This is kinda what I already do. Marching band really instilled a great sense of time into my playing. I can set a tempo with my right hand and pretty much keep that same tempo locked in with my right hand. Should there be a break in the song where the drums stop I'll set the tempo back in with like a 4 count with my left foot on the hihat.Also remember that pumping the hats all the time can be overbearing as well. IMO controlling it, and using it when it's called for and not as a metronome every song is key here. Practice goes a long way.