(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #93: Jake Bonta of Bad Veins

By on Monday, 16th March 2015 at 1:00 pm

It’s this week, people! The music portion of SXSW 2015 officially kicks off tomorrow! Just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. We’re up to our fourteenth interviewee for this campaign, and this time round we’ve got drummer Jake Bonta of Cincinnati duo Bad Veins stepping up to the plate. It hadn’t occurred to me how important hockey is to the good people of Ohio (or perhaps the male population there) and Jake tells us of his fond memories of the sport, as well as the importance of a ’70s hard rock powerhouse to his musical background. Read on…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Definitely the warmth. It’s been so ridiculously cold here in Southern Ohio for the past
few months, and we’re super ready to soak up the beautiful sunshine and eat some killer food.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees
on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?

I do actually. I’m really into hip-hop, and being a drummer I really dig the production behind the ‘beats’ and the amount of attention that they put into them. Anyways, here’s my list so far: Kevin Gates, Earl Sweatshirt, Rae Sremmurd, 2 Chainz, BØRNS, The Ting Tings, Best Coast, Royal Teeth, and I’m sure there will be more once we get there.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are
welcome to elaborate.)

I have a medal that my brother received for winning a hockey tournament he was in. I’ve always wanted him to come out on the road with me and see what it’s like to do what I do. He’s a huge inspiration of mine. Hockey has always been a hugh part of our lives, and an even bigger part of his. Then he moved halfway across the country to play Junior A hockey, which I’m super proud of him for. So now I carry this medal in my suitcase around the country as a way of bringing him with me.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of

I’ve been really digging gin and tonics lately.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Don’t put too much stress/focus on one show. Also, try to have a good time and be nice to everyone you come into contact with, even if you think they aren’t ‘important’. I feel like that’s something you should always do, not just at SXSW.

Our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical memory would have to be the moment I was at my first-ever professional hockey game with my parents, and the home team scored a goal. The entire crowd stood up, yelling as loud as they possibly could, and this song came on. It was ‘Rock and Roll Pt. 2’ by Gary Glitter. That song forever changed my life. I went home that night and found that my dad had the song on vinyl. I stayed up super late trying to emulate that same drum beat that moved so many people at the hockey game. That night was the first time I ever played with intention. I was 9 years old.


What was your favourite song as a child?
Another pretty important song to me as a child was ‘D’yer Mak’er’ by Led Zeppelin. It was the first song that my dad and I played together in the same garage that Bad Veins had our first few practices in.


What song makes you laugh?
‘Lifestyle’ by Rich Gang. There’s a certain line in the first verse that gets me every time I hear it. I do like the song. It just sounds funny to me.

What song makes you cry?
‘Hurt’ by Johnny Cash. Such a bone chilling song.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want
this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)

‘While The Fire Was Out’ by Brighten.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it
when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you
down when you’re upset, etc.)

It’s actually an entire album. It’s called ‘Illuminate’ by the band Lydia. I remember listening to this record non-stop after I was seriously heartbroken by a girl I was talking to at the
time. Oh the memories.


Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d
written yourself?

‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen. That song is so clever and it’s arguably one of the most popular songs of the last century. So many people have covered it, and it’s always been an important song to me.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Stephen King has always been a writer that I’ve enjoyed. I remember his book ‘IT’ was one of the first books I started reading at like 12 years old. It scared the crap out of me.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d
be doing right now?

I’d most likely be a tattoo artist. I love tattoos a lot, and I’ve actually started painting tattoo flash recently. It’s so much fun.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which
would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)

‘Led Zeppelin II’. Such an influential and important album to me. [You and me both, brother – Ed.]

Many thanks to Jake for answering our questions and Courtney for arranging this for us. Catch Bad Veins at their official SXSW 2015 showcase Saturday the 21st of March at 10 PM at Bar 96.

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