5 Drummerszone artists - Jamie Perkins

Jamie Perkins
United States
Jamie Perkins is probably best known as drummer with female-fronted hard rock outfit The Pretty Reckless, lead by former The Grinch / Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen.

After growing his chops in a number of different bands, Jamie caught his first real break and one that would sow the seeds for his current gig when he hooked up with guitarist and songwriter Ben Phillips in grungey early 00s rock band Famous. This band would later form the backbone of The Pretty Reckless.

Famous put out one album in 2005, All The Wicked, packed full of big, grungey rock anthems in the vein of Soundgarden, a solid enough sound that they would take into a second recording session with producer Kato Khandwala but fate would lend a big step-up in the shape of Taylor Momsen, who had written a bunch of rock songs and was looking for a band to help her realise those tunes. "Taylor basically just joined our band and became the singer and took over!" laughs Jamie Perkins.

The Pretty Reckless released their debut album, Light Me Up, in 2010. It was an album packed with hooky, melodic rock tunes that already displayed a songwriting maturity from Momsen and solid rock guitar and drum parts crafted carefully around the vocal hooks.

Speaking about his musical influences, Jamie Perkins says: "I did discover other genres along the way but rock was my first love, and still is. I was listening to a lot of guys like Lars Ulrich and Stewart Copeland, and that just sort of morphed into other people like Danny Carey from Tool and Matt Cameron from Soundgarden became a huge influence."
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