Right now I'm bummed. I'm playing with The Swear this Saturday at the Underground Octoberfest. I was stoked! I got my Pork Pie's all shined up, ready to bling! and I find out today that they're making us all play a backline kit. Damnit! I had a friend coming out with cameras to get some new live shots of me playing, that's useless now, and I'm the 2nd to last of 12 bands so the kit will obviously be pummeled by time I get to it. I just don't get it. It takes me more time to adjust a backline kit to get it where I'm comfortable playing than it does to set my kit up. I can set my kit up and am ready to play in about 8 minutes or less. And the whole soundman thing I think is b.s. Every drummer hits different, he or she will be setting the backline kit up a little different, so the backline kit will sound different with every drummer and the mics will still have to be moved. It just really bums me out. I could understand if it was in a club where there's very little room for storage of gear (i.e. the hardrock), a flying gig, or if it was a cover gig, but when it's a outdoor all original band festival with tons of backstage area and an easy load-in and load-out, why not let each drummer use their kit? How would a guitarist feel if they showed up and they were made to play a Jackson guitar when they always play a Les Paul....do you think they'd bitch? It'd be guaranteed. I truly am sick of people not understanding that a drummer's kit is an INSTRUMENT. In fact, it's the First instrument! The look and sound of each drummer's kit is as much of that drummer's voice as a guitarist's guitar is. I play a 24" kick and I've even had backlines with a 20 inch kick. That's like playing Marshall normally and having to use a Pod all of a sudden at a gig. I am extremely proud to be a Pork Pie endorser but constantly don't get to use my kit on the shows when it can get the most visibility (Music Midtown, Octoberfest, etc) because they make us use a backline kit. Also, it'd save the promoter money to not have to bring in backline. It's just not very motivating to play an original gig on a kit that's not comfortable to play. I just needed to vent! Drummers unite or if you disagree with me....I don't care. I love my kit and and am happy to roll it from my car to the stage to rock they shit out of you on it!