Kimball Hooker ~ Drummer, Singer, Songwriter

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Email: drumbumz@yahoo.com
YouTube:Kimball on YouTube
Facebook: Kimball on Facebook
Phone: (408) 561-6510

“The power of music is tremendous.
It’s like food, we all need it, we all love it!
Music is the STAR” – Kimball Hooker

He’s “High Energy!”
Dictonary.com describes it as “thousands of electron volts!
Yielding a large amount of energy upon undergoing chemical reaction”,
(his audience). ” Vigorous & dynamic!”
His shows are a must attend for anyone that REALLY wants to party! Kimball is a multi-music artist.
His skills vary in so many stunning ways!

He grew up in the South Bay, San Jose area and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church growing up where he begin and perfected his drumming skills. ” I remember when I was in about the 3rd grade, listening to the choir and the instrumentation back then, and I didn’t really have an understanding of what they were doing or playing. I just know it felt good”. The church experience drew him more to the music along with the excitement of the crowd. Singing along with the “foot stomping” and “hand clapping” made it exhilarating for him. He loved it!! After beating on all the pots and pans in the house, his parents decided it was time to buy him a drum set. He played those drums every day. One day his mother told him he sounded like he was “doing something” on those drums. He sounded professional. Having never taken a lesson he managed to play in several bands growing up in school and played the saxophone as well. “I blew on that horn and I just couldn’t get it to act right”, he said jokingly. So he went to the school band leader. “It was amazing too! He said they were looking for a percussionist; and I said “is that like a drummer? I can do that”! That was his new position and he love it. He made sure he got good grades just so he could stay in band.

When there was no YouTube, no Facebook or other media associations available where we can just look up, well, anything. He would take the time to read the album or 8-track covers to see what musicians where playing such beautiful music. “I would flip the record over because I was so inquisitive, to find out who are these people and you could see their names and who played what.” That’s about as close to “IT” as he could get. He didn’t get faces with the names or what city they lived in and that made him “hungry” because there were a lot of missing pieces.
His love for music and learning to play by ear is how he got his foot in the door. Neighborhood friends and jam sessions at the house, paved the way and he had a ball every step of the way. He has fond memories of going to the Circle Star at the age of 12, sitting on his mother’s lap watching Bill Cosby, BB King, and Bobby Blue Bland.

Kimball and two of his high school buddies left high school, bought themselves a Greyhound bus ticket and headed out to Minneapolis Minnesota to play for Prince,. “Yeah, I was serious. I only had enough for a one-way ticket and I was going to play with Prince. Well none of that happened”, he said laughing. The sad part trip was that one of his high school buddies father passed soon as they arrived. That changed everything. Kimball and his friends persevered through the rough spots and started playing in local bands in Minnesota and started a band called “Rude Boys” in Minneapolis. They rehearsed at 3rd in Washington in Minneapolis where Mint Condition rehearsed. It was a great experience for Kimball and he was able to get his feet wet playing in a number of different venues. He did have the opportunity several times to play at First Avenue where Prince shot Purple Rain as well as Powderhorn Park, Mississippi Live, Grand Slam, one of Princes old clubs. He was able to experience a lot of music time living in Minnesota with some great musicians. “Back then, it was all about the music. There was no “did you hear what they said about you online?” We were young, and we were happy”.

At the end of his Minnesota experience and adventures, he came back to the South Bay with an arsenal of music knowledge and abilities. People recognized it, and gave him accolades on his playing because he had become professional. Many of the players that were here when he left were gone and the new people he met thought he was from Minnesota and he fit right in with the music scene. Having all the great experiences in Minnesota he began to focus on recording and songwriting. “Even though I was really young, I was able to build music from the ground up”. He bought a studio, went to the store bought everything he needed and didn’t know how to hook it up. “I know those guys at the store probably still remember me from always coming in bugging them about the equipment”, Kimball said laughing. “I know everything you do there’s going to be some pain involved, time-consuming and I’m okay with it because I love it.” It took Kimball about a year to a year and a half to learn how to record. Once he figured it out, he took a Pro Tools Sessions class at Pyramind Studios in San Francisco and started picking up clients. He started writing music for himself about 10 years ago and is a great mentor for youngsters coming of age in this music industry. “I would encourage young people, to find people who are supportive of what you’re doing. You want to stay away from people that feed you negativity.”

Kimball has played with local artists from the Bay Area, Lionel Burns (a Frankie Beverly tribute act.) Burns joined Kimball in Las Vegas and shared the stage at Sherry Gordy Presents. He’s also played alongside artists Dee Hemingway, from Modesto for about two years, at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco with Pinky Rideau and the Blind Resistance. But growing up he was influenced by great artists Michael Jackson, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. Kimball even has his own song called RUMPA that actually has a dance that goes with it. One surprising thing that fans don’t know about Kimball, is that he just learned to swim a couple of years ago and he gives credit to friend Amy Bennett. Not that he was afraid of the water, he was just wasn’t around it. “That was a mark for me. It was really a big deal.”
Kimball Hooker is indeed a performer, songwriter, and drummer.
Once he combines the elements of blues, soul, jazz and a little R&B, you’ll know you’ve been entertained.

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Comments

  1. You simply have spark and talent I love your energy most of all playing by ear is such a gift and I’m glad that you are putting it where it needs to be. You lift up people’s Spirits when they’re down or up, by sending them to even a higher level, simply listening to your great talents take people’s minds away from everyday stress they simply dance It Off, and enjoy the rest of the day, leaving them a good impression, that you are simply A Gifted person making people happy that’s what you do best . thank you for being Who You Are, it’s simply amazing, keep up the good work you’re on your way. I do know this, I hate when I miss any of your gigs, I feel like I’m really missing out on something wonderful, when I do,.. good thing is, I can catch up on Facebook to catch up on some of the things that I Missed by being out of town.. peace, your talent is Simply Amazing.

  2. You just can’t Beat K-Hook’s energy, stanina, determination and drive. The guy has tunnel vision and it is focused on his Goals. It doesn’t hurt that he us Sexy as hell & beats the LIFE outta a drum kit. YummmmmEeeeeeee!!!😉

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