If you would have told me 15 years ago that I would be talking to Jeremy Braddock, guitarist from 100 Demons about being a Dad, I never would have believed you. One of the most brutal and crushing bands of my “era of hardcore”, 100 demons was always a favorite of mine due to their no nonsense approach to hardcore music and “to the point” delivery of heavy riffs and poignant, straight forward lyrics. 100 Demons is still one of my favorite bands, and I was beyond myself to be able to talk to Jeremy about his experiences in parenting and what sets him apart from so many other people involved in hardcore. Jeremy is the real deal, passionate, caring, and still as hardcore as ever.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
Hey everyone I’m Jeremy “Bubba”Braddock I am co owner of Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes in Oakville CT, and I was a member of CT hardcore band 100 Demons for the past 17 years and many bands before that.Ive been a fan of hardcore, punk ,and metal music for ever and most importantly I am a father of 3 beautiful kids, Sean age 7, Jack age 5,and Olivia age 3. Its been extremely hard trying to balance work, music, and being a Dad sometimes you feel like your head is going to explode but then the kids say something cute or just out of nowhere stop me and say “I love you daddy” and I know it’s all worth it and I must be doing a good job.They also have a great relationship with their grandparents who help out tremendously when we have to go away on business or when I was leaving with the band to go out of the country or out of state for the weekend. Everyone lives close by and we’re really grateful for them.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Being a Modern Day dad to me is a lot different than when I was growing up ,we didn’t have all these devices iPads ,phones and youtube. It’s definitely a different day and age now and I want my kids to be involved in music sports and just follow their dreams as I did. Lately my oldest son has become quite the reader and I’m really happy that he enjoys it and sees himself getting better and reading more. He amazes me, he’s so freaking smart, haha.
3. How did becoming a father change your life?
Oh man becoming a father really got my ass in gear and changed my life for the better I had real responsibility and a mouth to feed and I’m going to be someone’s role model now so I better be the best I can be. It really lit a fire under me to push myself and not be lazy and go out and do my best.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
There are so many great parts about being a Dad. Watching my kids have a mind of their own and watching them interact with each other, my 2 boys are total opposites. Sean is up and ready to go to school and learn in a flash, while Jack already tries to play sick everyday and is telling me he just wants to skip school and come right to work with me, hahaha. I really just enjoy having conversations with my kids seeing what’s on their mind. Playing with them getting down on the floor and making forts and just enjoying their company and spending quality time.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
Sure, there are tons of funny ones, just recently brought my son Jack to sit on Santa’s lap and he goes up to him and says hi Santa I’m Jack, I’m going to just tell you that I have been saying bad words and I know I’m on the naughty list, and Santa says “Oh really, well I know you can be better” and Jack says, “but Santa they were really bad words, and all I want is a stuffed Rudolph that his nose lights up when you squeeze it.” Everyone was cracking up, even Santa’s helpers. Also, Jack has been quite the artist lately and drew a picture for our Tattoo artist, and it was a demon snowman! haha!
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
I guess some advice for new fathers out there, you’re in for a roller coaster ride, but a fun one at that, and make sure you always got those baby wipes on hand. If you let your kids eat and drink in the car it’s better if you have leather seats, they are a lot easier to wipe, oh and if you got cup holders in the backseats check them periodically for jelly donuts smashed down in them, pop tarts melted, popsicles, etc… Ask your wife for gift certificates to the car wash and you’ll be all set.
Thanks so much Jeremy! I appreciate you taking the time to do our feature and wish you all the best. I better go check my cup holders now that you mention it! Haha!