Gene Hoglan on The Early Days of L.A. Thrash Metal
"I stick around where it's fun," Hoglan says. "The money's always going to be there...I've been fortunate to be a bit of a 'drum whore.' I enjoy playing with the Testament guys and it's a fun gig. Dethklok is another one...it's a real pleasurable project to be a part of. If you see me bailing on something, it means it's probably stopped being fun."
Hoglan joining the previously animated-only Dethklok was credited as giving the Adult Swim-originated project credibility in metal circles. But he insists that his presence was not needed to add credibility.
"[Dethklok co-creator] Brendon Small was writing great music with or without me," Hoglan says. "Dethklok's a great band! I would listen to them if someone else was playing for them. I just see myself as someone who can help translate Brendon's ideas to the final product."
While Hoglan has never had to search for work for too long, he has had his battles, including with his weight. For many years, Hoglan weighed well over the 300-pound mark. He was diagnosed with diabetes years ago, but it did not make him change his lifestyle.
"Food was my drug," says Hoglan. "I didn't do coke, crystal meth, or anything like that. There were lean times, but the one thing I was always able to do was eat."
The big change in Hoglan's habits occurred three years ago, when a doctor told him that if he didn't change his lifestyle immediately, he would have to start injecting himself with insulin. Hoglan credits his fiancé for giving him the kick in the ass to turn his life around.
"My lady told me 'Fuck that, I'm going to put you on a regimen to not only lose a ton of weight and reverse your diabetes,'" Hoglan says. "And she did. I am a fortunate man to have my life partner truly be a life partner."
All told, Hoglan lost 160 pounds.
"It really hits me when I am carrying a large 24-pack of water bottles," he says, noting that he lost the equivalent of eight of those packs. "I'm struggling to carry two [packs], and I was lugging way more than that around all the time."
Gene Hoglan will share stories from his career and some of his drumming secrets at the "Gene Hoglan Experience" at the Whisky A Go-Go tonight, October 1st.
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