Guilty associations: Drummer, Dreadnaught; Order of Thieves; Wheel of Awesome; Powermoneycake
Favorite Seacoast spot: Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary in Dover
Average amount of sleep: 8 hours
Favorite color: Orange
Here we go:
EDGE: Music. What is it good for? Why do you seek it? Why do you create it?
Habib: Music, for me, is this great combination of inward and outward facing activity. I spend a lot of time just practicing and learning, and that fits a need for me that meditation might fit for someone else. But then, you take that activity and get in a room with other musicians and it moves outward. You combine what you’re doing with other musicians, and create together, modify together, and make a new thing. THEN, you go out with these other musicians and make this music for people in a public space, in front of friends, and strangers, which is terrifying and exhilarating all at once.
EDGE: Outside of music, what are you into? What do you do for work? How do you “pay the bills”?
Habib: I get outside as much as I can. I kayak, I get into the woods and walk, I hike. As far as paying the bills goes, the International Association of Privacy Professionals puts a check into my bank account every two weeks, and I can generally pay all my bills with those checks. In exchange, I manage the programming for their events, which involves working with a couple different teams within the company to organize all the speakers that speak at IAPP events throughout the world.
EDGE: Inside of music, Dreadnaught just released “Hard Chargin’.” Mother of sweet almond milk ... What excites you about this release? What’s a proper response from a first-time listener?
Habib: Mmmm... almond milk. “Hard Chargin’” is the culmination of around six years of work ... I think ... I can’t remember how long ago I cut some of those drum tracks. Some of what is on that album are things we wrote close to 20 years ago, when Justin (Walton) and Bob (Lord) and I first started playing together. Other things were written on the spot, in the studio, without any plan or preconceived idea of if something would work or not. I think a proper response might be, “What a bunch of jerks.” But we don’t mean to be, I swear. We just like surprises.
EDGE: Drums. How’d you first come into contact with “the kit”? What would life be like without “the kit” as an outlet or mode of expression?
Habib: I played piano and clarinet growing up, but they never made me catch on fire. I had an acquaintance who played drums though, and I started going to his band’s practices and watching him play and just started mimicking what he was doing. Life without the kit would be a sad, gray place. I used to get in trouble a lot because I had all this energy that would simply go in the wrong directions. Music focuses that energy and drums allow a maximum of physical release while doing so, which I like.
EDGE: Riddle me this: If Dreadnaught was a drinking game, how would it unfold and, further, would there exist any survivors?
Habib: Dreadnaught IS a drinking game. We drink as much as we can, and than make a racket with whatever sound making devices are at our disposal. No other rules. Drink, and make noises. And have fun. And make many noises. Because at the end of the game, there are no survivors.