Drummer Jon Karel of The Number 12 Looks Like YouThe greatest experience being on tour for me, is the bond you form with the other drummers. It all starts the same way. You’re a little stand-off-ish at first. You admire each other’s chops from a distance. By the end of the first week you’re already working on chops and licks together and warming up together, talking about different rudiments and gear, about annoying front men, and so on. The drummer friends I’ve made on the road feel absolutely LIFE LONG, and the help of being connected to a team of great drummers rather than going it alone is irreplaceable. My advice to anyone doing any touring: Love your fellow drummer! You have more in common with him than you think.

Jon Karel