Drum tech for Slug. This dude holds true to his name. I’ve never had more fun chasing broken drum parts and pouring beer into a Sharky’s sippy cup to keep it from spilling all over. Every show and every sound check was nothing but solid hits on that kit. Slug loves the drums, you can tell immediately when he plays. And to top it off, he’s the coolest motherfucker ever. Jayce & Butch, I love y’all, but I love Douglas Mitchell just a bit more. Marvelous 3 for fucking ever.
This was the first time I’ve ever taken a camera to a show. You know, venturing away from the usual crusty abandoned shit in the middle of nowhere that I find myself getting into. Between my iPhone and Nikon D750, it was a ton of fun getting some snaps of this art display masquerading as a rock show.
Getting to work on Slug’s Gretsch kit was a fantastic experience all around. My philosophy lines right up with how Slug approaches drums. The kit had an 16×24 kick with 9×13, 16×16, 16×18 toms, and a Ludwig Black Beauty 6.5×14 snare. The kick and snare were set up to be clear and cutting, while the toms were thunderous and powerful. These drums easily sounded larger than life in both rooms, The Tabernacle Atlanta and House of Blues Chicago.