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Con­trol The Storm / Magic King­dom Heavy metal drum­ming is in safe hands…

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With Con­trol The Storm and Magic King­dom, Michael Brush is forging a rather impressive path as one of the UK’s top up-and-com­ing metal drum­mers. With an abil­ity to play with stun­ning speed, daz­zling tech­nique and plenty of re­as­sur­ing power, Brush has all the hall­marks of be­com­ing a modern great…

Michael, how did you get into drum­ming?

“It was a com­bi­na­tion of two mo­ments in my life. The first was see­ing a fel­low pupil at school play­ing drums at an end-of-year tal­ent show. Ev­ery­one was clap­ping along with him and it re­ally opened my eyes to how mu­si­cal drums could ac­tu­ally be. The sec­ond mo­ment was when I went to my first rock con­cert with my dad. In De­cem­ber 1993 we saw Sta­tus Quo at the NEC in Birm­ing­ham. Jeff Rich was be­hind the throne. I was so cap­ti­vated by his play­ing and was lucky enough to get one of his bro­ken sticks af­ter the show. From that mo­ment I knew all I wanted to do was play drums.”

What is the key to de­vel­op­ing dou­ble bass tech­nique?

“A pos­i­tive mind­set and a clear de­fined prac­tice rou­tine. I made the mis­take of run­ning be­fore I could walk, which in the end hin­dered my dou­ble-kick work. I de­cided to take a step back and re­ally think about what I was do­ing. I thought about the height of the throne, what mus­cles I should be us­ing, spring ten­sion and where on the foot­board I should be play­ing to get the most out of the pedal.I sit quite low and keep my back straight so that I feel well bal­anced when play­ing faster. All of my dou­ble-kick work comes from my hips and thighs. I would de­scribe my spring ten­sion as medium so that I’m in com­plete con­trol. For slower kick pat­terns I play closer to the top of the pedal board and the faster I get I play fur­ther down the board. I re­ally have to credit Dani Loe­ble from Hel­loween for help­ing me with my dou­ble kick tech­nique, he helped me a lot.”

How would you de­scribe your play­ing style… and your band’s sound?

“I have a pow­er­ful style but I play with an un­der­stand­ing as to what the song needs to make it work. I like to add some nice flavours to songs with para­did­dle runs etc. Power metal is def­i­nitely the style of mu­sic I’m sup­posed to be play­ing. Magic King­dom are neo-clas­si­cal power metal. We use clas­si­cal mu­sic through­out our songs. One in par­tic­u­lar is ‘Ship Of Ghosts’ from our lat­est al­bum Sav­ageRe­quiem where we in­cor­po­rate [Beethoven’s] ‘An Ode To Joy’. The drum­ming is very speed driven with plenty of dou­ble kicks. Con­trol The Storm are sym­phonic power metal. The drum­ming for me is very groove-based but still has plenty of dou­ble kicks and in­tri­cate fills.”

What kit/set-up are you us­ing?

“I’m play­ing a Premier Elite kit. I’m for­tu­nate to have a great re­la­tion­ship with the team at Premier. They are build­ing me a new kit for the tours with Con­trol The Storm. My cym­bals are all Paiste. Sticks are Bal­bex 2B and pedals are Cus­tom Czarcie Kopyto.”

New UK metal drum­ming star Michael Brush

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