Name: Roxanne Johnson
Location: Youngstown, Ohio, United States
It all started about 11 years ago when I was hanging out with my dad in his practice room while he was playing, sitting behind my brothers drum set. He had been playing guitar in bands for years and had recently lost his drummer in his band. We were talking while he was playing some of his older songs that I had grown up on, and apparently I was tapping on the snare and had been following his changes. I was completely unaware. He suggested I pick up the sticks and that’s where it all began. We played straight through three songs I had grown up listening to. It was exhilarating. From then on, I fell in love with the freedom you feel behind a drum set. We started playing out within three months, and we were performing up to three shows a week locally. My first year we did about 70 shows, honing my skills and my stage presence. In 2010 after my father was almost fatally attacked, stabbed 6 times in a home invasion after a show one night, we lost our 13th bass player and came out of the whole ordeal as a two-piece. We always believed when one door closes another opens. After that we came out stronger then ever, recording 2 albums, hitting the road for a couple tours, getting written up in the local papers, starting an annual music festival around my birthday, called Roxfest, where we showcase local and regional bands in its 10th year, and playing over 350 shows in 10 years. In 2014, I started picking up the guitar as well and we started an acoustic act with some totally new songs and a totally different style that was very well received and we got to open for Glenn Matlock from the Sex Pistols and Sylvain Sylvain from The New York Dolls at the Pittsburgh Hard Rock Cafe for our 2nd show. Also that year, both my band (Skull’Rz Bane) and I were nominated for awards from the Youngstown Music Awards (Youngstown, Ohio) and the Keeping It Radio Local Music Awards (Akron, Ohio) where our band won Best song (Acoustic-Portrait of My Mind), Best stage presence for our electric band, Skull’Rz Bane, and I won Best drummer. Shortly thereafter we also got to play with one of my favorite bands, Adelitas Way at the Pittsburgh Hard Rock. I did have an accident last year where I cut off the tip of my left ring finger on a lawn mower and had to go through reconstructive surgery where I was casted. 6 weeks later I was already hitting the skins, but it did slow down my guitar playing for a little while. I just recently had my first acoustic show back a few weeks ago and I am super excited for all the new big things we have coming this year, working on a new album, already a pretty full schedule, a new sound and light show, working on some big shows and our 10th annual Roxfest this year.
Check us out at Skullrzbane.com