What’s Your Deal? Rock Jong Il

Rock Jong Il is Jay Collins, Jeff Cohen, Johnny Huchmala, Bob Beckley and Brandon Davis. Photo by Clarke Condé.

Rock Jong Il is (left to right) Jay Collins, Jeff Cohen, Johnny Huchmala, Bob Beckley and Brandon Davis. Photo by Clarke Condé.

Welcome to the latest installment of What’s Your Deal? in which Rock Jong Il explains their deal to Pyragraph.

1. What’s your act?

Jay Collins: We’ve had a couple reviews that threw us in the metal/punk rock n’ roll genre.
Jeff Cohen: I’d say thrash, though. It’s kind of ’80s thrash.

2. Tell us about your background as musicians.

Jay Collins: The youngest guy is 38 and the oldest is 45. We’ve just been in the music scene here for at least 20 to 25 years, all of us.
Jeff Cohen: Me and Bob have known each other for 26 years. We started in a band, me and him, back in the ’80s.
Jay Collins: I’ve known Johnny since the ’90s and Brandon we just met last year. He’s our new addition. The core of us have been together for at least 20 some years.

3. What was the worst gig you ever played?

Jay Collins: None yet. It’s only our fourth one. We’ve got many stories from other bands we’ve been in, but this band, no. We’re too new. Nothing yet. We’re going to keep it that way.

4. Who are your favorite performers at the moment?

Jay Collins: Fugazi
Johnny Huchmala: D.R.I.
Bob Beckley: Devil Driver
Brandon Davis: Baroness
Jeff Cohen: Duran Duran

5. What’s the most helpful tip you could share with aspiring performers?

Jay Collins: Just keep playing. Don’t ever give up. That old standard—just keep going. We’ve all been in bands that have failed, and this one might fail, but we all just kept playing. Here we are in our mid-40s still playing music.

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