I remember looking at this ad wanting a hard hitting drummer and listening to the link on the advert. Boom!!
I heard a band that sounded alive - the music just took me to another level and I wanted to be part of it. Truth was I had to wait a little longer as I had tough competition and missed out on the slot. Gutted but not deterred I still listened to the the album which Ian kindly gave me, as I knew one day I would be on the throne breaking sticks on stage with these boys.
My opportunity came and I jammed with the boys and was asked if I was up for the role - my first gig was great we played hard, breaking shit - and man we were loud!!!!
It resulted in me solidifying my place in the band and a Mexican stand off with this band who where looking for trouble. I stood there with a cymbal stand in one hand and a bottle in another; Jay towered over one of them and was ready to smash this little mouth on legs into next week. Ian grabbed his strat by the neck as if to bring it down like Townsend on anyone getting close. History was in the making. We were alive and buzzing rock n roll at its best.
The past year has been one hell of a roller coaster of emotions for everyone in the band from illness, bereavement, tantrums, time wasters, breaking cymbals and knuckles, then getting excited at Harry coming on board, playing some awesome shows, travelling, meeting great people, recording our new album, airplay all over the world, shooting videos, and again losing more skin and blood than ever - and never forgetting the journey and path we're all on.
I was asked recently what does your band mean to you.
I replied imagine being held underwater and wanting to breath so bad your entire life depended on it.....
Yes it's just like that and that's what being the drummer of Katalina Kicks means to me.
We're a band, 4 disfunctional mother fuckers from different sides of the planet who have passion, devotion and a dream of being able to give something back on a global scale with our music.
So now you know a little more about me and the Kicks history.
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