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Reuben (IIIrd Sovereign)

  • Interview by: Madhav R
  • Date: July 8, 2010

Reuben - Third SovereignA killer drummer, a Mapex endorsee and an inspiration for every metalhead in India, here’s Reuben from Third Sovereign as our Featured Artist for the month of July. Catch him as he talks about his inspirations, the upcoming album and more, in this exclusive interview.

HB: Hey Reuben, what’s up? How’re you doing?

Reuben: I am absolutely fine, thank you!

HB: What’s been going on with Third Sovereign? It’s been a while since we heard anything from the band lately?

Reuben: Right now we are pretty busy with the restructuring of our songs to be released in our upcoming album, which is keeping us little off from the scene, after that begins the process of recording. But let us get over with the album thing, then you will hear a lot of noise 😀

HB: Oh, that’s great. When would the album be released and what can we expect from it?

Reuben: You can expect it to come out by November this year… Well from our new album you can expect no similarity with “Destined to Suffer” and it’s very technical with lots of grooves and crunchy riffs. This album is much brutal than any of our previous releases and more stress has been put on to give audience something fresh, new and original.

HB: Tell us more about being an official Mapex endorsee? How does it feel to be one of the few Indian drummers to hold this honor?

Reuben: Yeah it feels really great to be endorsed by a brand which is a renowned name in the world of drums. Currently I am using this Mapex Pro M Drum kit which I got through endorsement, and it sounds awesome! I’m really proud of it. I really don’t know what else to say other than thanking the people who made it happen for me.

HB: For how long have you been playing the drums? Tell us about the other drummers and music that makes Reuben who he is.

Reuben: It’s around 10-11 years now, and it’s the same old story that you hear from most metal musicians, early thrash/heavy metal grew heavier and heavier. Basically early Metallica/Megadeth to Cannibal Corpse, Judas priest / Accept to Decapitated and so on. The intention obviously was to evolve in the extreme genre.

HB: From all your years of playing and touring, I’m sure you have loads of experiences and advice about the Indian music industry. Any tips you’d like to give other drummers?

Reuben: Hahaha, you make me sound like a old man, dude! 😀

Well, yeah there have been lots of experiences. But there is something which I stress on for all the drummers – PRACTICE, and practice with a kit! I can’t stress enough on that word. Also maintain your equipment; make sure you know what you are playing. And make sure you know that you are playing the drum in the correct tone. Keep your ears sharp, and most importantly play what you want to play. Never compromise on the comfort level of exploring new sounds in drums.

HB: Thank you for your time and best of luck for the future.

Reuben: Thank you Headbangers.in for the honor! Hope to come down and meet you all in Bangalore soon. Cheers!