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with Joe rickard (from red) By Caroline Lusk
To see Red live is an experience like no other thanks
largely to the man on the drums, Joe Rickard. Joe shared
with CCM the ins and outs of the gear he trusts, both
onstage and in the studio.
CCM: What brand of perc do you use/prefer?
rickard: I use Spaun Drums. They’re some of the best
sounding drums I’ve played.
CCM: What makes these stand out?
rickard: They are built really solid and can look like
anything you desire. The options are limitless.
CCM: If someone’s on the hunt for their next, best set of perc,
what advice could you give them in terms of what to look for?
rickard: If you’re looking for a new piece of gear for your
drums, definitely do some research. You can find good
deals on great products for cheap. Now, if you’re looking
for pro level stuff, definitely check out Spaun Drums and
Zildjian Cymbals. They’ve never let me down.
CCM: Your live show is just crazy good...and much of it is driven
by you. Do you use or do anything differently for a live show
that you wouldn’t necessarily take with you into the studio?
rickard: As far as live compared to the studio...I usually
use different drum heads in the studio and I always try
lots of snares and cymbals. I have to figure out what
sounds best for that particular song. However, live I
use the same heads and one snare during the show.
Also, I don’t move as much in the studio. I usually wear
headphones that will fall off of my head and I’m more
focused on the song. Live, I try to get into it a little, so I
wear In-Monitors that are custom molded for my ears.
Another thing I use is a trigger for an “808” drop live
that I wouldn’t use in the studio.
Being in the studio is a whole different ball game than
playing live. Every mistake shows...
Breaking it down
Instrument: Spaun Drums, Promark Drumsticks,
Evans Drumheads and Westone In-Ears
Pros: : All of my gear is provided by very nice
Cons: I would say there are no cons to any of them.
Just pros. Click here to watch Joe do his thing.