5 QUESTIONS WITH FRANK ZUMMO OF STREET DRUM CORPS
Having performed to spellbound audiences across the globe on tours with 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution, and Van’s Warped Tour—Street Drum Corps return to The Sunset Strip this Saturday, March 10 to blow your ADD riddled mind, with their pulse pounding, percussive stage show.
Before heading to the big drum off, catch up with stick wielding samurai Frank Zummo, as he reminisces about childhood dreams, sold out shows in St. Petersburg, Russia and a potential new career in the Peace Corps.
Growing up, who was the first drummer that caught your ear, that sparked your interest in playing drums? Was there a particular moment and/or song that set you on a course to becoming a musician?
Great Question! When I was five years old, my parents took me to my first concert at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY; that concert was Ozzy & Mötley Crüe. I was completely mesmerized by Tommy Lee!
After Mötley’s first song, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life! Fast forward 26 years later, and I’m drumming in the band (while Tommy was injured).
My father came to one of the Mötley shows, and got to see his son perform with the band that changed his son’s life. It was an amazing moment!
If you weren’t a member of SDC, which of these other “corps,” would you most likely join: Marine Corps, Peace Corps, or AVODAH, The Jewish Service Corps?
I would absolutely join the Peace Corps! I would love to go to far away places, and help in the education department. This question actually inspired me, and I’m looking into Peace Corps work as we speak…
Who would win in a fight between SDC and the Blue Man Group? In your guesstimation, which group has collectively invested more money in oil drums?
We don’t fight, and we also don’t paint ourselves blue like Smurfs [laughter]! We have much love for our Blue brothers!
I think they might have us beat in oil drum sales! We both use a lot, and they aren’t cheap.
The band generally performs with a sort of rotating cast of special guests. Which of your collaborations/collaborators to date, were you most excited about working with? Who would you most like to perform with in the future?
We have been extremely blessed, and have worked with a bunch of amazing artists. Our absolute favorites have been: Bert McCracken (The Used), Adrian Young (No Doubt), 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, Deftones, John Sawicki from Stomp, Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion), Skrillex and Tommy Lee.
Those mentioned artists really get our vibe; we click well, and have worked with them throughout our career.
Also, the demented golf ball shooting ringmaster clown—Adrian Young, will be joining us at The Roxy this Saturday.
As far as the future… I would love us to collaborate with more street artists. We’ve been headed more in the theatre show vibe, and we would love to collaborate with artists that can really inspire us and our show.
Of the band’s laundry list of accomplishments (network TV appearances, magazine covers, sold out international tours), what’s been your proudest moment as a musician thus far? Do you remember one particular event, where you finally felt like you’d “arrived?”
St. Petersburg, Russia in 2010, on the 30 Seconds to Mars tour: it was beyond magical! To be in Russia is epic on its own, then to walk onstage in front of 19,000 kids, and have them go mental was that exact moment when we felt SDC had “arrived!”
We debuted our balled “I Miss You” at that show, and we had 19,000 kids with hands in the air from side to side. I remember looking at Bobby (Alt) during that moment, and it was overwhelming! So many emotions came out during that show; it really was beautiful! I would have never thought our little street band would be so far away in Russia.
The Return of Street Drum Corps’ BIG NOISE happens this Saturday March 10 with NICO VEGA and very special guests, Adrian Young of No Doubt, and DJ Amir of Julien-K.
Tickets are available via Ticketweb.