DAXX NIELSEN IS THE DRUMMER FOR Cheap Trick and was kind enough to answer some questions I had for an interview. You can hear Daxx on Cheap Trick’s fantastic current album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy, Hello, and live in concert, of course!
1.) It’s 30 minutes before showtime, what do you do to warm-up and get ready for the show? 30 minutes prior to the show we have just finished up our meet & greet and it’s time to get in the right head space for the show. I typically take a look through the setlist and see which songs we’ve decided to perform and what kind of pacing/segues I need to keep in mind. Then I grab my warm up sticks, which have about 4 ounces of gaff tape towards the tip for added weight, and I warm up for a few minutes depending on how much I need. About ten minutes prior to the show I change in to my stage clothes and get ready to rock.
2.) What’s your favorite Cheap Trick songs to play live and why? “I’d have to say that my favorite Cheap Trick song to play is “On Top of the World.” It starts out with a great drum beat and builds from there. In the middle we break down to a half time “jam” section and then end on a really strong bit. It’s just fun the whole way through. I also love “Big Eyes” or “Elo Kiddies” because they have great floor tom beats.
3.) What brands of drums and cymbals are you currently playing? “I am beyond fortunate to endorse Ludwig Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, and Humes & Berg Cases.”
4.) What was your favorite song to play live in your previous gigs – Dick Dale, Harmony Riley and Brandi Carlisle? “My favorite songs to play from previous artists that I’ve worked for definitely vary stylistically because each artist is so different. When I played for Dick Dale I loved playing one his songs called “The Wedge,” it’s just one of the coolest guitar songs ever. With Harmony Riley I loved playing “Falling Away” which had a really great left handed snare drum pattern. With Brandi Carlisle I love “The Story.””
5.) What’s the last book you read, or are currently reading? What’s the last music-related book you’ve read? “The last book I read was one of the best stories I’ve ever read. It was a book called Shantaram. It’s set for the most part in India and you really felt like your were there while reading it. The last music book I read was Bob Dylan Chronicles. What an interesting guy!”
Be sure to check Daxx out on the most recent Cheap Trick album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy Hello