Equipment: Tama drums and hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Silverfox sticks, and Pearl Chad Smith signature snare
Unlike most guys who dream of a life of drums, Adam Ingolgia’s childhood introduction to the instrument quickly took him on a rhythmic journey with cerebral instructors who opened his ears and mind to everything from jazz and avant-garde to orchestral percussion. Most Mars Volta fans cite Thomas Pridgen or John Theodore as influences, but Ingoglia is all about original drummer Blake Flemming (don’t get that kind of specificity too often). He formed hardcore band Johnny Booth in 2007 with a bunch of college buddies from SUNY Oneanta, which is logical since he was already majoring in music business and minoring in performance. The drumming on new album Connections is tight and slammin’ – the glue that holds together his bandmates’ vocal dissonance and note-y riffage. Yet the targeted blasts and crushing breakdowns probably utilize a tenth of his creativity. Even so, check for Ingoglia in a mosh pit near you.