James Kottak - Scorpions Drummer and frontman of KrunK
How do you manage your time between KrunK and Scorpions - it must be a
The Scorps work about 5-6
months a year.
The scene in LA is pretty dead right now and has been since the grunge era. Matters not to KRUNK! LA RULES!
I keep Krunk and The Scorps totally separate. In Krunk, I am Jimmy Ratchitt, 26, out of control....basically an idiot....sort of an insane genius.
With the Scorps, I am James
Kottak, 34, responsible father of 3, drummer, vocalist professional!
4. How was the reunion with Uli Jon Roth etc at Donington Rock and Blues?
The reunion did not happen. If it did, we weren't there.
Athena is an EXCELLENT drummer in the trashy sort of way. It's way cooler to turn around and see a hot chick with GREAT boobs than some sweaty geezer. When performing, I don't think of her as 'my wife'.....
6. How does it feel to switch instruments etc from one band to the other?
Switching instruments is no problem.....it's my job.
I love playing hard rock and roll drums......w/the Scorpions....hitting as hard as humanly possible. I love hard rock when playing drums but prefer stuff on the punky side when singing and playing guitar.
Of course Buddy Rich for his persistence, John Bonham for his feel and sound.
I got most of my 'fast' stuff from Gino Vanelli cd 'Brother to Brother' Mark Craney is an incredible drummer. AC/DC Back in Black for feel
10a.What is it like being a member of the Scorpions?
Playing w/The Scorpions is GREAT! They treat me like family. Still one of the biggest bands in the world! Last year alone we played in over 30 countries.
b. What's your average day consist of?
While on the road, there isn't
all that much down time.
Actually, it was the Berlin Philharmonics idea. They first approached the band in 1995. We've done MANY shows around the world with different orchestras including Russia, (10 shows), Portugal, France, etc...
b. How did it go?
It was a cool novelty type thing, but I wouldn't want to do another cd.
c. Would you do it again?
Shows are OK now and then. I prefer to ROCK.....5 piece!
I co-wrote a song on the Eye To Eye cd called DU BIST SO SCHMUTZIG. It was the first song the Scorps ever put on a cd singing in German.
I also sang on the track....my part in English!
When I first joined, I did
compromise my drumming a bit to reflect Hermans (former drummer of 15
years) style. Gradually over the years, things have relaxed.
A friend of ours was doing production for the rock scenes and he recommended us......unfortunately, we ended up on the cutting room floor........boo!
I don't know!
My former band Kingdom Come
opened for the Scorpions for 4 months in America. The phone rang one day
and it was the manager asking if I would be
I had previously played on a few Scorps tracks for Pure Instinct (1995) w/Kieth Olsen producing who I've recorded 15 + cds with. I also did an MSG cd
There are no tour plans at the moment. We just finished the world in support of ACOUSTICA.
Today I like U WISH U WERE ME, TOMORROW
b. Who came up with the idea of recording 'Tomorrow - why ?
I was in Vegas feeling all show bizzy.... Playing guitar at 7 in the morning after an all night bender.....BOOM!!! Just popped into me head!!
I played at The Hammersmith w/Kingdom Come....twice!
Athena and I were just in London in June and took our picture out in front of the place.....HA!
Scorps....We played for 750,000
people in Crakau, Poland!!!!
Krunk opened for Motley Crue a couple of years ago........9,000 Crue heads.....we won 'em over big!!!!!
21. What's next for both bands?
Scorps to do a ROCK cd in 2002....finally Krunk returns to the studio in Oct. with a REAL producer!!!
I wouldn't want to incriminate
the chances of a brother/sister tour i.e. Tommy Lee's Methods
That would be way cool but doubtful.
I don't have a clue.....sell shoes????
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