Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Admits He Can’t Keep Up With Young Drummers But ‘It’s No Problem’

In a recent interview with Noise11.com, Deep Purple’s Ian Paice shared some insights about the double-kick beat in their classic song ‘Fireball.’ The chat offered a look into Paice’s approach to drumming and his thoughts on how drum techniques have changed over time. He said:

“Well, when you’ve got a riff which needs a rhythmic backup, you find the only solution that really works. And for me, it was doing something that I’m not known for, I’m not very good at, which is the double bass drum thing. But I could do that. And, to be honest, 50 years later, that’s all I can do with two bass drums. My brain doesn’t work that way.”

Now 75 years old, Paice also commented on the evolution of drumming techniques. He recognized these changes as important for music but mentioned unwillingness to meddle much with new styles:

“I’m just doing a reaction video to a really great young drummer, his double-bass drum thing. And what they’re doing with it, I mean, it’s no problem, because I don’t wanna do it, but I appreciate how hard it is, what it is they do now and how it’s sort of moved on. Music, and drums especially, must evolve, must go somewhere else. But I don’t have to be involved with it, because it’s not my thing.”

The Artist Sticks To His Usual Style

Paice has made a significant impact with his drumming on songs like ‘Fireball,’ ‘Hush,’ and ‘Smoke On The Water.’ He’s the only drummer Deep Purple has had, even as other band members have changed over the years.

When Deep Purple split up in 1976, Ian Paice didn’t stop playing. He teamed up with the band’s vocalist David Coverdale to form Whitesnake. They got back together in 1984 with ‘Perfect Strangers’ and have been active since.

In 2020, when asked about his intention of using double-bass drums at any point of his career again, the drummer said:

“Well, not really. The only time I ever really did it was on ‘Fireball’ because it added something to the track. The way the riff rolled along, it needed that power of two kicks.”

Touching on younger musicians, he added:

“When I was growing up, the only guy who actually used two bass drums that I knew about was the wonderful Louie Bellson. And even he had not really what you’d call mastered it. There are some wonderful young drummers around these days who’ve got the two-bass-drum thing down to an incredibly fine art. But I’ve always preferred to have to think in patterns.”

Watch Paice’s recent interview in the video below.