Starting out playing in hard rock and heavy, I mean heavy metal bands in Chicago, Pete moved to LA to begin his music filled journey. After playing with quite a few bands and jamming with notables like Tom Morrello and Brendan Benson, Pete put away his drum sticks for 7 years. “I had hit the wall pursuing a career in music and saw the industry shriveling up, that and my Tinnitus was so bad I thought it was time to stop.”
After doing some casual jams with some old friends on his visits back to Chicago. Pete decided to get a little beater kit and find a casual thing. “I wanted to just find some good guys that were good musicians. I also decided if I was going to play again I wanted to play in a style that was more in the vein of the bands I grew up on like Zeppelin, Sabbath etc…. I wanted to play drums in a more open way ala John Bonham, Bill Ward, Mitch Mitchell. Those guys were going for it but in a musical way and still had a great feel. My goal is to make your head always move or you could shake your ass. So I placed an ad stating all this and what did I get. I got f@#king IDLEWAR!”
Who are your musical influences?
John Bonham, Les Binks (Judas Priest), Simon Phillips, Steve Jordan (even though I can’t play like him.)
If you could be on tour with any band, who would it be?
Foo Fighters (nice big rock audience) or Clutch.
If stranded on a deserted island, which 5 records would he bring?
Sinatra – Live at the Sands, Beatles – White Album, Black Crowes – Amorica, Cheap Trick – Live at Metro (technically it’s 4 records), Bach – Adagios (to help me from freaking out being on a desert island).