‘Romance and Rebellion’ – Kyle Jordan Meuller Interviewed By MITM (Quintin Goynes)

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In order from the left: Aaron Medina, David LaViola, Brandon Davis, Kyle Jordan Meuller; Click on image to goto Ultravulgar.com.

Here Are Kyle’s Answers:

1. When and why did you start playing?

I started playing when I was 7 years old. I loved music and was around it since I was a baby. My dad played drums before I was born, so I had a natural gravitation towards the instrument. My dad bought me sticks and practice pad. I played on the couch, along with pillows and my practice pad for about a year before my dad surprised me with a dreamiest the following Christmas.

2. Which instruments do you play?

Drums/Percussion

3. What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Twinkle Twinkle on a keyboard

4. Is your family musical?

My dad is and my mom enjoys music

5. Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.

My dad played drums for some years in his late teens/early twenties. He now is a talented live sound engineer. My mom does;t play an instrument, but she recognizes talent and good music, as well as having a good taste in music herself.

6. Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

I admire Travis Barker. He is my generation’s first household drummer name. His talents took the band, Blink-182 to stardom. I also admire the cats with tremendous chops and musicality such as Terreon Gully, Chris Dave and Aaron Spears. I’ll never be anywhere near those guys, but I enjoy listening to their superior talent.

7. Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Tre’ Cool of Green Day was the first drummer I began mimicking as a kid. Foo Fighters, Blink-182, MxPx, etc. All rock from the 90’s till now. Today I listen to a lot of modern country, rock and jazz. I try to infuse my playing with all of these styles.

8. Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?

My first music teacher was Mrs. Tabacca. My first drum instructor was Kevin Gianino at Fred Pierce Drum Shop. I also learned a lot from Matt Henry and Miles Vandiver at The University of Missouri-Saint Louis.

9. Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.

1995 Ludwig Rocker kit, no cymbals haha

10. What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Playing to music on my boom box in my basement teaching myself how to play drums with help from popular rock bands at the time.

11. Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

I was influenced by current music–fast and fun punk rock.

12. Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?

Travis Barker, Tre’ Cool, Terreon Gully, Chris Dave, Aaron Spears, Nick Buda, Blink-182, Green Day, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift, The Academy Is, Fall Out Boy, Mayday Parade, Paramore, etc.

13. Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?

14. Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?

Every. Single. Week.

15. Do you play for dances? Step-dancers? Describe the differences.

16. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Pretend like it didn’t even happen.

17. Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

After over 15 years of performing, I still get nervous for bigger shows.

18. What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Embrace the feeling.

19. Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Yes. Everyone working together and letting the best idea win, regardless of it was your idea or not.

20. How often and for how long do you practice?

I practice with groups. I seldom practice alone, but if the moment catches me, I’ll practice for about 2 hours.

21. What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

I enjoy playing to new songs, constructing new phrases, and working on rudiments.

22. Do you teach music?

I do. Drum lessons.

23. How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

Music runs my life, but that’s a good thing. It’s how I make a living, so it’s no different than someone going to the office every day.

   – End of Interview With Kyle Jordan Meuller –