Off The Record: Nathan Trainor

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I replaced him in 80’s glam tribute act ‘Maskara’… then he replaced me in the same band. I call it even. So it appears we both have a soft spot for 80’s hair metal and dressing up in women’s clothing…

With that… Ladies & Gentlemen: Nathan Trainor.

Favourite food?
– I’m a really big fan of food in general, but if I had to pin it down to one thing, I’d have to go with Nachos … and Pizza. I remember having a Nacho Pizza once at the Dux De Lux in Christchurch – that thing was incredible!
Favourite film?
– Definitely Happy Gilmore!
Favourite Album?
– Hmmm, a tough call … Dream Theater’s “Awake”
Favourite Song?
– Stairway to Heaven. A timeless classic!
Favourite Groove?
– The shuffle in Toto’s “Rosanna”
Favourite Drummer?
– I honestly don’t think I could name just one (or ten!)
Favourite Kiwi Drummer? (Could be the same as above)
– My little sister Rachel. She has an incredible passion/talent for music, and kicks ass on the drums!
Favourite rudiment?
– I call it a Five-A-Diddle. I’m sure it has an official name, but it’s R L R R L. For a long time I thought I was playing a 6-stroke roll, then I realized I was lazy and actually just playing 5! Haha.
Favourite drum or cymbal
– My favourite drum is my Tama 14” x 6.5” Brass Snare
Can you describe your set up?
– It varies as I have a ton of drums and cymbals I like, but my current setup is a Mapex Armory 4 piece in Photon Blue (12” x 9” tom, 16” x 14” Floor Tom and 22” x 20” Bass Drum), a 14” x 6.5” Tama Brass Snare (or 14” x 6.5” Mapex Black Panther Maple Snare), Soultone Vintage Cymbals (16” Hihats (main), 15” Hihats with Meinl Ching Ring (auxillary), 18” & 20” Crashes, 22” Ride), Meinl 18” MB20 Rock China, Meinl Classics Custom 12” Trash Splash. Hardware is a selection of Pearl 1030 and 2030 Series, with a Pearl Eliminator Double Pedal and 2-Leg Hihat Stand.
Career Highlight?
– Opening up for Trivium and Whitechapel at the Powerstation.
Current gigs?
– Recently just joined Melbourne “Desert Rock” band Beautiful Savages.
Trained or self taught?
– Self taught, but really wish I had taken lessons with a good teacher in my early years!
Main teacher or mentor?
– I honestly try and learn from everyone!
Best advice?
– Enjoy what you do, and surround yourself with musicians who have a good attitude!
Game changing moment?
– Getting a job with Musicworks back in 2003. Got to meet so many cool people, make awesome friends, and tech for some of my drumming heroes!
Recommended study material? Book/DVD etc?
– I really enjoyed Benny Greb’s “The Language of Drumming”. Also anything from Tommy Igoe. I think he has a great approach toward music.
Advice to beginners?
– Love what you play and play what you love!
Pre gig warm up?
– To warm up, I generally play single strokes with my feet on the floor while “noodling” various sticking patterns on my knees.
Currently working on?
– Slow tempos and trying to make it groove and feel comfortable. Have also been doing the whole Singles to Doubles to Paradiddles and back, and trying to make it sound like singles.
Chops? Yay or Nay?
– Nay (Although I do think good technique is important!)
Most embarrassing moment or Funny gig story?
– Probably when I did a covers gig in Wanaka many years back, and left all my sticks (except one pair in the motel). I thought I could make the pair last the night, but forgot I had no backups when I started doing stupid basic stick tricks, and dropped both sticks mid-song. The audience were drunk, so it wasn’t that bad, but it was a rookie move – never repeated!
Strangest song request or audience situation?
– Learning a bunch of easy-listening songs to play a wedding, then when we started playing everyone was requesting ACDC and Metallica!
Pet peeve?
– Arrogant musicians who think they’re better than everyone else!
Guilty Pleasure Song or Band?
– Pseudo Echo :-)

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