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One Question Interviews: American Scarecrows

Allen Maier (American Scarecrows, drums)

SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? Why/why not?

Maier: I have heard people say they wish they took better care of their hearing when they were younger. Playing almost every day I was getting tired of trying to fall asleep while my ears were ringing. The more I was playing the worse it got, I knew it was time to make a change. A few years ago I bought ear plugs that don’t muddy the sound but just reduce the volume. It took a bit of getting use to but I started realizing I was hearing stage monitors better because it was cutting down on a lot of the room sound and bounce. 

I also use a in-ear monitoring system with custom molded Westone in ears for performing with my band American Scarecrows. This way I have control of a click track and my overall monitoring volume of my drums and my other bandmates. I am glad I made the switch to protect my hearing and only wish I had done it sooner. These days there are so many great options to protect your hearing that still let you enjoy the music you are playing and listening to. 

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Words by Loren on Dec. 6, 2014, 2:15 a.m.

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