Between shots of heroi...coffee, and reading Batman comics I think about good articles. This makes me think about good records, then good bands, then good musicians. My mind spins off the tracks until a neon laced nucleovascular (does that actually mean something?) explosion takes place at the intersection of Bitchin' and Appropriate.
I set out on a quest, I didn't need to take anything, it wasn't dangerous to go alone, but it was a quest all the same. I would interview some of my favorite musicians making music today.
Ryan Van Poederooyen was the first obvious choice for me. He's a great drummer and, being a drummer myself, I notice things like that. He has a new album out with Devin (Townsend, if you're uninitiated to things that are heavy and awesome), and he's just a fucking cool dude. So I hit him up and he was more than happy to oblige my drug induced fancy. What follows, here, is a short sequence of questions and answers. Enjoy.
What got you into drumming, and music in general?
Who are your biggest influences?
How did the hookup with Dev happen?
If there was one record that you could recommend everyone listen to, what would it be?
How would you describe your own style?
Why did you choose to endorse Pearl drums?
What is the coolest place you've ever played?
What gets you through the tough times while on tour?
What's the best part about being in a world touring band?
What are your top 5 albums?
What's your favorite album, that you've played on?
What is one artist we should be listening to, but aren't?
Anything else you'd like to mention?
There you guys have it. I really can't emphasize how much you need to get Epicloud, it's a great album. All the thanks in the world to RVP for taking the time to answer these, I got my fanboy panties all wet.
You can catch him on tour with Dev (and, oh yeah, GOJIRA) in the US soon, check out Blabbermouth for tour dates.
You should buy some other stuff too, I really recommend the "Contain Us" box set. I have it, it is wonderful.
His websites: http://www.rvpdrums.com/
(Planet of the Apes) http://youtu.be/NCFINl1Sxzs
(Terror Syndrome - Stupidity for All) http://youtu.be/1dreH7rppIY
As a quick side note, my band just released our first EP. You can listen to the whole thing: http://thebanddeadweight.bandcamp.com/music It's music