How does a clean-cut farm boy from western Pennsylvania with few connections and even fewer resources end up becoming a vital component of a dreadlocked, inked-up, multiplatinum nu-metal band? If you ask Ray Luzier, he’ll tell you that it’s all about wanting it bad enough, and being over-prepared.
As a burgeoning studio drummer in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, Dylan Wissing studied with two giants of the session world: Kenny Aronoff and Shawn Pelton. His first recording experience was in the eighth grade, in Aronoff’s home studio.
Oklahoma’s favorite psychedelic sons take yet another road less traveled. We talk to the group’s main sonic architect and his drummer-in-arms about what went into their ambitious new album, and how it’s being presented on stage.
Inventing an instrument often means inventing situations in which to explore it. This globe hopper has made a lot of things happen with a modest yet versatile and fun-sounding concoction that puts heirloom family items to brilliant percussive use.
His story—which includes work with some of the most iconic artists of all time—is a timeless lesson in providing exactly what’s needed, and being open to whatever fate sends your way.
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