When, in the summer of 2011, I first put together the list of drummers I wanted to take this questionnaire, and feature them in a special edition of FLABmag, Deantoni Parks and Gabe Serbian topped the list. Jon Theodore wasn’t even on the list.
Look, it’s not like I wouldn’t have welcomed his responses though. I just figured he would say “No” or “Maybe” (which is worse) and then never come through (ahem). But if it weren’t for Dave Clifford (who, of his own accord, sent the questionnaire to Jon) this Q&A never would have happened, and let’s face it, there aren’t many interviews with Jon Theodore out there, and certainly not one as expressive, insightful, humorous and inspiring as this one. So, Thanks Dave!
I’d like to point out that I created this questionnaire hoping to solicit responses that would give readers a more intimate snapshot of the drummers questioned: how they perceive themselves, their talents, the talent of others, and perhaps, provide some inspiration to would-be drummers around the world.
Jon Theodore (and a few others who took the questionnaire) nailed it!
So, enjoy this one. Seriously, take it to heart because I think homeboy must have been super self reflexive the summer of 2011 (when he took this questionnaire), and we might not get another opportunity to read such intimate details about who he is, how he thinks and why he does what he does.