Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke in an interview with Polar Music Prize and explained his thoughts about his drumming abilities. He said:
“What’s always the most interesting to me about drumming is how do you fit the drums into what else is going on? How does it work [with] accents and special hits and kind of things that make it more rhythmic or more dynamic or just add a kind of a physicality to it?
I’ve never been very interested in ability. ‘Oh, wow! This guy is so great!’ Yeah, he’s so great, but it doesn’t mean that he can make it swing, or it doesn’t mean that he can make it work within a group or a collective.
As much as I grew up on people like Ian Paice from Deep Purple, who obviously has a lot of ability, I also love people like Phil Rudd [AC/DC] and Charlie Watts [The Rolling Stones], who [have] certainly ability, but, I think, to a lot of purists, maybe not so much, because they’re not as technical.
But they have a different kind of ability that, to me, is as valuable and as precious and as important in that they make it swing, they make it move, it gives it that physicality that it needs.
I’ve always just looked at drums as more of a group instrument. I’ve never been very interested in playing drums by myself — you know, sitting down in a basement, practicing drum solos for hours at a time, that’s not my thing. So being in a band, writing songs, making records, being part of a gang, being part of a band, that’s always fascinated me.”
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