Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. This weeks’ guest is coming to us from Asbury Park, NJ. This episode will go down as one of those podcasts that you don’t forget. It is amazing to think that I can archive this recording and listen back to it years later. I know it would make me happy to remember this time that I recorded a podcast with Joey “Bones” Parasole. First and foremost, Joey is so filled with positivity. The vibe came blasting through my laptop and into my headphones. It was impossible not to have fun with this guy.
Joey had just arrived back home from Winter NAMM 2017, days before we spoke. His experiences while being there were still very fresh in his mind and so I opened up the conversation with asking about his time at NAMM. We discuss those damn sound police with their DB meters and how Ramy, from A&F Drum Co. could have been shut down. He reveals the three booths that he thought were major highlights of NAMM as well. I also ask Joey about being at NAMM as “Joey Bones”…..his answer is so candid and I love it.
When he arrived home from NAMM, what awaited him!? Oh, just a Predator Percussion stave snare drum!!! We talk about the level of service you can expect with Mike’s company. The process that Joey describes is the seal of approval for me on why we should ALL consider boutique brand drums if you want high end. There was just so much care and involvement between Mike and Joey when creating this drum. It is really inspiring to hear the story behind his drum.
Then there is the beard. Lemme say this much…..that boy can grow a god damn beard. I am super jelly about it and I only wish I had such capabilities in that regard. He goes on to express the common challenges with being a cable guy and having such an intrepid beard. The hot, sweaty, summer days where he must power through with courage in order to reach the ultimate goal of Wizard status. Honestly, this part alone is worth the price of admission. Pure jokes.
It’s no surprise that Joey is a pretty sensitive dude. I mean sure, he’s covered in ink, has a shaved head, and a monster beard that could eat you at will, but at the core, he’s all heart man. With that being said, I asked him about what it is like seeing his son take interest in drums and what it must be like to jam with him. It is hard to not be touched a little with this segment.
At the beginning of this podcast, we feature a song by Joey's band The Morgan Freemasons, "Dragonfly". We discuss who his bandmates are and the good times they seem to have together as a band. Make sure to check them out on Instagram @the_morgan_freemasons.
We then round things off with a tough question and some of you may even question why I asked him this. I ask him if Instagram hinders his life. I relate to him on this because let's be honest for a minute….if anyone had a video that eclipsed 100,000K….more than once, you can’t tell me that it wouldn’t give you a rush. Bigger accounts, like Joey’s, see a lot of action and so I had to know the scoop on how this plays into his daily life.
At the end of the interview, I feel that we discussed some interesting topics. If you read between the lines, it is clear that this episode focuses on what it is like to be an everyday guy who is becoming a celebrity within a specific online community. Think about it…….It is all done in the man’s basement with a GoPro, phone and computer. He then goes to California and is recognized by tons of people. He has scored endorsements, millions of views and a whole lot of love from our drumming community. What I think most people appreciate is how Joey is taking it all in and then he spreads it all back out again. This is the sign of a true gentleman and I consider the guy a friend at this point. I hope that you enjoy this very exciting and natural episode of DrumGAB podcast.