"In my years working with many producers, musicians and production houses or just hanging out socially, I have found that our influences provide the common ground or language that brings a session, rehearsal or show together. It seems as though, if we know and respect our influences we actually seek out or are sought out by those who share our influences. Thus, by adding to our musical palate more influences, we increase our circle of friends and musical possibilities. I feel drummers improve and benefit greatly by listening to all styles of music. Rhythms are all around us, in all forms."