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Old 09-06-2006, 09:51 PM
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Hi Gavin, just wanted to say that you're one of my favourite players, and a large influence on my playing. The way you can play such complex parts, and yet make them fit so well with the music.

I love your work on The Start of Something Beautiful, especially the section starting from 4:45; that little group of 16ths on the hihat just sounds so simple, yet so 'right'.

The Sound of Muzak is another one of my favourites, especially the intro.
Can you remember which Hihats you used in that song?

I should hopefully be coming to see Porcupine Tree on the 27th in Amsterdam, if I can get tickets, although I'm not having much luck right now :(
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Old 09-06-2006, 11:11 PM
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Hi raz0r,
thanks for the kind words - glad you liked "Start Of Something Beautiful" it's one of my favourites to play.

The hi hats on Sound Of Muzak were 12" Zildjian ReMix - great sounding hats.

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Old 09-07-2006, 01:37 AM
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Gavin, I just watched those two new clips and you absolutely made my day.

Generally I'm a bit leery of a lot of people playing big kits and double pedals and getting very involved in metric modulation and polyrhythmic playing. Usually it is all done at the expense of actually having any understanding of the nuances you can get from each surface. But I have to say, I really love what you did with the "Drum song" and the opening of "Plasson", you pretty much went through the book of different stuff you can do to draw tones from your drums, including the good old one-stick-across, one-stick-striking posture that I love and overuse on the snare.

I'm hoping that all the kids listening to Porcupine Tree and picking up on your stuff are actually getting that all this stuff is just as cool as all the metric and speed stuff you do so well. Good work, and thanks for putting that stuff on a DVD - I may have to go buy it now just to ram it home into the heads of my double-pedal-obsessed students!
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Old 09-07-2006, 03:19 AM
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Hey Gavin. I just checked out your videos and I love them. Really solid playing! Just a few questions of the specs cause I love the sound. Do you have info on your kit somewhere? Like the cymbals, drums, heads you use on Plasson?
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Old 09-07-2006, 03:22 AM
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It was odd... I was at my drum lessons, and my teacher asked me if I had heard of Gavin Harrison. I said that I had heard the name. Well, we watched some videos, and I was amazed. I went home, signed onto drummerworld, and here you were! I told my teacher that you were on this site, talking to people, and he almost shat himself :>)

I cant remember which songs I watched you play, but they were amazing. Your ghost notes were flawless.
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Old 09-07-2006, 04:42 AM
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I'm sure it was your intent exactly, but that Plasson video pretty much made me want to buy your DVD like now. Awesome stuff.
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:57 PM
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Hi Finn,
thanks for the kind words - glad you enjoyed it!!!!

Hi rendezvous_drummer,
maybe these pics will answer some of the questions...


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The heads are all Remo
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Coated Diplomats on the bottoms
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Ambassador on these snares

Thanks jmontroy

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Old 09-08-2006, 01:55 AM
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That's awesome! Thanks fer posting those. I really love the sound of that snare and Ride cymbal especially the bell.
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:54 PM
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Hey Gavin,

On the song So Called Friend, there seems to be some other percussion going on during the verses. Is that a keyboard or some kind of sample? It sounds really busy and when i watched the live video I didn't see you playing anything so I assumed it was coming from Barbieri.

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Old 09-08-2006, 11:16 PM
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Hi Kenneth,
those are octabans - a sound that I really loved from the old days. I only have two - but I'd love to have a full set at home.. and yes they are sequenced during the live show.

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Old 09-08-2006, 11:24 PM
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I have never heard of you before this site and once I saw FUTILE, my mouth dropped! You are incredible that song reminds me of something Johnathan Mover would play with some of the odd time stuff, was he an influence, just wondering? But I am definitelty a huge fan of yours now are those songs that you did on the site available on CD? Keep up the great playing man!
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Old 09-09-2006, 01:54 AM
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Hi jamsjr44,
thanks for the comments!! Glad you're enjoying my drumming. The original version of Futile was recorded as a promo single and is currently available as a download from my band's website www.porcupinetree.com
I have to confess that I'm not familiar with Johnathan Mover's work. What would be a good place to start with his recorded performances?

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Old 09-09-2006, 11:57 PM
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hey Gavin how are you doing?

well i'm 18 years old and i been playin drums for about 9 years now and i wanted some advice on following a carrer in drumming and the things that you should do and stuff... right now all i really want to do is play the drums i just graduated high school and i want to go to a music college now but i want some adivice on wats the best move to becomin a professional drummer... so any words of wisdom and encouragement are welcomed and also any facts that might not leave me so happy lol
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Old 09-10-2006, 12:25 AM
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hey Gavin how are you doing?

well i'm 18 years old and i been playin drums for about 9 years now and i wanted some advice on following a carrer in drumming and the things that you should do and stuff... right now all i really want to do is play the drums i just graduated high school and i want to go to a music college now but i want some adivice on wats the best move to becomin a professional drummer... so any words of wisdom and encouragement are welcomed and also any facts that might not leave me so happy lol
Good question; its always best to ask the pros.

Im waiting for this answer, too.
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Old 09-10-2006, 05:21 AM
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hey Gavin how are you doing?

well i'm 18 years old and i been playin drums for about 9 years now and i wanted some advice on following a carrer in drumming and the things that you should do and stuff... right now all i really want to do is play the drums i just graduated high school and i want to go to a music college now but i want some adivice on wats the best move to becomin a professional drummer... so any words of wisdom and encouragement are welcomed and also any facts that might not leave me so happy lol
Well for starters since you live in best you have one of the best music schools in the world in our back yard - BERKLEE! Have you thought about trying to get in? Also practice, practice, practice....
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Old 09-10-2006, 05:22 AM
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Hi jamsjr44,
thanks for the comments!! Glad you're enjoying my drumming. The original version of Futile was recorded as a promo single and is currently available as a download from my band's website www.porcupinetree.com
I have to confess that I'm not familiar with Johnathan Mover's work. What would be a good place to start with his recorded performances?

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http://www.jonathanmover.com/ has some very good examples of his playing. And he does have a page on this site as well.
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Old 09-10-2006, 12:51 PM
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Hi Batera945,
Like you, I really wanted to be a 'professional drummer' - that is to say make a living at it. My Dad was a professional musician and that really helped with my attitude to it. Being prepared is the key thing. Learn to read (I've done top 40 bands, wedding bands, big bands, ballroom dance bands, theatre show deps and sessions that all required a pretty good standard of reading). Practise all styles of music - go out and get some jazz, funk, big band, country, Pop, folk, be bop, reggae, dixieland trad and play along to those records and try to 'fit in' convincingly. To make a living at this you're going to have to be super versatile. Get GREAT at playing with a click - most of the jobs I do now require you to play to a click - but REALLY well.
Meet as many musicians as you can - and try to do every gig that's offered to you - even if you don't particularly like the music - and even if itís for little or no money. You never know where the job might lead....and be a very accommodating person - never show up late - and make sure you've done your homework.
When I would get a chance to do an audition - I would go out and get some of the albums of the artist or band I was auditioning for (a couple of weeks in advance if possible) and play along to their records. I would write out some of the trickier songs and practise them hard.
I was amazed to find out sometimes during the audition that I was the only drummer that they auditioned who had bothered to REALLY learn the material.

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Old 09-11-2006, 12:40 AM
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thanks Gavin... right now that is what i'm trying to do. learn a lot of different styles and play with a lot of different musicians... I'm lookin for a place to study where i can learn to read... that has been my downfall.. because i have good ears and can pick up a groove really easy but i'm horrible at readin so i really gotta work on that... i guess for you to become a pro drummer you just have to be able to trust ur instincts and go whre drums may lead and in the end hope the path u took is the right one, if not make the best out of it... thank you very much for your advice and good luck on everything
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:16 AM
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Well for starters since you live in best you have one of the best music schools in the world in our back yard - BERKLEE! Have you thought about trying to get in? Also practice, practice, practice....
Yeah i'm thinking about it but its so expensive and i wanst born here which makes it harded i been here for ten years and am not yet a citizen ! which really sucks for me cuz i barely know the culture in brazil (execpt for samba which i luv playing lol) but i am tryin to c wat i can do about all that and maybe start there in may of next year.... If I can do that then I will be VERY HAPPY lol.. i pass by there every now and then and just dream! lol
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:51 AM
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Batera945,
You might want to consider starting small and going to a community college first. Berklee can be intimidating, cuz there are so many musicians there that already know how to read. You would probably get swallowed up very easily. Your best bet is to start small and work you way up to it. There are many excellent percussion and drum teachers in the most remote places. You dont always have to go to the biggest and the best to find what your looking for. I have been playing 16 years and just started to seriously read for about 5. I started at a community college with a patient man. Now i am in a percussion ensemble and my community symphonic band. The professers at Berklee expect a level of knowledge, and if you dont have that knowledge at this time, they might not want to be as patient as you might like. Take stock in the fact that you know you have in it you to be an excellent musician and make small steps each day to become that. Best of luck and God bless.

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Old 09-11-2006, 06:26 AM
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yeah MM that makes a whole lot of sense... and i mean i dont have to go to a big music college right after high school i guess.... thanks for the advice God bless lata
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:18 PM
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Wow. Incredible playing, Gavin!

I find the older I get, the more often I find inspiration for my drumming.

I now have a new CD to buy.

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Old 09-12-2006, 12:18 AM
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Great, thanks n2xlr8n.

Like many folks I dreamed of going to Berklee - but I met John Schofield in a cafe in 1980 and I had a long chat with him about it and actually he advised me not to go. He gave me the impression that it was a negative vibe with all the competition there. I did however have some of the most mind blowing drum lessons from Dave Cutler when I was 18 - Dave had been to Berklee for 3 years and studied with Gary Chaffee.

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Old 09-12-2006, 10:46 AM
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Gavin,
Just wanted to say that I loved your Rhythmic visions dvd. It definitely gave me a whole new respect for really looking at timekeeping and time feels and blah blah in a serious way. I've been trying to come up with my own methods for working on time, and trying to understand it. So yeah, thanks a lot, and if you ever start devoting a lot of time to private teaching, I hope I find out because I think you're a great teacher.

Good show.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:54 AM
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Hi Gavin,

First off I have to say i'm glad that a "known" drummer is on here answering a lot of our questions. It makes a big difference to a lot of people!

Secondly, AWESOME drumming last night at the Cambridge Junction, I was watching you most of the night from down in the front row. Very impressive, I love the middle section to Halo and had a bit of a nightmare working it out! I also purchased your dvd last night and am looking forward to your demonstrations melting my brain a little more!

On a side note the new material you played last night was awesome, did make me laugh when I realised a lot of people couldn't tap/headbang/pogo in time to one of the tracks because of some crazy time signature you guys were playing! The only people I could see still moving with the music were the other 2 members of my band! Rock on!

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Old 09-15-2006, 06:42 AM
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Hey Gavin,
Just finished watching the Arriving somewhere... DVD. EXCELLENT!!!!!!!! I cant wait to see you guys in NYC in 3 weeks. Take care and God bless.

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i stumbled across your place on drummerworld somehow, love the videos and songs. i've been trying to check out whatever playing of yours i can find, as soon as i can i plan to pick up In Absentia... thanks for the great drumming!
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:16 AM
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Hi Batera945,
Like you, I really wanted to be a 'professional drummer' - that is to say make a living at it. My Dad was a professional musician and that really helped with my attitude to it. Being prepared is the key thing. Learn to read (I've done top 40 bands, wedding bands, big bands, ballroom dance bands, theatre show deps and sessions that all required a pretty good standard of reading). Practise all styles of music - go out and get some jazz, funk, big band, country, Pop, folk, be bop, reggae, dixieland trad and play along to those records and try to 'fit in' convincingly. To make a living at this you're going to have to be super versatile. Get GREAT at playing with a click - most of the jobs I do now require you to play to a click - but REALLY well.
Meet as many musicians as you can - and try to do every gig that's offered to you - even if you don't particularly like the music - and even if it’s for little or no money. You never know where the job might lead....and be a very accommodating person - never show up late - and make sure you've done your homework.
When I would get a chance to do an audition - I would go out and get some of the albums of the artist or band I was auditioning for (a couple of weeks in advance if possible) and play along to their records. I would write out some of the trickier songs and practise them hard.
I was amazed to find out sometimes during the audition that I was the only drummer that they auditioned who had bothered to REALLY learn the material.

cheers
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Hey Gavin, saw you in Paris last Night, the show was great and the new songs sounded quite fantastic to say the least !
Can't wait for the new PT album !
Some cool double bass here and there !

You played for two hours, what a treat for us fans ! Enjoyed every second of it !

My question is how you got the PT gig ? Audition ? Luck ? Recommendation ? Other ?

Did you know PT before joining them, were you a fan ?

Thx for your playing and keep on drumming in a free world !!!

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Old 09-16-2006, 01:07 PM
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jazzsnob, GavManB, Midnite Mike, hauk thanks for the positive comments!!!


CarterB_Junkie, - I got the gig because I knew Richard Barbieri since the early '90s - and he asked me to come and record the In Absentia album (as a session drummer). After that - it all went well and they invited me to join.

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Old 09-17-2006, 07:41 PM
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Great thread, just read it all. Lucky to have you here, Gavin. Particularly with the thoughtful and consistent effort you put into answering all the questions. Like your drumming, intelligent and entertaining. Amazing stuff couldn't believe some of your grooves I saw by clicking the few links over these past 9 pages ... totally inspiring. Going out today to get a dvd and a couple PT cd's. New fan here.

How about some inside scoop on industry related matters? LOL
The world of endorsements ... the perks ... do they exist? I mean, do you get to visit the Zildjian plant and try out 1000 K con's until you find one you like? Do they just ship you 10 and tell you to do as you please? Do they hand hammer them for you when you need them tweaked, or are you using the same ones we get? Support on the road? How does it all work? Give us the inside scoop on cymbal heaven, which it must be.
And Sonor? Please, explain how that works. All you can eat in Sonor heaven? You must feel like a kid in a candy store with those drums. Sorry, might be lame questions, but I am curious and would love to hear the inside info on that part of the life of a pro drummer. Thanks!
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:43 AM
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Hi Gavin,
I just recieved your DVD. I think it is a top-notch production and educational dvd. I have not yet gone over everything, but I was hoping there would be a segment in which you discuss your gear preference.

I really enjoyed the tight sounding grooves and timekeeping hints. This will be yet another bag of tricks for my practicing. It's well worth the money!
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Old 09-18-2006, 03:16 PM
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Hi joeybeats,
thanks for the comments.
Zildjian have been very nice to me over the past 20 years. They have an office/vault in the UK where endorsers have chance to pick cymbals out. It's a great facility, and I'm very happy to have the opportunity to do so.
I also get great support on the road if I break a cymbal, a local distributor can replace it for me. They also run endorser days where we all get together and see/try the new products.

I have a great relationship with Sonor who made me my last kit by request. Also they provide on the road support....so I'm one lucky guy!!!!

Hi Synthetik,
glad you're enjoying the new DVD. There's a detailed explanation of my equipment on the B Side of the disc.

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Old 09-19-2006, 03:39 AM
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glad you're enjoying the new DVD. There's a detailed explanation of my equipment on the B Side of the disc.

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For those of you who don't have the disc, Gavin Made a funny. "Side B" is the printed lable.
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:41 PM
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Tonight i have the chance to see Gavin & Porcupine Tree in concert here in Basel.....

...just before leaving to Drummers Live in London....

Fun GReat Fun Great Fun

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Old 09-21-2006, 07:35 PM
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Hi Gavin!

I bought your Rhythmic Illusions book some years ago and it was a challenge, but it did IMENSE help to allow me to do the things I've always had in my head, but wasn't efficiently able to execute. I've used the concept quite a lot since and now use a slightly simplified version for one of my drum students.

Thanks for the inspiration!!
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Old 09-22-2006, 12:03 AM
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For those of you who don't have the disc, Gavin Made a funny. "Side B" is the printed lable.
No...he didnt.

Both Side A & Side B play on my DVD.

Side B has Gavins equipment list, (among lots of other things) which is the same as the pics he posted earlier on page 9 of this thread.
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Old 09-22-2006, 06:52 PM
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Hi Ian,
glad you got something from the book.
Sometimes when I'm showing someone a simple 16th note displacement - and they're struggling to get it - I get them to displace just one element at a time. So starting with the hi hat - have them play all the off 16ths - but keep the kick on 1 & 3 and snare on 2 & 4. Then moved the bass drum to 1e and 3e - but keep the snare on 2 & 4. Then keeping the hi hat all off the beat again - just move the snare drum to 2e and 4e (kick on 1 & 3). Then finally move the kick to 1e & 3e and the snare to 2e & 4e. It's a slightly easier way to approach it gradually...and keep the student thinking in the original time base.


Shane - absolutely correct

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No...he didnt.

Both Side A & Side B play on my DVD.

Side B has Gavins equipment list, (among lots of other things) which is the same as the pics he posted earlier on page 9 of this thread.
I stand corrected! I have over 1,000 DVD's, and none play on the lable side...that's a first for me, so I didn't even try it. My bad. I will look at it today.
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Gavin,
Just wondering, i notice that you like to play rimshots with your left hand most of the time, do you go through alot of sticks? Also, per my question about writing new material, are there any arguments that arise? (considering there are 4 of you in the band, not to mention the producer and sound engineer) Or are you able to find the middle ground and settle your differences of opinion like professional?

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Hi Mike,
yes I have been through a lot of sticks in my time. I used to use Vic Firth SD1 maple - and I love them - but I would break so many because of the rim shots. Then I switched to using the VF hickory Rock model and they're much more durable. Also I've just started endorsing "S-Hoops" which also help not break so many sticks.

Regarding the new PT stuff. We don't really argue. We produce and engineer ourselves too.

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