Jellybean Johnson, best known as the drummer for The Time, is also an accomplished guitarist playing for his own band The Jellybean Experience, fDeluxe, and many other groups including Ronnie Baker Brooks. A guitarist, songwriter, producer and musician based out of Minneapolis, Jellybean started his career as the drummer Flyte Tyme which evolved into The Time. He has also worked along with famed producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and has helped record several songs with other artists including Alexander O'Neal, Cherrelle and most notably with Janet Jackson. In 1990, the Johnson and Jackson co-produced Jackson's #1 single, "Black Cat."
What are you working on now?
I am getting ready to perform at “The Grammy’s” with all the Original Members of “The Time” and Bruno Mars.
What is your musical background and influences?
Jimi Hendrix, David Garibaldi, Prince, James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic, Ernie Isley.
What is the role of education in music?
I truly feel the role of music education has diminished and it’s sad!!! Music is good for kids and has so many healing properties.
What do think of the current "State of Music"?
The “Music industry” has changed so much these days!!! it’s become tough to get paid! There is a difference between a musician and a performer.
Why do you use Rockready and Mooer pedals?
ROCKREADY bags are great! They Protect my expensive guitars, while gigging and touring, especially in this Minnesota weather! I also love the small pedals and the ability to have such a small need for space with my pedals. No more need for backbreaking gear. Someone finally got it right! ROCKREADY bags and MOOER pedals are THE TRUTH!