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Q&A WITH... PAUL

NAME
Paul Bain

NICKNAMES
Pablo, McBain, Paul Inch Nails… depends who you talk to.

POSITION IN THE BAND
Drums, percussion & loops

GEAR
DW Drums & Hardware, PDP Drums, Evans Drumheads, Meinl Cymbals & Percussion.

STAR SIGN
Gemini

MUSICAL INFLUENCES
Ahh, yess… all of them! Here it goes.. Fleetwood Mac, Little Big Town, Trent Reznor, The Dandy Warhols, Michael Jackson, Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, The Civil Wars, The Beatles, Jo Bonamassa, Keith Urban, Eric Church… all the cool stuff! So many, but this more or less covers it.

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED LEARNING MUSIC?
12.. drums. 

MOST MEMORABLE LIVE SHOWS
Dave Mathews Band, Prince, Nine Inch Nails & Queens of the Stone Age in Sydney, Janes Addiction, Faith No More, Peaches, Tool.. and of course, Lady A and Keith Urban! The list goes on, I love them all!!

MOST MEMORABLE MUSICAL MOMENT
I guess one of my most memorable moments was hanging, talking shop and enjoying midnight pancakes with Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett. Moffett is known best as the drummer for Michael Jackson and a close friend of the Jackson family. He’s also worked with George Michael and Madonna among many other greats. Such a surreal moment, sitting in Pancake Manor late on a Tuesday night in Brisbane with Jonathan and some of my drummer buds and reps from DW. He has some insane industry stories having spent 30 years with the Jackson family.. I’m not one to get star struck, but DAMN!!

FAVOURITE MUSICAL QUOTE
"I think there’s something strangely musical about noise.”

- TRENT REZNOR

INTERESTS & HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF MUSIC
Like sport? Umm.. well lets see (insert tumbleweed here)!! I guess when I’m not consumed with music, I’m busy obsessing over film & other art, Mexican food and fantasizing about more music gear!

HOMETOWN
Brisbane

CURRENT CITY
Brisbane 

FAVOURITE FOOD
Mexicano es mi comida favorita!!

BEVERAGE OF CHOICE
Tequila, sangria or beer.. imported or pale ale - it’s all good. I’m a bit of a beer snob.

WHICH SUPER HERO WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
I would have to say “I’m Batman!" He is a real human who does the job without any super powers - which kind of makes him more badass. He also has a somewhat dark personality.. I can relate to him on many levels.

FAVOURITE FORM OF EXERCISE
Err.. drums?! Sweating and hitting, whats not to love!

FAVOURITE SOUND
Drums of course! Any sound or noise really, if it’s musical. Some of my favourite music actually has no drums, I’m a sucker for musical ambience and textures.

MORNING OR NIGHT PERSON?
2am is my time! It’s the best and most productive part of the day for me. So quiet and still.. truly inspiring.

STAR WARS OR STAR TREK?
WARS!!

THE BEATLES OR THE STONES?
TOUGH call.. but I must side with my first love. The Beatles and Lennon have been in my musical DNA since drums have been in my life. Side note: The Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’  is still an all time fav.

STEAK PREFERENCE?
Medium rare.. burn my steak, you die!