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Jimmy Chamberlin Quotes


James Joseph "Jimmy" Chamberlin is an American drummer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the former drummer for the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins.
(1964 - )

All he wants to do is practice and that's all he does, all day long. That's what it takes if you want to change the face of music. You've gotta be committed to it.
 

At first it was a bit daunting, but once I started to do it, the more I got into it, the more I started enjoying it and being able to say things lyrically that I would normally have to say musically.
 

But back then the thing that saved me was the music, and it's certainly the music that saves me now. The music, my family and my friends and everybody around me.
 

Had I joined a straight rock band, I'm sure my drumming would be a little bit different right now.
 

I can't take days off and play like I did last night. Maybe some people can, but I can't.
 

I feel really good in the teacher role.
 

I take my craft very seriously.
 

I think that the jazzy approach that I have is based on the way that I hear music and in the way I play a supporting role to the other people in the band.
 

I've always seen my drumming as lyrical anyway.
 

If you can get a twelve year-old kid to go listen to Thelonius Monk, what more do you want? Do you want a big pile of cash, too? That's a home run for me.
 

If you put the right things out there the right things will happen.
 

My brother and I had a real love-hate relationship with my success. There was some bitterness there that I didn't understand until recently, but I told him that if I ever did a record I wanted him to play on it.
 

My brother was always in bands and on the road when I was a kid and he was my inspiration. He never made it with a big band, in fact he never made a record. Here he is fifty-something years old.
 

No one writes about the emotional things you go through.
 

People just expect you to show up, be a cartoon character of yourself, take your money and go home. But don't screw up to the point where you're gonna be out of the picture.
 

The lyrics came out of necessity. When we started writing the record, we started in a more fusion environment and that got boring really quick and that wasn't what we were about on an organic level.
 

The thing I try to do the most is to play in terms of the song and play in terms of what I'm hearing.
 

What I see for the band by the end of this year is the Complex live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I want my guys to be comfortable. I'm certainly not in this for the money, but I'd really like to see my guys make some money off of this stuff.
 

When I'm at home I practice everyday.
 

You start to look at it with a deeper respect and I think that deeper respect for what you do builds more self-respect.