Shea Lange – Exclusive OnlineDrummer.com InterviewNate Brown
Shea Lange (far right) with Feel Never Real
OLD: Tell us a little about yourself. Why and when did you start drumming? When did you get your first kit? etc.
Lange: My name is Shea Lange. Don’t let the name fool you – I’m not a girl. I’ve played drums in the band Feel Never Real for about 7 years now. I started jacking around with the drums when I moved to Texas in 2000. Before that all I really listened to was hip-hop. I used to beat box and beat on the desk in school while guys would rap – good times!
It wasn’t until I saw Morgan Rose from the band Sevendust that I started to get serious about the drums. That guy’s awesome! The first kit I ever played on was a POS my dad had. We had broom stick handles as the cymbal stands and all the drum heads had holes in them so we had to tape towels over the top of the heads. Ha! I now play a cherry-burst Gretsch Reknown that I like very much.
OLD: What do you consider as the most important drumming skill to you? (i.e. timing, improv, creating rhythms, groove, rudimental, etc)
Lange: I think they are all important. Groove is very important to me. It’s the beat that makes you bob your head that you’ll remember and want to hear again.
OLD: Do you have any good warm-up techniques to share?
Lange: I stretch. I act like I’m about to play a basketball game or something. The way I play, it would be really easy to pull something. (laughs)
OLD: Can you give us any advice for playing live? Anything we should focus on or pay attention to?
Lange: Being a drummer you’re stuck in one spot. So do something that people will notice. You’re not just playing music, you’re also entertaining people who paid to see a great show. Otherwise, they could just listen to the album.
OLD: Can you give us any advice as far as recording in the studio? What do we need to know?
Lange: I used to hate the studio, but I’ve grown to love it. If you just relax and have fun with it, it’ll be a great experience every time!
OLD: What do you consider your most memorable moment as a drummer?
Lange: Every moment on stage is a memorable moment. To see a crowd really get into your music is the greatest feeling ever, and to have people come to you after a show and tell you that you inspired them is a wonderful feeling. Amazing!
OLD: Do you have any other good drumming stories that you’d like to share?
Lange: A few times during a show I would ask someone from the audience to stand about 15 or so feet from me and in the middle of a song I would toss a drumstick to them and have them toss it back to me while playing. I always thought that was cool. But hey, that’s just me. (laughs)
OLD: If you could only pass along one piece of advice (drumming related) to the next generation, what would it be?
Lange: Have fun! No, have a BLAST! Especially live. If you’re having a blast the audience will see that and feed off of you, and then you feed off them. It’s the circle of rock (laughs). That was clever. I’m kind of proud of that one.