In the past year and a half since this web site launched, I have really enjoyed receiving comments and questions via e-mail, social media and YouTube, from people that I know, and people that I have never met. Thank you all for checking out thomasondrums.net! I appreciate the support, and I hope to see you all at a show very soon! I always love talking drums and music!
I have decided to give my first-ever thomasondrums interview to people that are special to me: My uncle, Michael Lowrey and my 10-year old cousin, Nolan! Nolan is a 5th grader at Seltice Elementary School in Post Falls, Idaho! Here we go:
Q: A drummer’s job in a band has been called the “back beat” or the “time keeper.” What do you call it?
A: “I agree with both of them! How about ‘The Rhythm Section!’ In fact, the drummer and the bassist are key to it. Keeping time is the #1 job of the drummer. Without it, the song falls apart.”
Q: How would describe your approach to practice vs. a live show?
A: “Practice is all about preparation. Right now, I have 3 drum teachers (Rob Ferrell, Bryan Lubeley & Tony Torres), all of whom are awesome! We work on reading, rudiments, limb independence, speed control, etc. Prior to live shows, I work on set list songs. For months, I play the set list multiple times per week. When I get about 10 days out of a show, I will play each set song 2-3 times daily, and commit them to muscle memory. At a live show, I don’t want to think – I want to play. I want to perform naturally. In fact, when I played on the USS Iowa, due to technical issues, I had no monitor, and had to play the show only being able to hear the bass, and by watching the lead guitarist’s chord changes…the rest was by muscle memory!“
Q: How do you go about getting people to “take you seriously” as a drummer of your age?
A: “By being prepared when I am called to play.”
Q: If you could fill-in as a drummer for 3 bands right now, who would you pick?
A: (laughs) “Well, right now I would say, ‘Thundercat’, ‘Animals as Leaders’ and ‘Volumes.’ But, that’s because I am really into those bands at the moment!”
Q: What are your favorite live shows that you have seen?
A: “Man, I would have to think…I have been lucky to have seen some awesome shows! But, my top-3 picks would have to be, Slipknot at the L.A. Forum, Gojira at the House of Blues, Anaheim and Animals as Leaders at the Wiltern.”
Q: I know you played ice hockey for years, what do you like to do when you are not ‘Behind your Drums?’
A: “Oh, I am very boring! If I’m not drumming, I’m spending time with my dog, Honey. Maybe watching YouTube drumming videos, or watching movies. In the summer, I like to swim or go to the beach. I used to play “Call of Duty” and other video games, but there is just no time, so I put that aside for now. I do miss playing ice hockey, but there would be no time, hockey is as big of a commitment as being in rock bands!”
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: “That would make me a Freshman in college. I would like to attend a top-rated music school, or be with a great band touring the world!”
Q: If you were on a World Tour, which country would you like to see?
A: “I would love to visit as many countries that I can! But, I would love to play at some of the those huge, outdoor rock festivals, like Download or Rock in Rio! Those would be awesome! With a little luck…maybe.”
Thanks to Uncle Michael & Nolan Lowrey for putting this together for me! You guys rock! – Thomas