Cymbals are also top notch, especially. PAISTE. I use a combination of almost series line they came out with! RUDE, 2002, 3000, SIGNATURE, 2000, DIMENSIONS, ALPHA, PST 3, PST 5, 802, 502?s (new and older), 2000 COLORSOUND?I think that is all. If I keep going, I?ll rattle off all the sizes of each and every one!
SG: NA, NA, NA?
M: Okay, then? Sticks are VATER 3A FATBACK nylon. With VATER stick and finger tape.
SG: You wear gloves, too.
SG: I see! Are you about your projects?
M: Well, very. I will take what talent, or whatever you want to call it, as far as I?m allowed to, whatever that means.
SG: Whom do you admire, or, who influenced you?
M: DAM! No short answers for these 2! Shhhewww, where do I start? Growing up, it was Ron Bushy. My parents had 2 Iron Butterfly records I adored. Ron Tutt from Elvis fame caught my ear as well. I heard a solo he did way back when?.WOW!!! During that time The Police were pretty popular. Stewart Copeland was cool. I liked his riffs. Well, I still do. Around then I was finding Alex Van Halen. I focused on him for years. As a younger kid, he was the most sought after in my little world. I really dug his work. You have to remember, ALL these drummers, I really admire. There is no order to which are ?better? or not. All are so different, musically, that this is in no way a comparison.
SG: OKAY, OKAY!
M: I just want to stress that fact, that?s all. Later I got into heavier music. Drummers like Dave Lombardo, Louie Clemente, Charlie Benante, Sid Falck, Paul Bostaph, Raymond Herrera, Scott Travis?wow, I just realized that most if not all use TAMA and or PAISTE! Sh*t, coincidence? Hmm. All of them are great drummers, it only makes sense that they would also use great gear as well.
SG: So sharing the stage with JP must have been an honor and a thrill?
M: Those 2 words don?t even express what I feel when I recollect that show!
SG: What is this Internet Band I saw on the Lost Soul Forum?
M: Oh yeah, Lost Soul was my old band from back in Connecticut. The guitar player (Bryan Reilly) and I are collaborating again. It, as of yet, is just in a real beginning phase. He is putting together some riffs, and I have some drum ideas I need to record and e-mail him. I don?t know exactly what to expect with this type of arrangement. Bryan (Reilly) is great, so as for quality of the material, I am not concerned at all. It will be very good, with out a doubt. So Bryan and I are going to send ideas to one and other, and see what pops up?.
SG: Sorry to cut you off, but won?t that be expensive and extremely time-consuming?
M: In today?s digital age, it is a lot easier and quicker than one would think. The worst part is writing the music. The easy part is recording and transferring files via FTP or e-mail. It is instantaneous. No more waiting for an ADAT tape or cassette through the Postal System. Don?t get me wrong. I love ADATS. That is what I record everything on. I?ll transfer the 8 tracks to the computer then convert them to a WAV or MP3 for FTP.
SG: How?s it going?
M: Software and computer glitches have delayed this way more than necessary. I?m very optimistic, though. Bryan is amazing on the geetar. Your phone bill is gonna kill you for this conversation!
SG: Nah, it is a cell and after 7pm.
SG: I guess this will be my last one. I?m sure you are busy?
M: (sarcastically) OH YEAH, SURE AM!!!!
SG: ?anyway, what is the largest group you have played for at one time?
M: Something close to 2,500. A bit less or bit more. Around there.
Wow! A very entertaing interview. Most musicians I interview to are way too serious. Some act as if they?re out to cure the world of its ails. RIGHT!
A big thanks to Mike for his time and cooperation. I truly appreciate it.
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