Gavin Harrison: Rhythmic Illusionist

As the drummer for Porcupine Tree since their 2001 release, In Absentia, Gavin Harrison exploded onto the drum scene with his intricate fills, solid groove, and amazing independence. His popularity has risen so dramatically that he is now recognized as one of the foremost progressive rock drummers in the world today, punctuated by his recent honor being voted Best Progressive Rock Drummer in the 2007 Modern Drummer Readers Poll.

However, in spite of fame and success, Harrison remains incredibly modest and does not forget the long road and hard work it took to get him to this point. We had a chance to speak with him during the Fear of a Blank Planet tour and discuss the new album, as well as learning quite a bit about his thoughts on the recording process, gear, and much more.

I really don’t want to be in a performance mode in the recording studio.

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