Trapt drummer Michael Smith announces his leave from band

Trapt drummer Michael Smith has announced that he has made the decision to quit the band due to issues that he says are ‘primarily political.’  Trapt lead singer Chris Taylor Brown made headlines on social media after being heavily critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as spreading misinformation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and was eventually booted from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter due to his use of hate speech.

Smith said, “After playing drums for Trapt for the past couple years, I have decided to step down from the band. This is definitely a bittersweet decision. There have been some ongoing issues (primarily political) throughout 2020 that many of you may know about, others may not. If you’re curious, it’s just a google search away. I respect everyone’s right to have an opinion on politics. But at the end of the day, I am a musician and my job is to play and create music. So that is what I plan on doing.”  He added, “It has been one of the best periods in my life the past couple years. But when it comes down to it, I do not agree with a lot of things morally and the publicity the band has received, mainly this past year in 2020…It is time for me to move on and pursue other avenues and projects. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported my musical journey thus far…”

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