After I left the Pumpkins, I went home and just sat around. I have a studio in my basement, and I found myself writing all these songs, just taking advantage of the relaxed situation. I wrote about 30 songs in about 30 days.
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.
U2 are a great band; they've given us an unbelievable body of work, and all of us musicians owe them at least something. I can honestly say that every time I have played the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, as soon as my drums are set up, I go into the beat of 'Sunday Bloody Sunday.'
Even though I'm a jazz-trained drummer, I cut my teeth playing rock.
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.
Music is my life. It is sacred.
You start to look at it with a deeper respect and I think that deeper respect for what you do builds more self-respect.
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.
Today's consumer is less interested in possessing things and more in experiencing them. That's something the music industry needs to get its head around. Do we even need record companies any more?
I take my craft very seriously.
I can't take days off and play like I did last night. Maybe some people can, but I can't.
If you put the right things out there the right things will happen.
I want to be 'Jimmy Chamberlin, the drummer, the musician who's done many things,' not just 'that guy from the Smashing Pumpkins.'
I've learned that you can call it a band, but unless everyone is contributing, it's not, really. It's pretending that it's a band.
Had I joined a straight rock band, I'm sure my drumming would be a little bit different right now.
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