“Relax and stop stressing.”
My parents were always listening to music and my grandparents as well. My mom was into bands like Fleetwood Mac, Heart, and Guns’n’Roses, so I was destined to be a rocker. I started playing drums when i was 6 and started my first band around 13. I don’t really know why, but I was always attracted to the drums; they just made sense to me.
Do you have any warm-up rituals or habits that you adhere to, in order to get “in the zone” before a show?
Tom Tom is turning ten this year. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself ten years ago? Alternatively, what do you feel has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned in the past decade?
Relax and stop stressing. I’ve learned to trust my instincts, especially my musical ones.
The newest Wolfe album, Hiss Spun has received critical and audience acclaim. What was different about making this record?
Working with Kurt Ballou at God City was rad. Also having so much gear to choose from, so many kits and snare drums it was endless. I’ve never had so many choices and enough time to experiment with all of it before that. We had also done a great deal of pre production so by the time we got into the studio, we were ready. It was also my first record back with Chelsea since our band (Red Host) broke up so it was a very exciting and inspiring time.
What attracted you to these bands and how do they differ from each other and from Wolfe?
I love the musical range I get to play being in Chelsea and Horseneck. Chelsea’s music being dark and moody has really strengthened my dynamics and control; Horseneck is just BALLS TO THE WALL. Both styles speak to different parts of me and I’m lucky to get to express them.
I don’t really have too much time outside of drumming, which I’m stoked about, but when I’m not drumming for the bands, going into the practice spot and just drumming for myself has been really fun lately. If I do have any downtime, just hanging with good friends and creating music with them is rad. No pressure situations and you get to really do things outside of your comfort zones.