Keep up with Andy here:
Pignation / Su19B - split 7" EP (DSM Records, 1998)
Pignation - You Would Hate to Know 12" LP (PFC, 2000)
Pignation / Inflexible - split CD (Shing Records, 2001)
Pignation - Devastating Life Sheme 7" EP / CD (Deep Six Records, 2003)
Self Hate - Reality 7" EP (Malarie Records, 1999)
Shackled Down - The Crew CD (Self Made God / Shing, 2004)
Dead Mans Chest - The First and The Fallen CD (Satan Saves Records, 2008)
AJ Szpirko Interview:
SD.com: How old were you when you started playing?
Andy: I think I was 13. I couldn't even afford drumsticks, but there was a guy in my neighbourhood who’d let me play on his drums. Sometime later he decided to quit drumming and gave me his all equipment...
SD.com: Did you play in a school band or any drum corps?
Andy: No, never. I went to music school for a couple of weeks but I quit. I was too young to understand it, I preferred to play fast and be like Mick Harris or Dave Lombardo. I didn’t care about drum basics.
SD.com: Who are your top 5 metal influences?
Andy: Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Felix Griffin (DRI), Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags) and Mick Harris (Napalm Death), yeah. Those guys are definitely my top influences. The magic 5 of all the genres.
SD.com: Who are some other of your favorites?
Andy: Man, there are a million other metal and punk bands I enjoy listening to. I'm a sicko record nerd, dude. Hmm, hard to say, but bands like Integrity, Earth Crisis or Canadian Strain are my favourites. I’m into old school stuff like Venom, Possessed, Merciful Fate, Black Flag or Black Sabbath. The 90s grindcore scene. Stuff like Discordance Axis, Plutocracy or Assuck.
SD.com: Let us know 5 CD's that are in your current rotation
DEEZ NUTS - Stay True.
NAPALM DEATH - Time Waits For No Slave.
BEHEMOTH - Ezkaton.
THE ACACIA STRAIN - Continent.
SATYRICON - The Age Of Nero.
SD.com: What do you do to warm up be
Andy: Playing a bit on backstage for about an hour before every show. Using sticks, Double bass pedals and some practice pads. I do that every day at home, at work, whatever. My neighbours must truly hate me :). Ha, I don't really care. That's my life!
SD.com: Do you read music? Regardless of answering yes or no, please tell us how it might have effected your playing?
Andy: I know how to read music but never really use it. Just don’t need all that stuff.
SD.com: Can you tell us about the gear you use?
Andy: Pearl Drum Kit. Sonor Drum Kit. Tama's Iron Cobra double bass and Yamaha as well. Snares: Spaun and Remo Piccolo. Rude Paiste and Zildijan Z Cymbals. Grindstix. Vater Sticks. Vans slip ons.
SD.com: If you could give one piece of advice to young drummers, it would be...
Andy: Just practice. Shitloads of practice with a metronome. Individually and with the band.
SD.com: Who gave the best live performance you've ever seen?
Andy: Dave Lombardo with Slayer, of course. They’re an absolutely amazing band.
SD.com: Aside from drumming, what else do you like to do?
Andy: Generally, I'm a bit anti social, isolated in my own small world. Family first, coz I'm a family man. Band - practicing a lot, gigging. I work as a tattooist at Pulse Tattoos in Northampton, UK. I Collect a lot of music, I'm a record nerd. Collecting DVD movies and sneakers.