A Sound Opinion
Jason Stare is a drummer, sound designer, audio engineer, and visual artist from New York. He has been performing and collaborating with a number of musical acts over the years, including The Submarines and Ferraby Lionheart. Having worked extensively with both synthesized and acoustic sounds, he has come to the conclusion that, above all else, he enjoys sound.
What drum would you recommend as being the most sensitive / responsive?
Hands down my favorite go to drums are C&C drums for their versatility in controlled vintage sound that stays in tune. Currently I perform and record on a custom C&C 6 ply Luan Kit with 6 ply rings (14x22, 9x13, and 16x16) with an MPM snare (6.5 x 14) and Istanbul Cymbals. I prefer luan wood for its warm, dark and dry sound that responds in the same way with different techniques.
What is the most important piece of equipment in your set and why?
The most important pieces of equipment that I own are my ears and my sensitivity to the vibration around me. Without my ears, I wouldn’t be able to respond intuitively and collaborate with songwriters / bands. However, if I had to choose one physical object, it would be the bass drum because it keeps the pulse of the song.
Which special effects percussion has given your drumming its unique sound?
When it comes to special effects percussion, I love dampening the drums and cymbals by applying gaffers tape and cloth. I have been known to incorporate a Jameson bottle on my kit and strap bells to my ankle.
What’s your opinion on synthesized sound versus live?
The bottom line in the debate between synthesized versus live sound is that I enjoy sound period. Whether I am adding effects, mixing beats, or creating original music in ProTools or Ableton, it all comes from the same creative drive and for me, is just as rewarding as performing on stage.