I live in Maine USA, and I hit things with sticks. The last bit is something I say often when asked what kind of instrument I play or how I play a particular drum groove. My journey of being a musician didn’t start with with playing drums, it started with playing bass guitar in 2005. My interest didn’t last very long though once I found out hitting drums is tremendously more fun (no offense to you bassists out there ;} ). I started getting a grasp of how to play drums by 2006 with my interest being primarily in Technical Death Metal and although I have 14 years of self-taught playing experience, I didn’t really know what direction or ‘style’ of drumming I wanted to aim for until about a year ago (mid 2019). My primary interest in genre is Grind/Math/Tech/Death Metal – specifically anything within the area of fast paced technical playing involving polyrhythms, intricate time signatures, split second changes in tempo, and especially blast beats (I love blast beats). I’m always open to learning anything new, thrive on working towards expanding and tightening techniques I utilize, and constantly trying to better myself as a player both mentally and physically. I’m a Soultone Cymbals Artist and strongly believe being a Collision Drumsticks Artist as well will create an amazing experience of collaboration between the two growing communities that I’ll always be eternally grateful for.
I’ve played for a Brutal Death Metal band called PUTRESCINE and a Grunge-Core band Catharsis from 2006-2007, then created the Tech-DeathGrind band Taxicab Dismemberment (TCDM for short) in May of 2008. I started taking on other projects playing in various Metal bands between 2016 and 2018, then started the Death/Grind/Hardcore band Where They Hide in July of 2018. Taxicab Dismemberment’s driving force is hard hitting fast paced technical death metal with a heavy side, has shared stages, bars, VFWs, basements, living rooms, and outside decks with dozens of bands both local and national in New England, opened for the 2010 Summer Slaughter Tour at The Palladium in Worcester MA, put out a LP called ‘Like Surgeons, Not Mechanics’, and an EP that is two demos in one called ‘2012 – 2013 Demo’. Where They Hide is a blended mixture of Hardcore, Death Metal, and Grind switching between the genres literally between riffs, has played dozens of shows, basements, VFWs, and fests that were primarily local DIY within NH, ME, and MA while also playing our favorite venues The Dover Brickhouse in Dover, NH and Geno’s Rock Club in Portland, ME, and released a demo called ‘Back To Business’. All music can be found on both band’s bandcamps and Facebook pages along with updates for the future.
WHY DO YOU PLAY COLLISION?
Within the first 10 minutes of using the Collision drumsticks I was hooked, the smooth physical texture of the sticks and balance was surprisingly comfortable. Other brands of drumsticks I’ve used previous to the Collision brand have had dry ‘soft’ finishes, slick lacquer finishes, and sometimes a rough hard wood texture which felt awkward and difficult to hold for long periods of playing. As much as I love the feel I believe what I love most is the durability of Collision drumsticks, I also believe this is the bread of butter of the brand. As previously mentioned I do a lot of fast playing, a lot of various types of blasting, and often expect the sticks I’m using to dent or crack at the shoulder of the stick – this hasn’t been the case with the 5A/5AR drumsticks as there’s a few very small dents on the shaft of the sticks from testing out rimshots on my snare and that’s it.
I recommend Collision Drumsticks because I’m a firm believer of although a drummer can use any sticks to play, the drummer plays their best when comfortable. We as drummers all know every drummer is different and I honestly didn’t think I would find a brand of drumsticks that could meet everything I wanted and needed with comfort, balance, durability, and feel until I started using Collision’s 5A/5AR sticks. As the common phrase goes ‘You don’t know until you try it’, and I 100% believe Collision Drumsticks are worth trying.
“Taxicab sounded a lot more like the red chord on that big stage. there were A LOT of people in the crowd for them. ”
– The Rev (Read More)
“They were totally grindcore complete with throat singing. The drumming was a thunderous roll with some very fast stick action – impressive stuff. The guitarist and bass were super-fast and precise. It’s funny how the overall effect is a raging blur but dig down and it’s all built of an intricate structure. We loved how all three were playing the same complicated rhythm. That made you nod your head in conjunction.”
– Boston Groupie News (Read More)