Kevin Smart of Jake Miller

Drummer Kevin Smart of Jake MillerHey, what’s up guys? I’m a seventeen-year-old drummer for Jake Miller. Currently, I am sitting in Starbucks drinking some hot chocolate writing this blog.

I’ve always loved music, since it was constantly played in my house and despite the fact that my mom used to make me dance with her in front of the camera so she could show the family every Christmas. Luckily, I was too young to realize how embarrassing it was at the time. After my long career of tap dancing, my dad decided to buy me a drumkit. I then went on to join the school band and play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at the winter and summer concerts. In the beginning of my freshman year of high school, I joined a performance-based school called the School of Rock. It allowed me to play with peers and receive private lessons. I started my own bands and projects that year. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that I wouldn’t be able to do anything with my musical career. (Haters.)

I completely disregarded any of those comments and kept working. I was talking to a buddy, Scott Nebb, and he suggested I put up a drum cover. I chose to cover Jake Miller’s single “A Million Lives,” and it immediately caught the attention of Jake. Then a few months later, I got a call with an offer to play drums for on his first tour. My manager/drum mentor, Chris Stone, started drilling me harder and harder to better myself as a drummer. Let me tell you: dedication, positivity, and hard work pay off.

I just got off the second tour with Jake, known as the Us Against Them Tour, and it was a blast! There is a bunch of tour videos on Jake Miller’s YouTube channel. In one of the episodes, I actually get my face smashed into a cake, and the cake didn’t break. Pretty funny, actually. Please check it out when you get a chance. The videos (link below) on his channel are dope!

Unfortunately, I have to go back to school soon—not stoked on that. But you have to get your education, so it’s worth it. I haven’t been to school in over two months. It’s going to feel weird going back to high school after being an “adult” on tour. (I just realized that the barista person put “pop punk bro” on my Starbucks cup. Ha!)

I am very excited for what’s in store for 2014, I am going to be working super-hard on improving my drumming and might even hit the gym to get buff. Anyway, I’m going to try and sit next to the cute girl at the table behind me, and see if I can get myself a prom date.

I endorse Pearl drums, Soultone cymbals, Cympad, Reactorz, Stageworks Gear, Stone thrones, and Rim Riser.

 

Thanks for being a part of my life!

 

Check out a few videos here.

 

 







204 comments

  1. Courtney Sacco

    I love you so much kevin! I look up to you so much and I literally cried when I saw you in Philly in November. I really wish that I could have met you. It would mean the world to me if you respond to this or even just read it. Can you please follow me on twitter? I tweet you almost every day and you never see any of my tweets:( my name on twitter is @ little_sacc well I love you so much, and I hope you come back go Philly again soon!

  2. Savanna Haught

    besides getting to do what you love, whats your favorite thing about touring? (not only with jake, but in general)

    • Kevin Smart

      My favorite part about touring is meeting new people and traveling to different places each night. It’s crazy how much you learn from touring, not only about yourself, but about the world!

  3. hope➰✌

    Twitter: @ayeitskokoo
    Hey Kevin. Just read your blog post and I am honestly so proud of who’ve you become. You followed you dreams and didn’t let hate stop you from getting to the top. Now that you’ve mentioned it I remember when Jake saw your cover. Keep doing what you do and rock on. You’re making the Millertary proud. And you’ve inspired me to buy a set of drumsticks to try out.
    I have one question for you, What is your advice for anyone who wants to follow their dream?

    • Kevin Smart

      Thanks for taking the time to write that! Felt like yesterday that I recorded that cover of Jake! Definitely buy those pair of sticks (; My advice is to never give up. As cliche as it sounds, if you really want something, you will chase it and won’t stop until you catch it. Hope that helps!

  4. disqus_iaIWmRUm0g

    Kevin! You’re such a talented drummer and an amazing person. I actually found you first because of The Stolen and absolutely fell in love with your music and then when I realized you were Jake’s drummer I cried. I tried so hard to meet you in New Orleans but I guess you never saw my tweets. Well I hope you keep doing your thing and if you would like complete my follows from the team plus your band already follows me ☺️
    Love, Lia (@ideklia)

    • Kevin Smart

      That’s so awesome! Hopefully I meet ya next time. The whole team really appreciates your support! Followed you too!(:

    • Kevin Smart

      about 50 comments now! My favorite part of the tour was definitely playing in different cities every night with my best friends. Couldn’t be more thankful for my opportunities…

    • Kevin Smart

      My favorite thing about drumming… hmmm.. I love being able to learn new things everyday on it, even when I’m not sitting behind the kit! I’m usually playing on my desk at school. I currently play drums for Jake Miller. I also play bass in a band called The Stolen!

  5. tbhmiah

    Hi kev I’m reading this and I actually want to cry because you’ve come so far and I’m so so so proud. We all love you and we know you’re gonna go far not only with jake but with your own band. Don’t ever stop doing what you do because you’re incredible at it. love you kevin and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you.

  6. jenny miller

    Hey its @jennyyymiller on twitter so yea hi kevin ilysm pleaseee follow me ok anyways heres my question what was your favorite show on the Us Against Them Tour? Oh and one more what is your favorite song on the Us Against Them album? Ok love you Kevin♥

    • Kevin Smart

      Followed you! My favorite show on the Us Against Them Tour was probably NYC or NJ! My favorite song off the album is definitely Hollywood.

  7. jenny miller

    I reallllllly hope you follow me Kevin♥ you are amazing!!!! Twitter- @jennyyymiller (yup same last name as jake and same name as his sis haha) love youuuuuuu

  8. Maddie

    I’m so proud of you! You’ve worked so hard to get this far. Keep doing what you do. 🙂 – @maddie3862 P.s you could follow me on twitter?? please…

  9. Hayley Jones

    Very very proud of you. A lot of people want to succeed but they don’t even try. Your story will motivate others to follow their dreams no matter how hard the journey might me. I didn’t get the chance to meet you at the Us Against Them tour in dallas even thought i tried. Hope to meet you soon! You are truly an amazing person and I would love to be your prom date! Haha love you.
    ((Twitter: @hayley_jones55 ))

  10. Daniel

    Was at the Jake Miller concert in Chicago. Been to a few concerts and you by far are one awesome drummer for how young you are. Keep it up. You will go far. (@heyyarnold93)

  11. Courtney Sacco

    What is your most favorite thing that happened on the Us Against Them Tour with Jake? And where was your favorite place to perform? I love you kevinnnnn

  12. Pilar Celorio

    I loved your blog i had to show my mom. She does not speak english very well so i had to translate everything to spanish. We watched some of your videos and she said to keep up the good work & that she will be meeting you soon at the next jake miller tour! Me and my friends tried to meet you at the us against them tour in dallas but unfortunatelly, we could’t. I am very excited to see what’s in store for you! I am sure great things are coming your way! & any girl would be lucky to be your prom date! love you lots.
    { @pilarcelorio in twitter }

    • Kevin Smart

      I wouldn’t consider myself famous! haha but the experiences I’ve had over the past year with touring really changed my outlook on life. I definitely became a better person from a year ago today.

    • Kevin Smart

      Probably wouldn’t of went on my first tour yet and probably wouldn’t of progressed as a drummer/person as much.

  13. Lia

    If you could work with any drummer (For Example- Luke Holland, Jess Bowen, Jamie Follesé etc…) who would you work with and why?

    • Kevin Smart

      I’ve wanted to work with Brian Frasier Moore for a long time, and I’m studying with him now! If I could study with any other drummer, it would be Tony Royster Jr. and/or Travis Barker. I’ve looked up to them for the longest time. I appreciate how humble they are. It separates them from the others.

    • Kevin Smart

      Pretty funny story. On the Miller High Life Tour, some dude was selling fake Jake Miller shirts outside the show. I kindly asked him to stop selling them and to leave. So he decided to drop the shirts and his pants and try to pee on me haha.

  14. Lexie

    Where was your favorite place to perform while you were on the road with Jake?

    Also, I want you to know I’m so proud of you Kevin! You’ve come so far in the past year, and I can’t wait to see what else you have to show us. 🙂 Love you Kevin!
    (@lexieee17)

  15. Tamara Jones

    Kevin, you’re very inspiring. Please don’t let haters get in your way. I still can’t believe that I got a picture with at Jingle Ball last year in Sunrise. Best of luck with your career, i look forward to follow you with your journey :)- @HatersLuvMe2 xoxo

  16. Khansa

    I have a couple questions. What did it feel like to be able tour the country at 17? Your favorite experience while being a drummer? And lastly, where do you see yourself in a couple years?

    • Kevin Smart

      It’s surreal! Favorite experience was definitely on the Us Against Them Tour! I see myself playing drums and touring! haha

  17. Kevin Smart

    Followed! There are countless influential causes that inspired me to become a drummer. Some include my family being so interested in music and looking up to some of my favorite drummers (Travis Barker, Tony Royster Jr., Brian Fraiser Moore etc..). My goal for this year is keep improving as drummer and keep working with Jake!

  18. Kevin Smart

    No. Jake and the team is someone who enjoy working with very much. If there was a period of time where Jake wasn’t touring and I received an opportunity that fit the schedule, I would definitely consider it. Jake and the team is one of my main priorities.

  19. Kevin Smart

    So sorry to hear about that! Doesn’t surprise me one bit that Jake did that for you. Jake is one of the nicest artists that I’ve came across. Thanks for the kind words!

  20. Kevin Smart

    I see myself drumming for bands/artists! This past year of working as drummer for an artist has been so much fun. Learned a lot from it. I enjoy doing what I love and hopefully I can continue to do it!

  21. Kevin Smart

    Glad you enjoyed my blog! and probably practicing in my basement haha. Blessed with the experiences that I received with Jake and the crew though!

  22. @millertarymom

    I am very excited to have found you blog!! Do you know when you guys will be touring again? I miss seeing the crew all together. Please follow me on twitter @millertarymom

  23. robert

    my question is; what’s your favorite song that you’ve ever performed with jake, and why? “you’re such an awesome drummer, you rock the the stage.

    • Kevin Smart

      It’s always a challenge. But when you learn and practice things, it becomes second nature! But theres always more things to learn so I like to challenge myself! Followed!

  24. Liliana Hernandez

    If you weren’t playing the drums and touring what do you think youd be doing right now?
    Twitter: @LilianaH_4496 Follow Me?

    • Kevin Smart

      Wow that’s hard. Weird because I played across the country and I never even dreamed of that. Touring the world? Probably somewhere in China/Japan!

  25. Allie✌

    I know this isnt a question but i just wanna say that I love you so much and Im am soooo happy that you are Jake’s awesome drummer! I hope I can meet you when you go on your next tour! Love you Kev!!

  26. Rachel

    Kevin I love you so much and I tried doing this on my phone but it doesn’t work so I’m Shea haha but I’m so happy I finally met you and I’m so proud of how far you’ve come!! please follow me @sheaabauer

  27. Mrs.Mendes

    So did you get a prom date then? ;P (@CelineSalgado) I love you Kevin and dont stop doing what you’re doing because im very proud of you! ♥

  28. Sydney

    Hey Kevin. You’re so talented and I’m so happy that you get to live your dreams. Other then drumming, what are your plans for after high school? I hope you post more videos of covers on YouTube.
    @sydneyprawler

  29. melanie :)

    Hey Kevin, I’m wondering if you have a fanmail address? 🙂
    And, Please follow me on instagram if you get the chance? 🙂 (@jake_Miller_lover7)
    Love ya 🙂

  30. Ana Pompa

    Hey Thanks for following me i twitter I have been trying so hard to get your follow now I don’t have to. Well Kevin your a really nice guy and you’re amazing on the drums!!(:

  31. sydney

    Hi Kevin! You really are such an inspiration, looking at all you’ve accomplished at your age really just drives me even more to really go for my dreams too. Seeing you tour with Jake at 17 years old really gives me hope for my future, since I’m only a year younger! You are one of my inspirations, but growing up, who were your inspirations that really made you want to become a professional drummer?
    p.s. I know you posted your blog a couple days ago, but if that girl didn’t pull through for a prom date, you can be mine 😛 CT is only a couple hours away from Jersey.

  32. Dena

    Kevin!! You are honestly so talented and I love watching you live your dream! You are adorable and I am so happy to have been introduced to you and your amazing drumming skills 😉 Love you forever…ps if you want to follow me that would rad– @JakeMillerNY_

  33. Anite Lune

    I am just gonna be one of those hater nonhater (if that even makes any sense?) and I just wanna say wow I am so jealous of everything you’ve accomplished at the same age as me yet I don’t even know what I want unlike you so props MAJOR props to you man keep doing what you gotta do to live it up I wish you the best of the best 🙂

  34. Kevin babe

    Thank u for all the thing u did for me u SAVED MY LIFE and u mean the world to me
    ❤️Would u be mine forever❤️ @kevin_is_babe

  35. Diana Smart

    Kevin you are very talented and you inspire people to do what they love everyday. Always knew you would come this far and still got a long way to ahead of you wish you nothing, but the best. Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but you mean the world to me and i’m deeply in love with you lol C;.The Millertary appreciates everything you do for is everyday. (Diana_millerx05)

  36. Sydney

    Hi Kevin, I just wanted to say you are such an inspiration seeing all that you’ve accomplished and all that you will. You make me want to go out and do all that I can to make my goals ad wishes for the future come true. Who were your inspirations that made you want to become a drummer?
    P.s. will you go to prom with me? Ct isn’t too far away from jersey :p

  37. Stephanie M

    Hey Kevin You’re such an inspiration to me you’re so young and doing what you love you inspired me to follow my dreams. Please follow me on twitter @Stephyxjayy

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