BY: DREA DINH
Inside a quaint apartment in Orange, Calif., art is sprawled across every wall. There are homemade miniature figurines on cupboards, vintage postages on bookshelves and flags in every color of the rainbow that Jarrod Hine’s mother collected or made. Creativity seems to run through Hine’s blood as the artwork continues through to his bedroom, which doubles as a personal miniature recording studio equipped with an electronic drum set and a small synthesizer that sits on his desk next to his MacBook Pro for recording and editing purposes.
One wall in the room is covered in paintings, stickers and drawings all created by Hine with a set of electronic drums and a bass guitar propped up against it.
“My mom is just really weird so I definitely get all the weird vibes from her,” Hine said. “My uncle is a drummer so my whole life, I would always just sit in front of him, as a little kid, in front of his bass drum and trip out.”
He sits at his desk in worn-in khaki shorts with band insignia stitched to the front right pant leg, tapping his fingers and occasionally his drumsticks on whatever surface he sees fit. With his foot tapping and his fingers drumming, 22-year-old Hine speaks about his average American life—divorced parents, community college, part-time barista job, but a big dream to do something a drummer has never done before.
Although many drummers aren’t in the spotlight as often as the lead singer in bands, Hine wants to break away from that mold and take his love for drumming and producing music to the next level by one day becoming a one-man band.
Hine says his most recent endeavor is electronic music. Rather than remixing music, Hine wants to venture into the world of creating every part of a song himself and blending it all together to be a one-man band.
“I don’t want to be a DJ. Everyone’s a DJ,” said Hine. “I’m gonna take some Britney Spears song and cut it with Katy Perry and get famous for that? Like no, that sucks.
Although Hine doesn’t like drinking or going to clubs, he wants to make songs that can be played at clubs for people to dance to, not just hardcore punk music. He wants to shock people and show that his songs are created by one person playing multiple instruments and using a synthesizer.
A common way to slowly remix music is called “chopped and screwed,” and from that technique, Hine created a brand new way to remix music which made him more popular on SoundCloud. He calls his version, “ducked and cut.
“The music I make is a combination of punk and drug-ass Texas rap music,” said Hine. Austin Angers, Hine’s drumming instructor, said Hine explores all facets of drumming.
“When presented with a new idea, like a drum part, Jarrod takes the information, learns it and then tries to explore it from different perspectives,” said Angers.
Hine has produced and recorded more than 20 songs with his current band, Witchking, which he said is enough material to release three different albums. “Jarrod is boisterous and confident to the extreme,” lead singer of Witchking and Hine’s best friend, Tanner Hewitt, said. “Without Jarrod pounding away behind us like he does, the band wouldn't be the same at all.”
Prior to Witchking, Hine produced beats and music videos for various bands and rappers and for his personal collection. Hine said he wants to help everyone in every way possible, especially the people who have helped him along the way of his growth.
“It’s kinda like a game, I teach as much as I can until he gets frustrated or brain dead,” said Angers. “[His getting frustrated] could take hours [though,] because he absorbs most anything I can throw at him.”
Hine plans to go to the Musicians Institute (MI) in Los Angeles in the fall to pursue more serious music schooling and to expand his network. “They literally just throw you in,” Hine said with a big grin on his face, anticipating the opportunity for complete immersion and greater recognition in the music industry.