with James Durbin
February 23, 2012
Hi, my name is Jeff Fabb
and I was born and raised in the small town of Mattituck, Long Island,
New York, and started shredding away at the age of eleven. A year
or so after high school I decided I would begin my journey to Los
Angeles to explore as many musical opportunities as I could, being
there was little to none in my home town.
The journey was slow, answering classified ads—everyone that
placed ads said they were going to be the next big thing, but I just
wanted to get out there and play.
After a few years playing the L.A. club scene, I came into contact
with members of female-fronted metal/rock band In This Moment, including
guitarist Chris Howorth and former Five Finger Death Punch bassist
Matt Snell, who had a project together.
ITM took off fairly quickly, thanks to the social media networking
system Myspace. We also found management through Myspace with Rob
Nicholson (a.k.a. Blasko) from Mercenary Management. Blasko took interest
in the band after booking the band’s first U.S. tour with Powerman
5000. After that it was constant touring, just road-doggin’.
We released our debut album, Beautiful Tragedy, and shared
the stage with metal/rock icons such as Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Mudvayne,
Papa Roach, Sevendust, Disturbed, Korn, 5FDP, and DevilDriver. U.S.
festivals included Ozzfest, Warped Tour, Mayhem, and Music as a Weapon.
We also toured internationally, including European festivals like
Download, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, and Nova Rock. We got to cut
our teeth early on; it was such great experience to learn how to play
in front of large audiences.
Around the end of 2011 and three records later, I got a call about
singer James Durbin needing a drummer for his band. ITM just finished
a summer tour, and we were going to have some time off. I never thought
I was going to get the gig. I just learned the songs and tried my
best. Well, I got the gig and quickly moved to Santa Cruz to start
rehearsing. Everything happened so fast. It was sad to leave ITM,
but I was excited for this new gig.
Musically it’s so different from what I’ve been playing
for the last six years. I listen to many different genres of music,
so it’s refreshing. It’s nice to be able to groove, hit
hard, and sing. Music is music, and I love it all!
There are so many great songs on James’ album Memories of
a Beautiful Disaster, such a wide variety of music. I love the
swing feel in “Stand Up,” especially in the pre-chorus.
The heaviness of “Higher Than Heaven” and “Outcast”
is really awesome—you can get your Tommy Lee on to those! The
space in the songs “Right Behind You” and “Deeper”
is really cool; I love being able to just let my drums breathe after
hitting them. I think my favorite song to play is “Love in Ruins.”
It leaves room to groove and play dynamically, and it reminds me of
Aerosmith. I really enjoy playing the record—playing for the
songs and making each shot count for something.
Soon after moving up to Santa Cruz, the James Durbin band shot the
video for the first single, “Love Me Bad,” in Barstow,
California. It was the same place where Mötley Crüe shot
“Dr. Feelgood.” There was pyro, and there were pianos
on fire! James was driving around in this badass Challenger, and it
was truly rock ’n’ roll. Shortly after, a video was shot
in Brooklyn, New York, for a second single called “Stand Up,”
which was also used by the NFL for their fall and winter promotions.
That video was fun to make. The guys in the band are funny as hell
and such great people; there’s never a dull moment. “Stand
Up” has a live band vibe and is kind of punk rock.
My drum warm-ups before shows consist of standard rudiments on an
Evans RealFeel practice pad. The pyramid of death is always key to
a great warm up. I was introduced to it from Ray Luzier. It goes like
this: RLRR LRLL RLRLRR LRLRLL RLRLRLRR LRLRLRLL—simple but effective!
I play ddrum Dios drums with Evans Ebony heads on the toms and a two-ply
EC Reverse Dot on my snare. My brass is Meinl: 15? Byzance hi-hats,
a 20? mb20 Heavy crash, a 21? mb10 Heavy crash, a 20? mb20 Rock China,
and a 22? mb20 Heavy Bell ride. My wood is Vic Firth Rock (heavies)
and my hardware is DW. Check out Memories of a Beautiful Disaster,
and make sure to come out to the shows when we’re in your town—you
won’t be let down!
For more on Jeff Fabb and James Durbin, go to www.facebook.com/jfabb