by Willie Rose
photo by Liam Christopher
Metal and shoegaze genre slashers Deafheaven are currently ripping across the country on a tour that lasts through late March. The band, powered by blast-beat maniac Daniel Tracy, first saw breakout success with its 2013 release Sunbather before tracking the well-received 2015 follow-up, New Bermuda. Here Modern Drummer Online asks Tracy about building the brutal wall of sound he creates each night with the band, Deafheaven’s plans for 2017, and more.
MD: How do you develop speed around the drumset?
Daniel: Developing speed on the set is all about the hours you put into it. The idea is to push yourself beyond your previous limit. Sit down and play single rolls until you physically can’t anymore. Then start it all over again.
MD: Who are your influences and favorite drummers?
Daniel: I read an interview with Dave Lombardo of Slayer when I was a kid, where he described his balls-to-the-wall speed mentality behind the kit. It made a huge impression on me. Pete Sandoval of Morbid Angel is a total machine who introduced me to mechanical, ultra-technical blast beats. And Trym [Torson] from Emperor has always been my favorite black-metal drummer. He has a jazzy, “open” feel to a blast beat, using a single kick while incorporating closed hi-hat hits and inventive ride patterns.Read more