Jake Stone

A Call From an Old Friend

I've now been playing for 7 and a half years, throughout those years I've been in many projects with a particular guitarist named Callum Downing (We have always jelled incredibly well!). After the failure to launch our last project due to not being able to find a suitable singer, we went our separate ways and didn't interact (musically) for about two years. Then one day I was awoken by a call from Callum saying his band had just lost their drummer and had a very big gig in just over a week, could I fill in? That day I found myself in a rehearsal room with a band called Awake By Design. They had already self released an album, were in the process of recording a new one and regularly played shows in front of crowds over that of 2000. Until this point I'd recorded one EP (which made no money back) and the largest crowd I had ever played in front of was about 200. Then there I was a week later, playing in front of 5000 people in Wolverhampton! I had never seen so many people! The feeling was incredible (and scary). The crowd screamed when I threw my sticks to them at the end (had never done that before) and after the show I was hounded by fans wearing the bands shirts getting me to sign pictures, albums, shirts, various limbs etc. And now I am their permanent drummer, Im on the new album, playing all over the country, doing interviews, going on the radio, making a music video and I could not be happier with where my drumming is taking me. That phone call, changed my life!

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