Born the Son of Aries on Mount Olympus, forged of fire and stone, Hammer grew to a man. Hammer strikes his drums & shakes the mountains with the great and powerful tribe, the band Sin7. Hammer is lighting up the stages as Sin7 is opening for some of the biggest names in metal music, and Hammer is a drummer you need to “Get To Know”.
MND: How did you end up in the Minnesota music scene? Are you from here?
Hammer: I was born in Winona and played in a band down there for about 18 years before I landed our first show at Station 4 with HED P.E.. I later moved to Minneapolis and that band dissolved. Luckily, I found the guys to start Sin7.
MND: Who are some of the artists you have worked with that we may know?
Hammer: As far as playing in any known local acts, I haven’t done that. The last band I played in was originally called Psycotropic, then later Angry Room. We were together for 18 years before we decided to disband. We did however have the honor of playing with some great national acts like HED PE, Trapt, Texas Hippie Coalition & Faster Pussycat.
MND: What is your drumming education?
Hammer: For the most part I am self-taught. I did take a lesson or two while I lived in Winona, but I learned a lot from watching other drummers and asking them questions after the shows. Then I would go home and practice that fill or trick until I got it down.
MND: Who are your top three influences and why?
Hammer: This is always the hardest question for me because they always change. My first influences were Tommy Lee and Lars Ulrich because when I was young, they were the guys that were everywhere. Over time I have gained influence form many drummers in many different band and genres. Buddy Rich because well, Buddy Rich. Sam Loeffler from Chevelle for his simplistic but powerful rhythms. And right now my favorite has to be Jordan Mancino because he’s an absolute machine and he’s technical. There are just too many for me to name but those are definitely my top three right now.
MND: Where are you playing? Where can we see you locally?
Hammer: Right now, we are working on tour dates for our 2020 calendar but we have festivals all over the country we should be announcing soon.
MND: Are you a teacher?
Hammer: I am not a teacher, I have thought about giving lessons in the past but I still feel like I have so much to learn myself.
MND: What are you using for gear? What is your set up?
Hammer: I play all Pearl and right now I play a Pearl Reference 6-piece kit with a free-floating bell brass snare, Demon drive double pedals, Paiste signature, Alpha & 602 cymbals. My toms are: 9″ x 13″ (d), 8″ x 12″ (c), floor toms 16″ x 16″ (e), 16″ x 18″ (f), kick 16″ x 22″ (a), snare 8″ x 14″ (b). My high-hats are Paiste signature dark 14″ (A), crash Paiste 602 16″, splash Paiste Alpha 8″ (C), 16” china (D), Paiste Alpha 12″ crash (J), Paiste signature brilliant 17″ (B), crash/ride Paiste signature brilliant 18″ (F), ride Paiste Alpha 20″ (G), splash Paiste Alpha 10″ (C), bell Zildjian bell 9.5″ (H), china Paiste 602 16″ (E).
MND: What style of music do you like to play the most?
Hammer: That’s the easiest question yet. Rock all day long.
MND: Are you a versatile drummer? How do you define your style?
Hammer: I do try to be as versatile as possible. I would call my style a mix of rock, metal and a little jazz.
MND: What other drummers inside and outside of our scene should we know about?
Hammer: James Heiderscheit from La Crosse, The Homeland Conspiracy, and Brandon Hall from Eau Claire Entropy O.A.C.
MND: What are some recordings where we can find some of your work?
Hammer: I did record an EP with Angry Room. Also ENVY and Dangerzone with Sin7 all are available on major platforms.
MND: What is your best musical experience?
Hammer: Every time I get to play is an amazing experience. I love to see what my hard work does to help change people’s lives every day. My drums and the stage have helped me through very hard times in my life, so it means a lot when I can help others through theirs.
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