|Meet Bobby Kourelis, Percussionist for Lovehammers
Marty | Billy | Dino | Bobby
Thanks to the fabulous Mods over on the MartyCasey.org message board for coming up with the questions they wanted to ask and to site co-editor Amy for organizing the whole process. Kudos to Rob Grabowski for his concert photos and to both Marty Casey and Dan Howard of Lovehammers for helping out with this. And of course a special thank you to Bobby Kourelis!
Name: Bobby Kourelis
"Bob Kourelis & I became friends because of the musical connection we had. While most of our classmates were hanging out at the mall, we were writing songs and putting together a show that we could perform at high school parties. Without music there was no way we could get the girls attention. I think it worked like a charm." ~~Marty Casey
Born: 9/2/73 – Chicago, IL
What is your middle name?
How many brothers/sisters do you have?
1 of each
Did you play any sports in school?
What school/college did you go to?
Illinois State University
What other jobs have you had besides being a musician?
Research Chemist, Chemical Sales, Substitute Teacher, Professional Speed Eater, Flamenco Dancing Instructor, Lumberjack, Taste Tester, Master Brewer, Taxidermist, Magician
What is your favorite food?
What music do you like to listen to?
All kinds of music – no limits
Favorite early memory of the band?
Playing for free booze and getting wasted on stage all the time
What's your favorite song to play?
"Eyes Can't See," "Clinic" – Although I like playing all the songs
What's kept you motivated through all the years to stick with music and this band?
Having had a "real" job, - That sucks!!
Were you able to enjoy yourself during this past tour or was everything a blur?
Definitely enjoyed the tour. Some moments sped by, but it was a fun ride.
Are you a self-taught musician?
I took lessons when I was young, and used that to teach myself down the road.
When you were just learning how to play, did you emulate someone famous or an idol of yours?
I always would listen to music, mostly rock, and learn it. The first song I played sheet music to on the kit was "Shout at the Devil."
What's your favorite thing about making music?
The ability to be creative and do whatever comes to mind – no rules.
Have you been surprised by the audience your music has attracted?
Definitely surprised at the wide range of people in attendance. From young girls to old men, it's great to see the different faces in the crowd enjoying the show.
Last song/CD you bought?
Smokey Robinson & Miracles / Temptations combo CD – good stuff
Has anything really freaked you out about the sudden fame and being recognized?
Still waiting for the fame and being recognized
What's the one personal item that you can't live without when you're on the road?
Weirdest fan request?
X-rated. I’ll just say there are some very adventurous young women out there.
What's your favorite tour memory?
Too many to list – just the everyday antics and bullshit we pulled along the way.
Do you have any pre-show rituals / superstitions?
We all put "hands in" before every show. Band members, crew, and anyone else we can drag in.
Do you read the reviews about your music?
I’ve read some. Don’t really care unless they’re good...hahaha