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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.
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.
Leo Rodriguez is a musician’s son, born May 13, 1986 in Jacarei. Leo always had direct contact with music, drums, and the great musicians who have always been part of this environment. His great influence was his father Amaury Rodrigues who always supported him and was his biggest influence. Early Leo moved to Caraguatatuba North coast of São Paulo in which he resides to this day.
As Leo grew up within the church, he had the opportunity to play there. One day Leo had the opportunity to participate in drum and percussion clinic that was given by Julio Figueroa and Alex Acuña. This day was a turning point for Leo because he saw the importance of being a drummer and percussionist because he would add much more to his musicianship and broaden employment opportunities as a percussionist as well. Then he began to also perform as a percussionist in many works. Leo recognized that versatility is important.
Leo went to São Paulo to study music and also began to play with great musicians and different musical genres.
In 2008 was the drummer of the great Gospel singer and songwriter Bianca Toledo in which was a fantastic experience and also played with great musicians such as Glaubert Cantuarea, Fred Tavares, Calebe Barros, Joe Medrano. Leo was invited to join the band of singer Leandro Zambianchi, singer and songwriter Kiko Zambianchi nephew, in which he recorded his CD “ Além do que meus olhos podem ver”. Opportunities arose for shows, recordings, workshops and projects of various artists such as: Fernanda Porto, Wanderson Bersani, Jenna Adkins, Jessy Vera, Micheli Aguiar, Edu Souza, Li Maria Fernanda Leturia, Russian, Brunno Caravalho , Glaubert Sarubeck, Fernando Molinari, David Filho, Bartholomeu Vaz, Heloisa Figueiredo, Rafael Gimene, Felipe Blues, Wagner Rodrigues, Lucas Marinho, Thiago Pontes, among others.
His passion for teaching is immense and he has been training many musicians over the years. Leo has taught in musical institutions as a drummer and percussionist. More recently, Leo has been teaching in the music school he founded entitled ILR (Institute of Music Leo Rodriguez) in which he is supervisor and coordinator of the drum and percussion courses. Adding to people’s lives and sharing their experiences is indeed a privilege.
Leo also does workshops, clinics and seminars to promote the art of playing drums and percussion, developing more responsibility to honor this fascinating instrument and the beautiful ways to play it.
Currently Leo is performing with singer-songwriter Wander Peixoto and also singer-songwriter Heloisa Figueiredo at concerts and festivals.
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.
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
With over 30 years of experience, Phil Savarese began playing drums at 6 y/o. Playing in the school orchestra band up until 7th grade, he then began playing in rock bands, performing cover songs and writing original music with band members.
He developed his chops and style of playing solos and improvisational drumming through studying most of his childhood idols such as, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Bill Bruford, Phil Ehart, and Peter Criss.
He eventually grew tired of playing 5 nights/week in the bar scene and received a call from Criss Angel to audition for his group AngelDust. Phil was offered the gig and was the drummer for the Criss Angel project from 1991 until 2008, performing live for record companies and potential investors, and doing studio work for the project.
He now does studio drumming, occasional open mic nights, and teaches students techniques to develop their speed and coordination around the drum kit.
He has most recently been performing work with artist Mick James in the studio.
“I have been using the Axis A LongBoards for over 10 years on my home stationed double bass kit, and will be purchasing the Axis LongBoards Double Bass Pedal for use on both my studio and live kits. I recently added the Axis MicroTune to both of my single pedals on the home kit for faster spring adjustment”.
Equipment: Axis A Longboards with MicroTune and Sonic Mallets
Phil is a born again Christian, and can be seen, twice/week, performing at his local church.
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.
Nelson was born in Ibague, Colombia, he graduated from the Tolima Conservatory and he began his studies at the School of Music Conservatory of Tolima, in the program of percussion. Later he joined the undergraduate Music program percussion performance at Conservatory of Tolima in the course of Fernando Valencia (percussionist Javeriana university, Arkansas university and university temple, Philadelphia), then with Mario Sarmiento (Professor National University of Colombia).
As a drummer has recorded four albums with the band of Death Metal, HEDOR, has participating in 4 South American tours 2007-08-09-10, some video clips, and recent invitation to Rock Festival “Rock al Parque” in the 2016 version. As a soloist he has participated with the Symphonic Band of the Conservatory of Tolima, Ibagué Philharmonic Orchestra and the assembly of the chair of percussion of the Conservatory of Tolima.
In September 2013, he attended the Stage of symphonic percussion and marimba by The Corporation Encouragement of Music in the city of Medellin. In August 2014 he attended as an asset to the International Academy ZISAMP in Newied-Engers Germany, with Professor Nebojsa Zivkovic and in July 2015 at the International Marimba Academy Katarzyna Mycka VII in Hanover, Germany; Katarzyna Mycka with teachers, Beverly Johnston, Andreas Boettger, Svet Stoyanov, Israel Moreno and Roberto Hernandez. He is currently a professor of symphonic and Latin percussion and drum set in music school at the Conservatory of Tolima.
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.
Phoenix based drummer and vocalist, Eddie Vallee has been a busy professional musician for much of his life. As well as playing with number of local bands, Eddie also teaches drums as a private instructor in his home studio, and also as a Drumming Educator with the local school district.
Eddie has been playing drums since the tender age of 4, taking lessons at school and also in his home, before spending his formative years playing in an upbeat church group several times per week. Over the years, Eddie has clocked up over 7,500 working gigs between The Rogues in Upstate New York, Boomer in Arizona and plays well over 200 live dates per year.
Of course, talent like this doesn’t go unnoticed, and thanks to connections with local talent agencies, Eddie is also a regional touring member of The Drifters, who I’m sure you know as Rolling Stone magazines #81 Greatest Artists of All Time, and 2nd in Billboard’s Most Successful Recording Artists. You don’t get that kind of recognition without some serious skills.
Eddie’s work can also be found on various TV and radio commercials, as well as supporting up and coming local acts, such as Jacob Tyler Lucas.
Eddie is a husband and father to a beautiful family.
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 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.