Axis Percussion is proud to feature many talented artists playing a variety of musical genres on our Artist Roster.
Born in the music-rich environment of São Paulo, Brazil, at an early age, Ed Aguiar discovered a natural ability for music. By the time he was nine years old, he was touring with an adult big band around Brazil, playing the trumpet and trombone. A few years later, Ed discovered an innate ability and affinity for playing the drums and within a short time was touring with musicians of many different genres, performing in large stadiums, mega-churches, and many other venues. Later his music took him to London, UK, where he continued to pursue his passion. Since moving to the U.S., Ed graduated from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood (M.I.). He is endorsed by Soultone Cymbals, DC California and Kickport, California.
Ed’s strengths lie in his meticulous timing, flexibility, quick study and improvisational skills.
Javier Aponte – Rodriguez, was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Since his childhood, Javier showed his interest in being a musician and obviously a drummer. He began playing drums at church and by the age of 12 he owned his first drumset. At just 15 years of age, Javier wanted to obtain as much experience as possible so he began to play with various artists and bands such as: Oikos, Hosannas De Borinquen, Linda Gonzalez and Maribel Soto. Javier’s work includes a variety of musical styles and artists such as Samuel Hernandez (Gospel Music), Vico C – Latin Grammy Artist (Hip-Hop), Olem (Jazz Fusion), Luis Rojas (Pop Rock), Ignacio Pena (Alternative), Olga Tanon – Latin Grammy Artist (Merengue), Kany Garcia – Latin Grammy Artist (Latin Pop), and Latin Grammy Artist Monica Rodriguez (Gospel, Pop Music).
www.javierapontepr.com | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tjwfoqBP5c&feature=youtu.be
Walter Ariel Baum
Walter Ariel Baum is an Argentinian musician who started his musical career in 1988, studying and playing with bands from different musical styles (rock, hip hop, reggae, metal, funk, jazz, folklore, tango), to the actual days. Besides taking particular classes with renowned professors from Buenos Aires, he studied drumming in the EMPA (Avellaneda’s School of Popular Music) and symphonic percussion in the Faculty of Music EMBA ‘Carlos Morel’ (School of Music in Fine Arts – Buenos Aires).
As a sessionist, he shared the stage with first class international artists: Paul Bostaph, Andreas Kisser, Dave Lombardo, Marco Mineman, Kreator, Exodus, Hail! All Star Band, etc.
He is currently touring with a jazz quartet, as a full member.
He realized his passion for teaching in the year 1993, teaching private lessons in his own personal study and in different institutions. He also formed the drum professorship in the Faculty of Music EMBA ‘Carlos Morel’. Since the year 2000 he does clinics, workshops and master classes and he is currently sponsored by Sonor, Sabian, Evans and Pro.Mark.
He works as a columnist in the prestigious Argentinian magazine ‘Bateristas al Sur’ since its beginning in 2004, which has international distribution. He writes exercises, tests various products and shares pedal technique videos.
He also wrote 4 didactic books ‘Doble Bombo’ (2003), ‘Mensajes en Clave’ (2006), ‘Nivel Inicial’ (2010), ‘Técnicas de Pedal’ (2013).
Since he began his career, he has worked as a sessionist and drum doctor in different renowned studios with great producers from different musical styles. He also recorded 2 albums of his own project ‘Baum Intervention’: ‘Argentinian Tribute to Slayer’ (2009) and ‘Romances del más allá’ (2010).
In consequence of his development as a musician, he received the following awards: Aminowana 1° Prize (Band contest) (2000); Jury of ‘Summer Rock and Quilmes’ Contest (2002); Best Drummer, ‘Argentinian Tribute to Slayer’ and Best Show, ‘Baum Intervention’ (Steelfaces – Magazine) (2009); Commitment, contribution and musical career LQS 08 (Media Graphic – Radio) (2009); Best Drummer, ‘For his invaluable contribution to Argentinian heavy metal musical culture’ (Steelfaces – A Toda Máquina – Cofradia Metalica – Secretary of Culture and Education, Berazategui) (2012).
As a hobby he has built and modified drumkits, snare drums, hardware, pedals and several elements of percussion.
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YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/librotecnicasdepedal/videos
Web Info: http://www.mjmusic.com.ar/newsite/artistas.html
Oli Beaudoin was born in 1984. He began playing drums at the age of twelve, fooling around in various musical projects until he moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2000. From that point, he decided to follow the musical guidance of local top drum instructors and dove into different musical genres like jazz, blues, funk and latin to develop his own approach to rock and metal drumming. In 2002, he started working as a private drum instructor as well as playing as a session drummer for several bands in the Montreal area (ETERNAL BURDEN, OVIF, among others).
He formed the alternative metal band STAREBLIND in 2006 and then joined the metalcore formationENDAST (independent) in 2007 to help support a pan-Canadian tour for the release of their second studio album Odds Against Tomorrow. Things heated for him in 2009, as STAREBLIND (independent) released their first full-length album “Something Left Unexplained”, considered as one of the most innovative Canadian alternative metal albums of 2009. Coming right back from a gig as a percussionist for HOLLAND AMERICA LINE’s cruises to Alaska in the summer of 2009, he parted ways with his original band to join as a full time member the Montreal technical metal formation NEURAXIS(Prosthetic Records). NEURAXIS then entered the studio in early 2010 to record their groundbreaking sixth effort called “Asylon” which was released in February 2011.
After 2 North American 6 and 7-weekers assaults with headliners DEICIDE and SEPULTURA playing for NEURAXIS during spring 2011, Oli left again his home country again in autumn 2011 for a South American raid with Austrian Metal Legends BELPHEGOR (Nuclear Blast Records) just before appearing as a clinician for the MONTREAL DRUMFEST 2011. He then took off right away with Norwegian Stars KEEP OF KALESSIN (Nuclear Blast Records) by the end of Fall 2011 for a North American tour with MAYHEM headlining. To kick things off for 2012, OIi stepped onboard the 70 000 Tons of Metal cruise from Florida to Cayman Islands for Canadian death metal pioneers KATAKLYSM(Nuclear Blast Records) to help secure the line-up.
Oli recently confirmed his involvement with KATAKLYSM for their 11th studio album that should be their most devastating effort to date. He will also be playing as live session drummer both for EX DEO(Napalm Records) and KATAKLYSM for summer 2013, including performances at BLOODSTOCK UKFestival sharing the stage with LAMB OF GOD, SLAYER and KING DIAMOND as headliners andBRUTAL ASSAULT in Costa Rica with CANNIBAL CORPSE headlining. Oli is also currently working on a multi-angle instructional DVD that should be released in early 2014.
David Bedell (formerly David Small), professional drummer, instructor and recording artist, was born in Springfield, Missouri and began playing the drums when he was only 3 years of age. At age 7, David realized his calling and knew exactly what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. The desire and drive to become a professional musician was coursing through his veins! Influenced by those closest to him, David found inspiration in his great uncle and jazz musician Dave Bedell and his uncle Larry Bedell. Both played integral roles in his growth as an accomplished drummer in addition to influences from such artists as the great Buddy Rich.
Dave began playing the Southen California club circuit early; at age 15 he was the youngest professional in the area. By the time he was recruited by Dick Dale at the age of 19, he was already a seasoned performer. Thoughout the course of his career, he has developed a signature style of solid time-keeping, always leaving room for the music itself to breathe, which has made him popular with other musicians on the bandstand. A strong player known for smooth technique and musicality, he adapts easily from genre to genre, conquering simple and complex passages with equal proficiency. Always seeking to improve his mastery of the craft, Dave has studied with a number of legendary performers including Roy Burns, Jim Chapin and Joe Morello. For the past 13 years, he has been a member of the California Music Teachers Association, encouraging students of all levels to realize their potential.
Dave has been a fan of Axis pedals since their introduction, and has used them exclusively since 1990. Currently he plays the Longboards X Double. “They’ve never let me down. They’re phenomenal… the action is smooth and lightning fast. They’re the best of the best!”
In his personal life, Small has been inspired by the philosophies of martial arts expert, Bruce Lee. As described by David, “Bruce can be completely devastating but at the same time be just as pleasant as the sunset. He is just so smooth and powerful but at the same time he is calm and gentle!” These philosophies play out in David’s unique and unparalleled drumming style as well as his teaching abilities.
David’s percussion skills have earned him involvement with an impressive list of projects ranging from an Arkansas-based, country-rock project called Gray Ghost to a casino gig titled Show Stoppers where Small showcased his distinct talent playing to the music of artists such as Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, The Temptations and Gloria Estefan. An extremely diverse musician, David is comfortable playing a multitude of styles including country honky-tonk, funk, jazz, blues, rock and everything in-between. A musician of many hats and musical styles, he is a true kaleidoscope of talent.
Traveling extensively, David has played venues around the world including dates in Brazil, Japan and Bahrain in addition to a countless number of U.S. cities. He credits his unique drumming style to his diverse experiences. “I just pull from all of the influences around me from Jazz to Funk to R&B,” explains David “and I turn it into my own style.”
David can be heard on various artist albums including F5’s ‘A Drug for All Seasons’, Matt Reardon’s follow-up album to ‘Reardon’, George Hughes’ ‘If It’s Alright with You’ and Avian’s ‘From the Depths of Time.’ On the local scene, David plays with several popular cover bands including The Robert Street Band and his own R & B/Funk band, HOUSEQUAKE.
Years of experience with live performances, studio sessions and countless hours of practice has allowed David to pass on unique drum teaching skills to his students. Always honing in on his craft, David strives to be the best musician possible and never settles for average results in his students. His extensive teaching roster is filled with students of all ages. Mentoring fledgling students into expert drummers is David’s greatest passion.
David’s current project is a three-piece collaboration with vocalist/guitarist Jarrod Parker and lead guitarist Lars Slate. This union proudly calls themselves Plush Society, a melodic rock group with a lot of promise, fresh out of the recording studio with an impressive 5-song EP. Plush Society offers strong hooks, great vocals, and undeniable musicianship. No matter what style of genre you prefer, Plush Society has universal appeal with no age barrier. With Jarrod’s soulful, edgy vocals, Lars’ blistering guitar chops, and David’s powerful yet steady drum pulse, they will leave you wanting more. Plush Society is best compared to a mixture of Dave Matthews, Match Box 20, Goo Goo Dolls, and Incubus. This band will soon get national attention.
To contact David Bedell, call him at (602)348-3360 cell or home (480)664-0227 email at: firstname.lastname@example.org “David is another of the generous drummers in the valley with no ego. David is very supportive and is always smiling. The dude smacks the heck out of his snare. Deep pocket. David is as genuine as anyone can get. He is EXCEPTIONAL at lessons. He listens and gets you to where you want to be. If you see him playing out, go say hi and acknowledge his talent. He’ll smile and thank you. Seriously one of the nicest guys I have ever met.” – Dave Thompson
Ken Bedene is the drummer for the band Aborted and is quickly becoming one of the most talked about drummers in the metal scene today. Mostly known for his work with the band Aborted, Ken’s hard work, relentless touring schedule, and strong album releases continue to show there’s no faking it here. Ken has been featured on the albums “Global Flatline” and “The Necrotic Manifesto” from Aborted as well as “In the Absence of Light” from the band Abigail Williams.
“I have been playing Axis pedals for as long as I can remember and I’d love to keep it that way.
Hailed by the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today”, Jason was born on January 18, 1979 in Hamilton, Ohio. At age 12, he learned how to read music and play drums and percussion instruments in grade school. At age 14, he got his first drum set and taught himself how to play it. By age 15, he was already playing professionally with various Christian and jazz bands. By the early 2000, he was a fixture of the Cincinnati music scene, playing and recording with a multitude of diverse artists including legendary drummers and artist in Nashville. Always active in various realms of creative and avant-garde music, he most notably started a very successful Christian band. Jason has played with countless jazz, rock, funk, R&B, blues, gospel, fusion and ethnic musicians.
When Jason is not touring, he divides his time between studio work, producing, session playing, and leading his own groups. Jason is also extremely active in the educational field as he teaches privately. One of his current students is Former UFC Middle Weight Champion Rich Franklin. On the road he plays anywhere from 100 to 150 dates a year. Jason has recently branched out and started singing. He is currently signed with the Rick Hendrix Company in Nashville, TN. Rick has Radio promoted such artist as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, George Straight, Mariah Carey, and many more. Quote from Rick… “Jason is one of the best drummers I have ever heard live, and has the attitude to go with it”. Also he has had the opportunity of playing with Victor Wooten at a Namm show in the past. Autograph appearances for Sonor drums, and also clinics for them also.
At only 23-years old, Mike Bennett is one of the nation’s top young drummers. This award winning drummer has been recognized by Downbeat Magazine as a rising star and Los Angeles Jazz Scene Magazine say that his “perfectly accented and dynamic drumming makes him a standout.” Already a first call live and session drummer and percussionist, Bennett’s credits include work with Johnny Blas (CuBop Records), Tony Kaye (YES), Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder), Ron Powell (Madonna, Sergio Mendes), Luis Conte, Sandro Albert, Max Bennett (Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell), Joe Jewell, Reed Gratz, Michael O’Neill (George Benson), & many others. Bennett has also been featured on projects w/ producers such as Andy Goldmark (Jive) and Alex G (N’Sync). Visit his website at www.MikeBennettDrums.com to learn more about this artist.
Alex was born January 31, 1993 in Oakland, CA. His father a singer and musician along with most of his family surrounded him with music from the time he was born. It seemed only natural for him to choose an instrument to play.
At the age of 11, Alex asked his dad to put together his old drum set. From that moment on Alex knew that playing drums was not just a hobby, but a passion.
After 13 months of being self taught, Alex immediately began to compete in drum competitions and audition for multiple independent artists and professional acts.
By age 15, Alex was already playing full-time with the Modesto Junior College Jazz Band and multiple local acts. By age 17, he had competed in the Guitar Center Drum-Off and made it to the Regional Finals in Hollywood, CA. From there he began making the necessary connections to take the next step in his career.
Alex is now 19 years old and endorsed with Crush Drums, AXIS Percussion, and db Drum Shoes. He is keeping very busy touring with National acts such as Decrepit Birth, Arkaik and many more to come. Alex is hoping to venture out on his own clinic tours.
Alfred Berengena is the session extreme drummer most acclaimed in Spain. He is licensed in Superior School of Jazz with gold medal and is the autor of the ESSENTIAL DOUBLE BASS DRUMMING method (by Dinsic). He has done masterclass & clinics all around Europe and has a lot of control over the double bass technique. Is a fundator member of Baalphegor, a cult death metal band. He is recognized for his great skill and adaptation capability to any kind of musical style in live as in studio. For more information, videos, music samplers… visit www.alfredberengena.com
A native of Brazil, Marco was always surrounded by music. Both his parents played the piano, which was the first instrument, however, he still likes to play keyboards and piano, mainly to capture new ideas for the band.
At the age of 15, Marco’s interest turned towards the drums, and currently is his main instrument. He studied drums while he was in Brazil with Mauricio Leite, a well known and respected drummer and in United States with Chuck Brown (Terry Bozzio, Will Kennedy, Jeff Campitelli, David Garibaldi).
Currently Marco plays with the bands The Element (www.theelementmusic.com), Shaylon (www.shaylon.com), Eden’s Curse (www.edenscurse.net) and Sigma Project (https://www.facebook.com/sigmaprojectofficial).
You can find more information at: http://www.marcobicca.com/about
Davide Billia of Ivrea (Turin, Italy) became interested in music and drumming at 10 years old; at 12 he seriously started studying drums and guitar. At 15 years old, he joined his first official project, a metal band called Halphas. Davide started specializing on modern/extreme music, evolving his own technical capacities, gaining velocity and precision, particularly with the double bass. In 2006, Davide founded a new extreme metal band called Putridity with Andrea Aimone (guitar and vocals) and Alessandro Cravero (bass), (www.myspace.com/putridity) recording its first promo-cd and began to play festivals in Italy and abroad. The band signed with Permeated Records (www.permeatedrecords.com) and recorded their first full length album in June 2007.
In 2008: Davide joined Septycal Gorge (www.myspace.com/septycalgorge), recorded a second full length album, published in November of the same year and promoted with an English Tour. A new Putridity full length album will be published soon by Willowtip Records (www.willowtip.com). Over the last few years, Davide has toured with his bands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, UK, Japan, Austria, Spain, Slovakia and in the US. In January, 2010, he was interviewd by Sickdrummer Magazine www.sickdrummermagazine.com. Visit Davide’s website at www.myspace.com/brutal_dave.
Jan Axel Blomberg
Jan Axel Blomberg, aka Hellhammer, is currently involved with the bands Mayhem, Kovenant and Arcturus. Jan Axel, known for his versatility, is also embarking on a progressive, symphonic and classically oriented journey while still retaining his roots in metal with his new band, Winds. Website: hellhammerdrummer.com [more…]
Steve Bolognese began drumming at the age of 13 with nothing but a pair of sticks, 2 pillow cushions and a modern drummer magazine. He quickly began studying with local teachers in Boston MA. Among those were Berklee College Of Music Proffessor’s Mike Mangini, Kim Plainfield etc.. Steve played in a handful of bands in the Boston area before finding himself touring with at the time Metal Blade Recording Artist Beyond the Embrace. In 2005, Steve left BTE to join Canadian Progressive metal band Into Eternity. In 2008 he recorded “The Incurable Tragedy”, his debut album with the band. When not touring the world with Into Eternity, Steve teaches privately in Boston, MA. He has also appeared as a guest instructor at the Berklee College’s World Percussion Festival in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Check out clips at myspace.com/speedbolognese
Shelby Brown began playing the drums in 1994. From the very start he was driven to be the best drummer that he could be. After private study with drum instructors in the Warrenton VA area, such as Rocky Cancelose, and playing with various Metal and Rock bands Shelby decided to take the next step in His musical growth. Attending The Mcnally Smith College Of Music In Minneapolis MN was that next step. Studying with the great staff, such as Gordy Knudtson of the Steve Miller band, greatly opened up his playing and conceptual abilities on the drumset.
After graduating in the winter of 2000 Shelby relocated back to the Virginia/Washington D.C area where he continued playing with various bands. In the winter of 2014 He co-founded the Progressive Groove metal band Service Of Shadows.
Through continued study, with teachers such as Dom Famularo, Shelby keeps striving to improve his skills as a musician. Shelby say’s ” My main goals are to share the love of God through Jesus Christ through my life and through music. As well as to bring God glory through the gifts he has given me. I also always want to keep pushing to be the best musician that I can be.
I began playing drums when I was 13 on a two piece jazz kit belonging to me grandad. My equipment has come along way but my desire to better myself as a drummer stays the same. I have been working full time for the last 5 years with Asking Alexandria, touring the world, selling out shows and reaching number 9 on the US billboard charts with our second album Reckless and Relentless. Been with Axis pedals all that time, always loved them, always will! (metal horns). Visit him on Facebook at www.askingalexandria/facebook.com
With over twenty years playing the drums on fusion jazz and metal music, and influenced by drummers like Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio and Tomas Haake, Gradio has joined Mexican bands such as Pangea, Arkhe and Pilin. He is currently joining forces with guitar player Miguel Ledesma in the well-known Mexican brutal death metal band Rapture which is just about to launch their fourth release.
Gradio has developed a double bass technique which involves complex rudiments and high speeds. He plays AXIS Longboards A-L2 and Vector A-21 which give him the speed, accuracy and power that he needs.
Besides playing the drums, Gradio is a recognized “doctor” of cymbals and drums having the first workshop in Mexico City, repairing and modifying about a thousand cymbals per year. Visit http://www.myspace.com/rapture9mmcom and https://www.facebook.com/gradio.monter?ref=tn_tnmn
Ronnie has recorded and played live with many known bands and musicians including: Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Rickie Lee Jones, Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones), Brand X, Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie), Riverdogs, Randy Stonehill, Patrick Moraz (Yes, Moraz/Ciago), The Frank Stallone Band and many others. Ronnie has recently been composing with a team of songwriters for the T.V. show TMZ. Ronnie will also be heard on the new Bill Ward Band release called “Beyond Aston” due out this year. Ronnie has been doing sporadic tours withFrank Stallone and will continue to do drum clinics to promote his book on Mel Bay Publishing called “A Natural Development In Drumming Technique”. Visit his website www.ronnieciago.com.
Geoff Clapp was born in Greensboro North Carolina and began playing the drums at age four. He studied with famed pianist Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans. Geoff soon became one of New Orleans most sought after drummers touring w/ the Ellis Marsalis Trio and New Orleans based trumpeter Jeremy Davenport. During his career, Geoff has had the opportunity to perform, record and tour with artists such as Ellis Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, to name but a few.
John Clarke began his career by sharing the stage with the Yardbirds,Jeff Beck, Van Morrison and many others. In addition to being a busy freelance musician with an extensive touring schedule, he has also established himself as a writer for Modern Drummer Magazine and other publications. Click here to learn more about the artist.
Steve Clarke has recorded 11 albums as a drummer / leader / co-leader. 8 titles are with the the power jazz rock fusion group “NETWORK” featuring Jan Hammer, Jack Bruce, Wolfgang Schmid and Larry Coryell. Visit www.networkjazzrock.com to learn more about the artist.
Corey Chernesky is a Metal/Death Metal drummer based out of Canada.With over 24 years in the music industry,Corey has drummed for bands Dark Minion and Decimation to name a few.He has also toured North America 5 times over in support of previous studio recordings, has recorded drums for 6 studio Albums and most recently laid down drum tracks for Arbitrator’s,The Consummate Ascendancy which was mixed and mastered by Dan Swano (Katatonia,Edge of Sanity,Bloodbath).Corey started playing drums at the age of 13 and only took a year and a half worth of drum lessons before venturing out on his own.
Virtually self taught,Corey has always pushed himself to work hard on his chops and continues to break new ground.His trademark’s are his solid double kick work,creative drum fills and natural sense of time.His newest project, Path To Extinction is set to make their debut in late 2012. For more on Corey visit: www.myspace.com/coreywilliam1
Youtube link: Drum cam footage from a live rehearsal of a new local project that I’m drumming for called Path To Extinction: http://youtu.be/oZuXcbKdqOw
Richard Christy, of the band Iced Earth, is known for his precision drumming with direct attack, finesse, and extreme speed. He has played in many well known heavy metal bands including Demons and Wizards, Death, Control Denied and Burning Inside. He is currently on an extensive tour with Iced Earth. Visit www.icedearth.com to learn more about the artist.
Ian Cosgrove, an independent drummer and the drummer of the New Jersey based Hardcore Metal band New Jersey Bloodline, known for aggressive guitar riffs, funky bass grooves, and melodic, fast double bass drumming. By the age of 15, Ian already possessed a natural talent and was quickly setting the bar in the NJ Hardcore scene. He began studying with a local teacher, soon following instruction with Jazz Drummer Matt Patella, an apprentice of the great Joe Morello. New Jersey Bloodline’s amazing fan base has led them to touring in the USA, Europe, Denmark, and Puerto Rico in support of their record release Faceless.
As well as the Hardcore genre, Ian is versatile in many musical styles including Jazz, Fusion, Electronic, and Drum n Bass. While living in NYC, he played in NYC’s Off Broadway District with Jazz/Cabaret Singer Ruthie Baker. Residing in Los Angeles, CA, Ian is currently playing with the Electronic group Pixlbyte, producing live sounds of jungle grooves and Drum n Bass music.
You can visit Ian @: www.facebook.com/cosgrove.ian | www.facebook.com/njbloodline | www.njbloodline.com
Franky Costanza, drummer for the metal band DAGOBA (France), is known for his furious bass drum technique and the power of his drumming. His double-bass drum thrashing can be heard on the DAGOBA first album (2003). Franky’s ability to combine blazing metal chops with modern electronic loops and programs makes him the solid foundation for DAGOBA. Go to www.dagobaonline.com to learn more about the artist.
Born into a small town in Southwest Oklahoma, it seemed from the beginning Tate Cunningham was meant to play music. Studying classical piano from the age of five to fifteen, Tate was laying the ground work for a musical career, ultimately landing him on the drums. In 1998 Tate graduated from high school and landed a full scholarship to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma, majoring in music. There he solely studied percussion and split time between Orchestra, Concert, and Pep bands. In 2001 he met SafetySuit singer Doug Brown, Jeremy Henshaw Bass, and became friends. “We all played in different bands at the time, but Doug had some songs and wanted to play in the battle of the bands last minute. He had some cool songs so I agreed. It was more for fun, or a joke really, but we won! Ive been with them ever since.” The three later added guitarist Dave Garofalo and the rest is history.
In 2004 they decided to “go for it” and moved to Nashville where they landed a major deal with Universal Records in 2007. In May of 2008, SafetySuit released their debut album “Life Left To Go.” Their first single “Someone Like You” landed them a top 15 record on Alternative and top 20 on Hot A/C. SafetySuit has been featured on MTV’s “The Hills” on numerous episodes, Kyle XY and was on Vh1’s Top 20 Countdown for 5 weeks, ultimately landing the #1 video.
Currently, Tate and SafetySuit our working on their sophomore album that will drop in the fall of 2010.
www.safetysuitmusic.com | www.myspace.com/safetysuit | www.ontheroadinariver.com
Francesco D’Andrea is a composer, arranger, songwriter and music producer for Film, TV, commercials and video games.
His works have been featured in many award winning feature films and Tv Series as background scores and TV’s promo music, including such popular TV Shows as: “The Big Bang Theory”, “House M.D.”, “Mad Men”, “Revolution”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “CSI NY”, “Family Guy”, “SouthPark”, “The Mentalist”, ”Criminal Minds”, “Glee”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Law and Order”, “The Vampire Diaries”and many more.
Francesco also scored the original soundtrack of the awarded feature film “Spaghetti Story”, and his music works have been placed in many highly acclaimed and award winning movies promos, film dvd and theatrical trailers, including “10,000 BC”, “Argo: Inside Story”, “Honey 2″, “Sin City”.
He scored the music for several national and worldwide TV advertising campaigns, his clients including “Nestle”, “Fox”, “NBC”, “AMC”, “Nokia”. Francesco’s music have been heard in many american TV Shows such as “American Idol”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “River Monsters”, “Saturday Night Live”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “NBA, Action” and many more.
He has been often described as a prolific and eclectic, versatile composer. His works span through a wide palette of orchestrations, instruments and styles, combining symphonic, rock, pop and electronic worlds together.
Born in Naples, Italy, he begun studying music when he was 11 years old. He attended the classes of guitar, music theory and composition at the “Saint Louis Music College” of Rome, writing his first pop, rock, funk, orchestral and jazz music, and studying with the maestros Lello Panico, Antonio Affrunti, Franco Giacoia, Pierpaolo Principato, Franco Canfora.
His compositions include original works for symphonic orchestra, chamber ensembles, jazz band, as well as solo music for piano, guitar and other instruments, and rock, blues, electronic, Rnb and much more. He is also an active composer for the theatre and cartoons.Besides his work as music producer and composer, Francesco is also an active guitar performer, songwriter and session player. Nowadays, his credits and clients list includes some of the most popular companies and TV Networks, including Fox Tv, AMC, NBC, Sky, HBO, Warner Bros and more. http://francescodandreamusic.com/
Mickey Dawes has been playing drums since he was 9 years old. He has performed at Carnegie Hall in the “Great American Cowboy in Concert” show. He recently played on an album to be released next year titled, “Songs of America”. Mickey was President of the Western Music Assoc. for three years and currently plays drums for Joni Harms. “There is no finer equipment than Axis for the professional drummer”, says Dawes. Visit his site at www.wildcatterrecords.com
Jovan J. Dawkins
Jovan J. Dawkins is a hands on type of musican that is not only heavy in his drum career but also heavy in music production. He has been playing the drums for 19 years and professionally for 7 years. J. Dawkins was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington and was inspired to play the drums in church at the age of 1 and 2. Jovan is the music director and drummer for Grammy award winning Sir Mix Alot, and is one of the drummers for Jimmy Fisher and Contagious Praise and Citadel Praise. On the music production side of J’s Career, he is signed to AMP Music Group (Warner Bros Music/Zomba Music Publishing) as a Score and music Producer. As a company they credit artists such as Brittany Spears, R.Kelly, Backstreet Boys, Macy Gray, Justin Timberlake, Nysnc, Linkin Park, Korn, E40, Mugzilla, Score music for B.E.T, MTV, VH1 and many more.
Aira started playing drums at age of 16. In 2009 she joined the famous Russian metal band FIEND. FIEND was founded in 2007. The band played more than 500 shows in Russia and Europe and also toured and worked with musicians of: Children Of Bodom (FIN), Norther (FIN), Nightwish (FIN), Fear Factory (US), PAIN (SWE), Degradead (SWE), Kivemetsan Druidi (FIN), Betraying The Martyrs (FR)
Releases: The Blooming Tremble (CD) 2008 | The Ghost (EP) 2009 | Before My Eyes (CD) 2011 | 2012 (EP) 2014
Before My Eyes album was mixed and mastered at Astia Studio (FIN) by hands of platinum sound producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Norther, Terasbetoni, Ensiferum). In 2012 band went to Los Angeles (CA) to record it’s last EP “2012” that was produced by Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory) and Jeremy Blair (Devildriver, Fear Factory, Arkea, Lamb Of God).
Official facebook page verified. FIEND has a girl drummer. The band has more than 1,000,000 of views on Youtube. 90% of albums are sold in USA.
Aira is a drum teacher in a biggest Russian rock school Hellscream Academy. She actively and successfully works on popularization of drums in the country and as a session drummer. In 2013 Aira became an endorser of Axis Percussion and TRX Cymbals. Then she released a workbook “Extreme Drumming Styles”, and free for download exercise book “Ideas for Studying Drums” with audio examples in it.
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Born in 1989, Kong Depei is one of the representatives of the new generation of Chinese metal and began to practice drums in 2008. The first band which effected him most is “The Metaphor”, a brutal/black thrash metal band which he joined in 2010. He also became the drummer of Die From Sorrow, Crack and Lacerate in the same year. The fact that Kong Depei performed in four metal bands at same time as a drummer was unprecedented in China underground music history. People called him “Drumaholic”. He quit “The Metaphor” in 2012, as the band changed to the style of death metal.
During these 2 years, he has grown explosively with his talent and diligence. Then, in the autumn of 2012, he accepted the invitation from “Death Pact”. The destiny of these bands were changed, as he brought vitality and freshness to them, and also to the depressed Chinese extreme metal circle. These four bands act as guest bands to a variety famous metal bands after he became a member, such as Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Havoc, Children of Bodom, Destruction, etc. He desires to be a sick drummer.
Robin has toured and recorded with music veterans such as Paul Simon, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Diana Ross, Dr. Dre, Luther Vandross, Sean Lennon, Johnny Cash, and Chris Isaak; as well as with acclaimed world musicians, sitarist/composer Ravi Shankar and violin maestro L. Shankar. He has also appeared on David Letterman and performed at the Grammys, American Music Awards, World Music Awards in Monte Carlo and the MTV Awards. Read more at www.myspace.com/robindimaggio.
Steve DiStanislao aka “Stevie D” is a professional Drummer, Vocalist & Producer. Stevie’s talents have been called upon by some of the biggest names in the music business such as David Gilmour, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Don Felder, Kenny Loggins, Joe Walsh, Loggins & Messina, Chris Robinson & the New Earth Mud, Paul Anka, David Crosby & CPR,The Apex, Carl Verheyen, ESP, Space Heaters and many more.
Stevie has recently signed on with Crosby, Stills & Nash to play drums and sing for their upcoming 2012 world tour.
In addition, Stevie D is also currently working with former Eagles guitarist Don Felder on a regular basis and has been actively recording in L.A on many different musical projects as well as producing. Thank you to everyone at Axis Percussion for your continued support and superior instruments. Best Wishes, Stevie D www.stickhammock.com. Click here to read more.
Dross (a.k.a. Jerry Foltz)
Primed by his siblings love for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, Dross fell headlong into his destiny when in 1986 he purchased a seventies-era Ludwig Vistalite six piece. His teenage years would be filled with rehearsals and playing various gigs, all the while honing his skills. In 1998 Dross attended Los Angeles Recording Workshop in North Hollywood, California where he earned his degree as an Audio Engineer. In 1999 he began to form a Symphonic Black Metal band called Sothis. It would take him four and a half years to complete an impressive lineup of some of Los Angeles’s most talented extreme Metal musicians. In 2004 Dross would play drums on, as well as produce the self titled “Sothis” EP that would ultimately receive critical acclaim landing the band the “Best Independent Release of 2005” by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine.
In 2006 Dross and the band went on a South West Mini Tour in support of the EP, which ultimately yielded their “Official Bootleg” DVD. The band would release one more independent DVD titled “Live In Mexico” before entering the studio to record their debut full length. In late 2007 Dross engineered and produced the band debut album entitled “De Oppresso Liber” which he mixed with Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) in Varberg Sweden. Once the album was complete, the band shopped the album and signed a three album worldwide deal with Candlelight Records. The album would ultimately be released on September 1st 2008 in Europe and September 2nd 2008 in the US and the rest of the world. Most recently, Dross partnered up with Sick Drummer Magazine as a writer and contributor. His regular monthly column is called “PLAYING SMART: A Drummer Guide To Modern Technology” and focuses on introducing the average drummer to the vast amount of tools available to them in the way triggers, sound modules, samplers and the use of soft-synths amoungst many other topics. E-mail: Dross@Sothis.us. Band Website: www.Sothis.us
Adrian Esposito is a very well-known drummer in fusion, rock and heavy metal. His father, Juan “Locomotora” Esposito, was the legendary precursor of double bass drumming in Argentina. Adrian played and recorded with Argentine artists, Larry Zavala and Claudio “Tano” Marciello. He also played with the Brazilian band “Skin Culture” on tour with Soufly. Adrian preformed in the Latin American Tim Ripper Owens (ex-Judas Priest singer) tour in 2010 and 2012 and in the Live DVD, released 2014. Sponsored by Baires Music, Argentina – www.bairesmusic.com.ar | Visit official site: www.adrianesposito.com
One of today’s top players, New York-based John Favicchia has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Special EFX, Steve Khan, Eddie Money, Tony Levin, Chieli Minucci,Charlie Daniels, Lonnie Plaxico, Robbers, John Benitez, Gary US Bonds, Harvie S, Larry Coryell, Dean Brown, Rachel Z, Joe Butler-Love And Spoonful, The Tokens, Felix Cavaliere, Kerry Kearney, Chris Geith, Laco Deczi, Long Island Music Hall Of Fame Band, Mike Pope, Noam Lusterman, Steve Adelson, and Bob Malach just to name a few. Known for his extreme versatility, in the course of a week John can be seen drumming from NYC Jazz Clubs to Rock Concert halls to International Drum Festivals as well as the top Music Festivals around the world.
His band Dharma All Stars blends various styles into a powerful blast of fusion that spans the extremes of the dynamic range, Favicchia has been busy touring and recording as well as stepping up to the plate with his own solo releases. His debut, World Time, earned rave reviews and was a Top 10 Critics Pick of the Year in Jazziz Magazine. The latest, Dharma, offers an intriguing mix of melody, eclecticism, and tight ensemble playing with the likes of all-star guests including Khan, Brown, Swartz, Dave Mann, and Chieli Minucci. Favicchia is all about the mindful side of playing drums of making music from the mind, for the mind. Definitely, he says, It’s all about the soul and the mind, but it’s very visceral as well. I’m caressing the sounds out of my cymbals in one bar, but when the music takes off and I start to wail, I take no prisoners.
Increasingly in demand for drum clinics and festivals, John has recently played such major events as:
* John Favicchia – Derek Roddy East Coast USA Clinic Tour 2014
* John Favicchia – Rob Hirons East Coast USA Clinic Tour 2013
* John Favicchia -Rob Hirons France Drum Clinic Tour 2012
* John Favicchia UK Drum Clinic Tour 2012
* John Favicchia- Bruno Farinelli Drum Clinic Tour Italy 09′ 10′ & 12′
* John Favicchia-Chris Lesso Drum Clinic Tour Canada 09′ 10′ & 11′
* John Favicchia-Mike Sorrentino Drum Clinic Tour UK-France 10′
* Cape Brenton International Drum Fest Nova Scotia Canada 07′
* Denver Music Institute Denver ,CO
* Drummers Collective NYC 07′ 08′ 10′ 13′
* Quebec City Music, Canada
* Just Drums, Toronto Canada
* Slam Jam 05 New Jersey
* East Coast Guitar Center Tour
* Sam Ash Music US Tour
* Long Island Drum Center
Dave Ferrara is a Los Angeles based touring and session drummer. He has built his career on covering a wide spectrum of musical styles, from the Brit Pop beat of Herman’s Hermits to the Rockabilly/Psychobilly of The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, and extreme metal of Dysphoria and Hamath. www.daveferrara.com
Harry Ferrer born in Valparaiso, Chile is a member of Autumn’s End, Lunatics Vision and is currently working with Petio Petev on his Progressive instrumental project. To learn more about this artist visit:
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Coming from Allentown PA, Vincent has been playing drums all of his life. From drumline to performing with bands, he couldnt get enough. In 2010, he started a metalcore band called As Cities Fall and quickly became hometown heroes. From constant touring to constant recording Vincent became one of the prized musician’s Allentown had to offer and is always pushing the envelope. Follow Vincent on Facebook www.facebook.com/#!/AsCitiesFallfanpage and Twitter www.twitter.com/ascitiesfall