Keep up with Jim here:
Currently I am finishing playing on and recording Goreaphobia’s 2nd release, Apocalyptic Necromancy. I have played on Disciples of Mockery’s – Prelude to Apocalypse, The Disciples of Mockery 3 Song EP. I’ve recorded with WOMB and played on the First 2 Incantation albums, Onward to Golgotha & Mortal Throne of Nazarene.
Live I have performed with: Goreaphobia, Disciples of Mockery, Incantation, WOMB, Engorge, Speed/Kill/Hate, Marya Roxx, Sack Blabbath “The Black Sabbath Show” & Master.
Killer Kits Feature: Goreaphobia – Apocalyptic Necromancy
Jim Roe Interview:
SDM: How old were you when you started playing?
Jim: I was 6 or 7 when I started banging on cardboard boxes.
SDM: Did you play in a school band or any drum corps?
Jim: No, I just played along with Black Sabbath records.
SDM: Who are your top 5 metal influences?
Early Lars Ulrich
SDM: Who are some other of your favorites?
Jim: John Bonham, Nick Mason, Ginger Baker, Steve Gadd, Buddy Rich, Bill Bruford, Neil Peart, Peter Criss, Ian Pace, Bun E.Carlos, Nicko McBrain and the list goes on…
SDM: Let us know 5 CD’s that are in your current rotation.
Rush – Hemispheres
Autopsy – Mental Funeral
King Crimson – The Power to Believe
Kiss – Rock & Roll Over
Iron Maiden – Killers
SDM: What do you do to warm up before a show?
Jim: Before a show I drink lots of Beer…HaHa. Seriously, I like to warm up on a pad doing single stroke, double stroke rolls and paradidles. I also use those same exercises to warm up my feet. Stretching is important – arms, hands & back to loosen up. I usually spend about 20-30 minutes warming up.
SDM: Do you read music? Regardless of answering yes or no, please tell us how it might have effected your playing?
Jim: No, I don’t read music – I have always just played by ear.
SDM: Can you tell us about the gear you use?
Jim: The gear I use is pretty basic: 2-22″ Kicks, 10″ & 12″ Toms and 16″ floor Tom, 14″X 6″ Snare. I also like to use my 4 piece kit with double pedal when travel space is limited.
SDM: If you could give one piece of advice to young drummers, it would be…
Jim: To all the young drummers I would say keep doing what you are doing. Play your drums a lot to develop your own style of playing. It is good to be influenced by great drummers, but try to develop your own way of playing, so when people hear you they know who it is. For example, when you hear Bonham, Bill Ward or Bill Bruford… you can tell who’s playing. To me it is much more important to play for the song. You don’t always need to do a Quintuplet Quadruplet Radamaque Double Flamadidle just because you can. If the song just needs a Blat Blat Bada Pssshhh, it’s aways better to be musical.
SDM: Who gave the best live performance you’ve ever seen?
Jim: It’s hard to say, there are several – I saw Rush this summer at the PNC, my good friend Mr. Secret got me and my girlfriend Jen on stage to watch the show and that was amazing. Another show was at The Starland Ballroom when Carmine Appice was playing with Michael Schenker. I saw a great performance by Steve Gadd at The Blue Note in NYC playing with Chick Corea Band. Went to see Dave Witte playing with Municipal Waste at Asbury Lanes, that was a killer show. Also, I’ve seen Pete Sandoval tear up the drums on different nights and Dave Lombardo always puts on a great show.
SDM: Aside from drumming, what else do you like to do?
Jim: Aside from drumming, more recently I’ve been really liking recording bands that I play with. Trying to capture sounds and making it all sound good in the end is quite challenging. I also restore 1960’s Pontiac GTO’s, this is something I have been doing for years.