|Thursday, 14 September 2006 23:12|
Ben: I started messing around on a drum pad when I was 13, and I started playing on a kit when I was 14.
SD.com: Did you play in a school band or any drum corps?
Ben: I would join anything that involved drums and percussion. I was one of the only drummers in my high school, so I could join every music program that needed drums or percussion. I ended up playing a lot of jazz, blues, and orchestral, etc. No drum corps though.
SD.com: Who are your top 5 metal influences?
Ben: Metallica, Anthrax, and Pantera were my biggest metal influences when I was growing up. Currently Slayer, Municipal Waste, Exodus, Craft, Mastodon, Iron Maiden....
SD.com: Who are some other of your favorites?
Ben: Bonham, Dave Lombardo, and Keith Moon.
SD.com: Let us know 5 CD's that are in your current rotation
SD.com: What do you do to warm up before a show?
Ben: Lately I've become pretty psychotic about my warm-up routine. I usually try to warm-up for at least 45 minutes-1 hour split between stretching and warming up on a pad with over sized drum corps sticks.
SD.com: Do you read music? Regardless of answering yes or no, please tell us how it might have effected your playing?
Ben: When I was playing jazz and orchestral stuff reading music was an absolute requirement. It helped me out in terms of musical terminology and being able to explain musical notation more clearly. When you're writing music and trying to explain your ideas, it certainly helps your cause to know what an eighth note is.
SD.com: Do you have a favorite brand of drums or cymbals?
Ben: I play Sabian cymbals and SJC drums. www.sjcdrums.com
SD.com: If you could give one piece of advice to young drummers, it would be...
Ben: If your heart is in it and you love music, then you will be happy and successful.
SD.com: Who gave the best live performance you've ever seen?
Ben: Botch during a blizzard in the late nineties at the middle east upstairs in Boston, and Neurosis in 2008 at the masonic temple in Brooklyn.
SD.com: If you had to stop drumming, what would you want to do with your life?
Ben: Play poker professionally and raise goats.