Who are you and are you in a band or do you perform solo? If in a band(s), what is the name of that band?
My name is Johnny Groove. Drummer of The Veragroove and current band The Irie.
What instrument(s) do you play?
How long have you been making music? And what first drew you to your craft?
I have been playing drums for almost 20 years.
What was your favorite show of all the shows you’ve ever played?
California Roots Festival with: Rebelution, Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables, The Dirty Heads, Katchafire, Don Carlos, Collie Budz, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Stick Figure, and many more awesome acts.
What would be your dream lineup/location?
The Irie headlining Red Rocks.
What are you listening to during this period of social distancing?
I have been listening to Mako Road, Ocean Alley, Sticky Fingers, and our managements podcast on Spotify, For the Vibes.
What are you binge watching/reading?
Ahhh man, lol, I just binge-watched Dead to Me on Netflix. Not sure how I feel about it, ha.
What else are you doing with these extra hours at home? Extra creative time?
So much music, The Irie consists of George Ruiz, Marcus Mapes, and myself. We write almost 20 hours a week and learn new covers for our weekly livestreams on our Facebook page.
If you could FaceTime/Skype anyone in the world for an extended convo right now, who would it be? Facetime or Skype?
Lol, I would have to say… Kurt Cobain because I want to know who killed him. FaceTime.
Favorite food you can make at home?
I would have to say, at the moment, homemade tacos!
Are you currently working on any new musical projects? If so, what?
The Irie is currently getting ready to drop a new single here soon with an amazing band called The Elovaters from the East Coast who recently just put out a song with the reggae band Pepper.
How can folx support your musical endeavors? Can people check out or purchase your work online? What other options might be available?
– Donations and Tips for our livestreams every Saturday on our Facebook Page
– For Musicians/Drummers/Musicians I designed a custom Cajon with Bangbox Percussion Co. which is available for worldwide shipping at this link.