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Brutal Basarabia Interview
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mike Smith, (born July 16, 1970 in Bronx, New York), is an multi-instrumentalist, best known as the former drummer of the prominent New York-based death metal band Suffocation.

He performed on their 1990 demo Reincremated, the 1991 EP, Human Waste, their 1991 debut album Effigy of the Forgotten, and their 1993 album Breeding the Spawn. He then departed from the band and was subsequently replaced by drummer Doug Bohn. He returned when Suffocation reformed in 2002 after a four-year hiatus and performed on their 2004 release, Souls to Deny, their 2006 self-titled album, and 2009's Blood Oath. Smith left Suffocation for the second time in February of 2012.

Mike also lent his drumming to the song "Dawn of a Golden Age" on Roadrunner United: The All Star Sessions, underground rapper Necro for his album Death Rap, experimental metal act Psychometry, Synesis Absorption and Iniquitous.

Thank you again Sir for accepting me and let's begin: After your breakup with Suffocation, many people were worried about your future and if you still continue to play the drums.. I know you are involved in few musical projects..can you give us some details?

I'll never quit playing drums, guitar and creating music, that is my natural way of expression. I teach drums as well as do a bunch of hired drumming work for bands and musicians in need. I'm far from removed from music and all it entails.

Man you are considered one of the most technical drummers in the death metal scene. Tell me please how you started to play drums?

I started at 11 yrs old playing drums. I've been playing guitar since I was 7 and still do along with bass when need be. I focused more on drums when it became obvious that all my friends were practicing guitar as well. If we wanted to play in bands somebody had to take the throne. It came natural to me, practicing to become what I was to become was always a desired challenge. I figure being able to play every instrument involved in a traditional band personally was as good a goal as any. It paid off well this far.

About your gear, what are you using? Do you have any current endorsements?

I use and am endorsed by Ddrum, Meinl cymbals, Vic firth sticks, Evans drum skins, and axis pedals. All the support has been priceless and much appreciated in helping my journey remain successful.

Read more of the interview here on Brutal Basarbia website!