, the video podcast by German drummer and videographer Philipp Koch
, conducted an interview with legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan
, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
, DARK ANGEL
) on June 16, 2013 in Bremen, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.
In a 2010 interview with Invisible Oranges
stated about how he first started drumming: "I was a super air-drummer when I was a kid. I'm a big proponent of air-drumming helping you out when you first get out in the kit. For three or four years, I had my pair of sticks, and I would just air-drum to all my favorite records [while] growing up. Then when I got on the kit, I already had sort of an aptitude for it. I could air-drum all the parts, so when I [had] drums in front of me, it was like air-drumming — without the air."
Asked what the three most influential songs were on his playing, Hoglan said: "Probably side one of '2112'
. That was my first moment of 'Wow.' I had already air-drummed to a lot of KISS
songs. Then when I heard '2112'
, I remember learning all of that — on the air drums, of course. And then after I got on my kit, when I started playing, the song 'Brother To Brother'
by Gino Vannelli
was a big lightbulb moment. That has some really killer drumming on it. And another song called 'Presto Vivace'
on their live album 'Night After Night'
. That had Terry Bozzio
on drums. I remember figuring that out when I was a kid. That's got some stuff to it. It's not like it's 'The Black Page'
[a notoriously difficult song] by Frank Zappa
, but for a 13-year-old kid trying to figure out some drums, I was really psyched when I learned how to play big chunks of that song."
Regarding whether it was a conscious decision to not be a very demonstrative drummer in terms of gestures, Hoglan
said: "I used to be [demonstrative] when I was younger. I like headbanging while I play. [But] a lot of times the patterns that we play these days don't allow for a lot of demonstrativeness. In order to play a full set and pound as hard as I do — I don't know if it looks like I'm hitting hard or not, but I'm one of the louder hitters out there. So I figure if I'm being demonstrative while doing it, that takes away from the power of what I'm doing. [But] I [do] try to be demonstrative. I've got a lot of stick flips and stick twirls and goofy things like that in the middle of thrash metal mayhem. All those '80s rockers used to do stick flips while doing [simple patterns]. And that's so lame. So, hell, put a stick flip or a stick twirl in the middle of a blastbeat — that's fun."
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