If you met Daria Johnson in the audience at a show you’d encounter a thousand watt smile, a bold, delightful laugh, and a warm demeanor that don’t in any way suggest the ferocious badass that emerges when this powerful, attention grabbing drummer jumps behind a kit. She often sports a wonderful expression when she’s working the sticks that’s equal measures steely determination and joy at bashing on things – a primal look and feel that grabs ya and doesn’t let go.
Johnson hits hard in the spirit of Keith Moon and The Black Crowes’ Steve Gorman, mingling strong groove sensibilities with gutbucket force. The Impound thinks she’s positively beautiful when she’s locked onto just the right beat and then drives it home. We’ve seen her swing power pop style with the Sean Leahy Trio, just murder Prince tunes (including taking the mic) with Guitarmageddon, and a variety of other settings that suggest there’s all kinds of powerful depths to this charming musician. One thing we know for sure, when DI sees Daria settle in behind the drums we know our rhythm needs will be well attended to.
Here’s what Daria had to say for the Impound’s bawdiest questionnaire.
- Having your music used in a montage in a Kate Hudson/Sandra Bullock-style date movie
- Having it show up in the background of a celebrity sex tape
- Having it used to market erectile dysfunction medications
Name: Daria Johnson
Band(s): Daria Johnson Trio, D’s Tre (both in process/progress/culminating), Sean Leahy Trio, Eoin Harrington
Nicknames: Shani, D
Favorite dirty word or expression?
One of the grossest things I’ve encountered while touring is…
Gee…I can’t think of anything. Oh wait: Having to pee all the time. I guess that’s not gross though, just annoying.
Besides sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, what does a mind and body need?
Good, soulful music, my lady love, and a cold glass of Sierra Nevada every once in a while.
A filthy song I love is…
“Sister” by Prince
Groupie love – good, bad, scary or what?
All of the above. Sometimes it’s a little….demented.
Which would make you feel most unclean?
All these sound pretty freakin’ hilariously okay with me.
One of my favorite dirty ass rock ‘n’ roll bands is…
Prince. All the time. Always.