What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
Ascension Drumsticks, 100% Australian made and owned and my new DW Cherry Mahogany wood with a Gold Finish collectors drum kit plus my Roland electronics.
How did you come across this particular item?
With Ascension my business partner Mat Love approached me about putting together an Australian drum stick brand, so we did! DW, Roland I’ve been playing these brands for over 15 yrs.
What is it that you like about it so much?
With Ascension, my role within the company is a creative one among other managerial tasks. The brand is much more than just an endorsement to me. This is a new business venture and I’m excited about the future of this brand of drumstick for Australian drums and drummers across our vast oceans. DW drums speak for themselves, such a true tone that sounds fantastic. My Roland electronics give plenty of creative options.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
My sticks are an extension of my musicality when writing and playing drum parts. If the sticks don't feel right then I’m not inspired to create. I trust Ascension for the job at hand. DW drums have all the dynamic range I need to express my sound and ideas when coming from a live or writing situation. They record so well they have never failed me live or when recording.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
I’ll be playing and chatting at the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show with a mainstage performance at 2pm on Sat May 27 at the Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion. I'll be launching Ascension drums sticks on stage at the show! I haven't got too long a set so I’ll squeeze in as much in as I can.
For more information about the Sydney Drum and Percussion Show visit australianmusician.com.au/sydney-drum-percussion-show-2017.