At 12 years old, Jimmy Lee was given a drum kit, and the rest is history. Now with 17 years of experience, he lends his musical talents to multiple bands, including Slant and Puddle of Mudd, touring the world, and recording. It’s been a long road, battling bad gigs and putting in arduous hours of rehearsal each day, but Jimmy Lee is doing exactly what he wants, and is the first to admit that it hasn’t been easy.
Though he already knew that drumming was what he wanted to do, his high school music teacher encouraged him to continue his education at a music school. After graduation, he immediately began touring and recording while holding down various jobs. “For me, it was about working as much as I could at a job, while balancing that with drumming. Eventually, after a lot of hard work, I was able to transition into music full-time.”
While no day is the same in the music industry, the work can get intense and can be an emotional rollercoaster. The parallels to life aren’t lost on Jimmy. “I don’t care who you are or what you do, you’re going to have ups and downs. It’s a matter of getting through it, having the support behind you, staying humble, and working hard.” Each day he’s in the studio early, reading emails and rehearsing for six hours, followed by the gym or a hike. For Jimmy, adding workouts into the day helps keep him grounded, even with his rock and roll lifestyle.
Despite working with more bands than he can count, Jimmy has spent the last seven years playing with Southern California-based hard rock band Slant, and two years with Evil Walks Together. Knowing that he won’t be able to bash drums forever, he has one eye focused on a future in the music business. For now, Jimmy is happy to have the success. Session artists often deal with an ebb and flow of work, but he’s quick to point out, “it’s all about being humble.”