Metal Muthas: Nick Yacyshyn (Sumac)

Every so often, we take a little time on Mondays to pay tribute to the Muthas! That is, reprinting the adorable metal/maternal Q&As that run in the magazine. Today, enjoy Justin Norton’s chat with Carol Weismiller, Metal Mutha of Nick Yacyshyn of dB faves Sumac

Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

I worked in our family-owned road construction business for approximately 30 years. For 20 of those years, I was the safety manager. Last year, our family sold the business and I decided to retire. I also married a wonderful man who has two grown children, as well as three grandchildren. We are building a home in Victoria where eventually I’ll spend the majority of my time.

What was Nick like as a child?

As a baby, Nick was incredibly shy. He wouldn’t look anyone in the eye. He was also sensitive to what was going on around him. When Nick started elementary school, he became more outgoing, and when he advanced to eighth grade, he blossomed. He once told me he was finally in a place with people who think like he does, that he felt he belonged. Nick loved to sketch. He loved to draw monster trucks, sharks, musical instruments, sharks, album covers—oh, and did I say sharks?

Do you remember when he started playing drums?
Nick was in third or fourth grade; [he] would pick up a couple of pencils and drum on books, desks, tabletops. Anything he could tap a beat out on, he’d do it. When it was time for high school, Nick tried out for the Langley Fine Arts School music program. He interviewed, and they were impressed. He liked it and remained there until he graduated. He was very immersed in the school music program.

Did anyone else in the family play drums, or did he pick them up out of the blue?

I don’t believe Nick was influenced by any family members playing music. It is just in him, the passion to play. I think he takes the full credit on this one.
What do you think of Nick’s work in Sumac?
I’m happy that Nick is doing what he loves. Even though it’s not on my usual playlist, I do listen to Sumac’s music. I appreciate the different elements I hear.What’s something people would be surprised to learn about your son?

Nick’s an amazing cook! He can create a delicious meal with minimal ingredients.

Of all of Nick’s qualities, what makes you the most proud?

I would have to say Nick’s moral compass. He is honest, kind, loyal and grounded.