Ilan Rubin's tips for success

21st May 2013 | 14:57

Ilan Rubin's tips for success

“When a band brings somebody in it’s because they need somebody to tour with. Aside from the obvious ‘can they handle the parts?’ question, the first thing that comes up is, ‘Can I hang out with this person for a lengthy period of time and handle it?’ You don’t want to get off on the wrong foot – make a good first impression, tread lightly and be very aware.”

Ilan Rubin's tips for success

“When you start getting into the details of playing I think it’s very unprofessional to ingrain yourself into the parts. You’re there to do a job. When I’m learning other people’s songs I’m aware of what the guitar, bass and vocals are doing. Why would I do anything to get in the way of those other things that are going on?”

Ilan Rubin's tips for success

“LA is one of the music capitals of the world; to be 100 percent honest I don’t like LA, but it’s a good thing that I’m close enough to work there. Not only for recording sessions, and because they have some of the world’s best studios, but a lot of people like to hub there and rehearse there before a tour.”

Ilan Rubin's tips for success

“I like to be as prepared as possible. When you listen to the song you definitely get an idea of the sound the artist is trying to go for. I think the drum sizes are very important. I generally like to play very big drums – 26", 14", 16", 18" – that’s what I’m comfortable with. Fortunately I can get away with that in all of the bands I’ve played in, but in the studio you can’t always get away with it. You certainly can’t get away with a 26" all the time or a 14" tom – usually a 22" or 24" will do the trick and 12" and 13" toms are safe bets, because they have that versatile tuning. As long as you have a 16" you’re good to go.”

Ilan Rubin's tips for success

“The main thing is that the person looks natural and comfortable with the way they are playing. I think a lot of people try too hard to be performers and it looks awkward. You don’t have to be headbanging all the time. Put on a show in your own way. You just have to carry yourself comfortably. It’s easy to spot somebody who’s trying too hard, and then you instantly don’t buy it. Being genuine is the most important thing.”

Read all about Ilan’s impressive career in this month’s Rhythm, in shops now, online at and from Apple Newsstand for iPad, iPhone and iPodTouch.

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