Eight (and a half) Questions with COLIN from The Neuro Farm
1 TNFTV: When and how did you realize you wanted to be a drummer?
CD: I started drumming around age 11 or 12 after watching my sister play in her school band and becoming fixated on the drummer. I thought the drums just looked like the absolute coolest instrument and I liked the physicality of playing them. So I began lessons in my school music program with just a snare drum and gradually got more equipment as I learned. I stuck with it, taking private lessons and jamming with others when most of my friends quit playing instruments altogether. Drumming and rhythm always came naturally and you’ll still find me tapping on my leg, a counter or desk surface, or the car steering wheel, to the dismay of annoyed passengers.
2 TNFTV: Are there drummers whose style you try to emulate or is your goal to do your own thing?
CD: I have been influenced by many drummers but also many other instrumentalists too. Anyone who is a master of their craft fascinates me, from the very simple to the extremely complex. Mastery does not necessarily equate to complexity though, which many young drummers don’t grasp because we’re told to practice mechanics, rudiments, independence, symmetry, posture and technique. This tends to imply a high level of skill to improve upon. In my teens I was enamored with Omar Hakim who drummed with David Bowie, Weather Report, Sting and a slew of other known musicians in the late 80’s. Omar was so fluid, relaxed and inventive with his playing that it almost seemed like he was dancing when he played. I once took a lesson with Kenny Aronoff who at the time was with John Mellencamp and later worked with Smashing Pumpkins, Chickenfoot, and many other established artists. Getting knowledge from an “A-list” player at a young age makes a big impression.
3 TNFTV: What’s your impression of the DC music scene?
CD: I am frequently reminded of how many extremely talented musicians and bands we have in the area. The degree of competency and inventiveness among us is staggering. From an overall scene perspective though, I would have to give mixed reviews to the community at large. That may just be a general sign of the times and not be exclusive to the DC area though. People are busy with many of life's demands and have an overflow of entertainment options competing for their attention. I enjoy the luxury of not having to depend on musical pursuits to keep the lights on, so I count myself as fortunate to even have an outlet to perform on select occasions and getting pleasure out of that. But for my friends and colleagues who are making their living as musicians, my heart and respect go out to them because that existence is incredibly difficult to sustain and the world is an unforgiving place. The Neuro Farm has received an amazing amount of support from folks that have followed us, for which I am grateful, amazed and humbled.
4 TNFTV: What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you during your time as a musician?
CD: One of the coolest things was my first paying gig when I was 16 years old. I was in a rock band with some guys that were older than I was and we had a bar gig lined up. We rehearsed diligently, promoted the gig, did it all very professionally, and ended up having a successful show. We were asked back to that venue many times after that. But the coolest thing of all was at the end of the night for this gig, the band leader walked up to me and handed me a wad of cash. I think it might have been sixty bucks. Money had not even crossed my mind as something that factored into the mix of what was going to transpire that night. I was just thrilled to be playing music that I liked, with a good band, and in front of a packed house of enthusiastic people. That was enough for me. I probably squandered the money on video games though because I had a nasty habit at my local arcade that I rode to every day on my little BMX bike.
5 TNFTV: What’s the coolest thing that’s happened in your life outside of music?
CD: Getting to witness and experience the dawn of our digital age to this point is something I feel fortunate to be living through, for better or for worse. When I think about some of the significant global events and economic drivers that our elders experienced, it’s amazing to be present during this time of rapid change in a digital existence. It wasn’t long ago that we didn’t all have phones in our pockets, computers on every desk, and GPS in every new car. Now we have artificial intelligence and machine learning expansion on the horizon. To appreciate the capabilities that we have at our disposal because of these advances is amazing.
6 TNFTV: What’s left in your musician bucket list?
CD: I don’t really have a bucket list per se because I feel fortunate to just have music in my life as tiny pleasure, even simply as a fan and listener. To keep listening, creating, and being moved by music is all I need until they drop me into the ground for my dirt nap. BUT…. if I had to come up with one, I’d say doing a tour of Europe or South America would be incredible because I’d thoroughly enjoy experiencing those locales as a member of The Neuro Farm.
7 THFTV: Tell us more about you, hobbies, ambition, etc.
CD: I’ve had many hobbies and interests over the years and have enjoyed all of them. But there are only so many hours in a day and so I haven’t kept all of them up. I just need to be retired or independently wealthy to fulfill all of my indulgences. Some of my pursuits and interests have been and remain: aviation, ice hockey, technology, bicycling, motorcycling, creative writing, foreign languages, science, design and illustration, comedy.
As far as ambitions go, it’s pretty simple stuff: avoid adulting whenever possible, stay healthy keep learning, and stay curious. Typically Sagittarian.
8 TNFTV: As the TNF TV producer, if you could have any guest for an interview, who would it be?
CD: Iggy Pop would be a captivating guest because 1) he’s not shy, 2) he’s got stories to tell, and 3) he’s interesting to look at. Another good guest would be Perry Farrell, for many of the same reasons that Iggy Pop would be well received. Lastly, I’d like to interview Lemmy Kilmister- that is, if he were still alive. Lemmy fascinates me and I think we could get into some discussion that viewers would find to be quality broadcasting and not want the interview to come to an end.
8.5 TNFTV: How many pets is the perfect number?
CD: I think the perfect number of pets depends on one’s household and the type of pets one has. I have two dogs and two cats plus a partner. So we’re clearly outnumbered which is NOT what you want. Feeding time is like a circus and it’s a little stressful at times even though I love them all. So I suppose I’d say the perfect number is similar to that of children- no more than you can comfortably handle by yourself if need be. Unless it’s fish, then go wild. PS. I want a chinchilla.....