Legendary Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice talked in Q & A sessions of his Youtube Channel about using electronic drums. The musician revealed he use them sometimes and said they are wonderful tools.
Deep Purple’s Ian Paice said about using electronic drums:
“I have a couple of electronic drum kits, and they’re wonderful tools, and if I’m asked to do something in my studio for somebody else and I really don’t have time to set up one of my kits, spend two or three hours getting the sound worked out.”
“Then occasionally, I will use one of the electronic kits. I can tailor the sound immediately for what is required for the track. Usually, it doesn’t require a great deal of virtuosity, it just needs it to feel right and sound right.”
“So yes, I do that sometimes, but when I have the time to get my acoustic kit sorted out, then I would always choose that for a professional piece of recording, purely because I play it differently, no matter how good the responses on these pads and some of them are brilliant.”
“Mentally, I’m in a different place on an acoustic kit, you can’t throw away 50-odd years of playing one way immediately; I like the electronic drums for the flexibility and the immediacy.”
Watch the complete Questions & Answers session with Ian Paice:
Ian Paice was born June 29, 1948, in Nottingham. His first contact with music was playing the violin, but at the age of 15, he chose the drums as an instrument. So he started his career as a drummer playing in his father’s Dance band in the early 60’s.
Then he joined another musical project called “Georgie & the Rave-Ons”, until he founded Deep Purple. Before reaching their current line-up, the band underwent some line-up changes. With Paice being the last member of the original Deep Purple line-up that remains active today in the band.