|Eric W. Brown|
|Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:40|
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Eric W. Brown is a man of many fæces and a jack of many spades. He lives a life playing drums for 6.2 million bands, with a new project being established every few seconds, each releasing no less than 4 simultaneous albums multiple times every month.
Eric is originally from Silver Spring, MD, relocated to Nashville, TN, and as of January 2011 lives in Denver, CO. His first metal gig was in Nashville around 2004 with epic metal wargods Destroy Destroy Destroy, touring much of the USA and recording on their first album "Devour The Power." A couple years went by, and started playing much faster music with melodic death metal band Inferi. Outside of the metal world, he stayed busy with thrash/punk/ska band Stuck Lucky and did a stint with post-punk outfit NiTE NiTE.
The guys in Vale of Pnath were big Inferi fans, so one day called on Eric when they needed a drummer to hit the road with them. In late 2010 he legally changed his name to Legendary Pirate King Eric "The" Brown and joined the ranks of long-time friends Swashbuckle. In 2011 he was asked to try out for Collapse (who shares a guitar player with Vale), showed up, killed everyone and secured his position as the only living member. As of 2011, he also completes the lineup as the permanent live drummer for dark electro-pop goddess Roniit.
Eric W. Brown Interview:
SDM: How old were you when you started playing?
Eric: It was the summer before 6th grade, so I was probably only about 3,000 years old. Ah, youth.
SDM: Did you play in a school band or any drum corps?
Eric: Yeah I played percussion in concert, symphonic, jazz bands all throughout middle and high school. In high school I played quads for "pep band" which was supposed to be marching band but we were too stupid to figure out how to march and so we just sat in the stands. For halftime, once, we "marched" in a "straight" "line" towards the middle of the field, stood there, played a song, then "marched" back.
SDM: Who are your top 5 metal influences?
Eric: I should warn you that The Berzerker will probably count for all 5 of my top metal influences, across several categories. The top 6-10 most influential drummers (and their band at the time of first listen) for me consist of: Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal), Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, (Misery Index), Gene Hogland (Strapping Young Lad, Death) and John Longstreth (Origin) to name a few.
SDM: Who are some other of your favorites?
Eric: Tré Cool might be my favorite drummer. He was definitely my first favorite. My former teacher, Walter Salb (RIP) was a really awesome dude. Most of what I willingly listen to these days is video game soundtracks, chiptune, and dance music, all of which is programmed. I honestly feel like listening to and producing a lot of dance music has actually helped my tempo and timing as a drummist, because of the persistent unchanging pulse that gets drilled into your brain.
SDM: Let us know 5 CD's that are in your current rotation.
Eric: Earthbound OST, Streets of Rage OST (1&2), Blood Stain Child - "εpsilon," Infected Mushroom - "I'm The Supervisor," TMNT - Turtles In Time OST
SDM: What do you do to warm up before a show?
Eric: It depends on the band. With Collapse, it's fast but not stupid-fast, so I drink a beer, stretch and play some double bass. With the 'Buckle, I drink several beers and often forget to stretch. With Vale, I probably won't drink any beers, warm up with some stretches and double bass as well as single & double strokes on a muted snare or practice pad for just about the entire duration of the previous bands' set, either with a metronome or using the band playing as a metronome, subdividing where applicable. When playing with any non-metal band, I drink ALL the beers, NEVER stretch, and NEVER warm up. That's not to say I endorse any of these methods to work for anyone other than myself, YMMV.
SDM: Do you read music? Regardless of answering yes or no, please tell us how it might have effected your playing?
Eric: I can read drum notation (sheet music-style) no problem. It made learning new rhythms easier, and also helped me to slack off and get away with being lazy. My teacher would assign me a few pages of stuff to learn, and I wouldn't ever practice it, then just sight-read it all at the lesson.
SDM: Can you tell us about the gear you use?
Eric: Yeah, most of it is 15 years old and sucks and I need new gear.
SDM: If you could give one piece of advice to young drummers, it would be...
Eric: What most drummers don't realize is that the air for drumming, the atmospheric pressure with percussion is ideal only on days of the week that begin with "T." Which is why I only record on Tuesdays and Tatterdays.
Stop wasting your time looking around for advice and start practicing. The secret you are looking for is: there is no secret, there is only discipline. Use a metronome. Use all the time you have available for furthering your abilities and doing things to make you better at things. Don't be a stupid dum dum and don't listen to anyone you make out to be a stupid dum dum. That is all.
SDM: Who gave the best live performance you've ever seen?
Eric: First it was Green Day, then it was Andrew W.K. And those are somewhere in my forever-unordered Top 5 Most Memorable Concerts (T5MMC) of the last 10 years for me.
SDM: Aside from drumming, what else do you like to do?
Eric: The usual- eating, sleeping, pooping. Every once in a while you can get me to go out and do stuff but I don't usually go out, I'm a stay-at-home kinda dude. I like hanging out with my basset hound. I also enjoy writing and producing music, or at least I've taught myself to think I do. I've been doing it for a few years and usually people are shocked to find out I'm also a drummer, haha.