This week’s “Get to Know” is spotlighting Mike Moretsky. Mike was brought to our attention by his TRITA (Pronounced try-tuh) bandmate, Taylor Froehlich. TRITA is a trio of guys delivering some great heavy music that they classify on their Bandcamp page as post-rock/post-metal/post-hardcore/pre-death. No matter the classification, it’s great music and for a mere $5 you can own their CD. You’ll have a chance to catch them live on February 2nd at the 331 Pub in Minneapolis, and on February 21st at the Garage in Burnsville.
Before you check them out live, Get To Know drummer Mike Moretsky here.
MND: How did you end up in the Minnesota music scene? Are you from here?
Mike: I have lived in Minnesota for most of my life at this point. Before I entered the MN music scene I was living in Chattanooga, Tennessee with my now wife. After living there for a while, I decided to move back to Minneapolis. I had auditioned for a few bands in Tennessee but that didn’t go anywhere. So right before I moved back to Minneapolis, I emailed Taylor via Craigslist. We set up a time for us to jam, and the rest is history.
MND: Who are some of the artists you have worked with that we may know?
Mike: Trita has played with so many excellent bands. However, I have not personally worked with anyone outside of Trita as of yet. Nevertheless, I would love to, if an opportunity ever presented itself.
MND: What is your drumming education? Self-taught, music school, teacher?
Mike: I was in band for several years in middle-school, and then started taking private lessons for most of high school.
MND: Who are your top three influences and why?
Mike: My top three influences would start with Tim Alexander from Primus. His drumming captivated me from an early age. I’ve always loved the way he uses toms in his songs. He has an ability to make his drums “talk” in a way I had not heard before, or since.
Thomas Pridgen was another drummer that really stood out to me. As soon as I heard his drumming on The Mars Volta album, “The Bedlam in Goliath,” I wanted to be able to play as well as he does. He is able to play with blistering speed, incredible accuracy and technicality that I could only hope to achieve in this lifetime. He also plays the biggest drums I have ever seen. The dude uses 18” crash cymbals as hi-hats and rocks a 24×24 kick, which I think is impossibly cool.
My final influence is one of the drummers I probably listen to the most. Chris Common from These Arms Are Snakes. TAAS was one of the bands that inspired me to make music. Chris was not the first drummer in that band, but his work on their third release, “Easter”, is favorite. Chris always finds the perfect mix of complex technicality and tasteful simplicity in his songs.
MND: Where are you playing? Where can we see you locally?
Mike: Trita plays Eagles 34 regularly as well as the Hexagon bar and Caydence Records.
MND: What are you using for gear? What is your set up?
Mike: I play a Klash Drums emerald green acrylic kit. I have one-up, two-down tom configuration. Sizes are 12” x 8” (b), 14” x 14” (d), 16” x 16” (E), 24” x 16” kick (c), 14” x 8” (a) Maple DW snare.
My cymbals are all Sabian and I play a set of 16” AAXsplosion hats (A), a 21” groove ride as a crash (B), a 24” bash ride (C), a 22” Heavy Legacy ride (D) as a crash and a 21” Holy China (E). I use AXIS percussion for my kick pedal and hi-hat stand, and Gibraltar for the rest of the stands. Also, I’m a lefty drummer. I know, I’m a weirdo.
MND: What style of music do you like to play the most?
Mike: I really enjoy playing prog-rock or anything in an odd time signature.
MND: How do you define your style?
Mike: I typically play rock, metal, and punk but I am able to adjust to most types of music. I think I would describe my style as rock just because it casts a large net to operate inside of.
MND: What other drummers inside and outside of our scene should we know about?
Mike: One of the drummers I think people need to be paying attention to is Jacob Scully who plays in VIN. This guy absolutely rips. Jacob is one of my favorite technical progressive rock drummers in Minneapolis.
MND: What recordings can we find some of your work on?
Mike: My work with Trita can be found on Bandcamp, Spotify, and most streaming services. We just recently released a new EP titled, “Tunguskan.”
Mike Moretsky tracking drums for ‘Tunguskan’
TRITA “Intend” drum play through by Mike Moretsky: