Who’s your daddy?
We quiz Mike Portnoy about his talented son How does it feel to have seen Max’s playing grow and mature over the years?
“Of all the proudest achievements in my life and career, none of them can come close to comparing with watching Max grow and develop. Him winning Rhythm mag’s Best New Drummer of 2015 beat any of the awards or readers’ polls I’ve ever won!”
What is your favourite element of Max’s playing?
“I love that he’s a bit of a mini-me and I can see so much of my style in him, but he kicks it up a few notches for today’s generation mixing in blast beats and crazy double bass speed that goes beyond anything I can do.”
How hands-on have you been with Max’s drumming development?
“My impact on him is only in the sense that he’s been watching me and what I do his whole life, but I’ve let him find his own way. I’m always there for him if he has a question or needs advice, but I think the credit for so much of his ability should go to his drum teacher back home as well as all the practice and research he does on his own.”
What’s the best advice you’ve given to Max?
“To disregard the haters and follow your heart.”
Where do you see Max taking his drumming in the next five years?
“Hopefully he can take over my 38 bands and I can finally retire!”