Banging on a different drum.
Since 2016 Alex has ventured beyond the familiarity of the drum kit, and stepped to the front of the stage as a cast member for Scrap Arts show “Children of Metropolis”, mixing athleticism, high energy performance, and mixed percussion. He also dabbles with assorted world percussion instruments, including congas, cajon and timbales.
"10 people, or 10,000 people... just remember that you're on stage with your friends, creating music..."
I was about to step on stage in front of a crowd of 10,000 to perform at a conference with a group I had recently joined to play a complicated piece I had only fully rehearsed the day before for the first time. My band mate teasingly said “you aren’t nervous are you?” Thinking he was joking I admitted it was a bit nerve wracking playing new music in front of a crowd that large for the first time. “Look,” he advised, “there could be 10 people, or 10,000 people sitting in front of you, but no matter what happens, just remember that you’re on stage with your friends, creating music. That’s all there is to it. Just have fun with your friends, and play with them.” It always stuck with me, and is really what music is all about for me: sharing and creating musical moments with friends, and elevating the energy of those around us.
When touring and playing shows every night, the “work” of it is in crossing borders, airplanes, trains and yet more airplanes, learning material, prepping gear and long rehearsals. Being on stage is the when passion and concentration come together in an experience that is unlike any other.