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Mark Cubranich - Drums


How long have you been playing? 

Apparently not long enough since I haven't gotten it out of my system yet that and... well we'll leave that for another time.


Do you play any other instruments besides drums? 

I play a mean twelve bar blues on bass. Keyboard along the lines of electronic transcendental space music.




Can you tell us about your drums?  

Right now I'm playing Pearl Session Series Classic drums, Dunnett stainless steel snare, Paiste cymbals, Axis Pedals, Vic Firth Sticks, Evans Heads for live and in the studio. For my practice regiment I use Hansenfutz F2 pedals with the Thomas Lang signature practice pad by Meinl. I also practice on my Pintech Road Pro electronic kit late night when volume is a concern.


What bands/artists are your biggest influences?

Lately I listen to a lot of music that includes some of the well known drummers of today such as Thomas Lang, Johnny Rabb, Virgil Donati, Horacio Hernandez, Marco Minnemann, and many more. My biggest influences would be those from early on such as Buddy Rich, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, Ian Paice, John Bonham, Carl Palmer, Neil Peart and Stewart Copland to name a few. As I got into Jazz and Jazz Fusion more heavily the drummers, from all time periods till today, greatly influenced the way I play the drums as well as how I play the music. These would include but not limited to: Joe Morello, Tony Williams, Jack Dejohnette, Dave Weckl, Ndugu Chancler, Jeff Watts, Bill Stewart, Billy Cobham and Dennis Chambers. Newer Heavy Metal I listen to Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), Frank Costanza (Dagoba), the Erlandsson brothers, Joey Jordison (Slipnot).


What bands or artists did you love when you were a kid/teen?

Growing up outside of Philly classic rock was prominent and so The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zepplin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Rush, ELP, The Police.


What do you think of the current music scene?

What music scene? Other than commercial money generated music I have not been enlightened in this area. I do like pop music of all genres. Katy Perry is top on my list.


How would you describe Carpe Nota's sound?

Grooving hard rock progressive.


What do you most enjoy about being a member of Carpe Nota?

Its challenging and very fun playing with the guys. Great to hang with and freedom to do what I enjoy - play drums.


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