I remember when I was young and in love with music, I was the kid that was in my room in the cold winter months (and there were quite a few) sitting in front of my old school stereo with tape decks. Back then we didn’t have mp3 players or smartphones or even YouTube for that matter.
After a recent show in Central Florida, we caught up with Smile Empty Soul’s talented drummer Jake Kilmer, and share a RARA’s Six PAck. For those of you new to the website, our six packs, are six quick fun interview questions, and once in awhile (like this time) share with a drink in our hand.
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We got together on a beautiful Spring night in Jacksonville just before the sun set over the St. Johns River. Kilmer, sipping his Bud was a friendly, fun guy. Check it out for yourself.
Cretin: Who were your influences as a drummer? Jake Kilmer: (without hesitation) Dave Grohl Cretin: How about his current drummer, Taylor Hawkins? Jake Kilmer: He’s a bad ass. Before Taylor Hawkins, Grohl locked me into wanting to wanting to be a rocker. Before that I liked Ringo Starr. I loved the drumming from the Beatles, but when you hear “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” you just want to (go crazy). And, Ringo Starr was a great drummer for The Beatles. He sang as well, but he had some great drum parts.
Cretin: If you could tour with any one band, which band would it be? Jake Kilmer: Deftones. They’re a good group. Saw them with Alice In Chains.
Cretin: If you weren’t a drummer, what would you be doing with your life? Jake Kilmer: Engineering? I don’t know, I like technical stuff.
Cretin: Favorite city to play? Jake Kilmer: Besides Jacksonville? I don’t have one. The United States is bad ass; there are great people in clubs all over the place.
Cretin: What’s your favorite cover song? Jake Kilmer: “Aneurysm” by Nirvana. We cover that one and you can find it on-line, it’s a great one.
Check it out – it’s worth a Google search. Jake’s drums are killer and Sean Danielsen (Guitar) and Ryan Martin (bass) tear it up, too.
Cretin: What’s your favorite song to play live? Jake Kilmer: “Black ‘n Blue” off of our new record, track one.