Interview with Jess Gowrie (Chelsea Wolfe)

Jess Gowrie of Chelsea Wolfe was kind enough to grant me an interview before her show here in NC on Friday the 13th! So, check it out!

DIY: How did you get the gig playing with Chelsea? I know you played with her before in a different band.

Jess: That’s exactly it. It was probably like 10 years ago, actually I keep saying 10 years ago but it might even longer, but around 10 years ago. We grew up in Sac (Sacramento) together. We were in a band for like 3 years and then you know we parted ways. It was sad but I totally understood and you know she wanted to do a solo thing and so we didn’t actually talk for like 7 years. 2015 rolls around, and we go to a New Year’s Eve party together and instantly just like reconnected as friends. It took about a year – 2016 I was in the band. So it was just a kind of a transitional period of time. I think Dylan (their last drummer, who I also interviewed) was getting my pretty busy with his other project (Mang Chi). I think it was honestly like a mutual kind of time for everyone to just transition into different things, and so the timing was actually really perfect, and so I’ve been with her ever since and we did the record together and it’s been awesome. 

DIY: I’ve seen some of the Instagram pictures, and your light show looks amazing.  

Jess: Yeah! It varies from different sized clubs on a nightly basis you know? Using a full rig, or half a rig. Every time it changes it’s almost like for the better because it’ll be more stripped down and Punk. But, then its super intense because there will be like a strobe behind me, or something that’s just like making up for the fact that the full rig isn’t being used and then when the full rig is up it’s amazing.

DIY: So what are some of your influences? I read in the modern drummer interview that you are a fan of Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins) and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)

Jess: I’ve said it a million times but it’s true! I grew up in the 90s, and grunge is very important to me, so learning how to play those songs just like on the radio really developed how I approach writing, but then I realized much later that those are jazz drummers who were in rock bands. I didn’t realize they came with the certain style that usually you don’t get from just being in a rock band, so that kind of helped me broaden my mind I guess without even really realizing that I was playing with like a jazz style. I’m definitely not a jazz drummer, so that’s not what I’m saying, but it’s just like writing a riff rather than just like four on the floor. Jazz kind of like you know, pardon the pun but it really Jazzes it up to see that style in rock. I don’t know, they were just really interesting drummers. 

DIY: So you teach drums as well?

Jess: Yea, I used to teach a lot more, now I’m with her (Chelsea) and I’m hardly home and I don’t have a consistent schedule, but yes I did teach for a huge chunk of time.

DIY: Do you recommend your students playing along to their favorite bands more so than let’s say sitting with a pad? I guess it varies depending on what they’re looking for. 
Jess: I do both, yeah. We start with the pad and then “the fun part” as they put it, is playing along to one of their favorite songs. You’ve gotta make it fun but at the same time, if you are teaching and your student doesn’t know what a paradiddle is then what kind of teacher are you? You just have to incorporate that somehow. But yeah mostly it’s just getting in the garage and jamming to your favorite songs. That’s where your creativity comes from and maybe a passion might be sparked you know?

DIY: Also in the modern drummer interview, I read about Rocket Shells. Tell me about that. Whats it all about?

Jess: Dude, I’d love to. I’ve worked with Rocket Shells since I was 18, so it’s been like 17 years…and it’s a custom carbon fiber Drum Company. The problem though is that drums just weren’t cutting it, so now we branched into custom carbon fiber other things and we don’t make drums anymore, which breaks my heart. However, my snare drum – I’m playing Tama, but my snare drum is my Rocket Shell, and my snare drum is my secret weapon. I get so many fucking compliments on my snare like “what is that!?” and it’s a rare gem. There are some Rocket Shells floating around out there but not really. It’s what sets us apart, in fact, on Hiss Spun I had like 15 snares at my disposal, and we would go through each one for each song and Rocket shells is 80% of that record. And it would be just like, okay we didn’t know it was Rocket Shells, and everyone of us in there would be like “I like this one” which was the Rocket Shells. I mean I would have gone with whatever sounded best, but it was the rocket shells almost every time and I was just so stoked! I switched to Tama because I needed a company who makes drums now, but I will always always use my rocket shell snare. My snare is super fucking loud and my drum set is too, for being kind of on the smaller side of the sizes they project really well, so live you get a bigger bang out of a smaller kick or whatever. 

DIY: I read that you normally use a 20-inch Kick and now you’re using a 22?

Jess: Yea I went a bit bigger. So I can’t play a 24, it makes my toms too far apart, so my compromise was going to a 22. I’m VERY happy with Tama, of course.

DIY: Are you using the Bubinga?

Jess: Well, thats a loaner kit. I have one being made and it wasn’t going to be done in time for this tour. It takes like 5 months or something, but yes in December I’ll have a full Bubinga 22,16,12. I wanted a 13 inch tom but that would have made me wait even longer, so I’ll make that adjustment later down the road. It’s a pretty simple set up but yeah full bubinga, its going to be flat black black. 

DIY: Black hardware too, or just the classic chrome?

Jess: The flat black was kind of a compromise. I personally don’t want to play on some weird color drum set, and naturally with her (Chelsea Wolfe) black works with or without – whoever I’m playing with or whatever I’m doing, black is a classic. It’s like a t-shirt, it matches everything. 

DIY:So you have an endorsement with Tama?

Jess: Yea, that’s basically the reason why I got a loaner kit so I could start getting the word out and not have to wait until my kit was made. They actually came to our first show in Santa Ana and GoPro’d the whole thing by me. I haven’t seen any footage yet but I’m sure it’ll be cool. It was a warm up show, but it was still rad and it was really hot, so I’m sure I was just sweaty and crazy. 

DIY: Do you have any pre-show rituals or anything like that? Or maybe even as far as stretches and warm ups, or also maybe any sort of spiritual thing?

Jess: I mean with the new record, playing these new songs, I definitely started practicing on the practice pad. I used to go in there cold and not do that, but the drumming is a little bit… “more”… on this record and so I just realized I need to start warming up and get loose, but I mean that’s pretty much all I do is you know warm ups on the practice pad and take a couple shots basically. 

DIY: Nice. Whats your poison?

Jess: Well right now its Grey Goose. No whiskey, that’s just bad…bad news. Its mostly just Grey Goose.

DIY: Do you use any in-ear monitors? Or do you just go with the house monitor system?

Jess: Well, I play to a click live so I have only the click, as of now, going into my ear and I rely on the monitors. However, one of our next steps for after this tour is getting me with both of the in ears in, and having my monitor mix, because I know it’s not good for your ears to just have the one. I’ve noticed that when the show starts, my click is to here, but by the time it’s ended I’ve turned my click up way beyond that, and when you put it in your ear the next day you’re like HOLY SHIT! So basically hearing the whole mix in my ear is going to save my hearing for sure, but I just need to get the proper mixer to have all those channels to work with. Other than that it’s just the click thats in my ear yea. 

DIY: What’s your favorite food on the road?

Jess: Oooooh! Alright I think I have some here. (Jess digs through the cabinets of the tour bus) Ah! These miso ramen noodle soups!

DIY: Oh cool! Dr. Mcdougall’s vegan miso ramen noodle soup! Are you vegan?

Jess: No but my bandmates are, so I buy these so everyone can enjoy. I mean I don’t care, they taste fine to me, but these have been a lifesaver. When you’re done and you’re back on the bus and then you’re like I’m hungry, this is it dude. 

DIY: Do you have any advice for drummers trying to “make it”? 

Jess: I mean seriously, two things, and its probably like what everybody would say but it’s SO true. I’ve been playing music for a long time and recently now feel like I’m actually doing some cool shit, and it’s because, like I said I practiced in my garage and kept playing playing playing…and then seriously, do not EVER give up! Like, I don’t care if your band breaks up in 2 years or 5, keep doing it… seriously, something can change just like that, and sometimes takes long time, sometimes it doesn’t, but you just have to keep trying. Perseverance is so cliche but it’s so true. If I had stopped, you know even when Chelsea and I stopped playing together the first time around, we would have never made this full circle to come back into each others lives and create what I think is one of the fucking coolest records that I’ve ever been a part of. I feel like they feel the same way. Everybody put their own little specialness into it and came out with something that I think is very rare for everyone involved.  

DIY:It seems very cosmic.
Jess: Exactly. And that was me going my separate way, being in a bunch of bands, learning my styles and improving my chops, and her going her separate way, making a bunch of records playing with certain different types of people, adding instruments here and there, to get us where we are open-mindedness and just being ready, and we were both ready at the same time and it was great, and here we are we made a record and now we are touring on it. 

DIY: Well thanks so much for chatting with me, and inviting me onto your lovely tour bus!

Jess: Of course! Thanks for having me. And you’re right, there needs to be more female drummers that are like fucking doing shit that people know about. Even the modern drummer thing, I was just like dude thank you for even caring.

DIY: I mean, women in general and female musicians I feel like, for some stupid reason, are not given the same amount of attention as other accomplished musicians, and a lot of the times they are way better.

Jess: I feel like you have to take gender out of it and just look at like, what is this person doing? What are they accomplishing? What HAVE they accomplished? What makes this person special? Whether or not they’re a man or a woman just shouldn’t matter, but for some reason it does, and its a shame. We just need to break that barrier somehow. Like I said, even with modern drummer being like “yea lets do a little story on you”, that’s a big thing! I mean they’re like the Bible of drumming right? I can only hope like…you want to be on the cover, you know? Like THATS the thing. Maybe someday, but you know what we did was more than I would have ever expected, so I’m totally down to talk about drums and get the word for Chelsea out and the record out there. However I can help is important.

Jess plays Tama drums and Vic Firth sticks

Hear her on Chelsea Wolfe’s new album Hiss Spun out on Sargent House Records, and also with her other killer band Horseneck.

Main photo courtesy of Mary Gebhart

All others courtesy of the internet. 
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Now drumming for No One Mind / first mini tour! 

Recently I was approached by the immensely chill and extremely talented Missy Thangs (Birds Of Avalon) about being the drummer for another project called No One Mind

The album had already been recorded, mixed, and mastered, and was (still is) to be released via Third Uncle Records in September. The issue was, their founding and recording drummer Noah Dehmer (who’s fucking killer by the way) had relocated to New York, and they needed someone who could learn the record and become the new drummer. 

A little back story: 

Missy is an AMAZING engineer at The Fidelitorium studio in Kernersville NC, and has recorded a ton of great musicians, including my girlfriends kick ass band – Pieface Girls – you can see the full list of her clients as well as the client list for the Fidelitorium, Here

Naturally I couldn’t turn down such a great opportunity to play with and learn from such a dope human being! And I had yet to find out there are two other extremely talented and dope human beings behind the music as well  ( Ellis Anderson from Toddlers, and Sam Logan of Lilac Shadows ) whom I was beyond impressed with and stoked on how good the vibes were from the get go! Killer. Dudes. 

Anyway, I listened to the tracks and was sold immediately. I’d show you…but you’ll have to wait until September for the full length! Orrrrrr you could come see us on our first mini tour which is happening RIGHT NOW AS IM TYPING! Jenny Besetzt Invited us and KONVOI on a lil run through the mountains and back. Tonight, we play Boone Saloon in Boone NC, then Friday we play hellraiser house in greensboro, and we finish off our 3 day stint on Saturday at the pinhook in Durham! Until you can catch us live, here’s a single – Born Again


From left – Missy, Sam, Ellis, Me 
More updates coming soon! Gotta load in some gear for tonight’s gig! 

Update: Boone saloon was a success! GSO here we go! 

How to Handle Drumming for Multiple Bands

Being a part of multiple projects can really help keep things fresh, and especially if the projects are very different from one another (they should be) it can help you develop new styles and techniques. This is crucial for growing as a musician, but it can also leave you drained and on the brink of insanity at times if you aren’t careful.

Drummers are always in high demand (You know, since everyone else thinks playing guitar is cooler for some reason). Staying busy as a drummer is way easier than you think, but finding people you want to play with that also want to play with you is the tough part. Thats the ultimate goal as a drummer with the mindset of having fun, gigging, and getting called back.

Im currently in 4 active bands, 3 other recording projects, rotating cover band sets with random talents from around Raleigh, I teach drums and am currently consulting for a concept album (4th recording project), all while trying to keep up with blogging, networking, social media (not doing so hot right now), an amazing girlfriend (who’s also the badass bombshell bassist for the Pie Face Girls) and work.

I’ve always had a scattered mindset, love staying busy, and I have a lot of experience with what it takes to keep your cool when the heat is on. Here are some key points to consider when thinking of joining multiple projects.

You MUST ask yourself these questions first. If you can answer yes to all of them…go for it. If you can’t, don’t even think about it.

  1. Do I like the music/idea/people involved?
  2. Do I have the free time?
  3. Is my schedule flexible enough? (things ALWAYS come up)
  4. Am I doing the band justice rather than joining because I cant say no?
  5. Can I actually bring something new and innovative to the table?

Odds are if you answered yes to all of these, it will probably work out. Its important to keep things fun, so make sure you really are having a good time. Don’t half ass it. The music world aint’ got time for 2nd place.

Playing in 2 or more projects can be extremely fulfilling, but its easy to get overwhelmed very quickly. If your bands are pretty active, or people really like your stuff, you will have dates thrown at you constantly.

Here are some tips for keeping track of everything.

-Get a planner. A real, analog, made of paper, fits in your bag or pocket, planner/calendar.

-Mark your work days, girlfriend days, birthdays, other shows you want to see, and whatever else you have to make time for so you already know your availability.

-Any time you get show offers write down all dates being thrown at you from all projects.

-Once you decide which shows you can do, talk to the bands and see which shows they can/want to do.

Things to keep in mind:

A good nights rest is your best friend in the whole universe.

Eat right, you’ll be way more productive…trust me.

You can’t make everyone happy all the time.

Sometimes you will have to ask off of work, cancel important plans, or disappoint loved ones in order to play gigs. (only do this for super awesome, well planned, great exposure, politically good move shows, and make sure to make it up to anyone you let down)

Don’t be afraid to say no

Saturating the market, especially with local bands, is a huge mistake that can cost you valuable momentum down the road. Its much better to leave people wanting more than to give it all away. This also goes for you as a person.

There you have it folks! Keep drumming!

If you want to check out any of my projects you can find them below.  Also check out the instagram and Facebook for real time updates!

HEAVY 

DARK

TRIPPY

SPACEY

See ya!

How to teach yourself (the process of learning)

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Hey drummists,

I bet some of you have been in the same position I have when trying to learn your craft. You may think, “man, how can I self teach myself to learn more good?” but you just don’t know how to go about it. Sure, you can practice and watch Youtube videos about cool licks, and you know you should practice, but knowing to do something and actually doing it are two different things.

I’m here to talk about something that is often hinted at but not explicitly discussed in the drumming community. That is, specifically how you learn, and the process of catering to your learning style in order to be most effective.

The first tip I have for you is to:

  1. Start at the beginning.

You have to crawl before you can run, and the same goes for learning any concept. You want to master a six-stroke roll? Learn how to play single stroke rolls. It’s okay to run scales or rudiments, and to struggle with them. Your struggling with mundane concepts will make harder concepts much easier to understand, which leads to the second tip…

  1. Break it into bite-sized chunks.

You learn in small groupings, so don’t try to tackle the whole lick/song/solo at once. Do you eat your 50 oz steak in one bite? No, no you don’t. You cut it up into pieces that you can chew and eat in your mouth. If it’s a written piece, write out the sticking pattern. If it’s a complicated jazz tune, write out the beats above the notes (I did this for my first ¾ jazz song I ever learned, “Footprints,” and it wasn’t even fast). Gradually put the bars back together until you can play the set of chunks as one big piece.

  1. Cater to how you learn.

Figuring out how you learn is essential to the first 2 tips, but I felt they needed to be mentioned first. If you are a hands-on learner, get physical with it and work it out with your hands. I personally like to clap out a rhythm if I need a second to digest what I’m hearing. If you learn visually, WATCH people do it and visualize it in your mind’s eye. Even write it out. If you learn through auditory means, listen. Actively listen and take notes. Also, singing a rhythm or pattern (and adding melody if needed) is a great way to comprehend it for auditory learners since the part of your brain that holds songs is so deeply rooted in memory.

Of course, no one is 100% any of these types of learner but you can find your mix and see what works for you (it’ll help for school too, if you’re into academics still).

  1. Be cumulative in your learning. Build on what you already know and branch out from your foundations. I don’t mean to practice the same 4/4 groove every time you sit behind a kit, but don’t forget stuff either. Cumulative learning has shown to be most effective when learning a concept, according to my cognition courses in college (which had cumulative exams, the irony of which is not lost on me). This means repeating stuff until it becomes muscle memorized (this happens with your brain though, your muscles just contract a bunch).
  2. Lastly, be patient with yourself and only compare yourself to yourself, yesterday. If you build each day, then all you see is progress. Don’t compare yourself to others, because you’re not them and they aren’t you. Each musician brings something to the table that is uniquely him or her, and that’s the fun of music. Remember that there is no competition in art, there is only expression.

I hope this was insightful everybody, and I’ll be writing a few more articles/listicles in the future about similar concepts!

Cheers,

Sean McClain

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Drummers Xmas List

Drummers can be tough to buy gifts for! They are all picky, and not many people outside of the drum community know about all the nifty tools and toys that can make drummers lives easier…so I’m here to show you!

The list starts off with bigger gifts, and goes down in price ending with stocking stuffers. Most of the titles are links to purchase!

Lets get started shall we?

 

  1. Drum lite – led lights

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These lights are designed to go inside the drum shell, usually with a strip of adhesive (doesn’t harm anything). When used on a see through acrylic kit, or a drum kit with all white coated heads, the effects can be pretty awesome! Not to mention, it just makes you look less boring on stage.

2. Go Pro

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GoPro cameras are easily on of the most handy tools for pretty much anyone these days. Drummers especially, can make use of their small design with tons of options in order to capture those crazy moments on stage or in the studio. They even make a freakin chest harness!

3. Drum Mic Kits

This is probably one of the best, and most expensive drummer gifts, and a great investment for the drummer in your life. There are many different kits an options, ranging from $100-$1000…choosing the right one depends on your price point and how many drums your drummer will be recording. The ability to record drums is key for writing your own songs and recording instructional videos. Without them, I probably wouldnt be here. It all started when I got drum mics and a sound board for xmas.

4. Headphones

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These are a must have if you want to record, or play along to music. This set of CAD drummer headphones is $35 right now. That is a STEAL.

 

5. Drum Emergency Kits

Every drummer knows what its like to lose a few little parts here and there…and it adds up. These emergency kits are pretty inexpensive, and theres no better feeling than being prepared when something gets lost, stolen, or breaks. There are tons of variations out there. At one point, I’ve gotten several different emergency kits and a couple pairs of my favorite sticks, and put them all neatly into a tackle box. Side note: It doesn’t hurt to have a few bandaids and a real emergency kit either…especially if you’re on the road.

6. Drum Rugsahead rug

Drum rugs are great for the touring drummer. With one, not only can you be sure that your drums wont slide all over the stage at the gig, but you can also set your kit up the exact same way every time by making use of some tape, and putting little squares where your stands, pedals, and seat are usually set up…and now you know they will be in the same spot every time!

7. STICK BAGS

Stick bags make my life SO much easier. Plus, there are tons of different brands and models. Pretty much every drum company makes one, and they are all great. Hang em on the floor tom for easy access when you drop a stick doing one of those crazy flip tricks you learned once.

8. CYMBAL BAGS

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These are a MUST. Cymbals are so expensive…and the better care you take of them, the longer they last.

9. DRUM CASES

If you have an expensive kit, or you want to just protect the kit you use…these are also a must. On the road you won’t have to worry about scratches and dings, and the handles make it easy to cary multiple drums at once. This is ideal, because no one is going to help the drummer load in or out.

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This next section of gifts are all under $50, and were taken from my valentines day post from last year…still works for xmas!

10. SNARE UPGRADE!pure sound snares

A lot of drummers don’t realize how much better their snare drum will sound with a snare upgrade. My personal favorite are the pure sound snare wires. They come in a few widths ( I prefer the thick 42 count for more response). Make sure you get the right size as well. Most snare drums are 14 inches so thats your safest bet. Some drummers may have smaller snare drums in which case they can exchange them for the correct size at your local drum store. These bad boys are only $20!!!!

11. KICK UPGRADE!9990

These funny looking tunnel things are actually pretty neat. For about $40 you can add more low end to your bass drum without changing any of the attack. If you don’t have a port hole don’t worry, it comes with the port hole ring to install it. Just place the ring where you want, cut around the inside, and then place the kick port in the opening and press the rubber gasket flush against the inside of the drum head to keep it in place. I’ve used this product since it first came out and it really does improve the low end of a kick drum, especially if you don’t use any dampening materials inside of it. A great gift for Valentines day!

12. STICK UPGRADE!

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Most drummers are pretty picky when it comes to their drum sticks, and rightly so. Once you get used to how a certain stick feels, nothing else is as good as the real deal. Don’t worry though! Every drummer can use a drum stick holder! Clamp it on the hi hats or on any stand and you have some back up sticks waiting close by incase you break one or fling one across the stage. Not bad for 20 dollars!

13. DRINK UPGRADE!VDH-2

This product is very similar to the drum stick holder, and also the most recent purchase I’ve made for myself. At the 20 dollar price point this gem is hard to resist. Who wouldn’t want water or even better…beer right at your finger tips behind the kit. No more stashing your drinks in strange places on stage and having to keel over just to reach them or worse, spill them. I wouldn’t play a gig without mine!

14. HEAD UPGRADE!

Lastly, we have a drum head packs. Aside from sticks, drums heads are the most frequently bought items by drummers. If you want your drums to sound their best, its best to change out your drum heads as soon as they start to wear out. The two main drum head companies are Remo and Evans. Both are great and you can’t go wrong with either. Its more about what your drummer prefers. Most of these packs are around $49.99 and include a kick drum head. This is a HUGE deal because kick heads are usually $49.99 by themselves! There are also packs just for the toms for about $30. Advice: find out the diameter of the drums you are getting new heads for BEFORE you get the heads…if you can. If not, no big deal just take em’ back and swap em’ out!

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Ok, you made it this far…now take a look at some STOCKING STUFFERS.

GIFT CARDS!!!

These are great! Let your drummer get what they need when you aren’t sure. This isn’t a cop out, this is actually a preferred gift for most drummers because they know what they like and can use the gift card to get exactly what they use. All retail music stores have gift cards and you can usually put whatever amount you like on them. I suggest 2112, a local drum shop here in Raleigh NC, free from the all the sales pitches and endless pestering of the retail chain stores. If you aren’t local, check your listings for a drum shop near by!

DRUM KEYS!

No drummer can EVER have too many! Most are in the 3-5 dollar range, with a few deluxe models a little pricier.

CYMBAL/DRUM CLEANER!

Keep those cymbals and drum shells nice and shiny! 10-20 dollar range.

CYMBAL TOPPERS!

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These little fellas fit right on top of your cymbal stands, and add some decorative flash to your set up. I feel like I should mention that although not all of them are skulls…but most of them are. About $10-20 for a pack.

EARPLUGS!

It goes without saying that as a drummer, you should be using ear plugs. Obviously yes, it protects your hearing…but better than that it brings down all those nasty high frequencies when practicing in a smaller space, and helps keep the stage volume at a tolerable level when you’re being blasted by the drum monitor…which always seems to be wayyyyy louder than it was at sound check. Between $1 and $20 for a pack.

I hope this was a helpful list for anyone buying gifts for a drummer! If you enjoyed it please, like the page or share it or comment or anything! Help spread the word to other drummers 🙂

Interview with Dylan Fujioka (Chelsea Wolfe)

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One of the great things about being on a production team, (other than being in a tight nit group of fantastic people working together and making crazy shit happen behind the scenes), is working with artists.

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This was the Saturday night lineup at Lincoln Theatre for Hopscotch Music Festival. I knew it was going to be an amazing show, not only from the bill of bands, but also the setting. Perfectly gloomy overcast skies all day with light patches of mist scattered here and there every few hours or so. I had recently hit up Chelsea Wolfe’s drummer Dylan on Instagram the day before, asking him if he would be willing to talk about his set up  at the Saturday show, and he kindly agreed.

The load in that day was fairly easy. Around 4 pm we were to bring some back line gear for Godflesh. Two Ampeg  8×10 bass cabs and two Marshal 4x12s. I forget what heads we provided. Godflesh, (only consisting of two guitarists and a drum machine and being the headliner) merely needed to line check before they went on, so most of our work wouldn’t come until the other bands started to arrive around 5 pm.

Once the bands showed up and got their gear inside, Chelsea Wolfe set up for their soundcheck while Woven Hand and Black Clouds prepared their gear to be put on stage after they finished up. I heard from their sound guy Chris that the Chelsea Wolfe crew had been smoking out of a ginger root.(I approached him earlier at soundcheck about whether or not the band smokes herb, as to not embarrass myself when I met all of them later). It being the last show on the last day of Hopscotch, and since it seemed I wasn’t needed elsewhere until load out after the show was over, I was considering marking the occasion with a modest smoke session. I will admit I was a bit nervous being in the company of some of my favorite musicians, and in the context of the interview I thought smoking some grass would help break the ice a little bit.

So there I was, sitting behind the loading area out back after soundcheck, checking my messages for any more load ins/outs or little fires that needed to be put out anywhere at the festival. In the clear. Dylan gets back from eating and we decide to go out to the Chelsea Wolfe van and get settled in to talk about some drums and catch a buzz for the show.

Click here to stream the interview–>>Drum Chat with Dylan Fujioka <<–

– I will admit its not the most formal interview, and sure…I had more questions, but I didn’t want to take up too much of his time or impose in any way.

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I would like to thank Dylan for talking with me, as well as Chelsea Wolfe, Woven Hand, Black Clouds, and Godflesh for playing the festival and generally being cool people. Good hangs.

Dylan Fujioka plays Spaun drums, Istanbul Cymbals, Evans drum heads, Pro-mark 5b sticks, and Low Boy kick drum beaters.

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– Up Next –

After an extremely busy month, this week brings

– INTERVIEW WITH DYLAN FUJIOKA OF CHELSEA WOLFE

-Session footage from Dark Pines Studio – courtesy of the Raleigh Recording Company

-Sound Experiments (cymbal stacks, weird hi hat reverse snare trick, etc)

-Tuning tips for different genres

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