IRMP3 conducted an interview with NILE drummer George Kollias prior to his drum clinic on June 3 at the P.A.L.M India Expo in Mumbai, India. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is footage from the Mumbai clinic.
The P.A.L.M India Expo is India’s international expo on professional audio, music production, musical instruments, FM radio, live sound, AV install and lasers and lighting equipment. The expo has previously hosted such drummers as Greg Bissonette and John Tempesta.
George Kollias is writing and recording a solo album in between drum clinics and touring cycles. Due in September, the CD, which is primarily set to show off some of George’s craziest metal drumming to date, is being completely written and recorded by George, including the guitars, bass, keys, vocals, and percussion, and it will also feature a DVD of the recording process.
Kollias’ latest YouTube video shows off the blistering speed of George’s hands and feet around the kit, through his quick fills and fast footwork, as well as showing his multi-talented musical ability through his guitar work and other instrumentation.
Commented Kollias: “The drumming will be crazy on this album; I will push it like never before, since the whole idea is to write something based on drums anyways. Although I will pay attention a lot to the music in general, and I arranged to have some of the best guitarists in the world playing some guest solos for the songs, which is great! The mixing will be done in Florida, at Mana Studios, [by] Erik Rutan, one of the best producers today. He worked on the last NILE album, next to Neil Kernon, our main producer. This is just a first demo…. nothing final yet… but the final thing will be crazy and will sound incredible!!”