Jimmy Rokka
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Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Cello, Accordion, Ukulele, DJ, Electronic Music, Clarinet, Harp.

ABOUT

Jimmy started singing in rock bands right out of High School, and played in the local scene at various halls, restaurants, dives and parties. After cutting his teeth on old-school 80's hair metal and gaining a reputation as an energetic performer, Jimmy was scouted by a traveling band. At only 19, Jimmy sang on an album of cheeky 80's radio rock, and followed up with a multi-state bus tour. Upon his return, the focus became songwriting as he penned many tunes with thrash anomaly 'Vagrant', who recorded at the Wonder Valley Recording Studio of guitar great Paul Hughes.

Not long after, Jimmy moved to Austin, TX where he performed for several rock bands on the Texas club circuit, opened for multiple signed acts, and recorded songs at Audio Arts, Music Lane, and Graffiti Studios in Dallas, TX. In the mid-90's Jimmy earned a degree in Recording Engineering, played all original shows and tracked an album with melodic hard rock powerhouse 'Vibetribe'.

Much songwriting and recording ensued after a subsequent return to his roots in the Ozarks. In one year alone, Jimmy wrote 25 faith-based songs and released a self-produced EP called 'One Drop'. Leading several cover bands, he raised the roof at various dance halls and casinos in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Appearing as a guest singer on indie prog rock album 'Portrait of a Zebra' by engineer and multi-instrumentalist Graeme Swallow, Jimmy belts out the fast-moving title track, among others. Listen to 'Zebra Song' on iHeart radio:
iheart/artist/graeme-swallow-878365/albums/portrait-of-a-zebra-21318123/

As of 2019, Jimmy has written over 200 songs, carries several albums of material in development, and has crooned over the crowd at well over 500 gigs. Jimmy plays guitar, keys and harmonica, as well as various percussive noise-makers. Now happily married and relocated to the Florida panhandle, he continues to write and reach for new creative insight, looking for ways to connect with people like only music can.

Screen name:
Jimmy Rokka
Member since:
Dec 03 2019
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
20
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Dave Grohl, Lou Gramm, Jack Blades, Paul Rodgers, David Bowie, John Waite, Scott Weiland

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Advanced
Vocalist - Tenor:
Advanced
Rhythm Guitar:
Moderate
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Background Singer:
Moderate
Electronic Music:
Moderate
Lead Guitar:
Intermediate
Piano:
Intermediate
Harmonica:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

Instruments and Guitar Rig:

Les Paul Special electric, Alvarez acoustic/electric thin body Koa guitar, Ibanez Gio GSZ120 electric, Hohner Chromatic harmonica, Hohner C harp, an original '70's issue Morley full-range volume pedal, DigiTech RP-7 tube drive multi-effects pedal, 27" pedalboard and powered aluminum case, Chauvet 8-port rack power module, AudioLogic 600 Comp/Limit/Gate rack unit, DigiTech GSP5 digital guitar FX rack, Mackie FR 400 watt stereo power amp, Behringer BG412F 4x12 straight cabinet (with Bugera speakers!), Samick 31-band stereo graphic EQ, and several guitar stands.

PA Gear:

2 Yamaha S215V 2-Way Loudspeakers (1000 Watts, 2x15" + horn, each), 2 side-fill cabinets (600 watts 2x15" + horn, each) Behringer EP2500 digital power amp, 20 channel Behringer PMH5000 800 watt Powered Mixer w/on-board FX, Behringer Ultragraph dual channel 31-band graphic EQ, 2 Behringer CX3400 3-way Stereo Crossovers, Behringer MDX-2600 2-channel Compander Gate Peak Limiter with Integrated De-Esser, Dynamic Enhancer, Tube Simulation and Low Contour Filter, Behringer MDX-1600 2-channel Compander Gate Peak Limiter with Integrated Dynamic Enhancer, De-Esser and Low Contour Filter, SKB 10-space lightweight rack, OSP Deluxe 16-space Rack w/drawer & cable port hinged back door, Peavey 16x4 channel 100ft. digital snake, a Digitech Vocalist 4 true harmony pedal, small white bullhorn, 1 Shure SM58 dynamic vocal mic, 4 Sampson R21 dynamic vocal mics, 6-space brushed aluminum padded mic and accessories case, MXL V57M 1" diaphragm studio vocal mic w/pop screen, 7 steel tube boom mic stands, 1 'Z' steel mic stand, 2 nickel-plated goose necks, other mic stand accessories, 15, 20 and 30 ft. heavy duty 14 gauge XLR cables, 2 100 ft. XLR cables, various patch cables, connectors, TRS cables of many lengths, MIDI cables, 100 ft. and 50 ft. power and extension cables.

Rack Stuff:

MPI 6-port balanced mic pre-amp w/phantom power, Zoom stereo 24-bit multi-effects, BBE dual-channel 440 Sonic Maximizer, Alesis 3630 dual channel Compander Gate, Samick 31-band dual channel graphic EQ, 2 Furman 8-port Light & Power Modules, GemSound 9-port Light & Power Conditioner, Seismic Audio 6-space 19" rack mount deep flight case, MBT 8-space rack flight case, Unitec 10-space rolling flight case.

Lights:

Chauvet ZX-1 multi-color patterns, Abyss Jr. multi-color waterfall, 4-light serial colorbank, SF-9005 LTS with 8 port digital relay pack (for specialty lights), DMX-4 dimmer pack, 12-channel rack-mount Spectrum DZN-2C lighting control surface with 2 Spectrum dimmer packs (for PAR lights), 9ft. single crossbar tripod light stand, 12ft. dual crossbar tripod light stand, 16 steel light clamps, 12 PAR 64 floods, 10 PAR 32 floods, adjustable mini strobe, 22" and a 14" blacklights.

Stage Props:

36'W x 10'H 20mil plastic black backdrop, 4 10ft. sections of lighting truss, 2 smaller sections of black truss, and many other accessories. Laptop running a custom scrolling teleprompter written in DHTML and Javascript.

Recording Stuff:

Fostex MR8 digital multitrack, Pre-Sonus BlueTube dual input pre-amp w/phantom power, Boss JS-5 JamStation, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition 6.5, T-Racks Deluxe 3 mastering, loads of HD samples and plugins, other various digital recording/editing software on custom PC, Passport 120GB USB portable flash HDD, serial cables, etc...

MUSIC