Jonn Kelly is a punk and hard rock bassist from Upstate New York. In addition to being a member of Auburn, New York’s Shotline, Jonn has shared the stage with The Offspring, Hollywood Undead, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, and more. Jonn is a huge supporter of JNCO and the “rugged yet relaxed” feel of JNCO apparel. Jonn was kind enough to sit down with us to answer a few questions about his musical career and JNCO:
Why did you decide to pick up bass and what inspired you?
I first picked up a bass when I was around 22. Friends had an existing 3-piece band with the singer playing bass; he wanted the freedom to move around more on stage, so they asked if I’d join. Said I’ll try and took it from there.
What’s your go-to equipment?
My go-to equipment is a bass loaded with Bartolini pickups, I use a Traben Phoenix and a handmade custom fretless. Ampeg is my favorite gear for head/cab.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences are Dropkick Murphys, Nonpoint, The Offspring, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour and the local bands I grew up listening to.
If you had one piece of advice for a young person looking to break into the music business, what would it be?
My advice for young musicians coming up in the industry would be to dream big, work hard, be willing to sacrifice and go into it knowing it can be a struggle, so be ready, willing and able to do what it takes if you truly love it.
What are your goals for the next year?
Goals for 2016 would be to keep touring and strive to be better than this year.
What do you like best about JNCO?
What I like about JNCO is the comfort, style and durability.
How does JNCO align with your lifestyle?
It aligns with my way of living, rugged and yet relaxed.
Why does JNCO work so well for on-stage clothing?
JNCO works well on stage mostly due to the comfort of the wide legs and also the great look of the clothing.
Why do you think there's a demand for 90s fashion again?
There is a new demand for 90s fashion because that age group is tired of the crap that has been put out in recent years. Doesn’t look or feel like us. And the younger generations are looking for something new, which is usually something “old.” The combination of these needs demands for a 90s rebirth.
What's your favourite JNCO product?
It’s really tough to pick between my favorite JNCO products, but I’ve always been a huge fan of the wide leg jeans and classic tees.
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