Drake Bell

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Drake Bell on Great Day

Drake Bell visited Great Day to talk about his new album “Ready Steady Go” released Tuesday and a live performance at F.Y.E. Music Store Wednesday night in Clovis.

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Actor/Musician Drake Bell Discusses 'Ready Steady Go!,' His New Album with Brian Setzer | Guitar World

Guitarist Drake Bell wasn’t made for these times.

The actor/musician, best known for his work as teenage rocker Drake Parker on the Nickelodeon TV show Drake & Josh, actually grew up listening to the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Beatles and Stray Cats.

On Bell’s new album, Ready Steady Go!, he pays homage to those roots by teaming with one of his biggest musical influences — Brian Setzer — for a tastefully inspired collection of classic rockabilly favorites and new material.

In addition to Bell’s catchy original, “Bitchcraft” are his take on songs like “Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)”, “Still Rock And Roll To Me (Billy Joel)” and a haunting version of Setzer’s own “I Won’t Stand In Your Way”.

I recently spoke to Bell about Ready Steady Go!, his guitar work and more.

GUITAR WORLD: What made you decided to do a project like this?

This is the music I grew up on. My first guitar was a Gretsch 6120, and I just loved listening to artists like Elvis, Chuck Berry and Stray Cats. But when I wanted to go make records, it was hard. I couldn’t really be on the show [Drake & Josh] and then go in and do a three-piece rockabilly-type record of Fifties music.

How did the collaboration with Brian Setzer come about?

I’ve been a fan of Brian’s for such a long time and had the opportunity to go backstage and meet him from time to time. It got to the point to where I started becoming a familiar face backstage. I still remember when I first presented the idea for this album to him. He was confused at first and said, “Wait a minute — you mean you want to make a rockabilly record?” [laughs]. I said “Yeah, this is what I’ve always wanted to do!”

What was your criteria for choosing songs for ‘Ready Steady Go!’?

It was really about songs I loved playing and singing growing up. What’s really cool is that younger audiences seem to think that a lot of these songs are new. It’s given me the opportunity to introduce this great music to a new generation without them thinking I’m just trying to play them their grandparents’ music. They’re embracing it as their own.

What was it like working with Brian?

It’s hard to explain the feeling. It was breathtaking. Just to be sitting there playing a song I wrote and having Brian there with his gear in the room playing live with us was unreal.

What’s the origin of the song “Bitchcraft”?

I grew up loving and playing this music but had never attempted to write in this style before. I remember I was listening to some old Django [Reinhardt] and Glenn Miller and just jamming around when the lick came to me. I don’t think it’s about anyone specifically. It’s just an amalgamation of the relationships I’ve been through. But it was my first attempt at writing that jazzy, swing-influenced rockabilly.

Source: Guitarworld.com

Drake Bell - Ready Steady Go (Refreshing, mature, and impressive)

The long anticipated album by Drake Bell finally released today. Few words can really articulate why I feel the way I do, but choice words would include: Impressive, mature, and refreshing.

So much of what’s being made today lacks a certain finesse. People often make music just to make it, and ignore notes of character and movement; music production has largely become about making money or representing the often depressing zeal of an artist than attempting to entertain people; Ready Steady Go accomplishes both.

Read the full article HERE!

Nickelodeon Star Drake Bell Works With Minnesota Music Legend [VIDEO] [AUDIO]

Drake Bell is the most popular TV star in Nickelodeon’s history, winning a total of 10 Kid’s Choice Awards for his lead role in the hit TV show 'Drake & Josh.' He just released his new album yesterday called 'Ready Steady Go.' and had the opportunity to work with Minneapolis music legend and his childhood idol, Brian Setzer.

Hear the full interview HERE!


Not everyone can say they have 10 Kids Choice Awards clinking around their digs, but Drake Bell certainly can. As star of Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, Bell is no stranger to the kind of success that can be dizzying. But music is another great passion that ignites the fire inside this talented artist and Bell is gearing up for the release of his new album, ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ swimming against the tide with a rockabilly sound. We catch up with Bell to find out what makes him tick.

HYDROGEN MAGAZINE: When did you get that first itch to perform?

DRAKE BELL: Ever since I was a little kid, I knew I was meant to perform. I started at 5 years old, and wanted to be an entertainer ever since.

HM: Were your family wary of you getting into the unpredictable entertainment industry at such a young age?

DB: My family has always been very supportive of my decisions and my passions.

HM: How have you avoided going off the rails, which many artists that have started out young, have gone through?

DB: I care about the class or the company of the people rather than the party itself. I have been very lucky and fortunate to do what I love. And I try to avoid anything that would interfere with that!

HM: Drake & Josh has been one of Nickelodeon’s most successful television series. Best thing about being on the show…

DB: Honestly, it is impossible to pick out just one thing. If I had to choose, I would go with the cast and the crew. We built a family on set, which was one of my favorite parts about the show.

HM: Now let’s talk music. Who are some of your influences?

DB: My biggest influences include The Beatles, The Stray Cats, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and The Beach Boys!

HM: Describe your sound in 3 words.

DB: Rock. And. Roll. Haha!

HM: Your album ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ drops on April 22nd. You co-wrote “Bitchcraft,” “Makes Me Happy,” and “Give Me A Little More Time.” Tell me about those tracks.

DB: “Bitchcraft” is more of a swing rockabilly sound. It is about a girl’s evil ways and the fact that you are not falling for them anymore! “Makes Me Happy” was actually written a while ago. I reworked it and included it on this record, as well. It was cool, ‘cause it is just a fun song about getting up in the morning and forgetting all your worries. “Give Me A Little More Time” is about being love sick and it has a “One for My Baby and One for The Road” feel to it.

HM: You’re swimming somewhat against the tide, with the rockabilly feel to the album in the age of a twerking Miley Cyrus and the sugary-pop offerings of One Direction. Commercial gold to be sure, which makes what you are doing seem quite bold. What was the thinking?

DB: I find it hard to conform, just because something else is trending at the moment. I love Rock & Roll music, its energy and the excitement. The cool thing about it is that it will never die. The influencers will always be there, waiting at the corner to come back and strike again. I love rocking and constructing a new song, instead of simply turning on a computer. When I make music, I like being honest with myself. I could never represent myself by going on stage and twerking! All I want is to hang my guitar on my shoulder and perform.

HM: Your album was executive produced by music legend Brian Setzer. Talk about the collaboration.

DB: It was just incredible! He was my idol growing up, and has always been the guitar player I strive to be. If I told myself at 14 that I was going to make a record with him one day, my head would just explode. It was a dream come true to sit in studio with him and hear him compliment parts of record and give suggestions. It is very surreal and I actually still cannot believe it happened.

HM: Is there one song on the album that holds particular meaning for you?

DB: I will have to go with “I Won’t Stand In Your Way,” just because it is one of my all-time favorite songs by Brian Setzer. I never imagined I would be recording it one day, with Brian playing the guitar! It is still a tear-jerking moment for me to press play and hear the song.

HM: If we caught you on a Friday night, what would you be getting into?

DB: I would probably be at Disneyland!!

HM: What’s the master plan?

DB: The master plan… is to be selling tickets and entertaining people when I am 80!! I want to be able to continue doing what I am doing for as long as I can. I love performing and I look up to people like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. I just never want to retire.

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Drake Bell Talks Release of His New Studio Album ‘Ready Steady Go!’

Drake Bell chats to Sam Rubin about his new album at the iPic Theater in Westwood on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. 

Drake’s new album ‘Ready Steady Go!’ is now available in stores.

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Drake's a Dancing Machine

Drake Bell rocks out as he celebrates the upcoming release of his album Ready Steady Go! with friends and family at Mixology 101 LA.

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Interview: Drake Bell Talks His New Album and the Approximate Age of His Soul

Drake Bell is definitely at the wrong place and the wrong time. He’s the kind of person that would say, “All my favorite artists are dead” and mean it. His latest album, the third of his career, Ready Steady Go! has a rockabilly sound, which might seem like a departure for the Nickelodeon pop star we all grew up with, but Bell has been an old soul all along. He spoke with Complex about his new passion project album, working with his hero Brian Setzer, and possibly making electro swing music.

How was the recording of Ready Steady Go!  compared to previous albums?

It was a bit different. First off, I recorded in Nashville. Usually when I record, we build the tracks in the studio. But this one, we went to Nashville, got the musicians together, rehearsed for five days, and then cut everything live in the studio. It was really awesome.

How did you get Brian Setzer  to collaborate with you?

I’ve been a fan of Brian ever since I was 11 years old. One time he was playing a concert at a friend of mine’s club and I couldn’t believe he was playing such a small place. He had taken a break from the orchestra where he was playing the Hollywood Bowl and he wanted to do something else so he tried it at a small club. I couldn’t believe it! So that was the first time I met him; I was about 15. I asked him to sign my guitar. From then I just kind of figured out how to get backstage. I’d wait by his tour bus to get an autograph, so I became a familiar face. He has kids, so he knew me from Drake & Josh. We built that, “Hey! You’re Drake” when he’d see me backstage sort of relationship. Then I had this crazy idea. This is the kind of music I want to make, to make this rockabilly record. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and to have Brian Setzer play on it, so I suggested it to him thinking he would never entertain the idea and just laugh it off. But he said, “What? You wanna go make this kind of music?” That kind of jazzed him that some young cat wants to do this type of music. I guess he dug the idea so he agreed to work on the record. I couldn’t even believe it. I was in shock.

How was it like meeting him for the first time?

I was at the Coach House and I had my Gretsch guitar. I remember we were having our house fumigated that day and I was so bummed because I had all this memorabilia that I wanted him to sign. That night we go, and luckily, I had my Brian Setzer Gretsch guitar with me. I went to have him sign it and my pen wouldn’t work. That was my little fanboy moment. I got a picture with him and he was really really cool and let my band come up at the time and get pictures with him.

Who else would you like to work with?

Paul McCartney would be the end all, be all. To work with Paul would just be amazing. A lot of the people I’d love to work with, like John Lennon, Elvis Presley,  Buddy Holly, aren’t alive, unfortunately. I’d love to work with Billy Joel. I would love to work with Rufus Wainwright. That’d just be a dream come true.

What influences your sound?

The ‘50s. When I’m trying to get my guitar tuned I’m thinking, “Does this sound like Eddie Cochran?” I’m not really thinking, “Does this sound like Eddie Van Halen?” The ‘50s sound is really what I love, the hot rods and pin-up girls.

Do you have a favorite track on this album?

“I Won’t Stand in Your Way” is probably my favorite. It’s one of Brian Setzer’s songs and it was one of my favorites growing up. To be able to hear it with him playing on it and my vocals and both of our guitars together. It boggles my mind that it exists.

What artists or songs do you listen to when you ’re having a bad day or a good day?

Rufus Wainwright is my go-to for any kind of emotion. He ’s got songs for all of it.

How did your ’05 accident affect you musically? Has it influenced your lyrics?

I think it influenced the whole record and project  in general. You gotta love what you’re doing and you only have one chance. Don’t compromise. I was laid out for so long and I was able to play guitar, but I wasn’t able to sing. I wasn’t mobile. I was bedridden. It let me know you have to do what you dig. Going into making this record, I just said I want to make the record I’ve always wanted to make with the music that’s always inspired me. I wanted to bring that music to a younger generation.

Where do you see your music going?

I love the direction that I’m going in. This is the most fun I’ve had making music and playing live so I hope to continue in this direction. On the next record, I’d like to do more cool collabs. I did a collaboration with one of my favorite bands, Caravan Palace. They did a remix of my song “Bitchcraft” and I couldn’t believe it. It’d be cool for the next record to evolve into that sort of a vibe. I really like Caravan Palace’s electro swing stuff. They incorporate the electronic, but when you see them live, they’re all on stage playing live music. They’re all playing their instruments. They drop these beats with the DJs that are so incredible.


Drake Bell to perform special concert in Torrance on Tuesday

Drake Bell will celebrate the release of his new CD “Ready Steady Go!” with a special concert at f.y.e. in Torrance on Tuesday. Beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, fans who purchase the CD from the Torrance store will receive a wristband to attend Bell’s signing and special performance, which begins 5 p.m. the same day. Wristband quantities are limited. Every person in line for the signing and performance must have a wristband and their own copy of the CD!

Bell, who is best known for his lead role on Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh,” co-wrote a number of the songs on his new album, including the tracks “Bitchcraft,” “Makes Me Happy,” and “Give Me A Little More Time.” The CD is described as having a “rockability sound.”

The Torrance f.y.e. is located at 22135 Hawthorne Blvd.