Listen to the new song from Jay on the Drums – Evolution
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
Well, I started drumming when I was about fifteen after my friend Justin asked me to! I never had any intention before that, so I thank him to this day for the idea. I’ve played in bands since then all through out the mid-west at places like the Double Door and The Taste of Chicago. In 2012 I moved to San Diego and joined a reggae/rock band and began playing live drums for yoga classes. Music is the thing I am most passionate about and I am making it my career.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
I am currently working with local Colorado singing sensation Zozo Jackie, she is only eleven but can sing like no other. Aside from that I am focusing on providing live Djembe for yoga classes at Om Time Yoga and Body Work Bistro both in Boulder, CO. My next step is hooking up with the nightclubs in the area to compliment their DJs with live percussion.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song I’ve put up here is from my old band AP (Absolutely Perfect) and is special to me because it is the first song I helped create all the music for in addition to the drums. The lyrics are also quite deep, my favorite line being, “With the flip of a dime comes a curious view with the sides no longer divided.”
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
I don’t look at things as being separate, rather they are all part of one whole. My passion and intensity may bring me some attention but overall I look at drumming as me helping to fill out a sound or convey an emotion. I like to say that, “The rhythm of life beckons the drum.” We are all experiencing this together and if I do stand out I hope it serves as an inspiration to others.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Honestly, the hardest challenge is that there aren’t enough hours in the day! I’ll stay up all night seeking out new opportunities to play, record, or even teach. Aside from that I look at any other challenge as something great to learn from. I’ve moved from Chicago to San Diego and now to Boulder, CO and the greatest challenge there is adjusting to the weather. I honestly love traveling around the country drumming. I enjoy keeping a healthy diet so perhaps finding good food is the hardest challenge!
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
When I was seventeen my mom passed away from cancer and it left me really questioning a lot of things. My friends Schmed and Cheech were there for me in our band 3crease and they were just so supportive. I was able to bounce back realizing how much she loved to watch me drum and also understanding just how precious life is. My mom absolutely loved life. So, at the end of the day I know she is with me and encouraging me, it’s that feeling of love that keeps me going even today and something I try to convey through my playing to others. Passion. She inspired me to love and I feel I am doing that for others through my drumming.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Artists need to be careful of trends. It’s one thing to be influenced by a trend or a style, but you have to remain true to who you are. If you’re not, in time it will be revealed and people can just tell if what you’re doing is authentic or not. Be careful not to lose who you are.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
My only suggestion is to do what you love and are passionate about. If you do this, then you can rest yourself at the end of the day without any regrets. I know that I’d rather live a short life full of the things I love than a long life full of things I’m just “ok” with.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I absolutely love social media! Especially Facebook. Moving around the country can be tough but having one place to check in with all my friends and family is essential. It’s kinda like one big party that you can always attend. I love making videos and posting captivating pictures of my art. It’s just a great way to get everyone up to speed on what I’m doing and all the fun I am having.
Where can people visit you?