Axis Percussion is proud to feature many talented artists playing a variety of musical genres on our Artist Roster.
Chris “Gartdrumm” Gartmann is the drummer for the Woodstock, NY progressive rock band “3”. Raised in the hills of West Virginia and now hailing from NY, Chris has a deep appreciation for the organic pocket and feel side of drumming but, equally important to his style is being an ambitious instrumentalist. His band “3” has hypnotized fans worldwide and shared the stage with an incredible diverse set of acts from Leon Russell and Fishbone to Porcupine Tree and Scorpions, to name a few. Chris “Gartdrumm” Gartmann is an American original and…”originality is what I’ve always strived for. My favorite musicians are the ones that wrench the emotion out of you, whether it’s a simple pocket or a bombastic flurry of notes”. To learn and hear more about this unique artist check out his band “3” on tour now or go to www.theband3.com | www.myspace.com/3 | www.myspace.com/gartdrumm.
Steve Godoy and identical twin brother Art, founding members of Orange County’s infamous Exploding F. Dolls, have played, recorded and toured the USA, Canada and Mexico. Steve is known for his high energy, relentless straight ahead aggressive style. He has toured Australia with the Visitors featuring members of the legendary Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees of Radio Birdman. He has also recorded and toured with the Bermondsy Joyriders, the Golden Breed and the Deniz Tek Group. Currently, Steve is recording and touring in The Last of the Bad Men. Steve, along with his brother Art, are a world renowned tattooists and co-owners of a tattoo machine manufacturing company. They are also ex professional skateboarders from 1985 – 1992 and co-owners of Iron Cross Skateboards.www.thelastofthebadmen.com | www.myspace.com/thelastofthebadmen | www.tattoolz.com
Ruston Grosse is an independent recording artist and touring musician currently residing in South Florida. Ruston is known throughout the extreme metal community for his sheer power and precision behind the kit, yet he is well attuned to many styles of music including Jazz Fusion, Funk and Experimental music that require a feel for grace, dynamics and improvisation. He also plays many instruments including the Guitar, Bass, Bouzouki, Oud, Lute and voice and has a backround in musical theatre as well. He has been a touring musician since 2006 and has recorded or performed with various outfits such as noise rock band SATANIZED, Candlelight recording artists WOE and RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER, Prog rockers SURGEON, Blackened death Prog band SILVETH, Black Metal merauders KULT OV AZAZEL and legendary Death Metal originators MASTER as well as countless other projects of varying styles.
In 2012 the first demo for his solo band known as AMESA SPENTAS was recorded with Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in N.J. which showcases a far more progressive and odd time yet dark and catchy side of his playing/writing and features Ruston on all instruments and vocals. “I have really found my footing with Axis Percussion. These pedals really force you to become fully aware of what you are playing. They just can’t tell a lie. When I place my foot on the pedalboard, they instantly become part of my body no matter what technique I employ. Using the Ekit triggers during personal practice for certain styles of music helped me to be supremely consistent in the velocity with which I hit the bass drum as well as cleaning up my playing all around and has actually left me not even needing triggers for use in the extreme metal style of drumming. They are amazing for ALL styles of drumming. Not to mention the top notch team at Axis Percussion has been nothing but sincerely and genuinely sweet, generous, professional and an absolute pleasure to deal with for years! I truly am blessed to be part of the Axis Percussion family!!! The old saying comes to mind, Often imitated, NEVER duplicated, Axis really are the best on the market… PERIOD.”
Kris was influenced by his father Gus Gustofson who was a professional Jazz drummer ( Woody Herman 3rd Herd, Bobby Darin, And many others) and began playing professionally at 15. joined the band “Trauma”. Eventually signed with Shrapnel Records. The Band recorded “Scratch and Scream” ( Wikpedia). Trauma made several videos in Los Angeles to promote the new release as well as performing select tour dates in the US opening for Major bands. Eventually re located to the Los Angeles area and was introduced to producer Dito Godwin ( No Doubt, Great White, Motley Crue, St Elmos Fire). St Elmo’s Fire signed with Dream/CBS records. Recorded debut record “St Elmos Fire”and with extensive success went on to record 3 more records ” Warning From the Sky’ , ” Powerdrive” , ” Desperate Years” and extensively toured Europe and the US.
After touring to support ” Desperate Years” Kris went to Switzerland and started a new band with Mark Kohler from Krokus called “Threat” and also included Vocalist Ivan Norris from England after this brief time, Kris decided to except an offer to play with London/England vocalist Jon Dunmore who was working with Guitarist Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy) , And recorded 2 Records. ” Hypnotica” and ” Baptized by Fire”.
This band also went on to work with the actor Richard Grieco and released ” Waiting For The Sky To Fall” to Huge success in Europe. Kris went on to work with the band ” Mississippi Rythymn Oil” and recorded their debut record with producer Dito Godwin, And engineer Mark Needham ( Fleetwood Mac, Chris Issac). MRO became a popular attraction in a short period head lining shows on the West coast. At one MRO show Kris was introduced through manager Steve Clausman to Guitarist Frank Hannon (Tesla) and started a new project ” Moon Dog Mane” the band went on to record “Turn It Up” peaking at # 38 in the Billboard charts. The band toured with Def Leppard, Alice Cooper,Ted Nugent and others in support of this release.After leaving MDM, Kris formed “Mechanizm” with Guitarist Kurt Fry (Heist, Christine Aguillera) and Vocalist Dennis Kolarik and recorded ” Meat For The Machine” with producer Bill Cutler (Spike 1000) Mechanizm performed opening dates with Ronnie James Dio and headlined some shows on the west coast. Mechanizm went on to record “Your Creation” and ” Turn away from The Sun”. Currently Kris is working with a number of different artists ranging from Rock/Metal to Jazz. Recording and Playing live dates. Drums, Drums, Drums, Love to play the Drums………Morning ,Noon, or Night 365 days a year….
http://www.redeyeradionetwork.com | http://www.myspace.com/stelmosfire2007 | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rudLD11IitY | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwCC1YgZ8_c | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vHntsA6ZG4&feature=related | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UGn5mZqWWY | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k19GWAQ_HAE
Nishant Hagjer, of India, age 20, has played with numerous bands, mostly experimental metal bands. He first joined 10 national level school competitions during high school and bagged the best drummer award in every competition. DOTH – Best Drummer Awards at national shows of AEC ’11, JEC ’11, IIT ALCHERINGA ’11. Rectified Spirit – Best Drummer at Asian Beats Contest ’11 and recorded a DVD for their studio performance at Hit 7 national channel. They released the first debut album mixed by Zorran Mendosa in 2012, and have completed their second full length album to be released later this year. Music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl–q4ohEEg
Silver Tears – Winners and Best drummer award at Phobiax ’09. School Bands – Best drummer awards at Army School ’10 and ’11, South Point School ’11. Best drummer and Best Musician award at Don Bosco Music Festival, 2011.
Nishant has undertaken a drum camp at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music spending 5 days learning from the Legendary Benny Greb. He performed with the legendary Harp player Brendan Power (Previous harp player for Sting) twice in India. He played for a national Hindi band called M-Sonic for 2 years, performing in shows in almost every city of India, as well as Dhaka and Singapore. Music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd3qj5cx-Ck This video was featured in all music channels on TV in the northeast.
Nishant now plays drums full time for a band called Undying Inc. The band has toured in Norway and Amsterdam 2010. They have performed the Norway Music Festival twice, and once in India’s version of it. They have opened for Megadeth, Messhuggah and Textures as well. Latest EP: https://undyingincofficial.bandcamp.com/ Full length album: https://www.reverbnation.com/undyingincindia
The band Textures really appreciated his drumming, standing beside his drum kit for the entire set! They have been featured in the last edition of Rock Street Journal Magazine, in which the issue was wholly devoted to the band. They are the first metal band from India to tour and perform on the Red Bull Tour. Here is the link to the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2St_-invsx4. The tour video is regularly aired at MTV Indies, a big TV Channel in India. They just released their EP in addition to their 2 full length albums. NH7 is the biggest music festival in India, and Nishant performs with his band every year, which takes places in 4 biggest cities of India, and they just performed at Bangalore Open Air and opened for Napalm Death.
Nishant has been nominated two years in a row for best drummer at the Rolling Stones Metal Awards 2013 and 2014 respectively. Nishant’s YouTube channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0jaPL9Vs4hxVc5pLO0ZNsA
His latest video was shared by Sick Drummer Magazine, with 6,500 hits in the first night. It was also India’s first drum cover of Messhugah’s “Bleed”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_4kxtSxNQ0
Nishant is also a full time drum teacher, who has a line of drum camps aligned in India. He will be recently conducting drum workshop on the 20th of June, 2015.
Interviews: http://issuu.com/score/docs/v08i04/33?e=1110435%2F12107482 | http://skore.in/post/109951645030/undying-incs-nishant-hagjer-signed-on-to-mapex | http://touchthismetalsphere.blogspot.in/2014/08/drummer-week-nishant-hagjer-undying-inc.html
Gareth Hardy, drummer of legendary blackened symphonic death metal band Hecate Enthroned, is known for his blistering speed and technically aggressive approach to metal drumming. Born in the heart of Yorkshire in 1981, Gareth has been playing since 1990 and teaching since 2008. Gareth’s enterprise GSH Drumming has seen him deliver a wide range of clinics and lessons in various styles across the U.K. Continuing to teach, tour and write Gareth is always looking to further develop and push the limits of his playing to new levels.
More: www.gshdrumming.com | http://www.hecateenthroned.com/
Greg Harrison (B.Mus., M.Mus.) is a very busy freelance percussionist in Toronto, Canada. Specializing in classical and electronic music, he has performed with a wide variety of artists/groups including Cirque du Soleil, Beverley Johnston, Symphony Nova Scotia, The Rose Orchestra, Fred Penner, Theatre New Brunswick, to name a few. Greg leads his electronic-based groups Falcon Punch (Blood and Biscuits-UK), bEQUALSd, and continues to produce music under the moniker: grej. He currently accompanies contemporary dance at The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ryerson University, George Brown College, and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Greg is also very active as a composer, writing for percussion, electronics, and commissioned dance works. His debut marimba work Echoes No.1 will be releasing under Keyboard Percussion Publications (US) in 2015. He will also be releasing a full-length album with percussion duo, Taktus in 2015 (Centrediscs-CAN) featuring the music of Ann Southam. Recipient of many awards, Greg was granted the Sabian/PASIC award, given to one promising Canadian University percussion student. Greg happily endorses Axis Percussion, HeadHunters sticks, and Mandala drums. For more info: www.gregpercussion.com
Graham Hawthorne is one of the most highly regarded Drummer/Percussionists in New York City. A top call studio musician, he has played on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and jingles.
He has appeared live and on TV with a long list of major artists. In 2001 he took over for legendary drummer Steve Gadd with Paul Simon, and since 2003 he has been David Byrne’s drummer.
Graham has traveled extensively to study and research music, mastering many world rhythms and styles. This has led to working with acclaimed world music and crossover artists.
In the jazz world, Graham has toured or recorded with a number of celebrated artists and musicians.
More than just a great drummer, Graham has mastered modern production and editing techniques using digital audio workstations like Pro Tools, working with top-name artists and producers.
He is also acclaimed for his work as a visionary leader and producer, and as an excellent clinician and teacher.
MBALAFUNK, his first solo CD, was released in 2002. A blend of Senegalese and American popular music, it’s seamless integration of elements is unrivaled in the history of world-pop music.
Known for his funky/soulful groove, fantastic sounds, outstanding creativity, and open/communicative approach, his work is superlative whatever the musical situation and task at hand (playing, producing, writing, arranging, editing, tweaking, contracting, teaching). View his website grahamhawthorne.com
For the past 20 years, Bryan Hitt has toured and recorded with the legendary classic rock band REO Speedwagon. His powerful style of drumming has propelled the band through its last three albums and 19 years of constant touring with a Texas-sized beat that is unique and identifiably his own. Prior to taking over the drum chair in REO, Bryan was an in-demand session player in L. A., and toured with an incredibly wide range of pop and rock acts including Cher, Spencer Davis, Graham Nash and Wang Chung. Throughout his career Bryan has continually raised the bar for himself and those around him through his strong desire and concentrated effort to be the best drummer possible. For more information on Bryan, go to: www.speedwagon.com.
Weston Hodges, owner of Panic Room Records, creates drum tracks based on client needs, which include Movies, Television, signed artists, and Indie artists, in any genre requested. With the highest attention paid to performance, detail, and quality, Panic Room Records has become the go to place for drum tracks. Having recorded hundreds of drum tracks since it’s opening in 2009, Panic Room Records is showing no sign of slowing down. Using only the best vintage and modern outboard gear, and specializing in vintage drums and cymbals, rounded out with some modern classics, all help Panic Room Records get it’s unique, in demand sound. Currently playing with Los Angeles based Black Widows, Weston has played with RCA recording artist Leah Andreone, the late R&B great Al Wilson, blues and jazz legend Big Jay McNeely, and countless others. To get more information on this artist, please visit: http://www.panicroomrecords.com/ and http://www.theblackwidows.net/
Drummer/percussionist Greg Holloway has performed with Freda Payne, Carl Fontanna, Rob McConnell, Chuck Israel, Jim Pugh, Gene Bertincinni, Maguire Sisters, Blackstone the Magician, Sheri Lewis, Bruce Conti, Rich Little and sista Monica Parker. He has also played various shows in Palm Springs and served as Tympanist with the Anchorage Symphony 1995 season. His latest recording is “Turns” on G-Bop label. Greg was instrumental in developing the percussion-training standard for Air Force Field Band Percussion and produced the CD “Midnight Sun” which features Ellington alumnus Freda Payne. Visit Greg’s website to learn more about this talented artist: www.dcjazz.com/gregholloway/index.htm.
David Husvik is a drummer hailing from the obscure Norwegian death metal scene of the early 90´s. In 1993 Husvik contributed to the forming of the extremely influential technical death/prog band Extol. In 2014, Extol still remain the most important arena for Husviks creative expressions, with a discography counting numerous international releases.
1998 Extol “Burial” | 1999 Extol “Mesmerized” EP | 2000 Extol “Undeceived” | 2001 Extol “Paralysis»”EP | 2003 Extol “Synergy” | 2005 Extol “The Bluepring Dives” | 2013 Extol “Extol | 2004 Absurd2 EP | 2006 Twisted Into Form “Then Comes Affliction to Awaken the Dreamer” | 2011 Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult “I declare treason”
Gear: Pedals: Axis Pedals A 2 and A 21
Jorge Iacobellis is the only Argentinean heavy metal drummer recognized internationally. He played in his country with very popular and famous bands and solo artists. He also took part in movies, recording sessions and drum clinics. In 1995, invited by an American band, Jorge has made the US his home. Since then, he has taken part in the San Francisco and LA music scene doing life performances, recordings and teaching. In 2003, Jorge was invited to play with the legendary band, HIRAX, touring around the world and recording the last two albums “The new age of terror” (2004) and “El Rostro de la Muerte” (2010) and official video clip. Jorge is proud to be part of the Axis family.
Official site: www.misterpowerdrums.com | www.facebook.com/jorgeiacobellis
Michael Isaev started doing music since the very childhood, in particular he graduated, with honors, music school (piano class). At 16 years old he began playing drums and became very interested in technology of the drum-triggering. He is the drummer of the popular Russian progmetal band “Shokran”, but not only, also he plays drums for “The Jackals”. He has experience of playing in a wide range of styles – from progressive-music to the club-and electronic-music. And it’s not everything, he has his own side project, called Transiver, where he is the author of music and there can be found lots of experiments with electronic sound of drums. Michael writes drums for many groups as a session musician, cooperating with Sequence Sound Studio.
Yoron Israel’s varied credentials and illustrious career includes 4 recordings as a leader and hundreds of recordings as an accompanist. His recent educational DVD, “Creative Improvisation for the Drum Set”, published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press has been received with rave reviews throughout the industry.
He has performed worldwide and recorded with such renown artists as Ahmad Jamal, Art Farmer, Abbey Lincoln, Art Farmer, Horace Silver, Kenny Burrell, Cedar Walton, Doctor Lonnie Smith, Eliane Elias, David “Fathead” Newman, Sonny Rollins, Red Holloway, James Williams, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Vanessa Rubin and Cyrus Chestnut among numerous others. When not leading his own ensembles “Organic”, “Connection” and “High Standards”, Yoron performs regularly with vocalist Cynthia Scott and vibraphonists Jay Hoggard as well as with numerous premiere Boston based artists such as Laszlo Gardony, Stan Strickland Gabrielle Goodman, Donna McElroy and others.
Yoron Israel is Professor and Assistant Chair of Percussion at Berklee College of Music. He has been teaching on the collegiate level since 1992, on the faculty at Rutgers University, William Patterson University, and the New School/Mannes College of Music. He also continues to conduct music camps, clinics and workshops throughout the world. Yoron Israel received his Master of Music degree from Rutgers University ’97 (New Brunswick, NJ) and Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University’86 (Chicago IL). He has performed as the drummer/percussionist in theatrical productions in Chicago, New York, Boston and touring companies, including “Best of Both Worlds”, “Ain’t Mishavin’” , “Tan N’ Sassy”, “Mama”, “I Want to Sing”, “PO’”, “A Chorus Line”, “A….My Name is Alice”, “Something’s Afoot”, “The Marriage of Figaro”, “Carmina Burana”, among others.
For more information see www.yoronisrael.com.
Over the past decade, Adam Jarvis evolved quickly into both a studio and live drumming powerhouse. His talents are featured across several variants of extreme metal drumming, and are featured prominently on numerous major-independent label recordings. Having performed over 1000 shows in 45 countries, his experience and professionalism comes highly regarded, while his performances in both Misery Index and Pig Destroyer are always highlights for both drummers and fans alike. Additionally, Adam stays busy with multiple side projects, such as Fulgora and Asthma Castle. Adam is one of the hardest working drummers in the scene today, and can always be expected to push the envelope, whether it is on stage or in the studio. To keep up with Adam and all his projects, check the following links:
Misery Index | Pig Destroyer | Adams Facebook page | Fulgora | Asthma Castle
From a very young age, Jordan knew drumming was the one thing he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Jordan was born on June 8th, 1990 in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has grown up on classic rock idols: from KISS to Ozzy Osbourne and from ZZ Top to Led Zeppelin. “It’s the power behind the groove that inspires me”, he states as his biggest influence for rock and metal drumming. At age two, he received his first wicker drum and pair of sticks to play around the house; he hasn’t stopped the beat since.
Jordan started taking lessons in early high school from player/educator John Spinelli at Seminole Music and Sound. Jamming with local musicians, taking lessons from professional drummers, attending drum clinics and master classes are all ways Jordan developed his unique style and sense of stage presence.
Jordan’s drumming influences consist mainly of the power and vitality of metal drumming. Being a devoted fan of Pantera, Jordan was introduced to the heavy drumming style from Vinnie Paul, and Joey Jordison of Slipknot challenged Jordan to increase his creativity. Jordan also appreciates players like Shannon Lucas that took classic death metal drumming techniques such as blast beats and added more color and spectrum to those methods. He also admires the way percussionists such as Brent Easton and John “Funky” Blackwell, Jr. use a stylistic approach for funk and groove techniques.
Being comfortable behind a kit was more about channeling Animal from The Muppets than anything else for Jordan. Theatrical experience in high school put the lights in his eyes and kept him hungry for more stage time. By age fourteen, Jordan had already performed for a sold out crowd in Morsani Hall of the Straz Center in Tampa, and never lost sight of the big picture. He harnessed a lot of energy from local projects in the bay area to help him push forward and keep the ball rolling. From bongos to blast beats, from an orchestra pit to the main stage, Jordan has laid down the beat for whatever duty calls.
Born in New York, Brian began playing drums at the age of eleven. Brian grew up listening to bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith. He became hooked on classic rock, heavy metal, blues and jazz. Brian worked at local music stores in New York, spending all of his money on drums and vinyl records. He has attended hundreds of concerts, constantly studying the drummers’ every move. After studying with many local teachers, including Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Quiet Riot), Brian began playing the local club scene with various bands. He joined the New York City based band, Station, opening for such acts as Joe Lynn Turner, Dio Disciples, and .38 Special.
Brian has played the Millennium Music Conference, Great South Bay Music Festival, and the Rocklahoma Festival. Station released their first EP “WIRED” in 2013 which they recorded in Nashville with the legendary producer, Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Mötley Crüe, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Extreme, Dokken, Warrant). Brian has continued to work and record with Michael Wagener since the release of Station’s EP. In addition to touring and recording with Station, Brian also works closely with other artists as a session drummer.
When he is not touring Brian teaches drums and piano both privately and at Gil Brienes Music in New York.
It’s no surprise that someone born behind the Iron Curtain has an intense love of heavy metal. Kaspars is formerly of Huskvarn and Deus Sex Machina. He currently plays with The Grand Opiate and Witch Casket. He lives in Los Angeles with his family where he also works as a translator.
Kaspars is delighted to be part of the Axis family. He currently uses the Axis A21 Sabre double pedal and the Doc-o-Matic Docking Port. Updated appearance information and videos can be found at https://www.facebook.com/drummerbalrog/
Anthony King, drummer for Grammy Award winning vocalist Monet. Born into a musical family, he began playing drums from the age of five. He is a two time Gospel Emmy awards drummer of the year winner, toured for Motown and Poly Gram International records with former Prince vocalist Rosie Gaines, recorded with the Kenoly brothers, Jerry Shanahan, Randy Emata and many more. Over the last several years, Anthony has been working closely and recording with several Brazilian artists like Celso Pixinga, Mello Jr., Silvera and performs at The Bourbon Street Music Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil every other year as a featured artist. Anthony has been a very happy endorser with Axis Percussion since 1996 and has no desire to depart from this family-like relationship. Over the last few years, Anthohy is working getting Axis Percussion in Brazil and looks forward to the day when Axis arrives in Brazil and the drummers there can enjoy a true work of art!
Garry has toured, worked and recorded with many artists including guitar legend Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Joe Lynn Turner, The Driver Brothers, Blind Rage, Temple Myst and many others. He also used his MIC Program “Making it Count” to instil a strong work ethnic into young students in schools and at clinics using the power of music and drumming. Garry now runs Garnoe Creative Productions with bassist and producer Andy Robbins Go to www.garrykingmic.com and www.garnoe.com.
George Kollias, the world touring drummer playing for the U.S. death metal legend Nile, holds Drum Clinics worldwide and teaches at the Extreme Drumming Department of Modern Music School. George is well known for his extreme Death Metal drumming style, mixing technique and creativity, pushing the limits of the music to another dimension by using his many years of knowledge of Jazz and other drumming styles. George is renowned for his double bass skills and the extreme tempos he plays with Nile in his solos. He plays all the blastbeats with one foot, even at speeds up to 270bpm. In live performances, he pulls off everything as in the studio, playing long sets at those speeds for hundreds of shows per year. Visit his website www.georgekollias.com to learn more about this artist.
Konstantin is the drummer for the American death metal band HATE STORM ANNIHILATION. Born in Bulgaria in 1988, he started playing drums at the age of 12 after watching the legendary Bulgarian drummer Venelin Venkov on a TV show. Getting into heavier and heavier bands, he naturally fell in love with the extreme metal genre. Konstantin eventually met George Kollias, his ultimate inspiration, took several drumming lessons from him, and was introduced to the Axis pedals. He bought a pair, and for the next 7 years he recorded, toured Europe and the States multiple times, practiced thousands of hours, and did countless shows with the SAME pair of Axis pedals, always with the same excellent results. Konstantin currently uses the Axis AK Longboards, which is a customized version of the infamous A-L model. The Axis AK pedals allow him to precisely execute complex beats, even at the extreme speeds he plays.
Sean Lang is a freelance drummer/online educator based in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to being an instructor for the massively popular drum lessons website DRUMEO, he also has an instructional DVD set called Bass Drum Secrets 2.0 which teaches the specifics of foot technique.
His most prominent work includes many lesson series with the well-known website and youtube channel FreeDrumLessons.com, where he has made a name for himself as a thoughtful and creative teacher of metal drumming techniques and outside-the-box musical ideas.
He is currently teaching, and playing with progressive metal band First Reign as well as many local original and tribute acts, and has an instrumental solo album releasing in late 2014 called Seven Year Storm.
Sean also tracks drums for artists all around the world, the most recent of which is power metal maniacs Fantasy Opus from Lisbon, Portugal.
For more info and media, check out www.seanlang.com
Jersey native Vinnie LaRocca always knew what Exit he was from; unfortunately, nobody across state lines knew what that meant. So, he decided to make a name for himself…. Vinnie sat behind his father’s kit, and quickly became a second generation drummer. He worked his craft and when he discovered Axis pedals, he discovered the smooth feel that would forever transform his playing style. Growing up in the shadow of Manhattan has eclipsed many artists, but Vinnie continues to thrive in the shadows and is now the drummer for New York City’s premiere Hi-Fi Sci-Fi Hard Rock Band, Atom Strange. Vinnie longs to push down the pedals on a John Deere mower, but until then, he continues to throttle his Axis pedals.
Please visit www.atomstrange.com for links, news and band info, or www.facebook.com/ATOMSTRANGEBAND.
For direct music downloads, please visit atomstrange1.bandcamp.com/
Douglas Las Casas
Douglas Las Casas (Brazil) has already played with Brazilian greats such as Mozart Mello, Faiska, Bocato, Angra, Pepeu Gomes, Frejat, Max de Castro, Cauby Peixoto, Zeca Baleiro, Chitaozinhoe Xororo, Jair de Oliveira and Wilson Simoninha to name a few. His current projects include ‘Tres de Paus’ (with Caruso, Las Casas &Uchyama), Kiko Loureiro Trio, Yamaha Trio and Sa, Rodrix & Guarabyra. In addition to releasing two albums of instrumental music, Douglas has recently released a 3-level (Basic, Intermediate & Advanced) instructional video called ‘Cortando Caminho’, or ‘Taking the Shortcut’. A DVD with video classes on Brazilian rhythms, aimed at the International market will be released soon in a joint initiative with the Brazilian label Aprenda MÃºsica (‘Learn Music’). Douglas has been a very loyal Axis artist since 1999 and has been featured in Modern Drummer, Cover Batera, Cascavel Jazz Festival on National Brazilian Television and Rock in Rio.
The son of a professional drummer, Mike got his first drum set at age three, started playing in clubs at age ten, had newspaper articles written about him by age eleven, toured the states by sixteen, and graduated from Hollywood California’s Percussion Institute of Technology with honors at age twenty-one.
In addition to recording various demo projects, Mike spent several years touring across the lower forty eight states of the U.S., as well as Alaska, and Hawaii performing in rock, funk, dance, alternative, disco, 80’s, and blues bands. He also spent two years touring internationally, including Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
Mike lists among his influences: John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Neil Peart, Ian Paice, and hundreds of others. Mike’s training consisted of formal instructions as well as extensive live performances.
His formal training was under the leadership of: Joe Porcaro (studio drummer), Casey Scheurell (Jean Luc Ponty), Doanne Perry (Jethro Tull), Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa), Efrain Toro (Tito Puente), and many others. His style combines musical versatility, pocket groove playing, steady meter with or without a click, and a highly entertaining visual performance that makes him a crowd favorite everywhere he performs.
Mike has used AXIS bass drum pedals and hi-hat hat stands exclusively since 1993, and currently performs in the #1 GigMasters cover rock band, The Trip, from Orange County California.
Check out www.myspace.com/mikelewisdrummer for live videos, pictures, and more info.
Daniel Alejandro Lopez
Established drummer for the very popular Argentine metal band, Harpoon. Daniel started in 1996 at the age of 18. The band has 21 year history and have played more than 500 performances. They have shared the stage with local bands such as Logos and international bands such as Mago de Oz, Kreator, and Primal. In addition, Harpoon has preformed for various music festivals such as “La Cumbre del Metal” in which they appeared six times. Also in “Metal Para Todos” and “Cosquin Rock” in 2012 and 2014.
Discography: Harpoon has four records and one official DVD Live.
Grito De Rabia
Tu Mismo Pensar
In Decmber 2017, the band started recording the in album: Cielo e Infierno.
All Harpoon albums are released through the legendary Hurling Metal Records.
Directed by Alfredo Andrada (Pocho Metal).
A live preformance DVD was released by another company.