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A musician, producer, entrepreneur, and the drummer for the American pop punk band Blink-182, as well as the alternative rock band +44, the rap rock band The Transplants, and the post-hardcore band Box Car Racer.
(1975 - )

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A lot of people think that punk rock musicians don't know what they're doing.
 

All I wanted to do was ride skateboards - I wanted to be a professional skateboarder. But I had this problem. I kept breaking half of my body skateboarding.
 

And I played in jazz band as well during all three years in school.
 

And I was in another band called Flash In The Pan, which was soca, Latin music, down in Laguna Beach.
 

Bill Stevenson of The Descendants is really good, too.
 

But really, anytime, I play on a practice pad as much as I can.
 

But there's actually a lot of punk bands out there that go out of the norm, use odd time signatures, or a lot of different tempo changes in a song.
 

I can play punk rock, and I love playing punk rock, but I was into every other style of music before I played punk rock.
 

I learned the songs and played the gigs, and then they called me about a month later. They told me they were like super stoked on me and asked me to join their band.
 

I like Steve Gadd, everything he did with Steely Dan. There's so many. I like everything.
 

I listened a little to punk when I was younger, but it was straight edge punk. It was nothing like what is going on now, like poppy punk.
 

I play Orange County drums. I love those guys. I've got a four piece kit.
 

I practice every day, I warm up before I play.
 

I used to have friends come on tour and work as my drum tech, but they get bummed out when I have to tell them what to do. This time I'm just going to fly them out and let them hang. It's all good.
 

I was a kid, and I wasn't even sure if I wanted to play the drums, you know? All I wanted to do was skateboard, but I was still learning and taking it in, so it was good.
 

I was in a band called Hooker for a while.
 

I was playing with the Aquabats, and then I quit to join a band called Suicide Machine in Detroit.
 

I was told once if I kept breaking things on my legs, that I wasn't going to be able to walk soon, you know? I wanted to be a pro skateboarder, but it was too hard. I was trying, but it wasn't going to happen.
 

I'm a freak, everything has to be totally flat when I play. Ed Will, my jazz teacher, set up everything completely flat, and then you'd tilt your snare drum away from you, so I do that too. So my snare tilts away from me.
 

I'm super serious about that stuff. I mean, it's rare that I sit down at a drum set when I'm not touring, because we tour so much.
 


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