Dinesh and it had a really nice 'band vibe' about it - and so the idea of Dizrhythmia was born. I toured Italy with Jakko with a singer called "Alice" and in 1994 we were both playing in "Level 42".

Hi Robert Schmidt

Maybe something a little off topic:
The reason I´m a fan is not only your drumming but also the way you talk f.e. in interviews. You seem like a very wise person to me. Are you interested in something else like politics or science?


Yes I was thinking about becoming The Prime Minister of the UK but I'm just too busy practising polyrhythms. :)

Hi K_HiHats

1) How often do you break/have to replace your own sticks? Also what prompted the change in grip colors to a lighter blue?

It depends how hard I'm playing. On a 'heavy hitting gig' I might break 4 or 5 sticks per show. On a 'lighter gig' I'm might play the same pair for a week or more.
Regarding the colour change. Due to changes out of their control, Vic had to change the formula in the Vic Grip and when that was done - getting the exact color blue was no longer possible. I can also tell you that I have found some stick wax that I really like (Dr Zog's Sex Wax) - and so I have asked Vic to drop the Vic Grip altogether now and replace it with just a blue dipped paint. It's the same stick - but instead of the Grip - it will be half dipped painted stick AND the color will be much closer to the original shade of royal blue. That particular model should be released at this year's NAMM show and will be called the SHHAR2

2) I came across a recent photo (shown below) of your kit on the KC tour on Facebook today. I'm curious as to what the cymbal I circled is? For years you've been known to have a 16" Oriental China where that new cymbal is now, and my very observant eyes happened to notice the change.

It's a Zildjian 15" K Custom Hybrid Trash Crash. I found that the 16" China cymbal (in the position that I had it set up) was just too loud in the overhead mics. So much so that when I was mixing the live KC show I had to keep isolating each hit and turning it down by about 10db.

That's all for now. Still gotta check out the new Pineapple Thief album. Very much looking forward to it.


It's a really good record and I've decided to do a short tour with them (early 2017) to promote it!!

20.01 Patronaat, Haarlem NL
21.01 Uden, De Pul NL
22.01 Zwolle, Hedon NL
24.01 Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal DE
25.01 Oberhausen, Eisenlager DE
26.01 Berlin, Frannz club DE
27.01 Prague, Futurum Music Bar CZ
28.01 Dresden, Tante Ju DE
29.01 Hamburg, Knust DE
31.01 Maastricht, Muziekgieterij NL
01.02 Paris, Le Divan Du Monde FR
09.02 Glasgow, ABC2 UK
10.02 Manchester, Sound Control UK
11.02 London, Islington Assembly Hall UK

Further details and ticket info can be found at:
www.pineapplethief.com/tour/

cheers
Gavin
 
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willregnier

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

I was looking at their website ("Dr Zog's Sex Wax") and it seems like there's plenty of different types so I was wondering if you tried different ones? Which one are you using?

Thanks,

Will
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi willregnier

I was looking at their website ("Dr Zog's Sex Wax") and it seems like there's plenty of different types so I was wondering if you tried different ones? Which one are you using?

I've only used this one.
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cheers
Gavin
 
Hey Gavin,

Just checked out the Pineapple Thief record. Great stuff! Your playing fits the music perfectly and (as per usual) your drums sound fantastic. The tour is good news, hopefully it gets filmed. :)

Question.. Have you ever tried the "Glyn Johns" 4 mic method? If so, did you find it effective? In situations where you've had to use minimal mic setups, what methods did you use?

Here's a photo on the internet I found of the mic setup: http://imgur.com/a/3piBS

P.S. I listened to the recording you did with Lewis Taylor on Spotify and I gotta give you major props for it! It's crazy tight! Lovelight is a great track.

Cheers,
Quinn
 
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Rodion_Kaminski

Junior Member
Hi, Mr. Harrison!
At first I would like to express my admiration with your play. It is fantastic. I’ve started playing drums after watching a concert Arriving Somewhere. I was impressed with you so much. Now I play in a band called SHAMAN ЕЩЁ БУБЕН, from Almaty, Kazakhstan. We have presented first full-length album called: 11 Songs of Chiron the Centaur at August 6, 2016 in Almaty. Writing music, we were getting so much inspiration from King Crimson and Porcupine Tree. We would be very pleased to receive a little review from you, if you will be so kind to find some time to listen to the album using the following link: https://shamanbooben.bandcamp.com/album/11
Of course it would be great to get a couple of tips to us, young musicians also 😊
PS. We are looking forward for a chance to attend a King Crimson live show, to see and hear you!
Sincerely, Rodion Kaminsky and SHAMAN ЕЩЁ БУБЕН band from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
 

Sturla

Junior Member
I just want to say a great big THANK YOU for the fantastic show in Oslo last night with King Crimson! I luckily got perfectly placed seating and could hear all of the nuances and loved the stage set-up with the three drum sets and that you have orchestrated to also take effect of the positioning. Cool to have the drummers in front of the stage!
The show almost felt like a time travel with no cell phones in sight in the audience. I absolutely loved it and to just be able to focus on the show and not being distracted like one are used to these days.

So my warmest thanks to you Gavin!
 

dr_flam

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

Mirco from Italy here. Sorry to ask questions that you maybe answered a thousand times... :)

What is the relationship in terms of tuning between your 8" tom-tom and your snares?
I have my 14" snare tuned to G and the 12" snare tuned to A.
The 8" tom tom is tuned to G# but this creates snare buzz to the 12" snare.
If I go to A# or B with the 8 tom it's maybe too high.....

thanks for any suggestion,

Mirco.
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Lightbulb_Sun

Just checked out the Pineapple Thief record. Great stuff! Your playing fits the music perfectly and (as per usual) your drums sound fantastic. The tour is good news, hopefully it gets filmed. :)


at the moment there is a plan to film/record one of the concerts.

Question.. Have you ever tried the "Glyn Johns" 4 mic method? If so, did you find it effective? In situations where you've had to use minimal mic setups, what methods did you use?


I have tried it and I felt that with a drumset as large as mine - it didn't work too well. Maybe with smaller basic kit setups it's much better.

Hi Rodion_Kaminski

Now I play in a band called SHAMAN ЕЩЁ БУБЕН, from Almaty, Kazakhstan. We would be very pleased to receive a little review from you, if you will be so kind to find some time to listen to the album using the following link:

Thanks for the message - but sorry I can't give reviews.

Hi Sturla

I just want to say a great big THANK YOU for the fantastic show in Oslo last night with King Crimson! I luckily got perfectly placed seating and could hear all of the nuances and loved the stage set-up with the three drum sets and that you have orchestrated to also take effect of the positioning. Cool to have the drummers in front of the stage! The show almost felt like a time travel with no cell phones in sight in the audience. I absolutely loved it and to just be able to focus on the show and not being distracted like one are used to these days.

glad you enjoyed it and yes it's nice not having to look at a load of people filming you on their phones. I find that quite distracting and annoying.

Hi dr_flam

What is the relationship in terms of tuning between your 8" tom-tom and your snares? I have my 14" snare tuned to G and the 12" snare tuned to A. The 8" tom tom is tuned to G# but this creates snare buzz to the 12" snare. If I go to A# or B with the 8 tom it's maybe too high..

It varies a bit depending on the snare drum sound I'm going for. Whatever it is - I need to tune the toms away from the snare drum pitch - otherwise you will get a lot of snare buzz. It's a very old problem. You will never get rid of all of it. You just have to except a certain amount of it. I think it helps having just 8 snare wires. Sometimes in post production I mute the bottom snare mic whenever I hit the small toms - especially if I have a compressor on that under snare mic.

cheers
Gavin
 
Hey Gavin,

Thanks for the reply!

Just curious, what brushes do you use on the Pineapple Thief song "Fend For Yourself"? Lovely playing. Also, have you tried Steve Smith's "Tala Wands"? If so, how do they compare to most "bundled rod" sticks?

Also, is there a possibility of a follow up release to Cheating the Polygraph with Laurence or was it a one-time thing? I would love to hear more, but I understand that it's a lot of work to rearrange these songs. Lastly, are there any plans for drum clinics in Canada in the next year or so? I understand that you're a busy man. :)

Just curious, what are your thoughts on Mark Guiliana (who has played with Avishai Cohen and David Bowie)?

Cheers,
Quinn
 
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Rítmico

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

I bought the KC live in Toronto double cd. I really like some songs. I noticed that's another cd+Bluray on Burningshed store. But I'm not sure if the video discs are with the actual KC group (including you) or if it's a video of past team.
I would like buy a DVD/Bluray with you playing songs like Epitaph, court of Crimson King and others. Can you help me?

Thank you!!!

Marcos
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Lightbulb_Sun

Just curious, what brushes do you use on the Pineapple Thief song "Fend For Yourself"? Lovely playing. Also, have you tried Steve Smith's "Tala Wands"? If so, how do they compare to most "bundled rod" sticks?

Vic Firth brushes with the purple handles. I have tried Tala Wands and really liked them - but they will break if you play too hard of course.

Also, is there a possibility of a follow up release to Cheating the Polygraph with Laurence or was it a one-time thing? I would love to hear more, but I understand that it's a lot of work to rearrange these songs. Lastly, are there any plans for drum clinics in Canada in the next year or so? I understand that you're a busy man. :)

No plans for a follow up to "Cheating The Polygraph". It took 5 years to finish that record and I can't imagine starting that kind of process again any time soon. No clinics planned at the moment.

Just curious, what are your thoughts on Mark Guiliana (who has played with Avishai Cohen and David Bowie)?


Very good.

Hi Rítmico

I bought the KC live in Toronto double cd. I really like some songs. I noticed that's another cd+Bluray on Burningshed store. But I'm not sure if the video discs are with the actual KC group (including you) or if it's a video of past team. I would like buy a DVD/Bluray with you playing songs like Epitaph, court of Crimson King and others. Can you help me?

"Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind" (3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray) is the whole live show from Japan 2015. The DVD/BluRay is the video of the live concert (including the songs you mentioned).

cheers
Gavin
 

michaelg

Member
Hi Gav, thanks for the music :)

On the letterman show/ drum solo thing , is everyone counting bars thru your solo ? Was it clicked and if so were there any count ins/markers on the click ?

Thanks Man
 
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JohnoWorld

Guest
Hi Gavin,

What is your take on drumagog and replacing drum hits with samples?

Thanks
Johno
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi michaelg

On the letterman show/ drum solo thing , is everyone counting bars thru your solo ?

Yeah big time !

Was it clicked and if so were there any count ins/markers on the click ?

There was a click because I needed to find a comfortable tempo - and also be aware of the exact amount of time the whole piece was going to take (TV shows are really strict about that). So I worked out the amount of bars against tempo before hand.

Hi JohnoWorld

What is your take on drumagog and replacing drum hits with samples?

I'd never personally want to 'replace' a drum sound - only add to it (with a sample or two). I did use Drumagog for a few years until I found "Trigger" (by Steven Slate plug ins) and it tracked the real drums much better at that time. I never went back to Drumagog - maybe it's got a lot better? I only ever really do this kind of process with the bass drum - and it's very effective.

cheers
Gavin
 
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JohnoWorld

Guest
Hi JohnoWorld

What is your take on drumagog and replacing drum hits with samples?

I'd never personally want to 'replace' a drum sound - only add to it (with a sample or two). I did use Drumagog for a few years until I found "Trigger" (by Steven Slate plug ins) and it tracked the real drums much better at that time. I never went back to Drumagog - maybe it's got a lot better? I only ever really do this kind of process with the bass drum - and it's very effective.

cheers
Gavin
Legend thanks fella, I'll check that oot
 
Hey Gavin,

How long have you used the Audix D6 for? Did you use it on the In Absentia sessions? I've always really liked the kick sound on that album.

Also, did you ever use any certain exercises or certain grooves that helped you learn how to play with dotted eighths?

Lastly, have you ever tried stacking cymbals? There are some nice trashy sounds that you can achieve, similar to your small Oriental Trash Chinas. For example, I've always liked Questlove's stack with a 20" Oriental Crash of Doom and 20" K Con Medium Thin Low Ride (with a tambourine on top - can be heard here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnXg-WK8uNE). Mark Guiliana has a nice stack as well.

Anyways, hope all is well.

Cheers,
Quinn
 
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Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi Lightbulb_Sun

How long have you used the Audix D6 for? Did you use it on the In Absentia sessions? I've always really liked the kick sound on that album.


I've had a D6 since about 2008. I don't always use it - and it wasn't used on In Absentia.

Also, did you ever use any certain exercises or certain grooves that helped you learn how to play with dotted eighths?

Not really. As long as you can clearly hear where all the dotted 8ths go - and you can keep them going over the bar line (without losing where "one" is) everything should be easy.

Lastly, have you ever tried stacking cymbals?


Not much. I don't really like that kind of "broken cymbal - white noise" sound too much. It's not a "go to" sound that's in my mind when I'm thinking about cymbal sounds.

cheers
Gavin
 
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