Velodyne spent some time with Gabe Stein, drummer of Finish Ticket after their sold-out performance sponsored by Velodyne, Inc. at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Friday night. The band powered out an energetic performance to 600 adoring fans, their biggest headlining show yet. But not without first announcing the winner of our band merch pack complete with a pair of black vFree headphones, autographed by the band.
Velodyne: If you could say one word to describe the concert what would it be?
Gabe: Unreal. As we were all driving back, we all decided it felt almost like a dream.
Velodyne: What was your favorite moment?
Gabe: Looking out and seeing my entire extended family—my uncles, aunts, parents, my band mates parents were all out there. I also saw some old friends in the front row I didn’t know would be able to make it.
Velodyne: What were your most challenging moments?
Gabe: Getting ready for it. We spent obviously weeks and weeks preparing, getting ourselves ready. We had a lot of preparation in addition to the music, like creating our own light boxes that said Finish Ticket. It was stressful. We found out it was sold out 18 minutes before we went on and that made everything okay.
Velodyne: What did you think about on stage?
Gabe: Growing up I would play drums every day in my garage, thinking ‘maybe one day I’ll actually get to play for a few people.’ Getting to actually do that was always my ultimate goal.
Velodyne: How did you feel on stage?
Gabe: At first I was a little bit anxious, waiting to play. The second we got on stage it was just like practice. And it was like finally, finally here!
Velodyne: f you were a type of animal on stage, what would it be?
Gabe: I would say a driving horse. I learned at a young age the drummer is supposed to help keep the band together, keep everything moving, control the pace. So I would say a horse, but in a cool way!
Velodyne: If you could take home only one photo from the concert, what would it be of?
Gabe: Before our encore we all stopped playing and then the second we came back in the strobe lights went crazy. I couldn’t really see anything or hear anything besides my drum set.
Velodyne: Any final thoughts?
Gabe: We’re just so thankful everyone came out to support us!
–Frankly, it was our pleasure.