I am Bob Schmidt - musician and original band member of Flogging Molly. I love playing the banjo and mandolin. AMA.
So pumped to talk to you guys. I recently discovered there are a good number of Flogging Molly (and punk rock) fans on Reddit. I'm free for the next 2-3 hours so seriously ask me anything you want (don't hold back). Here I am / proof.
If you don't know who I am, which I suspect most of you don't, I've been playing music since I was 7 years old (that's 40 years ago, shit) and we started Flogging Molly almost 20 years ago. We play Irish punk rock, most people know us for our song "Drunken Lullabies".
I play banjo and mandolin in the band and I can play almost any string instrument. I'm actually the only musician to have a signature Fender banjo and/or mandolin. I love playing these old-world string instruments and using them in modern punk and rock settings. It's a lot of fun and it is an interesting niche with lots of room to innovate.
One thing people have gotten a kick out of is my home studio. I've had a home studio for a long time and made a lot of improvements over the years. If anyone has questions about setting up a home recording studio, I can probably help.
I was also in a band prior to Flogging Molly called Nickel. This band gained an interesting cult following due to our appearance on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We were on the episode 3 of season 2, which introduced Spike to the show.
I know people hate when artists talk politics but I am a Bernie Sanders supporter. I'm actually spending a bit of time in the SandersForPresident subreddit this morning with some awesome people and I am also trying to raise money for the campaign here.
So, that's about it. Ask me anything.
EDIT (2:40PM EST): Taking an hour break to go pick up my daughter from pre-school. Will be back to answer more questions!
EDIT (5:00PM EST): Thanks so much for all of the questions. I am still answering a few and may check in later tonight or tomorrow. Will try to get to as many as I can. Cheers!!
EDIT (12:37AM EST): Just answered a few more questions. Not sure if I will have more time tomorrow but thank you so much to everyone who stopped by. Today was an awesome experience for my first time on Reddit. Cheers!