Jerry Gaskill: The King’s X
Jerry Gaskill is the drummer from the legendary Metal Blade band King’s X. Jerry has a solo project out, and Jerry is a real fucking Iron Man behind the kit. Here’s what he had to say:
MI: What is your birthday?
Jerry: December 27th.
MI: What is your favorite track off of Black Like Sunday?
Jerry: A song called Two.
MI: What do you want people to know about you?
Jerry: I want people to know that I have a solo record out. It’s called Come Somewhere. It’s out right now.
MI: I have you ever inhaled?
Jerry: No. Well, I have dabbled in my day.
MI: What are your thoughts on legalizing drugs?
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
Jerry: I believe in all things. I think there’s solidity in all things. If it’s something you believe then it should be something that’s real.
MI: What was it like to work with Brendan O’Brien?
Jerry: That was a great and wonderful experience. Brendan is a great guy, easy to work with, very talented, and it was truly an honor to work with him.
MI: Describe your music to those who have been living under a rock.
Jerry: All I can say is that it’s some kind of Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s us making the music that we hear inside of our selves and if you can tap into that it’s going to be the greatest thing you’ve ever imagined.
MI: Do you write any of the lyrics?
Jerry: I do write some of the lyrics. For my solo record I wrote all of the lyrics.
MI: What is the thing you like to do most in the world, and why?
Jerry: I love hanging with my girlfriend and my kid. I like to watch TV and play ping-pong.
MI: What do you like to do-least?
Jerry: Waking up in the mornings is a drag.
MI: Tell me the story of how the band got together and how the name King’s X came up.
Jerry: We’re all from different parts of the country. I’m from New Jersey, Todd is from Mississippi, and Doug is from the Chicago area. We all moved to Springfield, Missouri for different reasons and that’s where we met. Doug moved down there to join a band that I was joining and Todd was going to school there. I originally moved there to go to school. In the back of our minds we all knew wherever we ended up that we wanted to be musicians. We came across each other and decided to become a band, so we moved down to Houston, Texas in 1985 and now here we are. We were originally called The Edge and then we changed our name to Sneak Preview. Finally we changed our name to King’s X and the rest is history.
MI: Whom was your hero growing up?
Jerry: My two biggest heroes growing up would be John Lennon and Bob Dylan.
MI: If you were going to make a movie of your life, what would the soundtrack be and who would play you?
Jerry: I’d probably want my music and me in it.
MI: I you play any song live, what would it be?
Jerry: It would have to be one of my songs. A song called Johnny’s Song would be great to play live.
MI: Tell me the most fucked up thing you’ve seen on tour.
Jerry: I’ve seen a lot of fucked up things…. But I do remember one time in Newark, New Jersey, we were sitting on the bus and all of the sudden there’s these two guys in the middle of the street. One of the guys has the other guy by the hair and was slamming his face into the pavement. Blood was all over the place. That was fucked up.
MI: How do you think the music industry has changed over the years?
Jerry: It’s obviously changed in many ways, especially with computers and all that stuff. I think in some ways it’s made it a little easier for bands to make money on their own since we can do everything our selves. I think some of the romanticism of the music has left a little bit because it’s so everywhere now. The industry has been good to us for the most part.
MI: Do you have a message for your fans?
Jerry: You have got to be yourself. You have to find out what’s inside yourself that’s the most true and what it is in your heart that you really want to do and that’s what you have to follow.
MI: What advice would you give an upcoming band about the industry?
Jerry: It has to be the thing you’re going to do no matter what. It has to be that driving force inside of you. Otherwise you’re just going to be floating around in the middle of everyone else trying to do the same damn thing.
MI: What do you think about reality TV?
Jerry: The first time I saw the Osbournes I thought it was the greatest show I’d ever seen. I still think it’s a great thing. My favorite reality show is American Idol. I love American Idol. I was flipping through channels one time and caught the beginning of the second season when they do auditions and thought it was unbelievably amazing that these people were so clueless or unbelievable actors.
MI: What made you decide to start playing the drums?
Jerry: I really can’t remember a time of making that decision. It feels like I’ve always played. I was four years old when I got my first real drum and it was one of the most exciting times in my life.
MI: Do you play any other instruments?
Jerry: I play some guitar and keyboard.
MI: If you were not a musician what would you be doing with your life right now?
Jerry: Maybe a porn star.
MI: Where were you when 9-11 happened and how did it affect you?
Jerry: I was at a car mechanic shop getting my car fixed. I was sitting in the lounge watching TV and saw a plane fly into the building. I asked everyone if it was an accident and they said we were being attacked. Then I saw the second plane hit and it changed everything in life from that moment on.
MI: If you could design a memorial for the victims, what would it be?
Jerry: I don’t know. How can you possibly compensate for that? Cherish the love for the people that you have in your heart.
MI: What is your favorite book?
Jerry: I love Anne Rice. I love everything she writes.
MI: What is your favorite movie?
Jerry: I’ll pick three. The Graduate. That is an all time classic movie. The first time I saw American Beauty I thought it might be one of the best movies I’d ever seen. Dumb And Dumber is a great movie.
MI: Who is your favorite musician?
Jerry: If I had to pick on it would be John Lennon. He spoke things that rang completely true to me and his music is perfect.
MI: How do you think is sitting on a pile of fame and money that doesn’t deserve it?
Jerry: I don’t know much about deserve and not deserve. There are people that are born into money but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it. Anybody who has made a lot of money and earned it has worked hard to get that whether you like him or her or not.
MI: What do you think about the illegal downloading of music?
Jerry: I think it’s kind of a drag because it does take money away from the artist. That’s what we do and that’s our living. At the same time there’s always been bootlegging of some sort. We’re just going to have to deal with it. I think the government is dealing with it in some sort of tangible way in which it’s cutting down on it.
MI: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Jerry: Nope. The thought that we may come back in some other form, I just don’t know about that.
MI: Who would like to dump a bucket of flesh eating ants on?
Jerry: The only way I could see myself getting that angry would be if someone harmed one of my children. At that point I would be happy to do anything at all to cause them pain and even death.
MI: What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
Jerry: The worst job I’ve ever had would be any job. I’m not a worker guy.
MI: Whom would you most like to have lunch with?
Jerry: John Lennon. Living would be Bob Dylan.
MI: In all of history, who would you like to meet most?
Jerry: One of the remaining Beatles.
MI: What do you think about George W. Bush?
Jerry: I think he’s making decisions that he feels are wise in some way. When it becomes that high up in the government that it is outside of me.
MI: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be?
Jerry: I would take my girlfriend and my three kids. To be honest, if I was stranded on a desert island I would want as few people there as possible. I would bring a guitar and some kind of music. I’d bring Beatles music and Dylan music. For a book, I would bring the Vampire Chronicles.
MI: If you could be any super hero, who would it be?
Jerry: It would be me!
MI: If you were God for a week, what would you change?
Jerry: I wouldn’t change a damn thing because this is how God has it already.
MI: If you had a million dollars to donate to charity, what charity would it be?
Jerry: Any charity trying to find a cure for cancer. I went through cancer myself.
MI: If a genie gave you 3 wishes for King’s X and 1 for yourself, what would they be?
Jerry: They would be that we sold enough records so that we would be financially stable for the rest of our lives and that my record will sell enough so that I can be financially fine. Also that the three of us can continue to do the things we do and find peace as we go along.
MI: How do you want King’s X to be remembered?
Jerry: I’d like us to be remembered as an inventor of the music that’s happening these days.
MI: What’s your favorite lyric off of your album?
Jerry: So I build these walls of liquid, can’t see through and can’t see under.
MI: What is the King’s X web site?
Jerry: www.KingsXonline.com Mine is www.JerryGaskill.com
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