Heavy New York conducted an interview with MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren at the 2018 NAMM show, which was held January 25-28, in Anaheim, California.
On whether a different mindset is needed to play MEGADETH songs versus songs in his previous band, SOILWORK:
Dirk: “Yeah, I would say the initial thing was pretty similar because when I joined SOILWORK, they also had, obviously, some music out, so I started learning those parts. Eventually, as we moved on, I was able to bring my own flair into the band. Now in MEGADETH, I’m kind of at that point where we’re playing stuff that was already out, that was written in some cases, many, many years ago, so obviously, I’m filling the role of respecting that material to the best of my abilities. In that way, it’s a little bit different, where in SOILWORK, I was a huge part of the creative process, especially in the latter five, six years.”
On whether he will stick to the style of previous MEGADETH drummers or add his own unique angle on the band’s next studio album: