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Jeremy Karl

Drums & VocalsĀ 

The music bug entered my system early in life. My dad played professionally when I was a little kid. He played for the Orchestra in Minneapolis when he was 18. He also played in rock bands which opened up for acts like The Trashmen, Tommy James, the Shondells, and more. And for those who can remember banana night at Dibbo’s, he played gigs there, too. My parents always had Steely Dan, Allman Brothers, Doobie Brothers, CSNY and lots of other cool music playing throughout the house.

When I was 2 years old my parents sat me down on my dad’s drums and handed me some sticks. My feet couldn’t reach the pedals but I could hit stuff, which was a good start. When I was 3 years old I made my stage debut with one of my dad’s bands who happened to be playing a place called West Wind in River Falls, Wisconsin.

When I got into the fifth grade I heard a saxophone solo in a song called, “Year of the Cat” by Al Stewart, so I started taking Alto Saxophone lessons. By seventh grade I switched up to the Baritone Saxophone, which was much heavier and I loved the sound. When I was in Junior high I played Bari sax in Jazz Band. For concert band I played Alto on some songs, Bari on others, and drums for a few selections. I also played the drum set in Beginning Band. In my spare time, I also took some bass guitar lessons and played some gigs with a junior high folk band. My parents and I were living in Saudi Arabia during this part of my childhood, so music was a great way to pass the time.

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I continued to play various instruments and attend music theory and composition classes through my boarding school and college years. Eventually I worked my way into the Twin Cities music scene playing for the following bands – Deviant Distraction, Jacob’s Ladder, The Underachievers, Shameless Desire, Lady Luck, Lady Shania (Shania Twain Tribute), Kick The Dog and Bones Gang. I have shared the stage with bands like Kris Vox 3, Rockfist, Gel, Rough House, M80s, and more.

I also ran lights for a couple of years at Dibbo’s for several local bands and some national acts including Firehouse, Stephen Pearcy, The Smithereens, Tommy Tutone, and more.

Being a member of POP Syndrome is quite an honor and I look forward to all of our opportunities.