We had the good fortune of connecting with Jon Siren and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jon, what’s your definition for success?
Success to me is having the ability to pursue my passion as my main task of the day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think the thing that sets me apart from many people I grew up with in music is my persistence. Being a professional musician is really difficult and I’ve taken on many dead end jobs in other industries to stay afloat while pursuing my career. I have sacrificed the possibility of a balanced life to be available for tours, rehearsals and hours of practice each day. None of it is easy, but when I perform well on stage, make my bands and the fans happy, than I feel it was all worth it. I also get to travel and visit cities all across the globe. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
As for lessons learned, I learned that practice is so important. I want to be able to perform with any artist who offers me a gig. I learned that spending my practice time on the parts that I struggle with is more important than playing songs or grooves that don’t need any additional work.
What I’d like the world to know is that I’m ready to do what it takes to service the band I’m performing with. I want people to leave a show that I was part of feeling enriched and inspired.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly, I truly don’t care as much about a place or environment that is specific to Los Angeles. When I’m with a friend, we could be sitting behind a dumpster and I’d be happy just to be in their presence. That said, I’d go on a long walk with them somewhere. I’d maybe go to Griffith Park or Santa Monica. I’d then go to one of the amazing vegan restaurants that LA has such as Pura Vita or Crossroads. If we were hanging out at night, I’d take them to Das Bunker, Bar Sinister or the Rainbow Room.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my parents for providing me with musical instruments and lessons in my early years. They also took me to many concerts and record stores. I want to thank all the bands who have taken me on as a drummer for tours and recordings: IAMX, Front Line Assembly, Skold, Psyclon Nine, Dismantled, etc.. There are many other artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with as well and I appreciate you having me as part of your journey.
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