The beats provided by Jean-Jacques Tartaglia, aka JJ, have been a major part in providing a distinguishable sound for the hip hop-tinged metal act, Final Trigger. JJ recently took the time to talk about his favourite piece of gear, his Ahead drumsticks. Check it out!

What one piece of gear do you use to obtain your signature sound?
JJ: My Ahead drumsticks.

What about it makes it so important to you?
JJ: The Ahead sticks have a really nice weight to them because of their metal/alloy core. Plus I use the TC models which are a bit bigger and longer than standard sticks. I feel confident that I can really do some damage, so I can play harder and get the sounds I’m looking for. They’ve become an essential tool for my playing style.

What are the major pros and cons?
JJ: Pros: they have durability unlike any other sticks I’ve tried. One pair can last me weeks out on tour, compared to wooden sticks which I’d go through a few pairs in a single show. Cons: they’re too nice to toss out to the crowd every night!

How long have you had it, how do you use it, would you ever change it?
JJ: I’ve been using Ahead sticks for about 8 years now, 2 years as an endorsee. I use them whenever I play – rehearsals, live, recording… I don’t think I’ll ever go back to regular sticks.

Any final thoughts or comments on the gear?
JJ: If you’re a heavy hitter, give these a try.

Check out the song: “Start A Mosh-Pit”