Matthew Row­cliffe

Big Smile Re­vival

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I would de­scribe my drum­ming style as…

“Fairly sim­plis­tic but punchy. There are def­i­nite punk rock in­flu­ences in my play­ing. I like to play around with the feel of tim­ings a lot, chang­ing from stan­dard to dou­ble-time or half-time can re­ally change a song.”

The se­cret to play­ing drums well is…

“Take your time with it and play to a metronome.”

I use…

“When play­ing live I use a four-piece Mapex Mars Night­wood cross­over kit: 14" snare, 12", 16", 22" with a Mapex P600 kick pedal. Sabian XSR cym­bals, 14" hi-hats, 20" ride, 16" Fast crash and 18" crash. Vic Firth 5A sticks. Roland TD4 and Ale­sis Sam­plepad Pro, but I am yet to use ei­ther of these live.”

My first drum­set was…

“It didn’t have a brand on it any­where. It was old. It had a belt-driven kick pedal and some parts had rusted. I got a Roland TD4 about 10 months af­ter.”

My favourite drum­mers ever to date are…

“Vin­nie Fiorello (Less Than Jake) and Chad Smith.”

Self-taught or lessons?

“Lessons for the first few years, now I find things on the in­ter­net to help with new prac­tice rou­tines.”

Best drum­ming ad­vice I’ve been given is…

“‘Don’t prac­tise un­til you get it right, prac­tise un­til you never get it wrong,’ which is a quote from a tu­tor when I was in col­lege.”

What I’m up to right now is…

“Af­ter the re­lease of our first EP ( TheSa­toriSes­sion) we have gigs lo­cally and work­ing on a few new things. I’m still do­ing cov­ers on my Youtube chan­nel.”

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