Jake Massucco – Four Year Strong – Exclusive InterviewNate Brown
OLD: What got you into drumming, and when did you first realize that this is what you wanted to do as a career?
Jake: I started drumming initially because none of my other friends could play or had any drums so I ended up just being he drummer by default. As far as career goes, you never really know what’s gonna happen, but so far so good!
OLD: For those looking to do what you do, what advice would you give them?
Jake: Finish school first, and make sure you love the drums and live music.
OLD: What skills does it take to be a member of a band “family”, and any suggestions for surviving on the road?
Jake: The two best tips I can offer are: you can’t hate being around the same people 24/7, and always bring lots of clean underwear.
OLD: Four Year Strong’s new album, “In Some Way, Shape, Or Form.” takes a musical journey to places the band hasn’t gone in the past. When writing music, can you give us a view as to the drummer’s input into the music and sound?
Jake: Honestly, I just play what feels right.
OLD: What should drummers listening to the new album expect from your drumming? What changes do you think you’ve made? (example: more complex, less complex, more in-your-face, etc.)
Jake: My drum playing is pretty much the same as it’s always been, but I do try to always challenge myself.
OLD: What is your favorite song to play on the new album?
Jake: The first track on our new album that’s called “The infected” is definitely a favorite track.
OLD: When playing a song so often on tour from city to city, is it difficult to keep the enthusiasm as you play it over and over? Do you change beats/fills at all?
Jake: Beer helps keep up the enthusiasm, haha! But I definitely change parts here and there in order to make it fun and keep it interesting. Sometimes I may come up with a part I like more than what’s on the record.
OLD: What’s your favorite story from your current headlining trek on The AP Tour?
Jake: We had a day off in our hometown of Worcester, MA and I got to sleep in my bed. I know it’s not much of an exciting story, but after sleeping on a tour bus night after night, there’s no place like home!
OLD: If you could pass along one piece of advice to the next drumming generation, what would it be?
Jake: Love the drums and enjoy what you do. Music is the best.