Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.
I wanted to say thanks... and share my gratitude for everything I've been blessed with. Family, friends, and continued support from everyone.
There's a lot more responsibility at home, so a tour is like the opposite for me. It's like a breath of fresh air.
Playing my drums is therapy.
I practice every day, I warm up before I play.
I juice a lot; I get as much protein as I can, because being a vegan, there isn't much protein. But that's pretty much it. I just drink lots of water, too. I'll have a protein shake as well every morning.
We never worry about the big things, just the small things.
When I look at music, everything is blurred, and I like it that way. I grew up like that, hanging out with different types of people who listened to so many different types of music. I never wanted to be part of any one clique. I loved it all.
Then I tried out for the Fontana High School drum line, in Riverside, and I did really well. I got second chair, and played snare in that drum line for three years.
I hate planes.
I want to keep pushing the limits for drummers and expressing myself.
I looked Death right in the face.
Once in a while, I'll slip and get off my vegan diet and have egg whites in the morning, that's a good source of protein while I'm out on the road. If I can feel my body starting to tire, those are good to keep you healthy.
On tour, you never have a home, you don't get used to anything, and you're always super busy.
I want a certain thing for my children. I just want to be in their life. I don't want nannies raising my kids.
I try to do an hour of cardio on the days that I have off, and then I'll do 30 to 45 minutes on show days. That's the first thing I do when I wake up, I have breakfast and then I'll hit the gym.
We were concerned with having good songs, not just songs that go two hundred miles per hour.
We just wrote songs that seemed good to us. We wrote the album in like two weeks. We could have had more time, but we accomplished what we needed to in the two weeks.
We just wanted to write a bunch of songs that we thought were good songs.
We all write the music, and then Mark and Tom write the lyrics.
We all liked the Descendants and stuff like that, so we started playing it. It's not that it was really hard, well, it does take skill to play fast and keep up your stamina. But it was something that just happened.
Oh, I was super serious about practicing and rudiments, and still am. I still have all my books.
My mom passed away a day before high school started, and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy, and play drums in a band.
My mom listened to the Beatles and Elvis, a lot of different types of music.