Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen
Jamie Hodes formed Deep Pink in 2010 after being completely blown away by a drummer that she saw at The Roxy who reminded her of her favorite Muppet, Animal. She was so inspired that she dusted off her drums and began playing the very next day after taking a five-year hiatus to raise her daughter. Deep Pink is really unique because they not only can play hundreds of classic rock cover songs, but they also put on special theme nights, where they play songs by only one artist, such as Heart, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, AC/DC or The Rolling Stones. Their next theme show is Deep Pink Does KISS, Wednesday, April 2nd at Lucy’s 51! In addition to Deep Pink, Jamie Hodes is going to portray the drummer of the internationally known band Vintage Trouble in their video shoot March 4th. Jamie is also putting together an all female house band for Lucy’s 51 in Toluca Lake, called The I Love Lucy’s Band debuting Tuesday, March 4.
Please see her full interview below:
Metal Babe Mayhem: Who is your #1 favorite band of all time and why?
Jamie Hodes: My favorite band of all time is Led Zeppelin because John Bonham rules! (Laughs) Zeppelin transcends time with solid and unique, yet memorable grooves, melodies, and riffs. Zeppelin is the only band, besides most Sabbath, that I never get sick of drumming to and I keep learning from Bonzo’s technique daily.
MBM: What rock/metal bands are you currently listening to?
Jamie: I’m currently (and usually) listening to classic rock like Zeppelin, Sabbath, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Heart, G n’ R, Deep Purple,
KISS, Queen, Whitesnake, Van Halen and my fave song “Stand Up and Shout” from my fave movie ‘Rock Star!’ (Laughs)
MBM: If you could turn us all on to one band, from any time period, who would you choose and why?
Jamie: If I could turn you all onto one band from any time period… That’s tricky for me because I love Zeppelin, even though they started in the late ‘60’s, and I love the ‘80’s! I would keep John Bonham alive as I feel the magic of Led Zeppelin disappeared the day he died, Sept 25, 1980. My daughter was born (not coincidentally I believe) on the exact same day 2005!
MBM: How long have you been playing drums, and what drummer has inspired you the most?
Jamie: I dabbled and diddled on friends’ drum sets in the ‘90’s. I took some lessons and I bought my 1st kit, a purple fade Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage Kit, in 2004. I shut down musically to nest six months into my pregnancy. I would not even listen to music except to teach my fitness classes for those subsequent five years. I was at NAMM 2009 and a pal wanted me to drum for him. I was too self-conscious to do it, as it had been years since I had touched a drum kit. That spring, I attended a Club Vodka Show at The Roxy. I saw a bada** drummer who reminded me of my favorite Muppet, Animal. I said to his photographer “I want lessons from that animal! He gets it! He emulates exactly how I feel through his drumming!” Alison, I was so inspired that I took my drum set out of my parent’s garage (where it was gathering dust for the previous five years) the very next day! I promised myself that I would perform one song on the Sunset Strip by my birthday that upcoming winter. Well, I did a little more than that… I drummed a G n’ R song to the CD at The Rainbow for Steven Adler and a handful of close friends. I said to myself, if I can perform as a beginner for one of my fave drummers, then I can drum anywhere. And I have! The drummer that beyond inspires me is John Henry Bonham Bonzo!
MBM: That is so cool. I love that story! Tell me about your band Deep Pink.
(How long you’ve been together, who’s in the band, what kind of songs you play, and your favorites)
Jamie: I started my band Deep Pink in 2010. We do classic rock themed shows, so I have a variety of singers depending on the show. So far we have done the following DEEP PINK shows:
We also cover hundred’s of classic rock songs from A-Z. My favorite shows are all of the themed shows. That’s why I chose those bands to cover as themes.
MBM: You mentioned something about putting together a house band for Lucy’s 51. What can we look forward to seeing happen with that?
Jamie: Yes! The owner of Lucy’s called asking me to put together the first all female house band for everyone’s new fave bar Lucy’s 51 in Toluca Lake. The first name I thought of was perfect: The I Love Lucy’s Band! We start every Tuesday in March from 9:00pm to close. I wanted to create an open jam where the scheduled pro guest jammers can be any gender, but the main house band will be all female, except for our guitarist Richie Ricardo Vaccaro. (Laughs)
MBM: Tell me your exciting news about Vintage Trouble.
Jamie: Yes, I forgot to mention that the band Vintage Trouble (They toured opening for The Who and just opened for KISS at The HOB.) is having all women portray them in their next video, and they chose me to be their drummer! We shoot the video March 4th. I feel very honored and excited to drum for such a hugely popular and talented band!
*Please see YouTube links below:
MBM: That’s awesome Jamie. I can’t wait to see the video! Do you have anything you would like to say to our readers?
Jamie: I’d like to share this quote from the movie ‘Rock Star:’
“You know, I’m just a regular guy who grew up with the posters of these guys on my wall… and now I’m one of them! That’s right, I’m standing here, living proof that if you work hard enough, and you want it bad enough… dreams do come true. So follow your dreams.”
MBM: That’s definitely an inspirational quote. I love it. Thanks for taking the time to chat, and congratulations on being Metal Babe of the Month for February! If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Deep Pink does Kiss at Lucy’s 51 on Wednesday, April 2nd.
For more information on Jamie Hodes and Deep Pink, please visit the links below: