How did you first become interested in music, and begin playing the drums? Any advice for aspiring musicians?
“Absolutely! Um, I thought it was a great way to meet girls! You know, I was just like, “Man, you play in a band, you meet all these girls!” It wasn’t quite like that, but that was a part of it when I was a teenager, of course. I didn’t have any kind of great mission in mind. I grew up in the 80s, so I love pop music, and I know a lot of people have come from a different direction. I love playing drums! I love the way it makes me feel. I love to make people dance, so I kind of come from that angle. I think as I grew in my faith, God got ahold of me, and through years of maturity – hopefully we mature – it becomes a different thing. It becomes less about you and more about the subject matter, although the art has still got to be there. It’s not about how much praise we get now. It’s more about what we sing about really matters and there’s a lot of people out there who are hurting. You have your own children, you have a family. Life changes, your focal point becomes a little different than when you’re a teenager, so instead of just wanting to meet girls and play drums, it now more about – you know, I have teenage daughters of my own, know a little bit more about life than I did back then, and I realize it’s a nasty world out there, and for the most part our culture is toxic towards our belief system. And that’s not to say we get weird, but I think we’ve gotta start loving people again – the church. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone. I’m pointing fingers at myself if anyone. I think we’re being great judges of people, and that’s not to say not to have discernment, but I think what I’ve learned in particular is to love people where they’re at because I was loved where I was at. And it’s hard. Loving people is not always easy. Loving people is sometimes dirty. It’s inconvenient. I don’t want to do it. I don’t have the time. I’m tired, you know, blah, blah, blah . . . Because we’re human beings like anyone else, so I think to truly love people and to not judge them, because people – we’re mixed up. I mean we’re mixed up so down deep in human nature. Human beings are so mixed up so down deep that even within our DNA, we’re tweaked. We’re all messed up at the end of the day. None of us are worthy. I think at the end of the day, if we can love people where they’re at, and truly love them, and let God, let the Holy Spirit do the conviction. That’s not my job. My job is to go out and do all the work, and preach the gospel and I wanna add a little caveat to that with love. We haven’t been great at that. We’ve preached at them, but there hasn’t been much love there. But I think what we’re willing to do is to love because that’s what sets our faith apart, is the love bit. We’re even called to love our enemies! Other religions are called to kill your enemies. That’s not the basis of Christendom. We’re to love our enemies to the point of it hurting, and I think that’s one of the major differences within our faith is love because He was love. He showed us the greatest love that that any human being – that any being, any spirit being could ever have shown. So that’s the basis of our faith, and that’s what we really want to get across, is love.
Duncan on his drum set – “Sometimes on tour, the drums here, they get kind of – you know, you’re always inside, it’s always under cover. . . . This is what I do when I’m not on stage. I just make sure that my drums sound good. I’m one of those guys where I’ve always been very jealous of my drum sound. . . . I can’t let that part of it go!”
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