Josh Freese

373 – Josh Freese: Rock & Roll’s not-so-secret weapon

Josh Freese is the closest thing you can get to Rock & Roll royalty. At a very young age he started working at Disney and from there he graduated to national and international bands like Devo, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, No Doubt, The Vandals, Sting, Weezer, Sublime and an extremely long list of others. We get into all sorts of topics in this conversation…enjoy!

Josh Freese talks about:

  • Growing up with his father as a conductor for the Disneyland
  • His love for Disneyland
  • Getting started drumming at 8 years old
  • His longtime relationships with both Vinnie Colaiuta and Terry Bozzio since he was a kid
  • Attending NAMM at 11 years old and seeing Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Playing the Grammy’s for the first time
  • How he got the Sting gig
  • Dealing with self-doubt, imposter syndrome and fear of failure
  • Deciding not to tour with Nine Inch Nails
  • Why he wouldn’t have toured with Prince or Steely Dan if asked
  • His experience working with NIN
  • How he feels about platinum records and awards
  • The only session he ever walked out of
  • The intersection of hard work and opportunity
  • How he stays grounded and doesn’t take anything for granted
  • Dealing with the phone not ringing for gigs
  • The pitfalls of comparing yourself to others
  • Why it’s ok to take a break once in a while
  • PF Chang’s
  • His Instagram videos
  • Bathroom food pics
  • Much more

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