AXIS ARTISTS: M – Z
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Two decades of playing professionally have made Dave Maneely one of the most respected and sought-after drummers in American Roots music on the West Coast. Having performed and recorded with a variety of artists including Dick Dale,Glen Glenn, and Junior Watson, his versatile, laid-back and inherently musical style has made him an industry favorite. Currently, Dave is performing in California with legendary blues guitarist John Lawton. For many years he has also been teaching, endeavoring to inspire a new generation of musicians. Click here to learn more about this artist. Click here to learn more about the artist.
Fabiano Manhas—drummer, teacher, music producer and specialist on percussion products and audio tecnology. In 20 years career, Fabiano performed with great names of the brazilian music like: Kiko Loureiro( Angra), Mozart Mello, Deborah Blando, Belchior, Gerson Ortega, Bob Fitz (Hosana Integrity Music Brazilian shows), Asaph Borba, Massao Seguinara, Fernando Capela, Silas Fernandes, Walmyr Tavares and many more. Also gospel music, pop music and instrumental, working on many others recordings. Fabiano Manhas has done more than 436 workshops since 1999 through 2010. With all of this he started to know very well the drum business and the brazilian drummers players needs, from the startes to professionals.
He recorded 3 instructional drum videos (Atack geral, Modern Licks, Articulando as bases do groove, Editora Helio Cortez) his best seller is the Modern Licks, sold out more than 15.000 copies becoming the best seller of all drum videos in Brazil. He has also a solo CD called “F. Manhas Project” a Rock Fusion brazilian style (It’s a mix of Baiao, Rock, samba, songo and Funk) sold out 10.000 copies, an excelent sale consider a institutional and instrumental work in Brazil where there is lots of illegal sales.
Fabiano was cover of drum and specialized magazines like Revista Batera, Modern Drummer Brazil, Up Gospel, Audio Musica e tecnologia, Backstage. He also analyse products, writes articles and advisoring importers about the products and their quality. He is the director and owner of Instituto de Música e Pesquisa, I.M.P (Music and Research Institute, M.R.I) one of the best in education for specialist teachers. The I.M.P (M.R.I) has the best sound system equipment, researching to achieve the highest preference from his students. The I.M.P. (M.R.I) was awarded with AI&M 2005/06 for development and products advisor Leac’s brand of sound sistem (best seller product in Brazil). In 2008/2009 Fabiano Manhas will release his first DVD, Mega Fusion. He will be on the road tour around the Country for 150 workshops starting in July 2009 sponsor by Music stores and schools partners. Visit his website: http://fabianomanhas.com/
Pablo Martínez, born on March 7 1985, began playing drums at the young age of 6. In the year of 2003 he began his serious studies as performer with renown Chilean drummer Andrés Baeza at Projazz, a professional music school which has been the birth place of many talented chilean musicians.
While studying at Projazz, Pablo and three other students gave birth to the alternative-rock band Humana, a recognized act in latin-america which has led Pablo to see many stages, both in Chile and abroad. Humana has released three albums, “Aurora”, “Views” and “in Case Of Ear Discomfort”, which in turn, have generated five videos with constant rotation in MTV latin-america and a huge number of live performances alongside notable bands such as Alesana (USA), Funeral for a Friend (USA), Underoath (USA), Protest the Hero (USA), Gloria (BRA) and Dead Fish (BRA), among others.
In the years of 2008 through 2011 Pablo continued to hone his drum skills by taking private lessons with fellow drummer Cristobal Orozco (Octopus, Miriam Hernández) and Ricardo Ruiz, teacher of distinguished Chilean drummers such as Felix Lecaros and Daniel Rodriguez.
At the end of 2009 he joins the prominent metal band All Tomorrows which has received praise not only from the chilean press but also from prominent specialized magazines, websites and musicians such as Metal Hammer UK, got-djent.com, Bart Hannephof/Textures (HOL), Grahan Pinney/Aliases (UK), Anton Reisenegger/Criminal-Pentagram (CHI) and Cote Foncea/Lucybell (CHI).
Later in 2011 he is invited to participate in the project “Ipop”, the first and only band that plays their repertoire with Ipads instead of traditional instruments. They have been invited to play at events hold by brands such as Coca-Cola, Movistar and Mac and have caught the attention of national newspapers and TV channels and shows such as El Mercurio, Publimetro, 24 horas, Cadena Nacional and CNN Chile.
Pablo Martínez is also versed in styles such as Jazz, Pop, Funk and Bossa Nova and holds a varied and versatile popular repertoire which has led him to work at regular shows in Malls and Casinos throughout the country. He has also worked as session drummer for diverse musical projects such as Jazmín, La Mala Senda, Daniel Retamal, Marcelo Donoso and Francisco Rafart.
As if his endeavors as a performer weren’t enough, Pablo has been teaching private lessons since 2006. He also teaches classes and gives drum clinics at Projazz, music school in which he forms part of the extension body of teachers which include musicians such as Alejandro Silva, Marcelo Donoso (MrcloDnoso, Gigante), Rodrigo Morris (Mar de Grises) and performers from the band Octopus.
Recognizing his musical achievements and career, cymbal makers Istambul Mehmet chose Pablo Martínez as an official endorser for the brand. He is also currently endorsed by the store DrumDealer, the chilean authorized dealer of Istambul Mehmet, Gretsch, Axis, Regal Tip, among other brands.
All Tomorrows @ Reaction fest http://vimeo.com/98345338
All Tomorrows @ Metal fest http://vimeo.com/95140429
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Ed (Edmund) Masi has played live and recorded with several bands and solo artists, including: Hector Penalosa (The Zeros), The Ghosts of California, Dustin Aaron, The Melanies, Al Cosgrove, Wild Willy Parsons (Comedian), and Clip, to name a few. He can be heard most recently on Maren Perusal’s latest single “Aeroplane”. Ed also composes music for film and TV, and works as both a session drummer on the West Coast and a drum instructor in Southern California.
The drumming of Massimo MANZI, 59, born in Rome, is very appreciated from more than 30 years mainly on the Jazz scene . He started as a talented, self-taught player, then he met great drummers / teachers like M. Roach, E. Jones, J. De Johnette, P. Erskine, S. Gadd at their clinics in Italy.
Manzi recorded over 160 CD like sideman, and “Quasi Sera” (2000 con Di Sabatino, Bosso, Micarelli, Garofoli, Innarella, Morganti, Bulgarelli) and “Identità” (2007 con Dave Liebman, Dulbecco, Dalla Porta) as leader. He played with great jazzmen as K. Wheeler, P. Metheny, E. Gomez, P. Woods, J. Tchicai, T. Farlow, A. Van Damme, B. Golson, B. Brookmeyer, J. Bergonzi, S. Bernstein, B. Dennerlein, E. Henderson, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, Pat Martino, Ray Mantilla, Al Grey, G. Smulyan, D. Byron … and with the most important Italian players, both in small or Big Bands (Colours Jazz Orchestra among others, conducted by M. Morganti)
Concerts in Tokyo with R Galliano, in Mexico City, San Juàn and in New York with G.Tommaso and P. Fresu. Umbria Jazz with R. Sellani trio and so on .
His last recordings with sax player Felice Clemente and with organ player Vito Di Modugno got very positive critics from “Downbeat” and other important jazz magazines.
Manzi is international endorser of Amedia cymbals and is an experienced teacher too.
The brazilian death metal drummer Alan Marques, from the band Sangrena, was born in Santos, São Paulo, in 1983. He started playing drums at the age of 14. Took lessons from teachers such as Giancarlo Dandolo, Ricardo Confessori and Ramon Montagner, and always practiced the double bass technique since his begining on drums, which made him a well known drummer from early days by the use of this technique. Alan is also a drum teacher in Brazil since the age of 16 and nowadays he´s the owner of the renowned drum school Bateras Beat Vila Mariana in São Paulo city. In 2005 Alan joined the death metal band Sangrena with whom he recorded the debut album Blessed Black Spirit, released in 2009 by Dazamadicus Records and Sevared Records. Sangrena played beside great bands as Krisiun, Nile, Coroner and Kataklysm. In 2016 Alan recorded Sangrena´s second album, to be released in 2017, for which they will go on a great tour to show the brand new material. The history between Marques and Axis started in 2005, when the drummer bought his first Axis pedal – an Axis A2. In 2009 Alan bought his second Axis: an A-L2 Longboard, which is the pedal that Alan still uses exclusively down to this day in every show, drum class and drum clinic he does. It’s a long and successful story together and it shall be longer and longer due to his own words: “I use Axis just because it is the best and this will never change”.
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David F. McCloskey
With more than 20 years of drumming experience, David F. McCloskey has crafted a solid reputation in the Puerto Rico music scene as one of its most prominent rock and metal drummers. Most notably known for his work in the veteran Puerto Rico based metal band TavÚ, where he has been drumming, composing for, and co-managing since 1997, David also has an extensive record of session drumming, production work, and worldwide touring, with stage experience not just in Puerto Rico, but also in Europe, Central America, and the US.
Known for his solid, textured, expressive and powerful style in metal and rock drumming circles, he has also demonstrated his versatility with his session work, which finds him coasting through genres like pop and funk. Currently, he has produced, co-written, and independently released “Clamor Victorium, Clamor Silentii”, the most recent Tavú album, of which he is extremely proud of, and which shows him to be at the top of his game. For more, go to http://www.tavumusic.com/ | Press Release.
Pennywise band member, Byron McMakin is known for the intensity, power and speed of his drumming. Byron is currently with Pennywise on The Warped Tour. Visit www.pennywisdom.com to read more about the artist.
Tiger Bill Meligari
Tiger Bill Meligari, currently touring with Vince Martell (original lead guitarist of Vanilla Fudge), is a drummer, author, educator, and clinician widely known for his exceptional hand and foot techniques that allow drummers to perform at maximum levels with minimum effort. Visit his website at www.tigerbill.com/billsplace.htm for more on this artist and his tension-free approach to drumming.
Scott grew up as the son of Midwest bandleader Dick Metko, where he started playing on Dad’s weekly TV show at age 10. At age 17, he was chosen to perform in the McDonald’s All-American High School Band. At a concert in Carnegie Hall, guest soloist Lionel Hampton chose Scott to perform his big band swing. Living in NY, Minneapolis and now Nashville, Scott has recorded or performed with artists such as Fred Wesley, Steve Kahn, Alan O’Day, Tiny Tim (yep, the ‘Tip Toe Through the Tulips’ guy), fusion band BOZO Allegro and Americana rocker Deb Soule. Now in Nashville, Scott is touring and recording with multi-platinum country legend David Ball and red dirt rocker Adam Fears. Watch for Scott on discs by both artists in 2009. “I’ve been using the same Axis double pedal since 1998. The action is still as smooth as when I bought it. Look at the pedal footboard; it’s worn smooth with all the use and abuse! Can you say that about your pedal? By the way, the Axis hi-hat stand sure makes that hardware bag a lot lighter. Axis rocks!” Scott’s work can be heard on: myspace.com/scottmetko | myspace.com/davidball,www.adamfears.com.
“I like to be one of those drummers who actually add to the music, not one of those guys who sit in a room 24/7 trying to out wit or out play another drummer.” Dave Lambardo
This is Brian’s mentality, passion, and desire as a drummer and a musician. For the past 30 years Brian has been playing drums and touring with a variety of different styles, techniques, and dynamics. He has studied under Tommy Aldridge of the bands, “White Snake” and “Black Oak Arkansas”. He is currently studying under Bernie Dresel formally of the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
In Brian’s professional drumming career he has played a crucial part within the Christian Music Industry. He was the Drummer for “Betrayal”, which pioneered and influenced the Christian Hardcore Industry and scene making them icons. During this part of his career Brian was known and voted for being one of the fastest double base drummers thus influencing and inspiring thousands of drummers worldwide. Brian was playing blast beats even before they were around in the late 80’s and early 90’s, leading him to be featured in magazines and articles.
Throughout Brian’s career he has recoded 10 albums, featured on 6 compilation albums, 4 top ten singles on the Hardcore Christian and mainstream charts. Being signed to Epic Records, Road Runner Records, Rex Music, Wonderland Records, Word Records, Black and White records as well as Indie Companies, Floppy Fish Records, Kingdom Records, Metro One Records and Trauma Tone Records.
Brian has toured throughout the U.S. and other countries and continues to travel influencing drummers of all styles. Brian proudly endorses Axis Pedals, Sabian Cymbals and Mapex Drums. Not only is he an endorsor but he is also the owner of Meuse Percussion. Being a dealer for Ludwig Drums, Axis Pedals, Mapex Drums, Sabian cymbals, Zildjian Cymbals and much more.
Currently, Brian is playing drums and touring with “Touch of Class” and “The Swing Cats”. He is also a in demand worship drummer and session player. His busy schedule consists of playing 4-6 gigs per week, with one band being a 7 piece jazz band.
Brian loves to share his knowledge as a musician by giving back to his community and other communities. He is a drum instructor for 3 different high school marching bands in Southern California. two of those High School Marching bands took first place in the Southern California Championship.
Brian is always growing as an individual, musician and drummer. A vital part of growing as a musician is having the right equipment to express yourself.
Mark was born in 1989 in St. Petersburg, Russia. He started playing drums at the age of 16, and in just a few years became known as one of Russia’s most promising metal-drummers.
For 19 years he managed to play on stage with such recognized metal bands as, Despised Icon, Bring Me The Horizon, Dillinger, Escape Plan, Bleeding Through, Carnifex, Suicide Silence, Bury Your Dead, Architects, and many others.
Currently, Mark is a member of the groups My Autumn and Autoscan. Both groups are very popular in Russia, and My Autumn is the first Russian metal band to tour Europe. Mark is the first Russian drummer to be listed on sickdrummer.com, the most popular site dedicated to extreme drumming and view this YouTube video.
Danny Molina (Ecuador) En “Desolate Recollections”, los quiteños nos muestran el lado más profundo, más doloroso, de una banda que ha sabido canalizar sus sufrimientos espirituales en música cargada de una emotividad y violencia sin igual. Contando con participaciones de lujo Silvio Golfetti(Korzus), Fabio Laguna (Freakeys-Angra-Hangar) “Desolate Recollections” ha sido grabado en los míticos estudios MR. SOM, BRAZIL, por el prestigioso productor Marcello Pompeu conocido por su trabajo con bandas como Torture Squad, Ratos de Porao, Claustrofobia, R.V.I y otros, y el apoyo tecnico de Cristiano Scheneider, ingeniero de sonido de Krisiun, R.D.P, etc. Un joya del metal latinoamericano, sin duda.
Chris Moore is based in Los Angeles, CA and is the drummer for Dilana (Rockstar Supernova), Cry Wolf, and Fast Otto. He has played with the black metal band Orcus, thrash metal phenoms Bloodlust, and Deathriders, fronted by original Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin (“Fistful of Metal”). In 2006, Chris played on the Orcus CD, “Birth”. In 2008, He recorded 15 drum tracks for the Deathriders CD “Back With A Vengeance”. In 2010, Chris played on the Cry Wolf CD, “Twenty Ten” mixed by Bob Daspit (Sammy Hagar). Look for Chris to be drumming on the upcoming solo CD by guitarist Vic Johnson (Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas). Chris Moore proudly endorses Axis Bass Drum Pedals and Ahead Drumsticks. Delana’s website is www.dilanarocks.com. Cry Wolf’s website is www.myspace.com/crywolftheband and Chris Moore’s is www.myspace.com/chrismooredrummer.
Jesse has been playing the drums professionally for over 22 years. Through out his music career Jesse has played a variety of styles anywhere from, hard core, industrial, speed metal, hard rock, pop, alternative, hip hop, rap core, blue grass, R&B, funk, gospel, reggae, and worship music.
Jesse is a five time award winning Christian Recording Artist. Three of these Awards are through the Gospel Music Association (GMA), the other two are Peoples Choice Awards. Jesse has toured the U.S. And other countries. Jesse plays for Christian Recording Artist Bryan Easter and is also a session player.
Jota Morelli, recently on world tour with Al Jarreau, is a distinguished drummer with excellent abilities in all musical genres. Go to www.jotamorelli.com/ to learn more about the artist.
Christian Nativo is a drummer based in Melbourne, Australia. With a musical career spanning ten years, Christian has incorporated his Metal / Fusion influence towards his playing, giving him his signature sound of power, dynamics and attitude, and making him one of Australia’s most sought after session and freelance metal drummers. Christian started playing drums in 1998 and since then has toured Australia, New Zealand and Europe and has shared the stage with some of the best including English speed metalers DRAGONFORCE, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, German power metal gods HELLOWEEN, European power metal legends Sonata Arctica and the world’s greatest metal band IRON MAIDEN. He is a competent drummer in all styles of music ranging from jazz quartets to funk bands right through to extreme heavy metal, and everything in between. You can catch Christian playing around Australia with his original melodic prog metal band Vanishing Point (www.vanishing-point.com.au for tour dates) aswell as teaching full time and sessioning for artists, both nationally and internationally, using his home studio.
Rodrigo Oliveira (Brazil) initiated his musical career in September of 1994, together with two college friends, they started the band Carrascos, recording three demo-tape and participation with some independent bands, making concerts for diverse cities in the state of São Paulo. In March of 1996 he was invited to play with Stronger, a death metal band of São Paulo, where he played in diverse places in Brazil, such as Aeroanta, Ginásio da Portuguesa, Black Jack, etc. Some integrants did not take the band as a serious work but Rodrigo always faced the battery as a professional, and than left the band. In September of 1997 Rodrigo got in contact with Korzus (Sao Paulo) for a test, when the drummer Fernando Schaefer had left the band. Soon after the first test, Rodrigo assumed the drums of KORZUS. In 1998 the first test by fire with Korzus, Rodrigo, at 17 years of age, played in the festival Philips Monsters of Rock, one of the most important metal festivals of the world. At the festival at Monsters they recorded a Live of Rock, with five live tracks, recorded for MTV Brazil, and four more tracks in studio, one of them is one of the biggest hymns of the band “Catimba”. In the following years, together with Korzus, Rodrigo had played in all Brazilian territories, north thru south, making always the best and greater Tour of a national metal band.
Axis Percussion would like to announce the endorsement of Nigel Olsson. We at Axis are honored to have such a distinguished artist supporting our line of drum hardware. Learn more about the artist: http://www.angelfire.com/ca/nigelfanclub/index2.html
Born in Santiago de Chile on June 15 1983, from an early age he realized music was going to take an important role in his life. From a musician’s family, his father initiated him at age of 9, giving him his first kit. Later on he participates in the extension courses of the “Professional Institute Projazz” which leads him to consider the career of “Instrumental Interpreter with a Major in Drums” which he completed successfully in 2005. Since then, he has been involved in projects with a variety of musical styles including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Metal, Latin, Pop, NewProg, Nu-Jazz, Hip hop, etc. and has worked as a session musician in studio and live performances with artists such as: OCTOPUS, MYRIAM HERNANDEZ, DEKIRUZA, PABLO HERRERA, JAVIERA MENA, MIGUEL PEREZ. Cristobal actively participates as a producer and drum tech with Bolchevique Recording Studio team, and is part of the Drum Teachers Staff in the “Professional Institute Projazz”. He has now completed his first European Tour, also performing at “BAJA PROG 2008” in Baja California, Mexicali, with Octopus Band. In 2010 he traveled to Sweden to take lessons with the famous drummer Morgan Agren. Currently Cristobal Orozco is touring Latin America and North America with national artist Myriam Hernández promoting her Top-Selling Album “Seduction”. Visit: www.cristobalorozco.com and view video clip
Joseph “Joey” Oscar a native of St. Louis, Mo. knew at the youthful age of three, music was permanently embedded into his soul. While growing up, he allowed himself to be groomed by some of the best drummers. Joey was often found at his local church gathering with the band, but with an extra emphasis placed on the drummers. After the passing of his father in 1986, feeling lonely and devastated he turned to music, eager to find comfort and to live out his fathers dream. Throughout the years, Josephs’ spirituality has grown immensely. Moreover, his skills on the drum set have become immeasurable, making him a “Drummer Extraordinaire” and the most sought after and called upon drummer. He has taken music and the art of drumming to the next dimension, while allowing his creativity to manifest itself into what God has ordained it to be.
Joseph long ago, became a born again believer and has given God the reign over his life. His gifts are not limited to music alone, but the calling on his life is far more greater. He is often found saying, “Without God NOTHING is possible!” Josephs’ passion is to be a mentor to kids and minister the word of God not only through music and song, but also through the Word of God.
He is considered to be at the top of his game with no end in sight. Joseph’s spirit is humble and giving and his presence is that of a gentle oddity with a flare for the extraordinary. Joseph has had the pleasure of working with many great men and women of God, nationally as well as internationally. Micah Stampley, Kim Burrell, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Dewayne Woods, Kathy Taylor, James Fortune and FIYA, Ricky Smiley, Denise Williams, Yolanda Adams, Rodney Jerkins just to name a few. Also he’s currently the Producer for Music World. He has even gone abroad while working with Hans Christian in Denmark and other parts Europe as well as Africa. Joseph has garnered accolades from every corner of the music world and has familiarized himself with the business. His professionism has opened the eyes of his peers giving them something to pattern their lives after.
Last, but certainly not least, Joseph is a loving, devoted husband to his wife Christie Oscar and a proud father to his four children Josiah, Isaiah, Elijah and baby Hannah. Joseph is truly grateful for the gifts, talents and abilities that God has trusted him with and he is found daily giving it all back to Him. “To whom much is given, much is required!” Luke 12:48 KJV.
Kevin Painter, an independent artist has been playing drums for 27 years. Born native to Nashville, TN with a rare blood disorder called Hemophilia, Kevin would play his brother Chuck Painter’s (RIP) drums whenever he could. He got his first drum set at the age of fifteen and played nonstop. Starting out playing in school bands his drum career slowly became a lifestyle. He went on to teach various students at Mike Es Classic Guitars. Mike Es can be found on Facebook located in LaVergne TN 6157937414.
At seventeen, Kevin played his first show, and never looked back. A few of the bands he has preformed with, are but not limited to, Rock Bottom, Anti-Flesh, Deep Seeded, Zero Down, Plaster Frown, and currently CoreFlow. As a drummer, Kevin has played various types of music, but death metal has always been his love. Unfortunately, in the last year Kevin has developed a disorder called Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalitis also known as PML. This disorder has damaged his motor functions and part of his brain.
The Band website for CoreFlow is currently under construction and will be available for viewing soon.
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An internationally known showman, Carl Palmer has thrilled rock fans with his dazzling speed and mastery of drumming techniques. Axis Percussion would like to announce the endorsement of Carl Palmer. For more info on Carl, go to www.carlpalmer.com
Samus Paulicelli (born September 14, 1987 Ridgewood, New Jersey) is a multi-instrumentalist who has recorded and toured with many national acts including Decrepit Birth, Goatwhore, and Abigail Williams. Samus also played in various local New Jersey/New York bands during his early career including Mutiny Within, Suspyre, and Dark Empire. Despite being a talented one-man band in his solo project “66Samus”, he is best known for his drumming work with his technical death metal band, Decrepit Birth.
Samus began his musical endeavors at the early age of 2 when his parents noticed him playing drum beats on his diaper, so they started setting up the old pots and pans for him. A year later they purchased him a junior drum kit. He began drum lessons a few years later once he was old enough for someone to want to teach him, and that’s when it all started. Once Samus reached the age of 14 he had developed a keen interest in double bass drumming and realized that he had learned all he could from his local teacher, so he quit taking lessons and bought Mike Porntoy’s Liquid Drum Theater VHS tape. He has been teaching himself ever since.
Samus now resides in Winnipeg with his wife and is busy attending university classes full-time, while assisting Matt Sotelo with writing and arranging the next Decrepit Birth record. He is also writing new original material and shooting videos for 66Samus every other week.
“These pedals don’t just make me play faster, they give me more feel and control than any other pedal I have tried. They make my feet feel like machine guns. Simple amazing works of art.”
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As a well established Drummer and Engineer, Chris Paxton always seems to get his hands involved in some musicial endevour. Over the past year, Paxton has been performing internationally at venues such as the Olufin Oduduwa Palace (Nigeria), Pepsi Amphitheater (Flagstaff), The Key Club (LA), Great American Music Hall (SF), Electric Factory (Philadelphia) and Rialto Theater (AZ). He has been on 9 International tours over the past 5 years. Other notable gigs include the San Jose Convention Center for Hot Import Nights, Insane Clown Posse’s Mighty Death Pop Tour, Twiztid’s This Way To Hell Tour and other festivals such as the Burning Man and The Gathering of the Juggalos. Paxton has been televised drumming on major networks such as ESPN 2, KOFY and Fuel.TV as well as a consistently expanding online media presence.
In October 2004 Paxton opened Nexus Audio Recording Studio in Oakland, California. As a producer/engineer/drummer, he has worked with artists Indie and Major, spanning across all genres. Since opening his studio, Paxton has become an integral part of the Bay Area music scene constantly releasing albums and helping artist realize their dreams. Some of the most notable music recorded to date is Erk Tha Jerk “Hands Up” and Kreayshawn “Gucci, Gucci”. In addition Paxton recently finished an exciting album with Austin, TX based band Midnight River Choir. It’s becoming more common to see him in other studios and working with established acts.
Paxton’s everyday actions display versatility and commitment to the growth of music. He has aspirations to become one of the major hitters in the music world. You can tell this young man is well rounded, road ready, and able to take on the responsibilities that lie ahead. His knowledge of sound engineering and cutting edge technology, blended with his seamlessly solid drumming truly make him an unstoppable musical force!
Daniel “Trixx” Peabody
Since releasing a single along with a full length album, Trixx, with Generation Sin, has shared the stage with many of today’s artists such as We Came As Romans, The Word Alive, Get Scared and many more. Not only has he worked the crowds of Hollywood, but has since expanded to festivals gaining the attention of many throughout the music scene.
Be sure to follow him and Generation Sin on all Social Media outlets!
Davier Pérez Ortega
With hardcore thrash metal in his veins, Davier Pérez Ortega impulsively injects passion and aggressiveness to a musically progressive mindset. His work in 3 stylistically different projects has made him an intrinsic element of the local Puerto Rican rock/metal scene.
Born in 1988 and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ortega began playing drums at the age of 15. Sharing the stage with bands such as Puya, Malevolent Creation,Misery Index, Black Dahlia Murder, Destruction, Warbringer, Ankla, The Acacia Strain, Job for a Cowboy, Impending Doom, Chimaira, Decrepit Birth, Carnifex, Exodus, Deicide, Trioscapes and August Burns Red.
He is best known for his complex footwork and a visually dynamic technical style demonstrated in his projects: The Mirage Theory, Makara, and Pit Fight Demolition.
Ortega has accomplished an LP and a tour to Trinidad and Tobago with thrash metal band Pit Fight Demolition. He is also currently working towards an LP with space rock band Makara, and has generated 2 self-produced music videos and a tour through the lower east coast of the US with progressive/metalcore band The Mirage Theory.
To see more of Davier Pérez Ortega’s work, go to his youtube channel http://youtu.be/xvwpJA47R1U | The Mirage Theory youtube chanel http://youtu.be/lmxWRiFa5dM | Or any of his bands facebook, twitter or bandcamp Makara – www.facebook.com/makaraofficial | http://www.makara.bandcamp.com/ | Pit Fight Demolition – www.facebook.com/PitFightDemolition | The Mirage Theory- www.facebook.com/themiragetheory | www.twitter.com/themiragetheory
For nearly 25 years, Ralph Peterson has been one of the distinctive and recognizable drummers in jazz. His talent and drive as a drummer, composer, arranger and bandleader set him apart as a Master among his peers. Peterson has accomplished the difficult task of keeping a working band (The Fo’tet) together for over 20 years and now features the Soprano Sax work of Greg Osby. The leader has formed a new Sextet featuring some of the brightest young players on the much in the tradition of his mentor and will be recording them in the near future. He also is preparing an exciting organ group called the Unity Project which is dedicated to the music mastery of organist Larry Young. As an educator, Ralph has been on the faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Long Island University, The New School, NJ PAC’S Jazz for teens program, The North Netherlands Conservatory in Holland, Rutgers University, and the Juilliard School of Music. He is now Full Professor at Berklee College of Music, Artist in Residence Prince Claus Conservatory in Holland as well as a clinician and endorser for Mapex Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Axis Pedals as well as Bosphorus Cymbals, where he will soon be releasing a cymbal line of his own design.
Aaron Pinto is the drummer of Modern thrash metal band ‘Providence’ and deathgrind Gutslit from India.
He was nominated in 2012 & 2014 by Rolling Stone in the BEST METAL DRUMMER category at the Rolling Stone Metal awards.
In under 6 years. he has played countless shows with Providence and Gutslit, and a lot more with Indian acts like Bloodshed, Arquebus, Dravya among many others.
Aaron has toured extensively across India and globally with Providence and Gutslit, playing alongside bands like Megadeth, Fear Factory, Gojira, Misery Index, Immolation, Carcass,Sikth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, EyeHateGod, Brutal Truth, Beheaded, Possessed, Katalepsy, Epicardiectomy,Demonic Ressurection,Bhayanak Maut, Undying INC, Zygnema among many others.
Providence won the best metal album award for their album ‘Vanguard’ at the 2012 Rolling stone metal awards.
In 2014 Gutslit was the first Indian band to play at the Biggest Grind Festival in the world, Obscene Extreme held in Czech Republic.
He is currently working on the 2nd full length albums of Providence and Gutslit. Aaron Is currently endorsed by Meinl Cymbals.
Richie Ramone is the fastest, most powerful drummer who ever played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones.
Richie joined the Ramones in 1983 and performed with them in over 500 shows around the world. He was the only Ramones drummer to sing lead vocals and to be the sole composer of Ramones songs which appear on the albums Animal Boy, Too Tough to Die and Halfway to Sanity.
Richie’s song, Somebody Put Something in My Drink, became a fan favorite and was included on Ramones Mania, the only Ramones album to go gold, as well as Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits, an album comprised of songs hand picked by Johnny Ramone as the Ramones’ best works.
Punk rock icon Joey Ramone remarked, “Richie saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He was the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.”
On October 8, 2013, Richie released his first solo album, Entitled, which features new songs written by Richie as well as new recordings of songs he wrote for the Ramones. Billboard notes, “Richie’s 12 freshest cuts aim to please fans of both rock and metal with its blend of power chord-chugging simplicity and guitar hero virtuosity.” More: richieramone.com and facebook.com/RichieRamoneOfficial
James Raymond, aka “Flatline”, is the current drummer for metalcore act, Vengince (Jägermeister music). Flatline is known for his double bass drum speed, hard-hitting chops, and precise control over numerous time signature patterns. He was brought on as the drummer for Defiance (Roadrunner records), during their 2005/2006 reunion writing sessions and has played with numerous musicians & projects over the years. Flatline has been on several national tours throughout the United States and multiple countries through Europe. He has shared the stage with acts such as Disturbed, Slipknot, Machinehead, Pro-Pain, Death Angel, and more. A full bio can be found online at www.vengince.com.
Rodrigo Rios was born on February 11, 1979, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His first encounter with music was at 4 years of age, when he was given his first guitar. He took to the instrument so naturally that it has integrated his daily life ever since. At age thirteen, Rodrigo had his first exposure to the drums, and the same occurred. So he began his drum studies. In his quest for musical advancement, he took several courses at the Brasília School of Music where he studied with Pascoal Meirelles, continuing with Robertinho Silva. Rios pursued his studies with renowned drummers such as Carlos Bala and Marcio Bahia in Rio de Janeiro, and internationally–acclaimed drummer, John “JR” Robinson in Los Angeles. Rios also studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston with Kim Plainfield and Casey Scheuerell.
In his career, Rodrigo has amassed considerable experience from performing on the nightclub scene. Currently, his focus lies on specific musical styles such as PopRock,Jazz, R&B and “Brazilian Popular Music”, which has led to his performing alongside distinguished music artists of the genre, including Túlio Mourão, Gê Lara, Anthonio, Cocoricoral, and others. As Producer, Rodrigo created, developed, as well as performed in, Bossa Nossa – Singing History project, a tribute to 50 years of Bossa Nova and Tulio por um Trio, a project that honors Tulio Mourao – Brazilian composer, producer, arranger and musician.
Rodrigo has recorded with some Internationally-acclaimed musicians from US specially from Los Angeles such as Bill Bergman, Dan Fornero, Nick Lane and others. Rios has worked alongside distinguished Engineer, Mixer and Producer such as Steve Sykes. www.rodrigorios.mus.br/site/
Michaelangelo Ristano of Philadelphia based rock band Stealing December has been playing drums for 24 years and teaching for a decade. Easily recognized as one of the most accomplished musicians on the Philadelphia music scene, Michaelangelo’s credits include the rock opera “Rasputin” starring Ted Neely (“Jesus Christ Superstar”) at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Del., as well as session work with three-time Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval. Visit his website at www.stealingdecember.com.
John JR Robinson
While touring with his own band in early 1978, John got his break. Rufus and Chaka Khan came into the club where John was playing and by the third set, the band ‘Rufus’ was sitting in with John! Within a few weeks later, John had moved to Los Angeles to finish the 1978 Rufus world tour!
In late 1978, John was introduced to Quincy Jones. “Q” asked John if he did sessions outside Rufus. Of course he said “yes” and John was in the studio recording ‘Off The Wall’ for Michael Jackson. Ever since that record, “JR’s” phone has been ringing ‘off the wall’!
JR has become the most recorded drummer in history, even surpassing the great Hal Blaine. Some of the hits are, We Are The World, All Night Long, You Are and Say You Say Me by Lionel Richie, I’m So Excited and Slow Hand by the Pointer Sisters, I’m Just A Gigolo and California Girls by David Lee Roth, Higher Love, The Finer Things and Back In The Highlife by Steve Winwood, Express Yourself by Madonna, Off The Wall, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Workin Day and Night and Bad from the late great Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole’s, “Stardust” and Change The World by Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones’ The Dude, Q’s Jook Joint and From Q With Love, Give Me The Night from George Benson just to name a few. Of course in the 1983 JR won a Grammy with Rufus and Chaka Khan for “Ain’t Nobody”.
JR played drums for the new Quincy Jones Live at Montreux to be release summer of 2009 and with David Foster and Friends, “Hitman”. John has been the the drummer for Quincy Jones since 1979 and the drummer for Barbra Streisand from 1993 through the present.
JR has also played on a number of motion pictures including, My Cousin Vinny, Grand Canyon, Pure Country, Phenomenon, The Body Guard, First Wives Club, Celtic Pride, Dave, Denise The Menace, Evening Star, Father’s Day, Free Willy, Hercules, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Independence Day, Jerry McGuire, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Little Rascals, Nothing To Lose, Nutty Professor, The Preacher’s Wife, Quest For Camelot, South Park, Space Jam, Tin Cup, The Waterboy, Dinosaur, America’s Sweethearts, Rush Hour 2, That Thing That You Do, Pirates of the Caribbean [Dead Man’s Chest], Hairspray, Frasier Theme, Fever Pitch, Anchorman, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Dodgeball, Garfield, My Cousin Vinny, What Happens In Vegas, You Me Dupree, Drillbit Taylor, Marley & Me, 27 Dresses, Tropic Thunder, Yes Man, Year One, I Love You Man and License To Wed.
John has two solo CDs called, “Funkshui” (2004) and “Platinum” (2010) out on his own label, Homecourt Records and another CD called “Rivers Of Paradise” with his band TRW released through Frontiers Records. JR also has a band called Native Son with band members Michael Thompson, Bobby Watson and Greg Mathieson. JR is producing multiple projects and maintains a recording studio in Thousand Oaks, CA. JR will continue to add his magic on many hits, movies and jingles to come with his recognized sound employing great time and a great groove.
For more, go to www.johnjrrobinson.com
Derek Roddy has immersed himself in the growing Death Metal and Black Metal music scenes and in the past six years his credits include many influential bands such as Hate Eternal, Nile, Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Aurora Borealis and Council of the Fallen, and most recently, with his band, Blotted Science. Although Derek is primarily known for his extreme speed and clean execution, he is well adapted to many musical styles. Derek is consistently busy recording tracks and playing live for various artists. Visit www.derekroddy.com to learn more about the artist.
Javier Aponte – Rodriguez
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
Bobby Rondinelli, a recognized master of double bass, has worked with Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot, The Scorpions, Aerosmith, Zebra, and Doro Pesch, and with his own projects, Tusk, Rondinelli, and Pyramid. Bobby is currently a member of Blue Oyster Cult and the Lizards. He also has collaborated with Michael Lauren to write The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming. Check out his websites atwww.blueoystercult.com/, or www.thelizardswebsite.com to learn more about the artist.
With over 30 years of professional experience touring, producing, and recording, Bob has performed with many legendary entertainers including Van Morrison, Keely Smith, Sam Butera, The Beau Brummels, Lee Greenwood, Tony Orlando, Allen & Rossi, Jimmy Smith and Al Hirt, Natalie Cole, Roger Daltry, Tom Jones, Don Rickles, Dean Martin & The Gold Diggers, and George Burns. Bob has performed on many TV shows and videos, including Astral Weeks Live Van Morrison at the Hollywood Bowl, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and has recorded various sound track for motion pictures.
Pete Sandoval, drummer for the band Morbid Angel, brings legendary percussive intensity, speed and control to the genre of Death Metal. [more…]
Neftali Santiago legendary Groove drummer formally of the group “Mandrill” has been leaving his drumming footmark on the music industry for over 38 years. Joining Mandrill in 1972 and leaving the band in 2005 Neftali is best known for his drumming on classics like Fencewalk, Hang Loose, Mango Meat, and Can You Get It to name a few. Neftali’s drumming can also be found on most major Hip Hop Artist’s records today such as Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Black Eyed Peas, Wyclef Jean, Naz, Big Boi, Public Enemy, and many more. Neftali also has a solo artist track record with his band “Santiago” and on Capital records as “Neftali’s Beast.” You can find Neftali’s music also in films such as “xXx State Of The Union” “The Warriors”, “Direct Hit” and many more. Neftali released a collectors series sample drum loop cd in 1994 which is still being sampled in 2010. Neftali is launching his “Groove Theory Clinic” tour this year teaching hands on groove drumming on records as well as lecturing on “Old School” drum recording technique. www.neftalimusic.com | www.youtube.com/neftalisantiago | www.myspace.com/neftalisantiago
Though she’s known as the drummer for the first successful all-female rock band, The Go-Go’s, Gina Schock has some refreshing ideas about what it takes to lay down a groove. With an album newly released for 2001, God Bless The Go-Go’s, the band is beginning an extensive tour. Axis Percussion is proud to feature the first lady of drums, “Princess Gina”. Read more at www.gogos.com/ and www.facebook.com/GinaSchock [more…]
Joseph Serrano is a 24 year old Northern California drummer. At just 8 years old, he learned the basics by practicing to Santana, The Eagles, Tower of Power, and anything else his parents played on the radio.
Joseph was a part of the school music programs from 3rd grade till he graduated high school, including the high school jazz band, marching band, and winter percussion. He started his own band when he was just 14 years old. Since then, hes written and recorded drums on 3 full lengths, 1 five song EP, and countless demos from his band’s early days. You can check out his band WRVTH (formerly known as Wrath of Vesuvius) here: https://www.facebook.com/WrathofVesuvius
Robbie Sherre, Originally from the Bronx, New York, Robbie began playing the drums at age 8, his passion and ambition for the drums has landed him with playing with many various artists, his extreme style pushing the limits of the music to another dimension by using his knowledge of funk, fusion, jazz and other drumming styles. Robbie has toured extensively thru the U.S. for a number of years, he enjoys listening to a wide variety of music as well as different drumming styles. Always the professional Robbie strives to play with dedicated musicians who push the envelope in their craft! Visit his website www.robbiesherre.com to learn more about this artist.
Mike Smith has been drumming for 25 years and is a founding member of New York Death metal pioneers “Suffocation.” Mikes drumming was first introduced to the Extreme metal scene in 1989 on Suffocation’s debut album “Effigy of the forgotten.” On this album he introduced a drumming technique now known throughout the metal community as the “Blast Beat” or “Smith Blast.” This technique is a main ingredient used in the drumming styles amongst the majority of Extreme metal bands today. His ability to push the boundaries of speed, while combining precision, groove and technicality has influenced a sub genre known today as Technical Death metal. What Mike Smith and his band Suffocation introduced to the scene was the first of its kind and continues to influence the path of many Extreme metal bands across the world today. You can currently catch Mike Smith on tour throughout the U.S. and Europe. Upcoming dates are available on the following websites: www.Suffocation.us, | www.myspace.com/Suffocation | www.Blastology.net and www.sickdrummer.com.
Neal Smith performs regularly in the US and around the world with internationally recognized artists such as Cyrus Chestnut and Tom Harrell. Neal also leads his own group which performs original jazz compositions and classic arrangements of jazz standards. He also is very active in teaching developing drummers and hosts master classes and clinics while touring. Neal also runs his own record label, NAS, which is focused on the production of jazz recordings. Visit Neal’s website at www.nealsmithjazz.com for more about this artist.
I started playing drums when I was 7 years old. Bands like Iron Maiden, Rush, Slayer, Megadeth and such influenced my earlier playing. As I got older I discovered the death metal genre. I was totally blown away with the speed element. I had never heard anything quite that fast and brutal. Bands like Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Gorguts, to name a few really inspired the speed element. But it was an album called “Human” by Death and an album called “Focus” by Cynic, that made me understand how
to combine progressive into death metal.
One day a friend of mine lent me a CD called “Images and Words” by a band called Dream Theater. I had never heard of them so I gave it a listen. That changed my life. Seriously! I went out the next day and bought that CD and Awake which had just come out.
Aaron Stechauner is currently the drummer of Bay Area metal band Rings of Saturn. With an instilled passion and love for music at an early age, he decided to pick up drums in the fall of 2004. His primary influence at that point had been classic and modern progressive music. However, because of school and various teachers, Aaron’s first serious style of playing started with jazz and jazz sub genres. After being introduced to heavier music, he began to from local projects with friends. He shortly after moved on to play with Bay Area band Aenimus, Miami-based Metal Blade artists Abiotic, and finally Rings of Saturn. Aaron also plays with industrial rock band Wes Cage, as well as metal band Interloper.
Keep up with him on his Facebook, as well as his video channel at www.youtube.com/aaronstechauner.
Drummer Benedikt Stehle’s style is best described as “deep pocket groove meets energetic musical energy”. He has lived in both New York and Los Angeles, participating in both of their music scenes. Since the age of 17, he has been a part of international studio productions, big tours, and TV shows for artists such as: Beth Hart, Barbara Tucker, Sandhy Sondoro, Della Miles, The Weather Girls, Drum Connection, Anastacia, Morten Harket (A-HA) and many more.
Stevie Stephens has played with a variety of artists, from Janet Jackson, Jerry Garcia Band (JGB), Ronnie Laws to Bruce Conte and Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power fame. Stevie says, “I can’t work without my Axis pedals!” Visit Stevie’s website at www.steviestephens.com.
Evan is the relentless drummer for the Ohio based grindcore band, Drogheda (est. 1992). He was recruited for the band in 2009 for his belligerent, yet calculated style of playing. This ferocious and insanely speedy genre of music requires the rabid energy and stamina that Evan, a self-taught drummer, consistently delivers. Evan has been a devotee of the Axis brand from the inception of his drumming career. Axis pedals have the precision and speed that grindcore demands.
The band’s music is recorded exclusively at Evan’s home studio, Excrutiating Sound (Norton, Ohio). In addition to writing and recording, Evan’s current endeavors include planning Drogheda’s 2015 world tour and embarking on a career in the manufacture of drums.
You can check out Drogheda’s and their music at the following links:
Drogheda: Occupy Graves
Giacomo Torti began to play drum at the age of 10 attending a local music school and soon he had the opportunity to create his first rock band. After few years he discovered the passion for extreme metal and due to this he started to study double pedal, blastbeat and everything that concerns developing extreme speed and control as well.
In his career he played drums for several band and styles: from metalcore to black metal as a studio and live drummer. Nowadays he fully works on Bloodtruth, a brutal death metal band, while preparing to touring the world with the aim to advertise the upcoming album.
He give his best in stage with Axis Longboards Black which he considers the best pedal around for its smoothness, stability and, of course, speed!
He’s also available for private lessons.
Visit Giacomo’s page here: https://www.facebook.com/giacomo.torti
Bloodtruth facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bloodtruthband and bigcartel: bloodtruth.bigcartel.com“
Hector Torres (Drummer/Percussionist) was born in the musically diverse town of Tijuana, Mexico back in 1959. At a very early age, Hector learned that it was simply impossible to call one style of music his favorite. There was so much to hear and so much to learn. After making Los Angeles, California his new home at age six, he instantly began to explore new forms of expression using drums and or anything that sounded interesting by shaking or striking. In constant search of a new sound and beat, Hector has been working for many years in numerous projects in a variety of styles from Jazz, R & B, Salsa, Rock, Punk, Armenian, Brazilian, Folk, Iranian, Pop, Cape-Verdean and for the past nine years he has being the percussionist for a L.A. based contemporary modern dance company. Hector has toured Europe and America many times and will continue to do so always on that quest for that new beat.
Claude Hudson “Butch” Trucks is one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band.
One of Trucks’ first bands was local Jacksonville band The Vikings, who made one 7-inch record in 1964. Another early band was The 31st of February which formed and broke up in 1968. This group’s lineup eventually included both Duane Allman and Gregg Allman. They recorded a cover of “Morning Dew”, by 1960s folk singer Bonnie Dobson.
Trucks then helped form The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with Duane Allman (guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals and organ), Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), and fellow drummer Jai Johanny Johanson.
Together, the two drummers developed a rhythmic drive that would prove crucial to the band. Trucks laid down a powerful conventional beat while the jazz-influenced Johanson added a second laminate of percussion and ad libitum cymbal flourishes, seamlessly melded into one syncopated sound.
Said founding member and co-lead guitarist Dickey Betts of Trucks’ addition to the original band lineup, “…When Butch came along, he had that freight train, meat-and-potatoes kind of thing that set Jaimoe up perfectly. He had the power thing we needed.”
Trucks continues to record and perform with the Allman Brothers Band today.
A drum icon in the interior of São Paulo state, Northon Vanalli is responsible for teaching musicians of all levels and to spreading the importance of drums in the current music market in South America. He was born in Presidente Venceslau and started playing at the age of 8. At 13 years old, he was playing in dance clubs and parties. At 16, he was a already a professional musician. In 1996, he was the first one at Presidente Prudente’s region to found a drum institute, the Northon Vanalli Drum Institute, which is exclusively dedicated to drum teaching. On its 10 years of existence, more than 800 students have already been there, among professionals, amateurs and drum lovers. In 1997, he recorded the music “Delanda” for the Pearl Brazilian Team III album, released by Pearl Drums. In 2000, the Institute recorded an album entitled “Bateras in Prudente” (Drummers in Prudente), composed entirely by students’ bands of the Institute. In 2002, he recorded the play-along album VOCÊ (YOU), an educational album not only for the improvement of drummers, but also guitar and bass players skills. In 2003 he released his drum video (VHS and DVD) “Estude, Construa e Toque” (“Study, Built and Play”) His current endorsements: Gretsch drums; Zildjian cymbals; Axis drum pedals; Michael drumsticks and drumheads; Power Click phone amplifiers; Urban Boards drum shoes. Currently, he has dedicated exclusively to recordings, workshops and the Institute. The workshop tour covers all Brazilian state capitals; it started in January 2006 and ends in December 2009.
Junior Vargas launched his second self-named album, recorded live and released in CD and DVD (Aqualung Records). This work has been the basis of the Master Classes and Workshops he has been doing. Junior is also working with several top Brazilian artists. Some of his recent work includes a national tour with Brazilian popular music singer Pedro Mariano, who plans launched his latest CD through EMI Records, with Vargas on some tracks; Pop singer Daniela Gato (Daniela Gato Trio), playing in events throughout the city, and performing with the All Star Brazilian Jazz band, a Big Band formation. In addition to these current works, Junior has been doing freelance recordings with several Gospel, POP, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) and Jazz artists, as well as giving lessons in his own project studio. He also plans to record a third eagerly anticipated album, “ON & OFF 2”. View Jr. Vargas on YouTube performing with Izzy Gordon, a top female singer in Brazil, pictures from the Jo Soares Show and Votorantim inner city workshop in SP, Brazil.
Tim Waterson, with his constant search for creative rhythmical possibilities also pushes the limits of the physical possibilities of drumming. His record of 1239 beats in 60 second playing double strokes was certified by the WFD last January, 2001. Tim pushed drumming to a new level on January 22, 2002 at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA where he played an amazing 1407 beats in 60 seconds in double strokes with his feet. [more…]
Alan White of Yes fame, has quite an amazing career, playing with such artists as John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, George Harrison on “All Things Must Pass”, touring with Joe Cocker and many others before joining Yes in 1972. In recent years, Alan has performed with a variety of artists, including Spencer Davis, The Ventures, Charlie Daniels and Eddie Money, to name but a few. He also conducts numerous drum clinics around the country and around the world to encourage and teach other drummers. Always looking towards the future, Alan has plans to write and record a second, long-awaited solo project, while still maintaining his position as the driving force for Yes. To visit Alan’s website at alanwhite.net/index.html. Alan is the recepient of the Cape Breton International Drum Festival Legend Award in 2010.
I’ve been surrounded by music my entire lIfe. My father was a musician so he turned on to bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles and Led Zeplin. When I was 13 my father bought me my first guitar and my brother his first drum set. Months later I realized that liked drums better and decide to pursue percussion. The first 2 years I was self taught , listening to a lot of records and CDs trying to duplicate the things I heard. After that I started to take drum lessons from Paul Riddle of the Marshall Tucker band for about year. And then I was introduced to heavy metal. Bands like Pantera and Metallica really opened my mind to a totally different style of playing. Eventually I got into more extreme genres like death metal and black metal and that is where my heart has been ever since. In 2006 I decide to peruse music as a career. In 2008 I joined The Sign of the Southern Cross they were signed to Season Mist and had raleased their first full length, Of Mountains and Moonshine which was released in America and Europe. We supported that album for about two years, then went into the studio and record our EP, I Carry the Fire. which was also released in America and Europe. In 2013, Your Chance To Die approached me and ask if I wanted to try out for a full time position in the band. I accepted the position. I recorded a full length, we toured and shot a video in support of the new record The American Dream which was release by Red Cord Records.
Meet China’s new Drum King, He Yan. China’s new generation of rock music is in the hands of the leader He Yan. A cutting-edge drummer with hundreds of performances a year—presenting a unique stage experience. He is a drummer in a number of 80 to join the band and is the only person with the cooperation of China’s most excellent music, the best and the youngest musicians with stage charisma. He rocks the band! He studied under the famous rock drummer Wang Lan in 2001. As he practiced hard, work hard, blast mature, hot and full of tension, with unlimited energy and enthusiasm, especially with a young people’s momentum.
He Yan blog | He Yan individual official forums | View some rock video of He Yan | Drum Bar Forum
Tim Yeung was born in Buffalo, NY November 27th 1978. With the inspiration of a song writing mother and artistic father, Tim began playing drums in 1990 at the age of eleven. Within a few short years he was recording demos and playing live shows within the local muisc scene in upstate NY. He Attended Hochstein School of Music, Rochester, NY in 1995 to study jazz and latin drumming. He got his first big break in 1997 to start the legendary Tampa Fl based death metal band Hate Eternal & in 1999 they released their debut album “Conquering The Throne” on Earache Records. Tim decided to relocate to Los Angeles in early 2005. At NAMM 06 Tim hit 872 bass drum hits in one minute at a World’s Fastest Drummer competition, which earned him the Fastest Feet Title for that year. Tim Yeung has performed and worked with National acts such as All That Remains, Hank Williams III, Nile, Vital Remains and Decrepit Birth. His straddling of the extreme and mainstream is perhaps best reflected in his work with his band Divine Heresy, whose music features elements of extreme death metal as well as more mainstream genres. With his resume of Artists along with musicians he has worked with, Tim has proven to be one of today’s greatest metal drummers. View more at www.timyeung.com
Jirka “Jurgen” Zajíc
Jirka “Jurgen” Zajíc (Prague, Czech Republic) started to play drums around 1995. Influenced by thrash, black, death, grind music, two years later he reinforces a starting band Intervalle Bizzare with which he sets off on several European tours accompanying Dying Fetus, Monstrosity, Necrophagist, Skinless, Sepsism…. and records MCD “Unexpected Awakening of Impassive Mass”. After disbanding of Intervalle Bizzare he starts his own grind core project, Uprise and records one MCD and LP “Iconoclasm”, which is suported by Czechoslovak tour with Napalm Death. Later he fills a free drum post in CZ grind legend Ingrowing, records MCD “Aetherpartus” and sets off for mini US tour and many concerts in Europe. Two years later he records MCD “Heads or Tails” and again tours in USA and Mexico. Besides playing with Ingrowing, he dedicates his time to his main band Heaving Earth (death metal), which toured Europe with Marduk and Immolation in 2012 to support its first CD “Diabolic Prophecies”. Now he prepares a second CD with Heaving Earth….He is now one of the busiest Czech/Slovak death grind drummers whose work you can hear besides the mentioned bands, also in recordings of Slovakian death metalists Brute “Pillory” or iranian death/black Nex Carnis….
Jurgen’s full discography:
Intervalle Bizzare – Czech Assault (Relapse compilation); MCD Unexpected Awakening of Impassive Mass
Uprise – MCD Uprise; CD Iconoclasm
Ingrowing – MCD Aetherpartus; MCD Heads or Tails
Heaving Earth – MCD Vision of the Vultures; CD Diabolic; Prophecies; MCD Redemption Ablaze; CD Denouncing the Holy Throne
Brute – CD Pillory
Nex Carnis – CD Obscure Visions of Dark
Liu Zhong is the drummer of punk rock band Larry’s Pizza from China. In the last decade. he has played countless shows with Recycle, SKO, The Ghost Spardac, Larry’s Pizza, The Next Door Band, and a lot more with Chinese famous artists like Da Zhang Wei, Xu Meijing, etc.
Liu Zhong has toured extensively across China and globally with Larry’s Pizza, playing alongside bands like Scorpions, The Used, No Use For A Name, MxPx, CROSSFAITH, FACT, among many others. He was the drummer of IAAF Wold Championships Opening Ceremony in Beijing in August, 2015. Larry’s Pizza’s song “OFF THE WALL” was nominated “the Best Rock Single of the Year” in the 2014 MIDI MUSIC Awards.
He is currently working on the 2nd full length albums of Larry’s Pizza. He is currently endorsed by Zildjian Cymbals, Hun Flag percussions and Vans.