A Say Hey Interview with Jim Bogios

As a long time Counting Crows fan, I cannot even describe my excitement and overall joy when I first met Jim after a concert at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Over the past 10 years, I have had the opportunity to watch Jim play with other bands and musicians and I have so much respect for his hard work talent. To learn more about Jim and his work, please visit www.jimbogios.com!


Tell us about your work and why you are passionate about what you do.

My dad was a trumpet player for the San Francisco Symphony for 48 years.  That influenced me, but even as a toddler, I was banging on my mom’s pots and pans.  Drumming is what I always wanted to do, but I had to convince my dad I was serious before he’d get me a drum set (which I got when I was 12).  When my dad saw that I had the drive to keep it up, he got me private drum lessons, I started playing in bands, and with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in high school.

My first big break was with Sheryl Crow, who I played with for 9 years.  Now I’m with Counting Crows and I’ve been with them for 13 years.  My passion for playing drums is at the core of me, and has always been this driving force.  But, it’s fueled by the incredible musicians with whom I play, the energy I get from our audience/fans, and how every performance has its own challenges and highs.

What are some of your hobbies/leisurely past times?

Playing tennis, watching sports (Warriors, Raiders), and playing with my daughter.


What was your hope as a musician?  What are some of your greatest lessons learned?

My dad told me when I was young how hard it is to be successful in the music business.  He said, “If you practice all the time, learn all the different styles of music, MAYBE you can make a living at it.  If that’s worth it to you, then go for it.”  So, that was my hope coming up – to be able to make a living from music.  But, when I achieved that dream, it became about always having different musical experiences and playing with different artists, which I’ve been fortunate to be able to do.

One valuable lesson I have learned is that there is no perfect gig.  Each one will have its advantages and disadvantages, you just have to find the gigs that will work best for you.

What are some of your favorite places to visit in the Bay Area? 

When I get back from the road my favorite place to visit is my home, and it’s difficult to get me out of there!  Many of the places that get me out of the house are restaurants – Meal Ticket, The Pasta Shop, Poulet (all in Berkeley).  The food here can’t be beat.  But in terms of destinations, I also love Tahoe.


Advice that you would give to beginning drummers/musicians.

The advice my dad gave me has helped me the most.  First, he said, “If you’re not practicing, someone else is.”  He was telling me that you always have to be the hardest worker to keep your gig.  That can be difficult, because I’ll be home from a long tour and feel like I have to get back on the drums immediately to keep up my chops.  But, it’s helped me take my gig really seriously and keep at the top of my profession.

My advice, mostly from my dad, is that you have to stay focused on your dream and on playing.  You have to have the passion and tenacity to stick with it and do anything necessary in order to be a professional musician.

If you had to plan your last supper, what would it be?

Red mole chicken burrito from Cactus Taqueria, with a side of Chile Verde tacos from Gordo’s.

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