Q&A with Street Drum Corps

5 QUESTIONS WITH FRANK ZUMMO OF STREET DRUM CORPS
By: @BrentXMendoza

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.

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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.

Q&A with The Knux

5 QUESTIONS WITH THE KNUX
By: Brent X Mendoza

Refugees from Hurricane Katrina, brothers Krispy and Joey Lindsey, better known as The Knux, have been calling L.A. their home for the past five years. Now set to release their sophomore effort entitled “Eraser,” the critically acclaimed duo is poised to introduce the world to one of the few truly original sounds to emerge from a long progression of new millennia blasé.

This Sunday, September 25 catch this arena bound band at their record release party as they debut tracks from their new album two days before its release. Until then, catch up with the brothers Krispy and Joey, as they fill us in on all their latest “knucklehead” antics.

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Tell us about the new album “Eraser.” How does one avoid the so-called “sophomore slump?”

Krispy: Keep doin’ what the fuck we wanna do! We’re not influenced by the outside world – so we’re not worried about things like that. We’re very different guys coming together, and we have a great balance. We’re able to keep creating progressive pop music without outside constraints.

Joey: Our label Cherry Tree allow us to be very free as Martin (label founder Martin Kierszenbaum) is a fan of us as a whole, and that feels positive.

Looks like there are a number of collaborations on the new record. Besides those artists, who would be your dream collaboration, and what sort of musical direction would the song take?

Krispy: We met Trent Reznor at a Jane’s Addiction listening party and he’s probably one of our biggest influences as a programmer and producer. So Trent would be a highpoint for sure. Now in our late 20’s, we find ourselves going back to what we were influenced by as teenagers; and his music from the 90’s still holds strong to this day.

What was the recording process like working with producer Robert Orton (three-time Grammy Award winning mix engineer)? What did you learn?

Krispy: For someone so accomplished, Rob is a very easy person to work with. Ideas flow smoothly through and from him… He has a process that I really appreciate.

Also working with my bro who’s so scatterbrained, it’s nice to have someone with a mathematical process. I learned so much more about compression and effects- mainly how to use reverbs and delays together in ways I would have never thought about before.

Better song: A) “Beautiful Liar” (Beyoncé/Shakira), B) “Maniac” (Michael Sembello), or C) “The Eraser (Thom Yorke)? And did any of these inspire songs of the same title on the new record?

Joey: None of these records inspired the album, but damn, “The Eraser” is an incredible fucking song! We were just listening to Thom Yorke on my Youtube playlist when we were in Ireland. Benny, our DJ, got depressed.

Everyone has a great story about a night out on Bourbon Street. Anything you’re legally
allowed to share?

Krispy: Too many stories, too many drinks [laughter]…

Joey: Fuckin’ Bourbon Street..! Locals only go to Bourbon to catch tourists slippin’.

Krispy: We’d rather share a story live from THE ROXY this Sunday!

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The Knux take the stage here at The Roxy Theatre this Sunday, September 25. Doors open late at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are only $13.50.
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A True Cultural Institution

The Shorty Awards are for the best in Twitter and social media. Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock or are a total newcomer (in which case, Hello!), you know The Roxy is huge on social media. We have the largest online community of any venue in the United States with over 130,000 fans on Facebook and over 50k followers on Twitter.

The Roxy Theatre has been bringing you the best artists in the biz since 1973. We have hosted acts that have influenced everyone since before the doors even opened. And when they finally did, it was with a run of Neil Young shows. Since then, just a small list of those who have graced our stage: Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N Roses, Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cheech & Chong, David Bowie, Steve Martin, Taj Mahal, Lou Reed, Prince, X, No Doubt, Social Distortion, Weezer, Dick Dale, Maroon 5, The Donnas, Courtney Love. You know, to name a few and not even mention the birthplace of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in the United States.

These reasons and many, many more are why you should take 2 minutes of your time an nominate The Roxy Theatre as a Cultural Institution in this year’s Shorty Awards.

To vote here’s all you need to do:

Tweet this “I nominate @TheRoxy for a Shorty Award in #culturalinstitution because…” and give a REAL reason. (This is important. No reason = no vote!)

Reasons may be current such as we bring you the latest in popular culture, music, movies, and entertainment across our various social media outlets. We are diverse in the music that comes through these doors as well as in the other events that happen here.

Please take the time to nominate us (responses can be short or long, no specific length is necessary) and show your love for The Roxy Theatre as a true cultural institution.

Review: Street Drum Corps

STREET DRUM CORPS’ BIG NOISE
By: Brent X Mendoza


Photo: TDUB

Tuesday, November 23 Street Drum Corps performed the second show of their four date engagement at The Roxy Theatre. Midway through their residency, the L.A. based collective is continuing to draw bigger and bigger crowds as word spreads about their impressive, percussive performances and roster of special guests.

Formed by rock drummers Bobby Alt (S.T.U.N., Faculty X), Adam Alt (Circus Minor), and Frank Zummo (The Start) the trio has quickly built a name for themselves touring as part of Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution, the Van’s Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, and 30 Seconds to Mars’ Into The Wild Tour.

With a resume like this under their belt, there could be no skimping on production when bringing a theatric performance of this magnitude to Hollywood. Fans of SDC came expecting a show and that’s exactly what they got.

Big Noise began with exactly that; a bang, as the curtain opened revealing a dramatic scene of what looked like some post-apocalyptic, industrial wasteland. Three full size drum kits littered the stage, along with graffitied oil drums and numerous video monitors, whose synchronized visuals set the mood for the night’s continuously shifting players and ever evolving rhythms.

Playing a hybrid of punk meets rave style electronica, the beats over the course of the performance swelled and grew increasingly intense and intricate as the group incorporated more and more of their homemade industrial noisemakers; at one point even utilizing participants from the audience to help support props such as pipes and trash can lids.

Sparks literally flew as the night wore on and the trio was joined on stage by numerous celebrity percussionists that included Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Tony Hajjar (At The Drive In/Sparta), and John Sawicki (STOMP); all of which thrilled the audience doing what they do best, showing off their skilled sense of timing and rhythm.

With only two shows left in their residency, don’t miss Street Drum Corps’ Big Noise when they return on Tuesday, Nov 30 and December 7. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are a wallet friendly $10.

NYE with Camp Freddy

Spend your New Years Eve with Camp Freddy and us! Camp Freddy has decided they just aren’t finished with their 3 week stay here and want to put on an epic New Years show just for you.

Tickets go on sale today through The Roxy box office and through Ticketmaster this Wednesday!

Here’s how it breaks down:
$50 GA ticket
$100 All You Can drink: well, wine, beer (Hello, awesome!)
$200 All You Can Drink: premium (All you can drink, you call it, all night, on New Years Eve at The Roxy with Camp Freddy. Best option!)

Call our box office at 310-278-9457 to get your tickets now!

PS – Ask for our exclusive and very limited VIP options the night.

Jane’s Addiction Rox The Roxy

JANE’S ADDICTION @ THE ROXY THEATRE
Friday, July 2, 2010
By: Brent X Mendoza

In The Strip’s long history of secret shows and intimate showcases, Jane’s Addiction at The Roxy definitely falls in the top ten of “wow factor”. The chance to see these quintessential Los Angeles legends, a band that practically defined the genre of alternative rock, in a 500 capacity club is an event that comes but once in a lifetime.

Setting the tone for the evening, the show kicked off with a short Jim Rose style, bondage/burlesque skit. Acting as hostess and looking like escapees from an Agent Provocateur catalogue, two scantily clad beauties took the stage to Manson’s “I Put a Spell on You”. After a brief side show, cheek piercing stunt, the vixens flung back the stage curtain and Jane’s exploded onto the stage.

Revealing a backdrop reminiscent of the Ritual album cover, the band featuring new bassist Duff McKagen (GN’R) looked and sounded better than ever. With their camera phones held high, the crowd of lucky guest listers was writhing with excitement in a way that jaded LA crowds never allow themselves.

Early on, the band launched into fan favorites like “Had a Dad”. With Farrell perched atop a small platform at the head of the stage, the two burlesque dancers swung suspended from harnesses, kicking their legs as they flew out over the crowd. Echoing the chorus,“gimme some more”, the audience was ecstatic when Farrell grabbed up cameras and cell phones from the amateur videographers in the front row and gave them some special stage POV footage.

The hits just kept on coming as the band drew from their classic records and pulled out jammers like “Ted Just Admit It” and monsters like “Mountain Song” and “Been Caught Stealing”. “I feel like Kobe Bryant hitting a three-pointer at the end of the game”, exclaimed Farrell as he shimmied his way back and forth across the stage.

The packed house hit their height of elation when the band exploded into “Stop”. Belting out the last verse of the song, the crowd humorously stumbled, being put on the spot and having to blurt out the correct lyrics to the classic they’ve been absent mindedly singing along with for years.

Closing out their epic set, the band all moved to the front of the stage and took a seat for an encore, acoustic jam version of “Jane Says”. “We played this place for our first record… had every record label exec in the city in the palm of my hand… tonight felt like the good old days” pronounced Farrell before exiting the stage with Jane’s famous Español moniker “Juana’s Adiccion”.
Photo Credit: Erik Voake – erikvoake.com

Jammin Out For A Great Cause

When one of our musical comrades are in a pinch, we are happy to play host to a charity show in their honor. In this case, Scott Ford (Gutter Twins/radio blogger) is having some medical treatments that he could use a little help with. The benefit concert will feature his pals Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Scott Shriner (Weezer), Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Donovan Leitch, Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Greg Dulli (Twilight Singers),Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Steve O (Jackass), with an opening set from Jason Heath & the Greedy Souls. Join us on September 26 to help raise some spirits (and some money)! Tickets available thru ticketmaster and by calling us at 310 278 9457!