Stanier cites Neil Peart as his biggest influence, though he hates double bass drumming. He has also been influenced by drummers such as John Bonham, Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford, Terry Bozzio, Carl Palmer, and Lenny White. Stanier's drumming with Helmet has been cited as a big influence on a new generation of rock drummers. He endorses Tama drums, and is also well-known for his Zildjian K ride cymbal perched as high as it can go when playing with Battles. The break up of Helmet in 1998 was supposedly amicable, though Stanier offers few details beyond: "There's no big story or anything.
It was just... time to call it a day. We'd been around for 10 years... no drama or fights or anything like that." Stanier has not kept in contact with former band mates Page Hamilton and Henry Bogdan, and Hamilton has commented that Stanier ignored attempts to communicate.
With Helmet firmly in the past, Stanier wanted to get involved with other projects after taking some time off. A big fan of hip-hop music, he "accidentally" became a professional DJ for a year and a half. The length of his drumming inactivity was in part due to a broken wrist, as well as because he simply could not find a band he wanted to play with. Since 2000, Stanier has been much more active with drumming.
He is currently a member of three bands: Battles, Tomahawk, and The Mark of Cain. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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