Michael Bourbeau, 20, from Enfield, CT. Got his interest in music at a very young age as he watched his cousin, Kurtis Henneberry, preform and grow his bands, Renata, and The Last Goodnight. The band would practice in Kurtis's basement which gave Michael an opportunity to sit behind a drum kit for the first time. He immediately knew drums were for him, after trying guitar at first. At home, pots and pans were his drums and lincoln logs were his drum sticks until he got his first drum kit at age 7. After he took a few lessons to learn the basics he was self-taught from there on out. Through out middle school, Michael tried forming a band multiple time, but nothing ever became of them. In 2011 he tried out for the band, Rise & Resist, who he still is with. He and the other members grew the band in the past years and have gotten the opportunity to open for popular bands like Mushroomhead, I See Stars, Miss May I, We Came As Romans, Bad Omens, Erra, After The Burial, Upon a Burning body, and Born Of Osiris. The band also has aired on local radio station where they did an interview and live performance. This exposure helped Michael able to grow himself as a drummer, getting an endorsement from Soultone Cymbals.
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1. When did you start playing drums and who did you look up to?
I started drumming when I was 7 years old. My cousin, Kurtis was my main influence when I first started. My older sister was really into bands like, Green Day, Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, etc. That introduced me into that kind of music and when I started really paying attention to the drummers. Tre' Cool, Andy Hurley, Travis Barker, Shannon Leto, were all my main influences at that time. When I got into the metal scene Joey Jordison (Slipknot) and James Cassells from Asking Alexandria were the first two metal drummers I really got into. After watching and hearing the speed and technicality they play with is what pushed me in a totally different direction of drumming, and is what I still play today.
2. What is your favorite part of playing in a band?
I've come across being solid and consistent as possible is the best way to get the best sound when playing live. Make every hit, accent, fill, cymbal choke, etc heard. I've seen a lot of drummers live do a fill or a really fast part where they get drowned out from the rest of the music and it ends up sounding like a wall of sound. You can't really hear what's going on.
3. What advice do you have for any upcoming drummer?
My advice to any drummer trying to be in a band is to obviously practice hard, not just what your band is playing, but your own playing, too. I play a different style when I'm playing with the band, than when I'm playing by myself. Another is stay determinded, there's a lot of ups and downs when in a band. Things might be not going good and you may start having your doubts, but it only takes one good show to make all the time and effort you put into it all worth while. And it continues that way, you'll always have that good expirence that keeps you motivated. The last piece of advice is make connections whether it be other bands, venues, booking agents, merch companies, etc. And keep a good reputation with those people. Bad reputations can destroy bands very easily. Show up to shows on time, make sure you don't go over your set time, have a good attitude, help eachother out, all that stuff is really important and what a lot of people look at.