Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Refused to Teach His Son Myles Ulrich How To Play Drums – Here’s Why

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There is a decent chance that you have heard of Taipei Houston by now, the band that features the sons of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Myles and Layne Ulrich just released a new project titled Once Bit Never Bored and have even played at Lollapalooza.

Per a new interview with Guitar World, the brothers speak to their musical experiences growing up, as well the work they put into their band. But among the topics discussed, there is also mentioning of how their Metallica dad refused to teach Myles (the band’s drummer) how to play drums. Given that Lars is super talented and has much he could teach Myles, why would he not share his knowledge with his own son? Well, in speaking to his early experiences playing drums, here is what Myles shared:

“Honestly, when I started, he completely steered clear. He was like, ‘Go do it with your friends or get a drum teacher!’ Not because he didn’t want to do it himself, but because he wanted us to find our own paths musically, which is really cool and that’s what we’ve tried to do. I don’t know if there’s a soundbite piece of advice he gave us. We both came into being interested in music our own way, listening to bands like Arctic Monkeys, stuff like that…”

That being said, Lars did make sure to part some wisdom upon his children. In a separate interview, the brothers speak to the musical career advice that their Metallica dad has shared with them.

The Musical Career Advice Lars Ulrich Parted Onto His Sons To Keep In Mind For Their Band

The dynamic between parents and children in bands is fascinating; sometimes you will find a parent willing to teach musical techniques to their kids, and sometimes the parent wants to keep a distance and let their kid learn for themselves. When it comes to these types of relationships, we have heard from the likes of Castor Hetfield (who is in Bastardane), and that of Vended‘s Griffin Taylor and Simon Crahan (who are the sons of Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan, respectively).

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