Jay Cobain formally known as Jamaal J Smith spent several years touring around Europe and America playing for the likes of HRVY, band Love in Future Times and most recently Kid Brunswick. Having worked with the likes of Spencer Smith & Pete Wentz Jay is no stranger to band settings and pop-punk sonics. In 2019 he started working on solo work releasing his first single Lost Hope. Taking inspiration from some of his influences such as Kid Cudi, Dave Grohl, and Ringo Starr he continues to experiment and test the boundaries of where music can go.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceMGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, I was using the X5A Grip Sticks, everything clicked on this day, everything went as it should and I just felt free to play however I wanted. It was like everything creatively in my mind translated directly to my hands and drums, which can actually be quite a task at times.
What Drives Your Creativity?A lot of new music, I listen to tons of new music on a daily basis this normally opens my ears to new sounds and creativity. Majority of my creative influences are external to drums such as Takashi Murakami, and Matthew Williams. I just like to be the drumming version of those types of creatives.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?It's by fair the greatest stick company globally. It's in the product itself. I can buy a pair of Vic's in any music shop in any country and know that i'll be good to go for a show. it's been tested and proven on many tours.