Matt Abts: My 5 Soundcheck Rituals

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1. Be The First One There

When I get to the soundcheck, I just want to play — you know how drummers are. So I get there before everybody else and start warming up the kit on my riser, to make it sound good to me before we even start doing the monitor mix. That’s hard to do when everybody else shows up, because they all make so much noise that you can’t concentrate [laughs]. So if I can play alone on a beautiful theater stage for 15 minutes that can actually make my day.

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