Jimmy Chamberlin rose to stardom as the hard-hitting, incredibly versatile drummer in the iconic American alternative rock group - The Smashing Pumpkins. He was soon regarded as one of the best of his kind to emerge out of that era. Throughout the years, Jimmy and the Pumpkins combined diverse styles of grunge, shoegaze, dream pop, psychedelia, metal, and more, forging a unique place in the history of music and providing major influence for bands to come.
We spoke with Jimmy about how he got into drumming, his latest projects, and the WAVEDRUM ORIENTAL.
KORG: How did you begin your journey as an artist/musician?
Jimmy Chamberlin: I began playing drums at the age of eight. I started out on my brothers drum kit and then started talking formal lessons at around nine. Charlie Adams was my first teacher.
KORG: Your new band, Skysaw, released Great Civilizations this year…how did you hook up with those guys?
JC: I met Mike Reina (singer) through a mutual friend. We hit it off immediately and started collaborating on music. It's interesting how when you meet the right foil, the music just starts pouring out!
KORG: Any memorable stories from the studio or the road?
JC: The spotting of the Chupacabra in Texas was something that I will never forget!
KORG: Woah, that is pretty memorable! Anything else you’re involved in that we can check out?
JC: I recently did a drum video for Drum Channel featuring the music of Gannin Arnold.
KORG: Cool. Let’s talk gear- What drew you to the WAVEDRUM ORIENTAL?
JC: I heard it for the first time at the Drum Pad here in Chicago and I was blown away. It’s very rare to find an electronic instrument that can seamlessly insert itself into the drumset. The WAVEDRUM is that instrument. It’s the perfect blend of sounds and dynamics.
KORG: What are your favorite features or sounds?
JC: All of the sounds are fantastic but I particularly like the programs with delay effects! The WAVEDRUM ORIENTAL can instantly transform your feeling and direction when you sit down to play.
KORG: What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist?
JC: Listen to as much music as possible, take what you like about it, and make it your own!
KORG: Anything else you'd like to mention?
JC: I was just on the cover of DrumHead, a fantastic magazine! And well, the WAVEDRUM – it’s the logical next step in the evolution of the drumset!
KORG: Thanks, Jimmy!
For more info on Jimmy Chamberlin, please visit www.skysawmusic.com and www.myspace.com/jimmychamberlincomplex