Patty Schemel

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Patty Schemel
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Schemel at a screening of Hit So Hard at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 2011.
Background information
Birth namePatricia Theresa Schemel
Born (1967-04-24) April 24, 1967 (age 54)
Marysville, Washington, United States
GenresAlternative rock, punk rock, indie rock
Occupation(s)Musician, dog walker, drum teacher
InstrumentsDrums, guitar
Years active1987–present
LabelsDGC, Geffen, Don Giovanni
Associated actsKill Sybil, Doll Squad, Hole, Phranc, Constant Comment, Bastard, Juliette and the Licks, Courtney Love, Imperial Teen, Green Eyes, Upset, Death Valley Girls

Patricia Theresa Schemel (born April 24, 1967) is an American drummer. She was the drummer of Hole from 1992 until 1998. In 2013 she joined the indie rock band Upset.

Early life and career[change | change source]

Schemel grew up in Marysville, Washington. When she was eleven she started playing drums. She started her first band, Sybil, with her brother when she was fifteen. Kurt Cobain liked the band. In 1987, she joined a punk band called Doll Squad. The band broke up in 1989. After drummer Chad Channing left Nirvana, Kurt Cobain considered choosing Schemel as a replacement. Then Dave Grohl auditioned and Cobain chose him as the drummer instead.

In 1992 Schemel was asked to join Hole. She played drums on the band's second album Live Through This.

In 1995 Schemel came out publicly as a lesbian in a Rolling Stone interview.[1]

Schemel started a new band called Green Eyes in early 2010. A documentary about Schemel's life, Hit So Hard, was released in 2012.

Personal life[change | change source]

In the early 1990s Schemel became addicted to heroin.

After Schemel left Hole in 1998, she became addicted to crack cocaine and was homeless for over a year.[2]

She lives with her wife, Christina Soletti, in Los Angeles.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rolling Stone Magazine issue # 715, August 1995
  2. 2.0 2.1 Auf der Maur, Melissa; Eric Erlandson; Courtney Love; Patty Schemel (2011). Hit So Hard

Other websites[change | change source]

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