I started my career touring as a drummer with my band, Thursday, which has sold almost 2 million records. I was also the live drummer for the British boy band, The Wanted and have done just about every TV show with them i.e. Ellen, Dancing With the Stars (twice), The Voice, American Idol etc. I have a large collection of amazing snares and kits.
I"ve played in Thursday since 98' and currently working on a project called Get Involved! (Produced by Ross Robinson). I've been a touring drummer for Murphy's Law, The Wanted, My Chemical Romance, Yellowcard, I Hate Our Freedom and All Eyes West. I am endorsed by Q Drum Co., Zildjian (15 years), Promark (15years), REMO, JH Audio, Reflexx pads and DW hardware. I've played on the full Thursday catalogue (Produced by Dave Fridmann), All Eyes West "Doomer" (recorded by J. Robbins), I Hate Our Freedom "This Years Best Disaster" (Recorded/Produced by Kurt Ballou) and a live DVD for British boy band, The Wanted.
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Interview with Tucker Rule
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All Eyes West "Doomer". I was on tour with The Wanted, had 4 days off between tours, learned 16 songs on the bus the took 1 day for pre pro and 1 day to record the record... Working with J. Robbins was amazing... I had a basic structure for all the songs but a lot of them got changed completely... It was challenging and awesome, the record is killer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently giving lessons and gearing up for 2 big end of the year shows with my band THURSDAY. Also, connecting with the drum community on Instagram (@tuckerrule)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever gets the job done with the best result. (but of course analog)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll always give 100%
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the gear and the pride when the job is done well and efficient.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you think you can learn this for tomorrow? YES
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Playing drums is hard work, it's a hustle and that's why drummers quit and get "real jobs"
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Whats the vibe you're going for? Click or free time?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: FInd the person with the best attitude and most experience
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Pair of sticks, my Reflexx drum pad, Kick, snare and some hats.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started my band, Thursday, in 1998. In 2008 i filled in for My Chemical Romance's injured drummer for 2 months on tour. 2010-2013 i played legendary punk band Murphy's Law. 2011-2014 I toured the world playing for a British Boy Band called The Wanted. 2014-2015 i was the touring drummer for Yellowcard. In 2014 i had a side project called Get Involved! which was recorded by Ross Robinson also recorded with another band called All Eyes West on a record called Doomer which was recorded by J. Robbins. I've also done 3 full length records with Dave Fridmann.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Hard hitting and attention to detail. Always willing to give it everything i have all while having a friendly attitude.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with D'angelo... I loved how "Black Messiah" was so behind the beat
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: PMA always PMA
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: mostly rock, pop, hip hop, shoe gaze, punk and audio scapes
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My memory and ability to quickly learn and execute changes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy, precision,excitement, blood, sweat and pride
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Learn everything i can on my own then look to the artist and producer to guide me along on anything i missed or interpreted incorrectly. I love recording, I love playing drums and I love getting called back to do gigs. That being said, I'll do whatever it takes to get the best take(s) possible.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Q Drum Co. copper drumkit. 14x26 kick 10x14 rack 16x16 and 16x18 floor various snares. brass and steel are my favorites all REMO heads... i prefer black dots on toms and coated emperor on snare All Zildjian cymbals... have an arsenal of different cymbals depending on the gig JH Audio JH16' in- ear monitors
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I've always been inspired by people like John Bonham, he's my all time favorite... Levon Helm, Tony Williams, Mark Guiliana etc... Always inspired by people with infectious laughter and eccentric attitudes.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Quickly learn songs and only lend suggestions when needed or asked. Very comfortable with the click track and can adapt to suggestions on the fly... can learn a set efficiently and will always try and show up with a happy go lucky attitude and top notch gear.