Hey, everyone! My band, To Speak Of Wolves, has been on the road since our debut record, Myself Letting Go, came out. We’re currently making the long trek across the country to meet up with our next tour. The tour features Underoath, Between The Buried And Me, and Blessthefall, and we couldn’t be more stoked to be a part of it! Some of those guys we’ve known for years, and for the rest we’re looking forward to making new buddies. All around it should be a great time!
I like to keep my setup pretty simple for our live set; I’ve been playing a four-piece Truth Custom drumkit for the past few years and I love it! I’m currently using acrylic shells in the following sizes: 20×24 kick, 7×14 snare, 7×12 rack, and 16×16 floor. I love the sound the acrylic shells have live, especially if we’re playing a place with a killer sound system. For cymbals I go with Sabian—they’re great cymbals and have a few different lines that I really dig. I use 14″ AA regular hi hats, a 20″ AAXplosion crash mounted on my rack tom stand, and a 20″ HHX Evolution ride. I crash a lot on my ride, and that cymbal sounds and feels great to crash on. For hardware I prefer DW, as it tends to hold up great under the constant assemble/disassemble requirements of playing a different venue every night.
To warm up every night I do a series of stretches and rudiment exercises. I also do a clapping exercise that is hard to describe, other than that it takes a while and I get a lot of weird looks from people at the show as I’m walking around clapping for a few minutes every night. I’m excited to hang with the great drummers on the next tour and learn from them. Daniel Davison of Underoath is a great drummer, and I’ve always been really into his style of playing. Not to mention the phenomenal Blake Richardson of Between The Buried And Me—that dude is incredible! Matt Taynor of Blessthefall is great as well, and I can’t wait to watch him play every night.
All in all I couldn’t be happier to be on the road and be given the awesome opportunity to play drums every night. Thanks so much to anyone that took the time to read this, and if you get a chance to come to one of our shows, hang out, say what’s up, and talk drums with me, I’d be stoked to meet you!
For more on Phil Chamberlain and To Speak Of Wolves go to www.myspace.com/tospeakofwolves.