How did you first
get interested in playing the drums and when
did you know that this was something you
wanted to do for a living?
that was a long time ago. I think I was
about 7. Hmmm, longer than I would like to
remember. I was always playing on boxes and
banging on tables. My cousin had a set of
drums in his room and every time I would
visit, I would spend the entire visit
playing them until finally he just told me
to take them. I guess that's the only way he
could shut me up!! (Well, that's how I
remember it but he still swears to this day
that I stole them! Ha ha!)
Which drummers were an
influence on you and why?
Simon Phillips and Rod Morganson!! These
guys just amazed me, and still do!!! Rod is
a lefty as am I. Simon, well God only knows
what he was; he could play lefty, he could
play righty! Two incredible drummers! Put a
touch of Lars in there and I'm pretty blown
Tell us a bit about
your drum kit setup.
For the most part I was partial to Tama
Artstars with Paiste cymbals…13"x13" tom,
14"x14" tom, 15x15" tom. Two 22" kicks, 18“
floor tom, 20" floor tom, and a DW deep as
shit snare!!...Five 18" heavy crash, Two 16"
med crash, two 18" chinas, 22" ride, and 14"
hi hats!! Two DW5000 pedals!! Two LP
cowbells (in the studio, I used DW's and
they were incredible. I may have to consider
a change or I guess you could say an
addition to the family!!)
Is there any type
of gear you would like to see come out in
Yes, one with a built in road crew!!!
Actually, I'm pretty amazed with the gear
that keeps coming out. It's beyond what I
would have ever expected!!
You've had the
opportunity to open for some really cool
bands such as Skid Row, Winger, Warrant,
Kings X, LA Guns, Badlands and Kix. Was
there any particular band that you enjoyed
opening for the most?
Yes, Winger. Rod was incredible! I remember,
during sound check he walked in asking if I
would like to hear it through the mains (out
in front). So, I did. Let's just say that I
hadn't heard these drums sound that way
before and will probably never hear them
sound that way again. So, it was the most
exciting and depressing at the same time.
However, I will tell you that we were
fortunate. We opened for almost every huge
band on MTV and for the most part they all
treated us like gold. Trixter would also be
a great one. They were good friends and Mark
Gus Scott was a very good friend, so we just
had a ton of fun!!
Your album Branded
debuted at number 11 on the NEH sales list.
Have you been getting a good response on it
Well #11 so ah, yeah, ha ha. Can you believe
that?! How cool is that?! It's great that
people are digging the tunes!! I'm still so
excited about that!!
Your band was
dissolved for nine years. What did you do
during that time and what led you to coming
back to the band?
we all did different projects…and then also
some different business ventures!! Sean,
Mike, and I always kept in touch. About
three years ago, Sean and I were talking
about grabbing some of our old music and
throwing together a CD, more so for our own
enjoyment! Around that time, John Kivel from
Kivel Records contacted me and asked if we
had any interest in putting out some of the
old music. After talking to the guys, we
decided it would be a lot of fun, so we
signed with Kivel. The rest is obvious!!
Do you feel the
music scene is ready for some fresh sounding
melodic rock and roll?
I really do. I mean think about it. VH1's:
Where are they now? and you have all the old
school bands coming back and doing reunion
tours. We are being considered for a VH1
interview about the hair band days. Just
lots of great stuff. I mean think about it.
It's great, powerful, melodic music. Why
wouldn't it come back!!
Will we be seeing
you guys out on the road soon?
We are just getting ready to put the
finishing touches on a new studio video.
Then, it's SHOWTIME!!! For those interested
in the video or upcoming shows, we are
always updating our website.
Are you guys
working on any new material?
Always, the tunes are a life experience.
Sean and Mike do most of the writing. I just
put my two cents in when they let me. Yes,
we started a while ago and by the time we
are ready to go into the studio again, we
will have a ton of songs to choose from!!
Any other comments
On behalf of myself and the guys, we are
just so damn psyched that nobody gave up on
us. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING. We do
it for all of you. As long as you will keep
listening, we will keep playing. Visit us on
If you want to check out the band, you can do
so by visiting their Web site.