Drum! Magazine hosted it’s first Facebook Live on June 1. Well, Barry Kerch of Shinedown actually did the thing from his cellphone at the band’s rehearsal space in Germany, but thanks to the wonders of technology he was able to host a Q&A on Drum! Magazine’s Facebook page. ICYMI (that’s Internetspeak for In Case You Missed It), you can check out the full video on our Facebook page. And for those of you who ditched Facebook, or never signed up for it in the first place, or just don’t want to sit through a long video, here are some highlights.
Kerch started off by showing us his brand new Pearl Music City Custom kit, which he said was the first one Pearl ever made at their Nashville factory. It’s a black diamond finish with two different sized bass drums, big toms, some electronics and lots of other goodies.
He played through “Devil” with the band (sans vocals), then jumped into Q&A with fans asking questions via Facebook. Here are some of the questions asked by fans.
What do you do after a show?
“I crack a cold beer, hang out with friends, then I go to bed,” he said. Shinedown’s know for intense, precise live shows with tons of energy throughout the set, and that’s not going to happen if you’re out partying all night before the show. “If you want to put on a good show at the level of show we put on, you’ve got to get a good night’s sleep. I know it sounds boring, but that’s the truth.”
What should I focus on for my first kit?
Don’t spend too much money on your first kit, he says. When you’re ready to upgrade, put your money into new cymbals before a new drum set. A lot of affordable drum sets sound really good these days.
What was your favorite moment from the Iraq tour?
When Shinedown played a USO tour in Iraq back in 2005-06, a dog broke open a bag of glow sticks at one show and chaos ensued. “So here you have a bunch of servicemembers and bomb dogs all covered in glow stuff… needless to say they couldn’t go out and do their jobs that night because they’d be glowing for miles!”
Is Keith Moon an influence for you?
“Probably a little bit,” he says, though he admitted that he didn’t get into The Who until later in his drumming career.
What’s your pre-show routine?
Kerch says before each show he warms up on an electronic kit for 1.5-2 hours. He plays rudiments, does hand exercises, and just plays around the kit to get loose.
How many sticks do you go through per show?
Probably about six to eight pairs.
What was your dream job as a kid?
“I’m doing it now. I’m very lucky.”