At a performance at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center this past fall, Karl Brazil confidently slammed home the pop mainstay James Blunt’s set while trading enthusiastic smiles with the close-knit backing band. Brazil maintained a serene yet jubilant demeanor while dressing Blunt’s material with the powerful left-hand stickings and fills that define much of the drummer’s aesthetic. As he continues on Blunt’s worldwide trek through the majority of 2018, Brazil explains to MD how he developed his calm nature on stage over the past fifteen years in the singer’s backing band.

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