Legendary Stray Cats Drummer, Slim Jim Phantom, Endorses EV Microphones
Legendary Stray Cats drummer, Slim Jim Phantom, is not your typical equipment endorser. In fact, he really isn’t into endorsements. And he’ll tell you that point-blank. However, when it comes to miking up his kit, Slim Jim spec’s EV mics. Favoring the way that the RE920Tx condenser capsules can be hidden from sight preserving the aesthetic of his vintage drums, to the warm tight thump of the N/D868, Jim relies on EV.
Jim is currently touring with the Stray Cats and can also be found sitting in with any number of folks at his infamous Sunset Strip bar, The Cat Club, including side project The Head Cat with Lemmy of Motorhead and Danny B. Harvey of Lonesome Spurs (another EV endorser).
Biography: Slim Jim Phantom
Slim Jim Phantom has secured his place as a true rock n roll icon. As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats, Phantom (alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker,) spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. With a love for 50s rock n roll, the Stray Cats took inspiration from the bygone era and mixed it with their youthful energy and aggression. This produced an updated hard-edged rockabilly sound that saw them conquer London, Europe and later the US, gaining fans among the likes of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant along the way.
Born in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, Jim grew up listening to his parents’ jazz records and by the age of ten took up the drums. “To be honest I think the drums chose me, I can’t remember ever wanting to do anything else.“ remembers Phantom. Immersing himself in the art of drumming and the world of music, Jim took lessons with Mousie Alexander (who played with Benny Goodman) which included the study of jazz and working through books by Jim Chapin and Ted Reed.
By the late 70s Jim was playing in bands with school friend and bassist Lee Rocker and they soon joined forces with guitarist Brian Setzer. The rest, as they say is history. During downtime from the Stray Cats Jim has worked with some of the world’s top artists and has played a part in many successful groups notably “Phantom, Rocker and Slick“ featuring guitarist Earl Slick which produced two popular albums and “The Swing Cats“ featuring guitar ace Danny B Harvey. Jim also enjoyed a stint playing with “The Killer,“ rock n roll originator, Jerry Lee Lewis.
Over 25 years and millions of record sales later, Slim Jim Phantom continues to inspire and excite audiences worldwide. With a sound, style and image that remains as fresh today as it ever was, Phantom has cemented his place among rock royalty. Considered by many as the coolest drummer in rock n roll, Phantom’s influence is still clearly felt on today’s music scene with countless rockabilly drummers imitating his pioneering stand-up style.
Between tours Jim can often be found jamming with friends at the world famous “Cat Club“ on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, a nightclub that he owns and runs. The Cat Club will be celebrating their 8th Anniversary on July 8, 2007.
Most recently Jim has been involved with three main projects; his own explosive self-named roots-rock trio, “Dead Men Walking“ with Kirk Brandon, Mike Peters and Captain Sensible and “The Head Cat“ starring Lemmy Kilminster and Danny B Harvey. 2007 will mark the release of Dead Men Walking’s long awaited originals album and sees Jim preparing for tour dates in the US, Europe and Australasia.
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