Q. Why do you make faces when you drum?
A. If I had a dime for every time I heard that I’d be rich, but still Jenny from the block. I really get into good music and it comes out in my mug. Drums = conductor. Face = baton.
Q. Do you ever get tired of people commenting on your facial expressions?
A. No, because it’s who I am. I’ve heard everything from “Jim Carrey” to “folk muppet” to “it’s like watching a garage rocker attempting to play burning jazz”.
Q. Why is your drum kit so small?
A. Two reasons. 1. I like the challenge of making the most out of what you’ve got. It’s hard to get twenty sounds out of one drum and easy to get one sound out of twenty. 2. I used to have a Neil Peart wrap-around drum kit, but my back started hating me from hauling it and my chiropractor started liking me. Plus, who needs all those rototoms.
Q. Why is your drum kit setup like that?
A. Two reasons. 1. I played a lot of timpani in college and the ergonomic comfort of not having to reach too much for anything or crossover for anything felt like a godsend. 2. Torso up I’m a lefty and torso down I’m a righty. That’s why I play open handed.
Q. Why are your drums so flat?
A. Two reasons. 1. I put them on a diet so they would easily fit in two cases on an airplane. 2. The stage volume is way more controllable.
Q. What are some of your influences?
A. Motown, Stax, the great American songbook, the British invasion, spaghetti western soundtracks, CBC podcasts, trap beats and my cat are a few of my favourite things. I’ll have a different list if you ask me tomorrow.
Q. What were some of your earliest day jobs?
A. Everything from eyeglass technician to bread baker to puppeteer. Yes, I was a puppeteer and the puppets were heavy.
Q. Where can I see you play?
A. I’m the Where’s Waldo of the drum world. Happy sleuthing.
Q. What kind of sticks do you use?
A. Wooden ones.
Q. What do you think of wind chimes?
A. I don’t think of them.