Jerome Dillon/Nine Inch Nails Jerome Dillon/Nine Inch Nails
Alternative Press, November 2000

What's your current setup?

I'm using Orange County drums, Deep Drum trigger pads and Zidijian cymbals.

How would you describe your style?

It evolved over many years of listening to many drummers, but trying not to become too enamored by any one. I tried to develop my own thing by listening to as many styles of music possible. To me, it never was about being the best possible drummer I could be as it was about being the best possible musician I could be.

How do you achieve your style?

I practiced quite a bit as a kid and then I got to a point where I wanted to strip things down as much as possible. By using the limitations of a small kit, I forced myself to do as much as I possibly could with fewer tools. I tried to get as many sounds out of one drum as possible.

Who are your influences?

There are a few drummers that I absolutedly love--Charlie Drayton, Steve Jordan, Andy Newmark--guys that you can immeadiately tell who they are just by how they hit the snare drum and the way the kit sounds.

What advice would you give a beginning drummer?

Find your own identity as soon as possible. Listen to all kinds of music. Don't try to emulate anyone. Don't give up.

What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you onstage and how did you deal with it?

I got popped in the head in Hartford, Connecticut, with a flying projectile--I'm still not sure what it was--and it knocked me unconcious for about 10 seconds. Then I realized that the band was playing without me. The entire band and audience were looking at me. It was a challenge to get through the rest of the set becaused I was dazed and confused trying to remember the material.