EP 7: Stephen Perkins Stephen Perkins is a drummer from Los Angeles and is well known for being the drummer for Jane’s Addiction and later as the drummer for Porno for Pyros. Perkins started playing drums at eight years old and first met future Jane’s bandmate Dave Navarro in high school band where Nevarro was playing bass drum. In his early years Perkins was drawn to the Venice Beach drum circles where he first began to develop his love for drumming.
In 1985 Jane’s Addiction was formed by Perry Farrell and Eric Avery with Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins joining in 1986. They were one of the first bands from the 90’s alternative rock movement to gain large media attention and commercial success. Jane’s Addiction originally split in 1991 with a brief reunion featuring Red Hot Chili Pepper’s bassist Flea. The band have continued to reunite over the past two decades with their latest tour happening in 2016.
Perkins has also recorded with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nine Inch Nails, and has appeared on Drum Channel a number of times, teaching lessons and appearing in interviews. He also appeared on The Chad Smith Show alongside Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
In this episode Stephen talks about his early Jazz influences, drumming in the marching band in high school where he met Dave Navarro, the early days of Jane’s Addiction in LA during the 80s, finding your voice as a drummer, as well as giving us many inspiring points of his wisdom.
Links: Instagram: www.instagram.com/stephenperkinsdrummer
Jane’s Addiction: www.janesaddiction.com