Jess Margera Biography
Jess Margera is an American musician. He is best known as drummer and Co-founder of West Chester-based heavy metal band CKY, which he co-founded in 1998.
Jess chose to play the drums as he had two uncles who played it, one of whom later worked as a drum technician on one of the CKY tours. Margera’s “biggest influence” was Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. As a young musician, he also took an interest in jazz drummers such as Elvin Jones.
Jess Margera Age
He was born Jesse Phillip Margera on August 28, 1978 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is 40 years old as of 2018.
Jess Margera Family
Jess Margera is the son of April Margera and Phil Margera. Both his parents are reality television personalities. He has a younger brother Bam Margera.
April Margera Jess Margera
April is a reality television personality and has appeared on MTV’s Viva La Bam, Jackass, the CKY videos, Minghags: The Movie and Bam’s Unholy Union.
Phil Margera Jess Margera
Phil Margera is also a reality television personality best known for appearing on Viva La Bam, the CKY Videos and the Jackass television series and movies.
Jess Margera And Bam Margera
Bam is a professional skateboarder and filmmaker. Jess and Bam are considered founding members of the CKY Crew which worked on the video series of the same name.
Jess Margera Wife
Jess has been married to Kelly since 29 October, 2005. Together, the couple has three children.
Jess Margera Children
Her first child, Ava Elizabeth Margera was born on 8th April 2005. Their second daughter Scarlet was born on January 18, 2007. They have a son named London Philip Margera.
Jess Margera Band
Jess first played in a band between 1991 and 1992. He began playing for Soalroach, which featured his brother Bam and friend Ryan Dunn. He later formed Foreign Objects with future CKY vocalist and guitarist Deron Miller. Jess originally met Deron at high school.
In 1995, Foreign Objects released its debut extended play (EP) The Undiscovered Numbers & Colors. Along with bassist Ryan Bruni, the Jess and Deron later performed under the name Oil, before meeting guitarist Chad I Ginsburg. Chad was then working as an audio engineer, they changed the name of the band to CKY. Speaking about the band formation, Jess recalled in a 2003 interview that the main reason he joined CKY was Miller’s guitar playing ability, particularly his ability to write “complicated [guitar] riffs that are catchy”.
As a member of CKY, Jess performed drums on all four of the band’s studio albums. He was also credited for contributing to songwriting on Infiltrate•Destroy•Rebuild. He was also member of the CKY-related comedy band Gnarkill, formed in 2002, alongside Brandon DiCamillo on vocals, guitarist Rich Vose and brother Bam on keyboards. Margera performed on both studio albums: 2002’s Gnarkill and 2006’s GnarKill vs. Unkle Matt and the ShitBirdz.
Jess Margera Viking Skull and The Company Band
In November 2006, it was announced that Jess had joined English band Viking Skull. He replaced founding member Gordon Morrison.
In September 2007, the new lineup released the album Chapter Two. It was mixed by CKY guitarist Chad I Ginsburg. Viking Skull and Ginsburg (this time as producer) worked together again for the follow-up album Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey, which was recorded and released in 2008 in the US. The CKY collaboration was extended further, as Joe Frantz and Bam Margera directed the music video for the song “Hair of the Dog”.
In addition to his work with CKY and Viking Skull, in 2007 Jess formed The Company Band. The band is a supergroup featuring Clutch frontman Neil Fallon and Fireball Ministry frontman James Rota.
Both bands had toured with one another between 2005 and 2006. The group then began jamming together and eventually formed into an official band. With addition of guitarist Dave Bone and bassist Jason Diamond, the band recorded its debut EP Sign Here, Here and Here with producer Andrew Alekel and released it later the same year. In 2009, the band recorded its full-length debut in 2009, and released it in November that year as The Company Band. In 2012, another EP, Pros & Cons, was released in 2012.
Jess Margera Fuckface Unstoppable
The fate of CKY band was cast into doubt in 2011, when they released a video in which each member spoke about their desires for the future of the band; all the members but Ginsburg wanted to record solo albums, while the guitarist favoured releasing another CKY album.
Miller later claimed that Ginsburg had left the band, while Jess tried to calm the situation by suggesting that the frontman had problems with alcohol abuse, and that he needed “support … not insult[s]”. Jess along with Ginsburg and bassist Matt “Matty J” Janaitis, returned as CKY in 2012 with Year Long Disaster frontman Daniel Davies in place of Miller. This lineup (with Matt Deis in place of Janaitis) later reunited in 2015, following another split with Miller. Jess has claimed that Davies offered to join the band during a phone call with the drummer, after he had performed on the singer’s solo album.
Jess also performs drums in his brother’s group Fuckface Unstoppable, and has also contributed to both studio albums: Stórfréttir Í Reykjavík and Fuckface Unstoppable.
Jess Margera Net Worth
The American musician has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
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Jess Margera Interview
Interview: Jess Margera of CKY
Published on June 17, 2017
Congratulations on the new album, The Phoenix, it’s been a long time coming. Does it feel good to finally get new material out there for the CKY fans and yourselves?
Yeah absolutely, we’ve been itching to get new music out there. We took the last couple of years off to recharge the batteries so to speak and it really helped us to get back into good spirits and to make a good rock record.
So now that CKY is back and better than ever, is there a feeling amongst the band that you’re all at your most comfortable and most stable as a band?
Yeah it’s a thousand percent better than how we were a few years ago, we just toured England and Scotland and now we’re here in Canada, doing a sold out show in Calgary. It’s just awesome, our expectations have been blown away and the fact that people still remember us from like 8 years ago before shit hit the fan, it’s nice to see that people still care about us.
Does the title of the new album hold in particular significance or meaning, perhaps like how CKY have risen from the ashes after almost dying, just like how a Phoenix would?
Yeah, we recorded the album out in the desert and it kind of made sense, because CKY died for a while there and we had to sort of rebirth the band, similar to a phoenix, metaphorically it just made sense and it was the perfect title for the album.
What was the writing and recording process like after having an 8 year gap between releases?
Well for the first the time in years we hashed out all the songs and planned it properly instead of heading into the studio and putting pieces together. That kind of process can be hit and miss, sometimes you get lucky but a lot of the time you sit there and things can become a bit stagnant and it can sound very cut and paste. But these new songs came about effortlessly in the jam room, we would just jam together for hours and it almost took no thought and things just started coming out naturally. By the time we hit the studio we were more than prepared and that’s the best way to make a record I think.
You’ve been playing a few live shows lately as you’ve already mentioned. What’s it been like playing your new and old material for the fans? Has it been super fun interacting with your fans once again?
Yeah, that’s another thing about doing a record, it translates live way better. Some of the Carver City stuff for instance, we played live and the crowd would just look at you like a dog that’s just been shown a card trick or something. It’s really great to be playing these new songs that have been coming out for the past few weeks, people already know the songs and they’re way into it. It’s such a big change from the last record, for the better.
Are you guys looking forward to getting back to Australia at some stage? Is there anything already in the works that you may know of?
We’re itching to get back down there, we’re definitely making moves to hopefully get back to Australia sooner than later, it’s been way too long.
A nice little headline tour would be nice to see…
Absolutely, we’re definitely aiming for that right now.
Do you have any memories from the last time you guys were here for Soundwave in 2014?
That was such a fun tour. Mastodon was there and that’s where we met Brent Hinds who was nice enough to do a face-melting solo on the track ‘Self Destruction’ which is on the new record. It’s just Chad and Brent trading off solos and it’s just pure mayhem. But yeah, Soundwave was a whole lot of fun, they’re not doing that festival anymore are they?
No, it got cancelled unfortunately due to some financial issues which we probably shouldn’t go into right now (laughs) but let’s just say the promoter owes a lot of bands a lot of money.
Yeah that’s a bummer, because we had a blast and so did everyone else from what I can remember. It was like a big party every day and there was no drama and no negativity. It’s a shame that it got cancelled.
Congratulations also on landing the ‘Most Anticipated Release’ over at Loudwire for the month of June. You came out on top over some huge names like Nickelback and Stone Sour. That must have been a good feeling right?
Oh yeah, we were ecstatic when we found that out. Big time! We still can’t really believe it to be perfectly honest.
What do you think the future holds for CKY? Is the future looking bright?
Yeah, I mean we’re really looking forward to touring our butts off and getting to countries that we’ve never been before and making new music, we’ve already got new songs on the cards. We’re going to stay busy and the long break is over. We took a long break from the places that we used to tour pretty regularly, so we definitely need to get back to all of those places again. We want to play in countries like France and Spain, those are a couple of places that we haven’t played before actually.
Is there a certain song from the new album that you’re really excited about playing live?
Head For A Breakdown. It’s one of my favourite parts of the night when we play that one. It always gets such a great response and it’s a feel good song, it’s something that plays itself and it just flows amazingly. The crowd really digs it.
Did you have any words for your fans here in Australia before you head off?
We’ll be down there soon. I miss all of you guys. I miss Coopers beer. I can’t wait to get back there and have a few pints with all of you Aussies. Enjoy the new album and see you soon.