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tion was in some ways stifling. “You’re not taught to improvise, you’re taught to play a specific style. And rhythm is something inherent for me. I hear the shoes in the dryer and record it with my phone because I like the way it sounds,” Casey explains. And for Peter, playing to someone else’s standards took the magic out of the creation. His biggest influences are artists that defy tradition. What took his music to the next level was a fascination with the exploration of sound. “It’s like a game. How many ways can you put the code together? How many ways can it make you feel?” Dustin and Steven are the rest of the puzzle. Though they’re more reserved, their outward thinking, knack for improvisation, and musical mastery are essential to Hanzelle’s ability to create music with no boundaries. I met Dustin at a house show where he was playing drums for his other band, Technikiller. Smack dab in the nucleus of cop central, a parade of fix-gear bikes and kids with cool haircuts littered the front lawn. I walk into the living room steaming with sweat and hot breath, and I’m greeted by a giant wave of swaying dudes banging their heads to the spastic and heavy rhythms of Dustin’s

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handiwork, and to the metal-progressive riffs of his guitarist. Like his role in Technikiller, Dustin is the backbone of Hanzelle. Behind a drumset, he’s a maniac for rhythm, but in person, he’s a man of careful words. He resembles Dexter Morgan, but not in a creepy way. He’s got a straight, composed look about him. Now it makes sense when he says, “Growing up, I played drums for the choir on Sunday mornings, playing to old

Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...

Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...