My name is Donny Jones. I have always had a passion for music ever since I can remember. I think that stemmed from my dad. I can remember him blasting music and my brother and I singing along to Metallica, ac/dc, Jackyl, Def Leppard, and Judas Priest to name a few. I remember telling my dad I wanted some drums for quite a while and sure enough for my 15th birthday… boom, drum kit, in the garage, waiting to be set up! I set it up in my room and all I had was that drum kit and a bed. I was fortunate enough to have parents that let me practice and endured the noise I was making for as long as they did, because I’m telling you, it was just noise when I first started!
I soon got myself to calm down behind the kit and there were a few years of teaching myself songs. I would sit in my room and listen to songs and then try to play them. I used to have a program called Tab Trax which had a bunch of drum tablature on it. The tabs would go across the screen and it would play them as well. I spent so many hours behind my kit jamming with that program. I also taught myself how to play guitar and a little bit of bass as well.
I eventually went on and linked up with a friend that played guitar and we started writing songs while trying to fill other positions in the band. We did this for a few years and that project eventually fell apart and led to the beginning of Dead In Seconds (My current band) in 2012.
So many things influence my drumming. I like to say life is the main influence because in many ways it is. You can have a very bad day and get behind your kit and that bad day can influence some really cool ideas. Maybe something you never thought you would play, but did, because your sad, angry, happy or excited about something. Whatever the emotion, it influences you in one way or another. That’s why I think music is so important, not just for me, but for everyone, for expressing every emotion we have. In every situation, there is a song we can listen to that helps us feel better and get through, whatever may be going on. Through listening, or in some cases such as my own, creating a song, it brings us right back to the influences of life and all the emotions and passion, the blood, sweat, and tears that’s thrown into making any kind of music. Music is everything. it is the one thing we can always count on to be there. This is why I will always be a musician.