Rocks Off: How would you say the band's diverse backgrounds aid your music? Frank Zweback : I think we come together to make music we love. We have diverse backgrounds as individuals, but in terms of music we're all really coming from the same place to a large extent. Everyone in the band really has a pretty extensive list of music that has influenced each person, and many of those people are the same. And pretty much any artist or group that one of us in really into the others dig a lot as well. None of us are real genre-oriented, in my opinion. We're just about music, is it good, does it move you, does it make you feel? That make sense? RO: Describe the primary focal points of D.R.U.M.'s music in your eyes. FZ: I'd say it's playing music that makes us feel inspired and connected, that we're truly into, and trying to transmit that to the listener. And lyrically it's definitely about the message. Our new CD is called LOVETERNALIGTRUTHEALINGROWTHAPPINESS. I think that sums it up. RO: How long has the current lineup been together? FZ: I've been with the group for three years. The rest of the band has been the same for over 10 years, and Baba Ifalade and Nathan Faulk have been in the band since it's inception. RO: How would you say the new album differs from the group's past releases? FZ: Man, it's just a true reflection of the band, and it's the first studio recording in a long, long time. So it's just a fresh, new entity in terms of a D.R.U.M. record, and I play a lot differently and sound a lot different then the former guitarist, Jamal, who was awesome, but we don't sound alike. I've been a fan of D.R.U.M. since like 1993, so it's amazing to now actually be in the band. RO: "World music" is so general - is it easy or hard for D.R.U.M. to fuse that many different kinds of music into one coherent sound? FZ: I really think it's just what we do. I actually think it comes naturally to us, because we all are involved with, and have been involved with, so many different kinds of music. so i guess it's easy and natural for us. RO: Can you think of a better term than "World music" to describe D.R.U.M.'s music? FZ: Reggae works. Roots, rock, reggae. RO: Is it easier or harder to write new music now than in the past? Why? FZ: Same as it ever was. : ) Because it's sometimes just really easy, and sometimes near impossible. But maybe a little harder, because when you've hardly written anything, the first thing that comes to your mind can work, and seem fresh. RO: In what areas in particular have you noticed the group's biggest musical growth over time? FZ: Improvisation, connectedness. Is that a word? But just from playing with the same people, really listening, and being in the moment, that's when the magic stuff happens. It's kind of like a zen art of sorts, and if you do it like that, the more you do it, the better it can get.