For years and years I used Vic Firth, even in high school,
I was using American Classic ROCKs and 5Bs and I really liked the feel of the 5Bs, I
just wanted a little more length on them. And I felt like there wasn’t enough girth up top. But the American Classic ROCKs were a
little too much for what I was doing. So I kind of wanted something in between
those two sticks for a very long time, and what we came up with is a little longer
than a 5B, a little more of that girth, a little more of the acorn tip up top,
and the butts are rounded. I’ll start off on the stick like this and
by the end, I’m in the middle of my palm, so it was important for me to have the butts
rounded off and not such a direct cut. So the way this stick feels when I play, Most people that have seen me play know that
I’m not a tapper, I hit pretty hard. I’m a very aggressive player in most of my bands,
Korn is primarily my main band, and everybody knows there’s not a lot
of love ballads in that band so you have to hit kind of hard. The way the stick feels to me is really perfect
because I wanted a little bit more up top for more of a whipping motion. I definitely
use Moeller technique when I’m playing. The design of this stick is perfect for that,
because it has just enough balance where if you let it go, it’s down on the drum but
not too hard, not too aggressive. But yet, if I want to balance it out
when I’m doing buzz rolls in a softer part, I can choke up on the stick, and it has a
lot of leverage and maneuvering so that’s very important to have both of those
aspects for heavy hitting and softer playing. It’s funny because the way I play, it looks
like I’m annihilating everything and I’m very in the moment when I’m playing. But like I said, I don’t need any distractions.
When you get in the zone when you’re playing especially aggressive music, with a lot of attitude,
the stick has to be easy to play. You can’t be worried about anything. So the consistency and non-breakage
is very important to me. The durability of this stick is amazing! The Vic Firth quality has always been unsurpassed,
and it’s always been very durable. There are a lot of cues I have to give in my band,
there are a lot of direct hits or stops, and I can’t be worried about a stick breaking, so
the durability is very important. So I think everything that’s in this
stick is definitely achieved. Ya know, how I was feeling, what I was feeling.
It’s hard — these are our tools, whatever heads, drums, cymbals is one thing
but ultimately, these are our tools. It’s super important that they are close to perfect.
How do you get a perfect stick? I don’t know. It’s trial and error. Keep experimenting.
Keep going around in circles until you find something you like. But these are the most confident I’ve ever been in a stick!