MetalDrummingMastery.com – Interview w/ Joey Muha from Threat Signal
How long have you been playing?
Joey: I’ve been playing since I was 13 years old. I can still remember buying my first drum kit with the money I earned from my paper route!
Did you take lessons? How long?
Joey: I took lessons from an awesome drummer in my area named Adam Reid. He only taught me for a few months but I learned a lot!
How much do you practice every day/week?
Joey: Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to actually sit down and practice on my kit but with the amount of time I spend tapping on things during the day, I get plenty of practice haha.
Who is/are your fav/most influential drummer(s)?
Joey: Vinnie Paul and Chris Adler have always been my favourite drummers. They really inspired me to keep playing and better myself as a drummer.
How has Youtube affected how you promote yourself as a drummer?
Joey: It’s been a huge part of promoting myself as a drummer. Not only that, but seeing all the kind comments people leave inspire me to keep playing. Also, the negative comments help me improve on my weaknesses. It’s a win win situation!
Tell us a bit about why you decided to cover “Surfing USA” and where the idea for the video came up with?
Joey: I thought it was a neat concept to film a cover out on the water as I’ve never seen anyone do that before. My friend Steph actually suggested that I do the song and I’m sure glad she did. I want to give a huge thanks to Jon Howard, Braedon Saunders, Tyler Wallace and Mark Shannelly for making the video possible!
Any tips for aspiring drummers on how you developed some of your technique for double kick speed and doing blast beats?
Joey: I wish I could go back to when I first started drumming and tell myself to START SLOW! I wanted to play as fast as I could and completely disregarded any technique. Also, remember that PERFECT practice makes perfect.
What kind of pedals do you use?
Joey: I’ve been using Axis AL 2 pedals for years now. I love them!
Joey: Vic Firth of course! More specifically, I prefer using the American Classic X5BN model.
Tell us how you came to be part of Threat Signal?
Joey: I was really lucky that they gave me the opportunity to try out. I sent them a few audition videos and then they invited me for a jam session. I’m guessing it went well because they invited me to be a full time member!
Can you tell us anything about the new material Threat Signal is working on?
Joey: All I can say is that it sounds killer so far!
What is currently on your iPod and constantly playing?
Joey: As far as metal goes, I’m really digging Gojira’s new album. On the opposite side of the spectrum, an indie rock band from Hamilton, Ontario called Thought Beneath Film recently released their first EP and I can’t stop listening to it! Oh, and Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded…
What is the best way to pass time on the road?
Joey: Everyone kind of has their own thing they like to do. Some guys practice their instruments or play video games but I like to zone out and listen to music.
Favorite TV Show?
Joey: Of all time? The Simpsons hands down! However, I’m a huge Breaking Bad fan and I’m bummed that everyone has to wait until next summer to see the conclusion!
Favorite movie you’ve recently seen?
Joey: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Favorite book or comic you’re currently reading?
Joey: I’m not reading anything at the moment.
Favorite spot to eat on the road?
Joey: Wherever’s cheapest! McDonald’s is cool because of the awesome coffee and free wifi.
iPhone, Android or Blackberry and why?
Joey: Honestly, I haven’t stepped up to a smart phone yet. From research and other people’s recommendations, Android seems to be the way to go but what do I know?!
Who do you think is the most underrated drummer in metal today and who is the most overrated?
Joey: Pro Tools is the most overrated drummer and I think Luke Holland is underrated.
What trend do you wish would just die?
Joey: A trend is just that, a trend. Whatever it is will die eventually.
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