Adam Pierce of All Shall PerishHey, MD readers, my name is Adam Pierce, and I play in the Bay Area extreme metal band All Shall Perish. I’m very honored to have been asked to write a blog for I grew up idolizing the featured drummers in the monthly issues of Modern Drummer magazine and I am very excited for this opportunity.

I began playing drums when I was twelve years old, when my cousin and I decided to start a cover band. At first we were unsure who was going to play what, but it soon became apparent that I would be the one to pick up the drums, seeing how two of my uncles were both drummers. Soon after, my cousin and I begged our parents to buy us our instruments. I fortunately was able to borrow a drumset from my uncle and began taking drum lessons in the fall of ’98. I continued taking drum lessons for three years, until I felt that I needed to grow and find my own way as a musician. Taking lessons taught me a lot, but I soon learned that one of my biggest teachers would become playing along to my favorite records.

Early on, my uncle Doug was a huge inspiration in my playing. He exposed me to a lot of new music. He is responsible for giving me the extra push I needed to really work at making music my career. I remember watching King Crimson’s live DVD Deja Vrooom with him and realizing at that moment I wanted to make music for a living.

To all the aspiring drummers out there, I cannot stress enough that you follow your dreams and not let anyone stand in your way. Only you can make it happen.

I currently endorse Ddrum drums, Meinl cymbals, and Axis percussion. I’m using the Ddrum Dios bamboo 14″ snare drum—absolutely an amazing-sounding drum, one of my favorite snares. My setup also includes the Dios Maple 10″ and 12″ rack toms, a 16″ floor tom, and two 22″ kicks. I use an assortment of Meinl cymbals, my favorites being the 16″ Generation X Filter China and my 17″ and 19″ Soundcaster Custom crashes. As for pedals, I use the Axis Longboards with EKITs. The E-kits are great for drummers who want to trigger but don’t want to deal with the hassle of normal acoustic drum triggers, which can misfire from stage noise.

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