Sean Duggan, an AHS senior, is no stranger to live performances. A drummer and backup vocalist for the Andover-based rock band Left Hand Blue, Duggan often takes to the stage alongside band mates Matt Minigell and Carissa Johnson, both members of the AHS Class of 2012. But on Saturday, Sept. 15, that stage got a lot bigger. Left Hand Blue opened the Berkshire Stock Festival in Lennox, Mass., a gig expected to draw 7,000 concertgoers. (No pressure!) Fellow senior Chris Cortner interviewed Duggan just days before Left Hand Blue’s big show.
How did you land this gig?
My guitar player (Minigell) spends a lot of time talking to a bunch of people. Eventually, one of those people that he was talking to decided to pick us. The guy also listened to our demo and he liked us so much that he picked us to play on the main stage. So, originally we thought we were going to be playing on the small side stage and now we are opening the festival on the main stage.
Why is music so important to you?
Because doing things you love is the only way to be happy.
What is one song that you have written that you just absolutely love?
We just started playing a new song called “The Best and the Brightest of the Brood.” I love playing it because it’s loud, simple, filled to the brim with energy.
Am I right to say you have a lively personality?
Sure, I’ll take that as a compliment! I try to be an energetic person and try to bring that with me on stage as well.
How did you start playing the drums?
It was my destiny. In fact, my dad (who is also a musician) could answer it better than myself. I always wanted to be a drummer, as early as I can remember. My dad knew this. But he was smart and didn’t force me to start taking lessons; he waited until I begged him and my mother constantly. He knew that I needed to want it, and he was right. If I hadn’t done it on my own, I wouldn’t be doing it today.
Wow, that’s interesting. Do you think that goes for a lot of things in life, that if we push ourselves to do something the end result will be better?
Absolutely. Many kids [start] playing sports [but] then don’t want to, and in general don’t pursue their passion or haven’t found one. I think this keeps people from reaching their full potential. When you do something that you would give anything to keep doing, you really can make progress.
Is there anything else in life that you are relatively passionate about?
Sure. I am striving to work with computers for a career. I’ve been building and repairing computers for a few years now. It’s interesting – and it could make me rich!