Sebastian Thomson is best known as the drummer for Electro Rock/Post Rock/Rock band Trans Am, but he’s been making drum-driven club music under his alter-persona “Publicist” for quite some time. That gig seems to take him to Europe every other month, which is fitting, because they love them some club music over there, and Thomson lays it down nice and sweaty-like. Here he answers FLABmag’s most burning questions about life as a drummer.
FLABmag: When and why did you start playing drums?
Sebastian Thomson: I was 14. I was living in Argentina (my family and I are from there) after having lived in the US during my elementary school days. I therefore spoke the best English of all the kids in my high school in Argentina, which was a sought-after skill if you wanted to play in a band playing covers. So I was approached to be the singer in a covers band. The drummer left his kit at the garage where we rehearsed but he would never show up to rehearsal so I would sit at the kit and fill in. The keyboard player (this was the 80s!) showed me the basics and it all seemed pretty natural and easy to me. I eventually became the full-time drummer and we got my brother to sing.