Cris: How have you changed as a drummer over the years?
Troy Luccketta of Tesla: Well, if you want to go back to where I started, I was pretty much self-taught. So what happens is, you get better in time. You have all that young, raw energy that you just play music and you play what you hear. And there's a sense of heart and feel that goes with that, without technique. And as you mature as a player, you gain more technique. So obviously my technique has improved dramatically.
And it's interesting, depending on what I am doing and who I am playing with, how much technique I'll apply versus how much I'll take out. For instance, I just try to lose the technique if I want to get something a little more raw.