Gavin Harrison started to play the drums at age 6 influenced by his father Bobby, who was a well established jazz trumpet player and part time drummer. By the age of 11 Gavin studied with show drummer Joe Hodson who taught him how to read and write music along with a solid base of grip and timing techniques. He started to play professionally at 16 when he left school – and has continued to this day. In early 2002 Gavin was invited to join the art rock band Porcupine Tree and has played with them ever since – recording the albums In Absentia (2002) and Deadwing (2005) and making several tours of the USA and Europe. Gavin has also written two educational drum methods – the award winning Rhythmic Illusions and Rhythmic Perspectives and two DVD’s Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons.
Last month Gavin Harrison released a new album “Cheating The Polygraph” which is a culmination of his favorite Porcupine Tree songs. Excited to unleash the new material, Metal Wani’s Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a chat with Gavin Harrison in his studio at London. He discussed new album “Cheating The Polygraph”, why he choose the Porcupine Tree songs, his musical journey, his opinion on Meshuggah, Periphery etc, why Porcupine Tree would have been a disaster after ‘Incident’ Tour and possible Porcupine Tree reunion.
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