Our friends across the pond at Mike Dolbear have just posted a cool interview with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer, Chad Smith. The interview covers his roots, his origins in the RHCP, and moving to California.
What we’re trying to do, is move the whole thing away from ‘what drum sticks do you use?’ type of question. So… what drum sticks do you use?
It’s not working Bob!
Ok, I’ll try again. What got you into drumming?
I started being interested in drums when I was 7, so it would have been the late 60s. I had an older brother who played guitar, he was two years older than me, and seeing as you look up to your older siblings, I wanted to play too. I didn’t have that moment lots of Americans had of ‘ooh, I want to be them’, or ‘ooh I saw Ringo’. So I don’t know why it was the drums themselves, I liked hitting things, normal kids stuff I guess and I just wanted to be able to play along with my brother. So that’s when I started.