Modern Drummer - Blog by Ryan
Hey MD readers! My name is
Ryan Yerdon, and I play with Puddle of Mudd. Itís been a crazy year for us
Mudd kids. Weíve been touring since April í07. Touring can be an awesome
experience, doing what you love and seeing the world.
I wanted to let you know what itís like to be on the road
and behind the kit with POM. Being that all of us (the band) love drummers
that hit super hard, itís my job night after night to be very physical and
aggressive behind the kit. My day is focused around being in shape, staying
healthy, and having a good, positive attitude with the boys, the crew, the
fans, and everyone we meet.
On this current tour of Canada and the East Coast, hereís
how a typical day goes down: I try to do a light workout everyday. I found the
earlier it happens in the day, the better. That way I can rest before show
time. My regiment consists of push-ups, curls, calf extensions, shoulder
shrugs, and lots of stretching. It only takes one show when your forearm or
shoulders lock up to remind you to never forget to stretch again.
Then I move to a pad. I have a cool Roland pad that has a
series of exercises that I like to use. I stick to the basics and always play
to a click. (I canít stress that enough.) I also try to eat right: lots of
chicken, veggies, and fruit. We have a juicer on our rider (list of things we
request at the venues), so we are constantly juicing carrots, apples, beats,
ginger root, celery, etc. Drinking these juices seems to help with energy and
stamina. I also drink as much water and Gatorade as possible, maybe ten
bottles per day. Staying hydrated is very important. I try to do this
everyday, however, we do a lot of interviews, meet & greets, and acoustic
performances, so sometimes itís a little hectic.
Hereís what happens right before and after our shows:
Pre-showóJust before we go on stage, I stretch my back, legs, forearms,
fingers, hands, legs, and calves. This is very important. I also do a lot of
jumping jacks, and I jump rope. I try to stay warm by working out with a
Post-showóI stretch again right when we get off stage. I also change my
shirt and dry off as soon as possible to keep from getting sick. Then we go
straight to the signing booth to give autographs. Weíre there for at least
an hour, taking pictures and meeting fans. Then itís time to eat (I try not
to eat two hours prior to show) because itís been hours without eating, and
our set is one hour and twenty minutes. After a meal, itís teatime for me (a
little night-time blend). I talk about the show with the guys, and then head
off to bed. You need to get plenty of rest to do this everyday.
So, there it is! Stay healthy, positive, and donít forget
to stretch. If you have any questions, hit me up on Myspace.
P.S. When youíre on the road, donít forget tell your drum tech everyday
that you love him!