FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: On which instrument do you compose your music?
A: I compose almost exclusively on the piano. I was encouraged at a young age to learn a musical instrument other than drums - one requiring me to learn real musical notes, scales, harmonies, etc. I chose the piano and began studying jazz musical theory as a child.
Q: What drums do you play?
A: For acoustic drums, I play a nine-piece (6-ply-maple) DW kit with two bass drums, two hi-hats, and 11 cymbals. For electronic drums, I play a six-piece Roland V-Drums kit (model TD-30KV).
Q: What artists and musical genres most inspire you?
A: As a drummer, I like music that grooves. Music with a powerful beat. Music that excites and makes people want to dance. I also have a passion for improvisation - for how expressive, personal, vital and in-the-moment artists are when they are soloing. To me nothing is more authentic. That being said, I love and listen to all kinds of music - from the softest bossa nova to the heaviest death metal - and everything in between. I’m influenced by it all and literally have 2 terabytes of music with which I feed my iPod. The musical genres include artists from many different decades, countries, and everything under the sun: jazz (swing to fusion), R&B, late-‘60’s psychedelic rock, funk, hip-hop, pop, rap, soul, oldies, disco, metal, Brazilian, ‘80s music, classic rock, grunge, house, surf music, alternative, folk, spy music, industrial, classical music, drum ‘n’ bass . . . it all inspires me.