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11 Questions with Planet Gears

1-When and why did you start playing?

Eric: I started playing drums around age 5 at church with my grandpa. As early as I can remember I've been in love with music and making melodies in unorthodox ways.

Fred: I started playing music in church at age 13 and been hooked ever since.

Freddy G: In the early 80's I watched Stryper do their 1st show in Houston and that's when I knew I wanted to do THAT for my life!

2-Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Eric: I've always been a huge fan of Kurt Cobain. The symbol he became always inspired me to keep going. Also Ben Burnley, Aaron Lewis and Scooter Ward who, in my opinion, are the best structural song writers of modern times.

Fred: Abe Cunningham - Deftones and David Silvera - Korn and John Otto - Limp Bizkit influenced me to pick up drums because they helped revolutionize my favorite groove drumming styles.

Freddy G: Gerry Abarca is a Bassist for the Band "Helstar" who is probably the most Famous Metal band to come out of Houston and the best bassist I actually know. He has always been my Gold Standard

3-Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Eric: The Doors, Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Queen etc.. My introduction into "heavy" music was KoRn - Issues in '99 so that one will always have its place in my heart.

Fred: Metallica, Eric Clapton, Elvis Prestley. All the great music from earlier times.

Freddy G: KISS, Van Halen

4-Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?

Eric: ahhh man! Mark Tremonti #1 for sure, Tool, Creed, Korn, DMB, Carman Licciardello..... I need more space to answer

Fred: Asking Alexandria, BMTH, Of mice and men, A7X, these are on my daily playlist.

Freddy G: Too many to say but a few are Metallica, Anthrax, Dream Theater, Fate's Warning, Watch Tower. I could literally go on all day.

5-What makes this kind of music "good" to you?

Eric: When its honest and from the true heart of the musicians. If you can feel what they felt while writing it, it'll stick. And that's what creates life long fans.

Fred: I find these bands write with intense emotion heart and soul in their songs with the heavy driving music that resonates to me personally because its raw. Rather than a band just trying to write a no 1 catchy popular song.

Freddy G: Catchy, Heavy, Melodic and Heavy.... yeah. I said heavy twice.

6-Where can fans find your music?