This episode is with Ray Hearne. Ray is quickly being recognized as one of the premier drummers in progressive metal playing with Haken. Formed in 2007, Haken has steadily grown to become a globally touring act and a household name for progressive metal fans worldwide. Aside from playing and teaching drums, Ray is also a professional classical tuba player and recently a big collector of hot sauces!
This episode is with Mats Haugen. Mats is the guitarist and one of the founding members of Circus Maximus, an international progressive metal sensation around for almost 20 years. Aside from the band. Mats is based in Oslo, where he is constantly occupied—playing with some of the top rock, pop and hip-hop artists in Norway.
This episode is with Casey Grillo. Casey is most known for being the drummer of Kamelot for most of their career. Recently he has been the touring drummer of Queensrych and has been running a successful boutique video drum head business with clients like Kiss, Jennifer Lopez, Eminem, and many others! He is also recording music for a video game.
I got the pleasure chat with Neal on personal topics ranging from his relationship with his family and how he keeps up with them while touring, to how he maintains his health with the challenges of regulating diet, exercise and sleep on the road. We also got to discuss how his faith informs every aspect of what he does.