ID >> Jared ,please mention the particulars relating to your drums, cymbals, sticks & pedals. Also, your set-up ?
JRS >>I use vic firth- 5b and 7a, zildjian k series, aax crashes and rides. delta series splash. Pearl forum series hi-hats. oriental and zbt series china cymbals. pearl forum series drumkit. demon drive double bass pedals. I prefer using a basic piece drum kit. but for more progressive stuff with a couple more toms probably a 8” and 10”.
ID >> Now would be a good time to list out your drumming idols & what appealed to you when you heard them for the first time?
JRS >> first off Mike Portnoy a legend who gave me the corruption of drumming very addictive to listening to him play & technically Virgil Donati .I feel like skinning him out to check if its a living machine , big influence to my hand work. For energy and aggression Matt Greiner, I love the style he plays very thoughtful and soulful rather. Blake Richardson- progressive technique to the core, love that guys ability to phrasing grooves in a song. Gavin Harrison- just one word for my influence ”Feel”.
ID >> On another note, where else would you see yourself, if not for the drums? What else would you think you’d be doing?!! Hehheh.
JRS >> hehahe..studying, if not for that probably fishing.
ID >> Congrats on your album ‘here & beyound’! Which amongst all your songs was the most challenging for you to play to, at the studio?
JRS >> I think more than a challenge it was a learning experience. I felt the scale at which the songs were written were more obvious to that of a sound from the bands in the 80′s but, trying to play it a little variant made it a challenge. I have quiet some favorites, but superhero’ was on top of my favorites.
ID >> How did the album & song names take shape & how did you as a drummer approach the songs?
JRS >> The lyrics embedded the song’s name, and the approach towards it was more or less an experience in my life. So it appealed better to me .Basically had to be in it, to play it the best.
ID >> How did you set yourself up mentally prior to recording?
JRS >> I had to practice quiet some time around four hours a day to get myself into that ambience and once i was there it just took off. I believe its focus on the body, more than the beats.
ID >> What tips & suggestions do you have for the younger generation that might end up at a studio even before they know it?!
JRS >> Don’t over do it, experimenting is good, but, pushing it over the limits, even in a solo drum album, can be harsh. It of-course takes time, but the secret is not google, but how well you understand, your flaws and takes regarding the style you play, in reference to technique and feel.
ID >> In this day & age of frantic double-bass drumming, what according to you holds the most importance on working at the drums in totality?
JRS >> I feel double bass drumming is much simpler to play than a single bass drummer. for the reason why, at-least i look at double bass drumming as an invite to music to heights of speed and aggression and of-course the need of it for fancy fills during songs. The major part of it comes through consistency and co-ordination, than speed and fancy grooves.
You should make it a definite point to keep all limbs equally fluent at-least when it comes to double bass or poly rhythm techniques. Of course both cultures work alike in different genres but i believe in keeping it disciplined.
ID >> Could you list out a few exercises & hand-leg combinations that our viewers could benefit from? It could be something that helped you through your playing years!
JRS >> I havent been in tagged with a lot of fancy stuff, i just do my basic rudiments in cluding parradidles to doble parradidles on both legs and hands. I workout often and it keeps me fit. i think rudiments do the job- from single strokes to 32 notes.
ID >> Do have any personal suggestions on how to develop steadiness & later on, speed for both your hands & feet?!
JRS >> Slow pace does it for practice 200 bpm beat at 8o bpm for minutes together letting your toxic calf muscles and fore arms burn off. and during the show your legs and hands can pull it to 210 220, without strain and any fancy pedals but sheer technique and pure drumming ability. It has worked for me.
ID >> Could you list out a few educational dvds that you think should be a ‘must-have’ for any serious drummer?
JRS >> I’m not a big fan of those dvd’s of-course watching it helps but not referring to it. Iif for a serious drummer practice is the key & a dvd is a spot for him to put the best of how he could do it. So all serious drummers do you own dvd…:)
ID >> Having kicked some serious ass in national competitions, how has that exposure helped you on the drums & helped you grow as a person?
JRS >> Felt great. having won many in stream. I think the intimidation between good artists gets me more excited to perform better & of-course respect to some of the great drummers in India.
ID >> Do you have any plans to tour internationally with Slain or to do a national tour in support of your album?
JRS >> Yes of-course in the future log on to facebook & you will know. Three bands i play for doing top notch in the country Slain, Amethysts and Final surrender. The different styles keep it pumping…:)
ID >> When it comes to drumheads, what are your personal preferences?
JRS >> I think ”remo” does a good job for all kinds of genres. But for a serious thumping hard drummer like me evans does the year, with some wrinkles to show how my face looks after a practice session..:)
ID >> What sound & underlying tone do you try & get out from your drums?
JRS >> For me its about the balance, nothing i would like to overtone. The vibrant sound of the natural drum shells and cymbals have a beauty of its own, judging and playing that brings the best out of you. For aggressive drumming its the key of endurance, a couple off eggs and 10 rounds of jogging everyday.
ID >> In your opinion what’s the difference between coated & clear oil skins? Which out of the two would you recommend for a novice to start off with?
JRS >> Well honestly i think both are special in a way & again the muddy to a dry subtle tone clears a balance i prefer the coated skins on a snare drum and the oily skins on toms because most of my toms are tuned down to have very little variation of high to low notes, a body around the style i play keeps it warm and round.
ID >> When it comes to choosing pedals & sticks, how do you go about finding something that works best for you?
JRS >>It has to be versatile, I never clone myself down to one style, from usha uthap to behemoth ( by far the last tolerance to metal) i prefer versatile accessories. That would never limit your sense to drumming i believe.
ID >> well, this bunch of questions turned out to be quite informative! So in conclusion, is there anything you would like to add, people to thank, special mentions, anything? Feel free!!
JRS >> Definitely, God first of all, for giving wisdom to man, to create a drum-kit, parents to have given me birth to play it, and all you awesome drummers in the world to intimidate and push myself out to the max of my abilities of drumming.
Thanks beaver the weaver…keep it rolling…