Rich Carter

Core Of iO

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

I would de­scribe my drum­ming style as…

“Eclec­tic. I sin­cerely love all gen­res of mu­sic and draw in­flu­ence from as many dif­fer­ent styles as I can find, I love orig­i­nal­ity!”

The se­cret to play­ing well is…

“Hard work, pa­tience, ded­i­ca­tion and open mind­ed­ness are all huge parts of play­ing well.”

My first kit was…

“Sonor Force 2005 Birch.” My favourite drum­mers to date are… “I have way too many to name butI guess Ari Hoenig, Eric Har­land, Elvin Jones, Thomas Prid­gen, Chris Cole­man, Matt Garstka, Thomas Haake and Billy Rymer.”

Self-taught or lessons?

“A mix­ture of the two. Lessons re­ally helped spark off my pas­sion from a young age but I have been self-taught for at least six or seven years now. Both are good in dif­fer­ent ways.”

Best drum­ming ad­vice I’ve been given is…

“When it comes to prac­tice; TA KE IT SLOOOOWWW BABY! It’s frus­trat­ing not be­ing able to nail some­thing but tak­ing it slow and speed train­ing can al­most guar­an­tee the abil­ity to learn any­thing with pa­tience. When it comes to play­ing, the best ad­vice I’ve heard is to lis­ten to ev­ery­one around you.”

I use…

“I’m proudly en­dorsed by Seren­ity Drums. I have gen­uinely never seen or heard drums like them.Also Jon Ham­mond, the owner, has re­ally helped me out, ab­so­lute le­gend! Drums in­clude Full Birch 22"x13" kick, 10"x5" and 12"x6" rack toms, 16"x15" floor and my ab­so­lutely trea­sured 14"x4½" Ash and Ma­hogany snare with beech hoops [pic­tured]. I use Zild­jian, Sabian and Meinl cymbals for dif­fer­ent set­tings, and Vic Firth sticks.”

What I’m up to right now is…

“Af­ter Core of iO’s fourth EP re­lease, we are in the process of writ­ing our de­but al­bum.As well as that I am work­ing on my own al­bum and get­ting some clin­ics to­gether. I am also in the early stages of col­lab­o­rat­ing with var­i­ous artists, writ­ing and cre­at­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic of all styles.”


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