I like to be one of those drummers who actually add to the music, not one of those guys who sit in a room 24/7 trying to outwit or outplay another drummer.
When I look back, it was a strange period in my life, looking at my childhood and then my teenage years and forming Slayer when I was still 17, not out of high school.
I'm really not into the educational aspect of performing. It's not in me.
At the moment I have my family coming out with me on the road. We have our own vehicle and its more like a family vacation. I just stop, do some gigs, and take off. Its a lot more fun now with the family.
I just to put out the best records I can and perform the best I can.
Every job has its downside. For example, being in a band the travel part of it - getting picked up from your house in a car, going to the airport, getting on a plane, going from the airplane to a van, then going from the van to a hotel.
We got off the Clash of the Titans tour and I said that my wife and I were working on having a baby and sure enough we found out that she was pregnant. So I told them nine months in advance that I wasn't going to tour in September so I could witness the birth of my first son.
You're at the hotel and after that you go to the venue and sit there and wait.
Dude, I love playing drums, and I love being on stage, and I love recording. It's my life... it's been my life, all my life, and I don't think it could ever become boring for me.
I'm doing a lot of touring and things have been really busy for me.
There's a lot of down time on the road. That part of it I really don't enjoy. There's nothing to do.
You will in the future hear me on a pop album, but that's just the experimental side of me.
Mike Patton is a genius... It is definitely the hardest music I've ever played.
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