Eddie Fisher Interview – by Travis Marc – 2010.
Eddie Fisher is a truly humble individual, who began drumming in 1990 on a drum kit which originally belonged to his step brother. Inquisitive to learn the instrument, Eddie soon began fiddling around on the drums, until eventually he started to catch on, to how they worked. Although his drumming career started mainly as a hobby, it has thrown taken him into the spotlight, as the drummer for one of the worlds most popular bands, “OneRepublic”. Besides this, he has also done sessioned for artists such as Kelly Clarkson and James Morrison, among others. I managed to chat with Eddie about everything from Dennis Chambers to his tattoos. Here’s a few of the questions I asked him…
Could you please tell our readers a little bit about how your drumming career began?
Well, after graduating High School I had been working various jobs, everything from sales to construction etc, and to put it simply I was hating it. I mean I did it, and I managed to muscle through it because I needed to at the time, but after working at these jobs for a while, I started to realise that music, or more specifically drumming, was want I wanted to be doing. My dad always used to have this quote that I remember him saying, it said, “a man who loves his job, doesn’t have to work a day in his life”, and I kind of just ran with that. I started playing as many styles of music, with as many bands and friends as I could. Then, when I got to LA, I came across “OneRepublic”, I landed up auditioning for the band, got the gig, and well, here I am, just a little over four years later.
Being on the road so much, do you have any sort of practice routine?
I like to listen to lots of different music while we’re travelling, literally anything that I can get my hands on, I’ll listen to. I learn a lot like that. As far as normal practice rituals, and warming up go, I tend to run through a couple rudiments, and stuff like that. I’ve never been a big rudiment guy though, I believe more in feel, than the strict mathematics of drumming. Besides that, I do the typical stretches and warm ups.
Who are your influences, be it clinician/band drummers or music groups?
Clinician wise, from the beginning it has always been Steve Gadd. Dennis Chambers has also always wowed me too. Marco Minnemann is absolutely mind blowing, and I think that he’ll more than likely be the one to change the whole drumming concept, if it ever changes. As far as band drummers go, Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl are great. Listen to anything that either of them have done, whether it’s with the Foo Fighters, or separately, and it’s definitely different. They constantly change things for me. Musically, I love Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, The Verve, even a lot of different Hip Hop, like The Roots etc. There’s a new band called The Spill Canvas, that are also great. They have an amazing live show.
I believe that you recorded the drums on the Chris Cornell record, “With his arms around your love”. Can you tell us a bit about that?
Yeah, I did a remix of that track with Ryan (OneRepublic Vocalist). Basically, Ryan had asked me to come into studio and lay down some drum tracks for Chris. I was laying the takes down on a old 1964 Ludwig drum kit, which just sounded amazing. Then, while we were listening back, out of nowhere, Chris Cornell walked in, gave the tracks a quick listen and asked who did the drums, Ryan then pointed to me, and Chris then said to me, that he had never ever heard the drums played with such emotion. He is a really great guy, and an absolutely top class musician, so for him to say something like that to me, was a really fantastic feeling.
What is like working with Timbaland?
Timbaland is great, he’s a really nice guy, and is such a fast worker. He is just one of those guys, who can sit at a keyboard, or whatever, and completely come up with a songs whole foundation. When he asked us if he could remix “Apologize”, he was completely genuine, he didn’t want to offend anyone by changing the parts, and he explained that he just had a few ideas that he wanted to try out with the drums etc. So we let him do it, and although his version took a little bit of getting used to, he absolutely made magic out of it. Then he put it on his album, and it pretty much, blew up.
What would you say has been your most embarrassing moment while performing?
Ah man, once I fell off my drum throne mid show. Also, an old bass player I know climbed onto my bass drum during a show once. He tripped and totally took out my ride cymbal, and floor tom, etc. He landed right on my lap, and I literally pushed him off of me, so that I could try and finish the song, so that was pretty embarrassing. Especially because it was in front of some record label guys, so yeah. Out of all the nights that that could’ve happened, ha ha.
Where do you see yourself in five years time. Both separately, and with your band “OneRepublic”?
Separately, I’ll hopefully be married with kids. With “OneRepublic“, I hope that we’ll still be doing what we’re doing. We want to do this for as long as we can, without burning out. A lot of bands tend to burn out, because they’re everywhere you look , all the time, so we want to try and avoid that, but still release our albums and tour etc.
I believe that “OneRepublic” will be releasing a new album soon. Is this true, and if so what are you guys planning?
Yeah, we’re actually busy recording demos of some of the songs at the moment, so hopefully after this tour finished, we can take a short break, and come back all fresh, so that we can start recorded the new album in mid February 2009. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be done by mid 2009, then hopefully we can release the first single by around May/June. We’re been recording demo tracks everywhere though, Germany, UK, New York, South Africa, it’s been great. We’re just trying to write this album completely different to the “Dreaming out Loud” album.
What advice, if any, would you give to some of the up and coming drummers. Anything you want, from touring to recording etc?
Just keep playing man, keep persevering in what you want to do. If it’s really what you want to do, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t do it. If you don’t know how to pursue it as a career, ask around, study, read, anything you can, but just do it. There are so many ways to sell yourself now days, in regards to the internet, like Facebook, and Myspace, etc. You just need to push for it, and go for it.