Jonas Wilms

Urbanatix, independent

Jonas Wilms

Bandname Urbanatix, independent
Country Germany
Genre Various styles

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Reference Pure

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Drummer Jonas Wilms studied jazz drumming at the renowned ArtEZ Conservatory andgraduated at the Messiaen Academy, both in Enschede, The Netherlands.Jonas regularly plays with renowned artists such as Vanessa Petruo (ex-No Angels), CosmoKlein, The Original USA Gospel Singers, Pe Werner, Olaf Henning, Der Wolf, DJ Larse (1Live),URBANATIX, Peter Beets, Linley Marthe (ex-The Joe Zawinul Syndicate), Mark Nightingale(Robbie Williams, Spice Girls), Nippy Noya and many others.Jonas' creative, precise and technically accomplished style combines the passion of jazz with theenergy of rock and the groove of hip hop – live and in the studio.


What is it you like so much about playing Pearl Drums?

First of all I like the warm and bright tone of my Reference Pure. Sound wise, it is great for every genre, not matter whether it is jazz, pop or rock gigs, which makes it a wonderful versatile working machine. And the hardware is in my opinion the best I ever had. For example, the drum set is so easy to tune. And I LOVE my finish "Crystal Rain" with it´s kind of 3-Deffect. It´s absolutely awesome. Plus, I like the really warm and kind contact of the people from Pearl Europe.

Which drummer/band influenced you most into playing drums?

When I started playing the drums, it was mostly hard rock, and I always favored the bands that put the songwriting in focus, like Guns N' Roses, Queen, Extreme, and all the crossover bands from the 90's, especially Rage against the Machine. Later I got into Tool and Living Colour and Wil Calhoun. I was more into bands these days, than drummers. When I studied jazz drumming in Enschede, The Netherlands, I listened to a much broader range of music and styles. My main influences became Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Vinnie Colaiuta, Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, Martijn Vink and others. Right now I'm really into Chris Dave, Mark Guiliana and Jojo Mayer.

Who in your mind are the drummers of tomorrow, who has caught your eye?

Chris Dave, Mark Guiliana and Jojo Mayer I would say.

What do you like most about being a drummer?

For me, it's first about being a musician, then comes being a drummer. Making music, the whole process from writing to arranging to performing, is what I love to do. Especially playing with a lot of different people, in different bands, settings and styles. I really love this variety.

What is the worst thing to happen to you during a show?

I once fell two meters from the stage right before a show. But I was lucky and after a short state of shock I was able to play the concert. Only the next day, when the adrenaline was out of my body, I felt the pain caused by some bruises.

What do you practice and for how long?

Right now I do some basic practicing, but not the 8 hours every day that I used to in some phases. Now I am more into preparing the upcoming shows, and doing recordings for my bands in my studio. Sometimes I play with some loops just for fun and to hold up the chops.

What is your best advice to a young player wanting to make it in this industry?

I think there are so many factors that come into play. But I would say that there are definitely some important musical things you should to know and which you can practice at home: For example reading music, playing with a click track, preparing yourself for the upcoming show, and, when playing, focusing on the music and on the groove with your band mates. Then there are other things, which come with experience, like knowing how to adapt to different live venues or studios. Over the years, you get to know your instruments very well, but this is hard to practice. Generally, it is also very important to be a kind and focused person in any situation. You will spend more time off than on stage, so it's important to be a team player.

If you had the chance to play drums for another artist who would it be?

I would love to play with Prince, Justin Timberlake, Limp Bizkit and Robert Glasper and Joe Satriani.