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Danny Morris of After Midnight Project

By Phil Hood Published September 21, 2009

Age: 31
Hometown: Canyon Country, CA
Previous Bands: PickleJuice, The Psychotic Jellybeans, Electric Tibet, Incadence, Red Hot Roxy.
Drums: Masters of Maple
Cymbals: Paiste 2002s/Signatures
Hardware/Pedals: DW/DW 9000
Sticks: Vic Firth Rock Series
Drumheads: Remo

Life has been busy for Danny Morris since After Midnight Project’s inception in 2004. After the release of their EP The Becoming, in 2007, they’ve been riding a wave of success with their brand of clean ‘90s infused alternative rock. The past two years have been a roller coaster ride consisting of 35 dates on the Warped Tour this past summer, radio shows with Linkin Park, Tool, and Korn, among others, with even more shows to come. With the release of the new album that roller coaster ride is going to last for some time.

What's the greatest thing going on for the band right now?
Our album is in stores now. And, we're on tour with Chevelle.

How would you describe the feel of the new album?
It's called Let's Build Something To Break. It's an exciting journey of melodic, face-melting, radio-friendly, alternative/hard rock, with a couple of epic rock ballads along the way.

How long did it take to track your drum parts?
Just two days

Did you record to a click track?
Yes.

What do you like or hate most about touring?
I hate being away from my family! I love tightening up my playing and connecting with new and growing crowds night after night!

Do you approach your drum parts onstage exactly the same way that you recorded them?
For the most part, yes. Except for the parts we play onstage that weren't recorded on the record!

How often do you change heads?
As often as I can.

What's the best piece of advice you ever got, musical or otherwise?
Never look a gift horse in the mouth!

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