Chad Smith’s parents surprised him with his first drum set when he was 12 years old.
“I haven’t got off it since,” Smith said.
Twenty-seven years later, Smith, who was born and raised in Logansport, has turned his passion for drumming in to his full-time career and has been touring with Mobile Deathcamp, a Toledo, Ohio, band, since January.
“I’m going full force now,” Smith said. “It has been my love ever since I got my first set.”
It wasn’t out of the norm for Smith to sit in his room for hours practicing. Not only did he start playing at a young age, he taught himself by listening to music and eventually began writing original music.
Smith joined Mobile Deathcamp in December 2012. There are three members including Smith. Todd Evans, who previously was in Gwar, plays guitar and is on vocals, and Boe Skadeland plays bass. Smith describes the music as speed and thrash metal. He said it resembles ‘80s Slayer.
Mobile Deathcamp, a band that began in 2008, was on tour from Jan. 18 to March 16 and again from June 21 to July 28. The band will leave for a new tour Sept. 21, which will begin in Indianapolis.
“It’s definitely a touring band,” Smith said. “We’ve been over the whole country and pretty much every city. If you name one, we’ve probably been there.”
Before joining Mobile Deathcamp, Smith was in other bands including Tragic Mistake, Hostile Intent and most recently Threat Level. The bands he has been involved with have played covers of songs as well as original music.
Growing up, Smith was influenced by the musical work of Dave Lombardo and Lars Ulrich.
While touring, Mobile Deathcamp plays original music in venues from big to small.
“This is my first time touring at this capacity,” Smith said.