Saturday, February 18, 2017

Volume 62 - Jason Eilers


Hello Hello Hello! I am back again with another drummer and his drum life. 
A kool young kat, who is making his way in the musicverse with his band and his aspirations. 
I dig finding these players who at the beginnings of their careers, their raw and full of promise.
Venturing into the world of hard hitting rock n' roll, is where we find this featured drummer, although I actually found him on Facebook, lol. Anyhoo, let's find out what Jason is up to and see if he has anything worth Talkin' Chop about ;)


Name or Stage Name: Jason Eilers

Where are you from? 
Band is from Cincinnati, OH. I am from Grant County, KY

How long have you been playing? 
About 13 years

What are the genres of music that interest you? 
Metal, Rock, Punk, Pop Punk, Metalcore, Jazz, Funk, Classical, Reggae 

How did you become a drummer? 
I think it started when I watched the Tom Hanks movie, "That Thing You Do." I was about 4 years old and the music in that movie and the story line just drew me in.

Why did you choose the drums? 
I think it was the easiest thing to do when I was little. I could just grab a pair of wooden spoons and play anywhere. 

What are your goals, short & long term? 
I think I've accomplished some of the things I've wanted to do. The biggest one would probably be to tour on Warped a few times. No matter what band I'm in, I wanna play and tour with my favorite bands. The smallest one is to play as many shows that I can.

If you weren't playing for your band what artists would you like to play for? 
The Word Alive, The Color Morale, or Pierce The Veil. They've been some early influences in my music career.

Your current band is Sins of Motion. How did the band form? What kind of music are you guys doing? 
The band was formed when my rhythm guitarist and lead singer/lead guitarist got together and decided to form a band. I came in as a fill in during March 2015 because they basically went into the studio with no drum parts yet, so at that point, they only had a studio drummer, so I filled in the gap for a show they had. I eventually became the full time drummer the next month and thus, we are here, after a few line up changes. We would say that we play Heavy Rock/Punk/Metal. Kinda sound like Bullet For My Valentine, Escape The Fate, and A Day To Remember

Do you like being in a band? Do you guys have good chemistry? 
I love being in a band. We get on each others nerves, but its a nice, tight nit group.

"As I Am" - Sins of Motion

Are you one of the songwriters in the band? 
I take part in it sometimes. I usually write thoughts or lyrics onto my phone when they pop into my head, then I use them if we're writing a new song. 

As Indie bands, you have to hustle to make things happen... do you perform any other roles in the band, other than drummer? 
I book most of the shows for us. So I'm always usually busy.

Have you guys done any touring? 
Something might be in the works for April ;)

How is the fan base for the band? is it growing? are they dedicated?
Since we came back from hiatus, our fan base has increased with every show that we've played and with how we released a single last month. Improving our line up increased our fan base too because we'd have a lot of negative responses from the audience with our previous line up. Not going into details, but it needed a lot of work. So far, our fans have been pretty dedicated about coming out to shows we have. They always try to come out whenever they can.

Listening to the song "Mom (I'm Sorry)" I see you guys are really solid musicians and the recording is very good. Is this part of an upcoming album release? 
We decided for "Mom" just to be a single since we had to get something released from our new line up, but we are releasing an EP sometime in the next 2-4 months. 

"Mom (I'm Sorry)" - Sins of Motion

Does your approach change between recording in the studio and playing live?
We record on Pro Tools I do believe, so I usually record a demo version to give to our producer and he programs the drums into Pro Tools based off of that demo, but there's not really a difference between what I do live and how I record, besides stretching and warming up before I play. If there's a part I only play live, then I don't put that onto the demo. 

Playing with such high energy, do you do anything to help maintain your endurance?
Stretching a lot helps if we have long sets with intense songs. Drinking a lot of water before and during helps also. Just staying relaxed and hydrated has helped me keep high endurance. Adrenaline rushes keep me going too.

Describe your current set up & gear - heads and sticks...ect? 
Right now I have a Pearl Vision Birch 3 piece kit 8x12 rack, 16x16 floor, 18x22 kick. And with it I have a 7x14 SJC Tour Series snare, which I also call my baby, because it's precious. Cymbals I use right now are 14 inch Meinl MB10 Medium Soundwave hi hats, 19 inch A Custom Zildjian Crash, 21 inch Sabian B8 Pro Crash/Ride, 18 inch B8X China, and a Soultone 7 inch FXO Bell. I'm in the middle of getting an endorsement with Soultone, so hopefully I'll be using all Soultones soon. For drum sticks, I'm endorsed by XCEL and I use 2B sticks. For drum heads, I use Evans all the way around. G2 clears on my toms, a Heavyweight snare head, and an EMAD 2 on my kick. I use Tama pedals, and assorted cymbal stands for my hardware. I use Cympad cymbal felts. And I use a Roc-n-Soc drum throne.

Do you have a “Dream Kit”? 
I'm pretty good as of now. If I got a full SJC kit, then I'd be down for the rest of my life. 

What famous drummers kit would you steal, if you could get away with it? 
Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Luke Holland. #freedrumlessonsforlife

How do you describe your drumming style? 
Loud. Very loud. Haha. I don't really know how to describe my style. I guess that's for other people to decide, because I just care about playing.

If you weren’t playing drums, what would you be doing? Absolutely nothing, haha. Drums are a big part of my life.

How has drumming impacted or changed your life? 
Other than playing in a band, I march on my high school's drum line and that has given me so much strength and confidence. Even though band camp kills me every single time. 

What kills you about band camp?
This past year was my first year on drum line and I marched tenors and I had a gock block attached to it. So it was a good 50-60 pounds sitting on my shoulders. So, on hot, humid summer days, it'd upset my stomach so much. I ended up throwing up 3 days in a row because of it. You could say I was beaten up pretty well.

What are you doing when you're not playing music? 
I'm always tapping on something, so I'm probably eating.

Are you involved in the local music scene in your hometown, other than just playing in your band? 
There is literally no music scene where I live. It's so boring out here in BFE. So I'm always traveling to Cincinnati to do stuff. I'm too anxious to be a promoter, so I try to attend as much local shows as possible. 

How's the scene in Cincinnati?
In 2008-2010, the Cincinnati scene was booming. After that, it pretty much went down hill. But, over the past 2 years that we've been in the scene, it's picked back up, especially in the past few months. Shows are becoming more packed and we've played some of those shows and it's pretty cool to see the scene being revived.

Name 5 of your drumming influences? why? 
Explaining this is going to be hard. But my top 5 influences have to be, Luke Holland, Josh Manuel, Chris Turner, Steve Carey, and Mike Fuentes. I love the drum parts that they portray and the technique they use is amazing, especially Chris Turner. That guy is literally a human metronome. But when this EP comes out, you will definitely hear my influences. 

Name an inspiring concert that made you want to go home and start shedding? 
Warped Tour 2016 was when I wanted to just go home and play so bad. But it was late, so I couldn't. 

Who were some of your fav bands from Warped Tour 2016? 
There were so many good bands that I saw. My favorites were probably The Color Morale, Oceans Ate Alaska, The Word Alive, The Maine, Mayday Parade, Issues, Crown The Empire, and Sleeping With Sirens

How much time do you practice? 
2-3 hours a day when I can get a chance to.

What types of things do you work on, in those sessions? Mostly rudiments and foot work.

Do you record drum videos of yourself? if so, how has it helped you? 
When I recorded drum videos from between the time period of 2011-2014, I posted them on Youtube and I watch them now and I realize that I sucked so much. They're actually still viewable, just look up my name. But later on after that when I joined SOM, I watched them to see what was good and what wasn't. So I was changing a lot of drum parts, hahaha. 

Do you have a crazy or interesting gig you can share with us? 
I have the typical band mate story for this. Okay, So, Sins Of Motion was slated to play at Reading Metal Fest up in Reading, OH in October of 2015, so I asked my (now ex lead singer and ex bassist) to get some of my stuff for me from our practice space in Lawrenceburg, IN. When they show up in Reading, they had brought everything, but my throne (or as some people call it, the drum seat). Every component of a drum set is important, but nothing is more important than the seat. And as expected, I start to flip. I think I ended up walking back to my car and just screaming and kicking everywhere because, I was really frustrated. So, what I ended up doing was try to find something to sit on and in the corner was these metal bleachers, usually used for little league baseball games or soccer games, and I sat on these bleachers and set my drums in front of it and for the entirety of our 30 minute set, I was sitting on these bleachers.

What are your words of wisdom for your fellow drummers out there? 
Learn technique asap! I can't stress that enough. I still struggle with it sometimes, but over the years, I can tell that my technique has gotten better. Not breaking as many cymbals, drumheads, drumsticks, anything basically. Yeah, you're going to break them because there's no way out of wooden sticks or 2 ply heads breaking, but it shouldn't happen at an alarming rate. Also, learn to play quietly before you play loud. Playing loud is so much easier than playing quietly.

Last Words, Links, Hashtags and Thank You’s???

My personal instagram is and my Youtube channel is

So, once again I am glad I was able to bring another great, young, drummer to light. Jason is a very enthusiastic kat and I know he is going to make a name for himself in this game.
I want to wish him and his band Sins of Motion nothing but success. For those of who were digging on their music please go and support these young men and their music. connect with them on Soc. Med. and Buy their single, go to their shows, if you're in the area.
Thx Jason!!!


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