Independent / Session
James “Cadillac” Cardarelli
In a career spanning more than 10,000 gigs, James has played a wide variety of different styles of music in a diverse variety of locations. From concerts, shows, corporate events, weddings, and many others, being a well-rounded musician and a quick study has paid dividends, not only on stage, but in the recording studio as well. As a teacher, his philosophy is to give each student what they want and need to progress and enjoy drumming. As a founding faculty member of Rock and Roll Camp in Orlando, (now in our 20th year!), James is also the drum instructor for the summer rock music program at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, (now in our 7th year). A proud endorser of Trick products since 1997!
Drumming since the age of 15, Sammi has been all over the world during her career and played with some of the greatest legends in the industry. She is leaving her musical impression on the world as an independent artist and an instructor at the School of Rock in Dallas, TX.
American Me/Sustainer/True Form/Hostilities/Sacrificer
Following a failed trombone audition in middle school, I moved over to drums like my mother had suggested (her brother a drummer himself). Ever since I have not been able to put down the sticks.
Throughout my entire life drums have always been there. I was in jazz, concert, symphony, pep, marching, and recreational bands during my entire time in school. I was able to take the knowledge I had learned and apply it to my favorite genre: heavy metal and hard rock.
In 2011 I joined the band American Me (Rise Records) after pursuing several other projects that were successful….but didn’t get where I needed to be. Directly after joining I was thrust into a campaign for a third full length album, European tour, national tour, and endless local shows. While staying active in that band (touring/releasing albums) I was able to form three other bands locally in Portland, Oregon: Sustainer, True Form, and Sacrificer. I’ve been lucky to be a part of a special Soundgarden tribute release as well that raised money for Suicide Awareness in the wake of Chris Cornell passing.
Not only do I drum but I also set up shows/manage/book/promote/generate media for nearly all my projects. If you visit those pages, chances are you’re looking at something I designed.
My projects have been featured on MetalSucks.net, thePRP.com, Lambgoat.com, Alternative Press and several other news outlets.
My big passion now is Drumcan….my personal drum brand where I can cover songs, build an audience, and make myself a personal name with all the bands I am in.
Thank you so much for taking a look. I am available for session work, touring gigs, advice, and anything in between.
I am also endorsed by Diemond Star sticks and use them exclusively.
A “return to form,” for many bands, is both a blessing and curse–especially after returning from the brink of a breakup or while shaking the sleep of a deep hiatus. While being able to reestablish the same sound an artist may have worked hard to establish on past releases is promising, it’s understandable that at the same time, a lack of progression or an interruption in the natural pattern of advancement can be frustrating–for both the artist and the listener. American Me’s III finds itself in the midst of this quandary. While it picks up right where the band’s previous efforts left off, packed with crushing heaviness and contagiously catchy beatdown, there is little tangibly new aspects to the dynamic American Me have already established and used nearly to death.At it’s core, III is an anvil-like juggernaut of metallic hardcore and beatdown. Fueled by political distrust and misanthropy, American Me have created a steam-roller of a release which, once it gets started, cannot be stopped. At the heart of the album, the drums maintain a heavy, deep pounding laden with furiously fast fills and drop-of-a-dime dives into skull-collapsing breakdowns. The heavy, low end provided by the drums is dog-piled upon by both guitars and bass work, which rarely rises from the subterranean depths at which they operate. All three of these elements combine to create a viciously heavy and in-your-face beatdown feel, with just enough technicality behind the drums and just enough occasional groove in the guitars to provide a metallic feel. While the instrumentation is a solid, driving factor, American Me’s real power comes from the visceral vocals and their volatile lyrics.American Me use their vocals and lyrics to paint misanthropic, sociopathic and politically fueled images across their violent, devastating instrumentation. “Submissioner,” III’s second single featuring The Acacia Strain and Shut In’s Vincent Bennett is a thriving display of such an endeavor. While the lyrics are not fundamentally poetic, they are a well-organized and straightforward carrier for the hate and strife American Me aim to deliver. “Son of a Machine Gun pt. III” and “Narcota Night Life” are two more short, intense bursts of vocally-driven anger and anguish which nicely summarize III’s purpose as a whole: a short, furious, to-the-point skull-crusher of an album which punishes the listener before they can even realize what it is that hit them.
While III has a simple goal, and achieves it readily, it isn’t without it’s shortcomings–the most notable of which being just that. It’s an incredibly brief album. While it’s short length prevents the onset of the ever-popular plague of monotony, the incredible number of supporting vocalists and immense variation of track lengths already serves as an apt deterrent to boredom. Clocking in at a little over twenty two minutes, there is just no other way around it: American Me’s III, while a whirlwind of a release, still leaves the listener wanting. III’s other pitfall comes in the form of stagnancy, and really only applies to fans of Heat and Siberian Nightmare Machine. American Me have a tried and true formula of quick, hard-hitting beatdown-influenced hardcore: and while they certainly haven’t backslid with it, they aren’t taking much in the way of new ground, either. For all the time it took for their latest album to come to realization, there isn’t an enormous defining factor to separate it from their past releases. III is more of the same, even if “the same” is just what the listener might be looking for.
So while it isn’t a step or a leap for hardcore-kind, American Me’s III is a punctual, break-neck maelstrom of anger and chaos that’s sure to cure beatdown boredom. Loaded with visceral vocals, vicious lyrics, and intense, pummeling instrumentation, American Me provide a distinctly…well, American take on the metal-infused hardcore that might not be food for the mind, but is definitely fuel for the mosh.
For Fans Of: Shinto Katana, It Prevails, Shai Hulud, The Acacia Strain
By: Connor Welsh/Eccentricism
American Me – Heat (Review) – Sputnik
Review Summary: Its so easy to differentiate between acts in such a flooded scene. All it takes is for everyone to stop bullshitting and make room for those who matter.
American Me showcase a refreshing listen in a crowded scene of intense hardcore. Although Rise Records has let loose a dozen new releases in the last few months of the same demeanor (Recon, For The Fallen Dreams, ADBOK), American Me sneaks in with a punishing 19 minutes of raw carnage.
The tough-guy hardcore on this debut is evidently in the vein of its predecessors. However, avoiding the chug-oriented masses in recent months, the group delivers a fresh approach to aggressive beat-downs. “Attribute Of The Strong” welcomes the listener to the field of American Me with a balanced groove and a solid assault on the ears. The rough production automatically triggers interest avoiding the polished production of current Zeuss-produced-quality-deathcore. Although quality production should never be shunned, nu-metal quality in hardcore (recent releases such as “The Respect Issue” and White Chapel’s “This Is Exile” come to mind) is often distracting since the majority of the album revolves around pro-tools and leaves the weight of creativity for the computer. “Heat” proves American Me to be in full attendance and no overdubbed gang shouts and explosive analog bass are going to shadow the bands debut.
The musicianship of the quintet is as tight as any other band that spends 10+ months of the year on tour. Full of surprise squealers and guitars bending over backwards alternating from left to right, going back and forth by Phil and Brian Blade, the duo is able to showcase chemistry that hasn’t been felt or heard since Converge’s Kurt Ballou and Nate Newton premiered their home video footage on “The Long Road Home.” A connection such as this develops only through time, shared experience, and an understanding focus of one common goal: CREATE PASSIONATE HARDCORE.
The lyrical content on “Heat” should also be made note of. With emo-psychology seeping into the seams of acts such as Misery Signals, Sky Eats Airplane, and yes, even Bury Your Dead, American Me is able to distance itself from the pack and derive its influence from a variety of topics. “Said Nothing Began Firing” is a perfect example that’s based on an ancient office shooting ala-Wild, Wild, West style. Tony Tataje’s capability to churn out bellow after bellow shocks even the most advanced listener.
Coming in at just above 20 minutes there’s hardly enough time to conceptualize the effort. With each song clocking at or below two minutes its great to see the tracks roll one by one into a snowball masterpiece. From the contagious strolls through tough-guy city and into the depths of DUI HXC, American Me have a terrific tendency to leave a mark.
American Me, It Prevails tour (Europe) – Lambgoat
American Me, It Prevails, and Give em Blood are touring Europe this summer.
07/27 Martin, SVK @ Wlesefest
07/30 Stuttgart, GER @ Juha West
07/31 Mechelen, BEL @ Kamikaze
08/01 London, UK @ Barfly
08/02 Kent, UK @ Hevy Fest
08/03 York, UK @ Ous Fest
08/08 Bologna, ITA @ Freakout Club
08/10 Gleisdorf, AUT @ Kulturkeller
08/13 Poznan, POL @ Pod Minoga
08/14 Berlin, GER @ Miks
08/15 Kaiserslauter, GER @ Kramladen
08/16 Essen, GER @ Opium
08/18 Arhus, DNK @ Backstage
08/19 Oslo, NOR @ The Revolver
08/20 Stockholm, SWE @ Debaser
08/21 Göteborg, SWE @ Sticky Fingers
08/22 Hamburg, GER @ Logo
08/23 Wolfsburg, GER @ Juha Ost
08/24 Dessau, GER @ Destruction Derby
AllInMerch, MetalSucks & Metal Injection Proudly Present THE ACACIA STRAIN’s No Way Out Tour – Metal Injection
We are so excited to be teaming up with our homies at MetalSucks and the fine folks at AllInMerch.com to present to you quite the killer tour package…The No Way Out tour featuring The Acacia Strain and on select dates Within The Ruins, Xibalba, Fit For An Autopsy and American Me. The breakdowns will be heavy and frequent!
We’re big fans of the Acacia Strain around these parts and can’t wait to see them hit the road. Here is the current routing, with more dates to be announced soon:
8/13 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
8/14 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
8/15 – Nashville, TN – The End
8/16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
8/17 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
8/18 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
8/21 – Dallas, TX – Trees
8/22 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
8/23 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
8/24 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Fall’s
8/25 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sport Cafe
8/27 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
8/28 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
8/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
8/30 – San Diego, CA – The Epicentre
8/31 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
9/2 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
9/4 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
9/5 – Boise, ID – The Venue
9/6 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
9/7 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
9/13 – Toledo, OH – Rocket Bar
Members of American Me, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Those Who Lie Beneath, and More Team Up for Chris Cornell Tribute Album to Benefit The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention – Metal Sucks
Here’s a chance to get some cool music and support a great cause:
Portland, OR’s Rose City Collective was initially formed in 2015 to perform a benefit show for The Ghost Inside following that band’s horrific bus crash. Featuring members of prominent Portland area bands like American Me, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Those Who Lie Beneath, Across the Sun, and Sacrificer, the collective performed a benefit show which raised a whopping $2,000 for The Ghost Inside. Earlier this year, they did another show, this time in honor of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, which managed to raise $2,300 for The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. Whether or not you appreciate the bands for which these musicians are best known, you can’t deny that this has been an excellent use of their status in the music community.
As of today, the Rose City Collective is no longer limiting its fundraising efforts to benefit shows: they’ve recorded a seven-track tribute to Chris Cornell, featuring covers of such Soundgarden classics as “Black Hole Sun” and “Outshined,” and will donate 100% of the proceeds, once again, to The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. I say again: not a single penny is going into the pockets of these musicians. In a statement, the group says “we felt it was our civic duty to make this record.” There’s absolutely nothing in it for them, other than the satisfaction of helping those who need help.
Incidentally, the album is really good. Personally, I’m especially fond of the “Pretty Noose” cover, which utilizes female vocals and speedy double-kick drums to inject some new life into an old gem.
I strongly encourage you to buy the album, which is just five bucks. Whatever you were going to use that five bucks for, this is surely better. Purchase and stream links are below.
Sacrificer (I Declare War) Streaming Their Debut EP – thePRP
Sacrificer have released their self-titled debut EP. The group feature I Declare War vocalist Jamie Hanks as well as members of American Me and Those Who Lie Beneath.
Sacrificer (I Declare War) Stream Cover Of Slipknot’s “(sic)” – thePRP
Sacrificer, who feature I Declare War vocalist Jamie Hanks as well as members of American Me and Those Who Lie Beneath, have shared the following cover of Slipknot‘s “(sic)“. You can download it for free at Bandcamp and stream it below. The band said of it:
“This is a special Halloween treat from us to you!!! Slipknot has been a major influence on all members of the band and we couldn’t think of a better song to cover than the opening track on their debut full length which came out in 1999. We recorded this ourselves and mixed/mastered it as well while also putting our own spin on a couple of parts.”
Cory Lee of Paragon provides guest vocals on the track.
American Me Release “Anti Life Equation” Video, Fire From The Gods Vocalist Guests – thePRP
American Me have released a video for “Anti Life Equation” off their new EP, “Still Firing“. The song features a guest turn from Fire From The Gods frontman AJ Channer. Rise Records will release “Still Firing” this Friday, November 17th.
American Me Streaming New Album “III” – thePRP
American Me have launched the following stream of their new album “III“. The group enlisted a handful of guests for the release, including the vocalists of The Acacia Strain and It Prevails. Rise Records will release the album this coming Tuesday, August 14th.
American Me has debuted a new song and music video. – Lambgoat
American Me has unveiled a music video for “Anti Life Equation,” a track from their new EP, Still Firing, which is available today (November 17) via Rise Records. The song features AJ Channer of Fire From The Gods and its video can be found below.
AMERICAN ME DRUMMER DUNCAN ALLEN INTERROGATED. – Capital Chaos
American Me is a metalcore band from Portland, Oregon whose music also featured elements of various genres of heavy metal and hip hop. The band was formed in 2006 and signed with Rise Records in late 2007 releasing three full length albums to date. The music is often described as “brutal hardcore” and is known for its fast pace and heavy sound.
The band’s first studio album, Heat, was released in 2008. The album received praise from reviewers for exhibiting a unique, heavier style of hardcore punk, combining hardcore punk and heavy metal with a slight hip hop edge. American Me returns again in 2017 with their new 3-song EP titled Still Firing. The song “Anti Life Equation” features AJ from Fire From The Gods.
Location:Portland, Oregon USA
Lamb Of God
Art Cruz is one of the most popular metal drummers of his generation. He has collaborated and performed with such bands as Winds Of Plague, Klogr and The Rasmus, and Prong. In 2018, Art filled in as the drummer for Lamb Of God. The following year, it was announced that he would be their full time drummer.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Hey guys and thanks for checking out my Trick Artist Page!
I’ve been playing drums for 18 years.
I currently play for Pyrexia, but I’ve played for a number of metal bands, including System Divide, Dehumanized, Serpents and more.
I study under Mike Heller (Fear Factory/Malignancy).
If you have any questions or just to say what’s up, feel free to hit me up!
Location:New York, NY
Alex Fewell began playing drums at the age of 8 and has been an avid Trick Drums user for the last 10 years. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has been a fervent drummer within the Boston metal community, playing in numerous bands over his 14 years as a live musician. His current band is Black Mass (since 2015) but he also works as a studio and live session drummer.
Location: Boston, MA
Matt Kohanowski is a self taught drummer whose passion for drumming began over 10 years ago in Shelton, Connecticut.
Matt combines the inner workings of Metal music, blast beats, thrash beats and breakdowns with choppy grooves and complex fills but also has a background in Rock, Funk and Blues. He is currently associated with the Illinois Deathcore titans, Oceano. He is also the former drummer for Connecticut based Symphonic Death Metal band, Shadow of Intent.
His drum work is featured on 2 EP’s from separate projects and 2 full length albums from Shadow of Intent. In just a short time, the two albums , “Primordial” (2016) and “Reclaimer” (2017), have garnered almost a million views on YouTube and streaming services while Oceano has maintained a well established career over the years since their inception.
In August of 2017, Matt would start filling in for Oceano where he would gain touring experience playing all over the world with acts like The Black Dahlia Murder, Carnifex, After the Burial, Thy Art is Murder and Whitechapel. In September 2018, Matt would part ways with Shadow of Intent and continue full time with Oceano. They will be entering the studio in 2019 to record their follow up to their latest album and Sumerian Records debut, “Revelation”.
Location: Woodbury, CT
David Reece(Ex - ACCEPT), CARO, Blindstone
Currently a member of Danish thrash metal band CARO, Danish blues rock powertrio BLINDSTONE. And recently i’ve joined DAVID REECE ( ex- Accept ), as his touring drummer, and we will be hitting the road through the rest of 2018. As a session player, i’ve played with bands such as IRON FIRE, FEROCITY, and MERIDIAN. Also currently working on a bunch of new projects, and doing a lot of composition, and sound design.
Location: Frederikshavn, Denmark
Tobias Ralph was born and raised in New York City. He began playing
the drums at the age of 4 years. His talents were quickly recognized
when he became the winner of the first Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship award
while still attending La Guardia High School for music and the performing arts.
He also attended Berklee College of Music, where he was the first recipient of
the Yamaha Young Performing Artist recognition award. His first public
performance was at the tender age of 12 years old, while attending Walden
School in NYC, supporting none other than Chaka Khan under the musical
direction of Yochanan Sebastian Winston for a Walden School Benefit concert.
He has developed his own creative, innovative style as he has combined the
influences of many different types of music. An exceptionally consummate
player, his versatility is evident as he can play everything from jazz to pop to
Tobias has been privileged to perform internationally with a wide variety of
artists that include:
Crimson ProjeKct (Adrien Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter
and Julie Slick)
Adrian Belew Power Trio
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Tricky (Trip-hop artist)
Defunkt – Joe Bowie’s legendary funk band
Doop Troop (a jazz/funk fusion band with Joe Bowie)
Nena (German pop-star)
Screaming Headless Torsos (Dave Fiuczynski)
Kif (founded by Dave Fiuczynski)
Janita (Finish pop star)
Simon Yu’s “The Exotic Experiment”
Michael Cavanaugh (former lead singer of “Movin’ Out” on Broadway)
Tony C and the Truth
Royston Langdon (former lead singer/bassist of Spacehog)
Medicine Stick (band founded by former Living Color bassist, Muzz Skillings)
Tobias has also recorded with many of the above artists such as; Kif,
Tony C & the Truth, Nena, Janita, Royston Langdon, Defunkt, Doop Troop,
Janek Gwizdala, 24-7 Spyz, The Exotic Experiement and Medicine Stick.
Additionally, he has recorded with Tomas Doncker, Nick Howard, Angus Clark,
Susan Cagle, Everlast, Plexus, Vibrolush,Swirl 360, Root 66, Imani Coppola,
Pocket Size and many, many more. In addition, he has done studio sessions
with many producers/engineers, some of which include Bruce Hornsby, Steve
Thompson, Jay Levine, Steven Miller, Skoti Elliot. He has also recorded several
jingles, including two with with Tony C & the Truth for Coors Beer and Sherwin
In 2003, he performed on the critically acclaimed live DVD, “Nena feat. Nena”
(Frankfurt, Germany). He also received gold and platinum records for his work
on the album, “Nena feat. Nena”.
Tobias has performed many times as a substitute drummer for the Broadway
show “Rock of Ages” under drummer Jon Weber. Tobias was also privileged to
be a member of the award winning Broadway musical “Movin’ Out” under the
charge of drummer Chuck Bürgi in 2004 – 2005. He has also performed in the
touring version of “Movin’ Out”.
He has performed at NAMM 2011, Montreal DrumFest in October 2011 and
November 2002, PASIC (Indianapolis, IN) in November 2009.
He has been featured in National advertisements for DW Pedals, Paiste Cymbals
and Pro-Mark Drumsticks
He is a faculty member at the Collective in NYC and teaches there when
he is not out on the road touring. He continues to give clinics and Master
Throughout his career, Tobias has also been very involved in the dance world.
He accompanied dance classes at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for six years.
He has composed several dance scores for Nicholas Leichter, Ann Reinking
(with Phillip Hamilton), Alisa Rasera and Aleta Hayes, which have been
performed nationally. “Ritmo y Ruido” (Rhythm and Noise), a piece he
composed with Phillip Hamilton, was performed nationally by Ballet Hispanico in
1998 and 1999, and received glowing reviews in the New York Times. It has also
been performed at The Joyce Theater in October 2008 and December 1998.
It continues to be a part of Ballet Hispanico’s repertory and is performed
In December 2000, he was a featured musician in a live percussion/dance piece
entitled “To Lie Tenderly” by dancer/choreographer David Dorfman that was
performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He was also a feature musician in
another live percussion/dance piece by David Dorfman called “Gone Right Back”
that was performed at The Joyce Theater in October 1998.
Location: New York, NY
Dee Snider, Toxic Holocaust, Jasta
Nick Bellmore- Biography
Watching his father’s band practice in their basement in Hamden, Connecticut, Nick’s love for drumming began developing when he was eight years old. His father bought him his first kit in 1992 and he hasn’t stopped playing since. Nick’s first bandmate was his brother Charlie, and they have been writing, playing and touring the world together for twenty-eight years.
Nick’s early influences were classic rock and roll bands that his father and uncles turned him on to. He also grew up on grunge and then discovered Connecticut locals Hatebreed early in their career. After immersing himself into hardcore, Nick fell in love with Metallica and added heavy metal to his playing regimen.
In 1997, Nick started his first band, playing every possible local opening slot just for the experience. He maintained an active presence in the local scene also by loaning gear to traveling bands just to help out. Soon, Nick developed a love for recording and established a studio in his basement. Recording his own and all of his friends’ bands, he built up his skills as a session drummer and producer and launched his recording career. In 2001, Nick opened his first commercial studio. Recording became his career and priority, though he continued playing in local bands and session drumming. By 2006, his new band Phantoms had been gaining popularity. Once Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed realized that Nick had produced Phantoms’ album, he was so impressed that he hired Nick to be his recording engineer. Nick’s current studio, Dexter’s Lab, uses the industry’s top equipment to mix and record local and signed bands. The studio is always booked with bands when Nick is not touring. Nick also mixes and co-produces Jamey Jasta’s podcast, The Jasta Show, at Dexter’s Lab.
In 2007, Jasta asked Nick to join his band Kingdom of Sorrow on a three-and-a-half-month tour opening for GWAR in eighty-one cities. Unaware that this would completely change his drumming career, Nick agreed. On this tour he met the band Toxic Holocaust, who then called Nick to ask him to join the band after their drummer left in 2009.
Since that first tour with Kingdom of Sorrow, Nick has played with Toxic Holocaust, Jasta, Kingdom of Sorrow, and his latest project, Kings and Liars, on many tours all over the world. Nick has recorded all of his own projects and closely supervises writing and production in all of his bands. In late 2017, he started a new recording project with Dee Snider putting together Dee’s new album “For the Love of Metal,” which will be released by Napalm Records on July 27th. Nick co-wrote, co-produced, recorded, engineered, mixed, and played drums on the entire album. Nick was then asked and hired by Dee to be his touring drummer on a world tour that starts in July of 2018. This includes large festivals, tour dates and TV appearances. Nick is looking forward to gaining increased exposure on tour with an industry icon and what is hopefully just the beginning in his enterprise of higher-profile recording projects.
Incontinence / Burial / Malefic / Armor Column
Hey everyone! Thanks for check out my profile!
Been playing drums now for 38 years. I started very early, and I was surrounded by family members growing up that were also drummers. I started my drumming career in the upstate NY Hardcore / Metal scene in the 90’s and haven’t stopped playing live or with a band since.
I’m also a practitioner/ fan of martial arts, a huge pit bull supporter, and a die hard NY Giants fan.
Currently playing for/
CONTEMPTMENT / Settle For Nothing / Session
There has rarely been a time in my life where drums weren’t the focus. Since I could remember, drums were the only thing that mattered. I was surrounded by music since day one — I always had a pair of sticks in hand as a result. By the time I could walk, I started playing an old Premier set with a floor tom converted to a bass drum. I absorbed and mimicked everything I could, although I was particularly drawn to metal and fusion. When I hit 11, I began studying with a local jazz drummer, Gary Polyfak, who, over the next four years, was key in shaping my ability to interpret sheet music and transcribe.
For the last seven years, I have been gigging locally and along the east coast with various metal and rock bands, further developing my skills. Additionally, I have been doing session/freelance work and teaching lessons full-time with a program tailored for any player, at any skill level. My students range from the age of four all the way to 60, including hobbyists and professionals alike. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jami Morgan — drummer of Grammy-nominated Pittsburgh hardcore metal outfit Code Orange, who I’ve helped brush up on his double bass technique and approach.
However, the stage and recording studio is where I feel most at home. My hardcore band, Settle for Nothing, has released two EPs and developed a loyal following in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. I’ve also started a new Death Metal band with a local producer, Shane Mayer, where I plan on demonstrating the more intricate side of my playing. All of this is geared toward becoming a better, more well-rounded player. While I have been playing for nearly my entire life, I feel as though I’ve merely scratched the surface. Between my passion for drums and relentless drive to get better, I look forward to continuing my journey as a drummer.
Trick Drum and Pedal Artist
Born in the latter 1950s (yes, I’m old so, this may be a long read), in St. Joseph, MI; the child of coffee drinking parents, I fashioned my first metal drums by the early 1960s, using 1, 2, & 3 pound (pardon the unavoidable pun) coffee cans that were available at that point in history. I calculate that I may have even discovered my affinity for metal drum shells before the venerable Trick drums creator and CEO, Mike Dorfman did. Hopefully, I am not alone in my amusement with this distorted observation.
Location:Cocoa Beach, FL
Kris Gustofson drums
At a young age ,took up studying with some of the best, Bill Nawrocki, Gus Gustofson, John Markham for reading charts. (these drummers worked with Sinatra, Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, Benny goodman etc.)..Began in the Bay Area music scene of the early 80’s, played in many bands that led to recording with many top engineers/producers and has numerous recording/charting credits to his name. List continues to grow.
Original member of the San Francisco bay area Thrash metal band TRAUMA, (among many others) . Has shared the stage over the years, with many acts including, Slayer, Exodus, Dio, Tygers of Pan tang, Metal Allegiance, Steppenwolf, Girlschool, Pat Travers, The Outllaws, Y&T, Ratt, Dokken, Linda Perry, George Clinton pfunk, Warrant, Poison, Black & Blue, Riot, Anvil, Uriah Heep, Grand Magus and many others. Currently recording new material with TRAUMA, and other styles of music.
Touring/live shows globally. When not touring or recording,Kris, Also is the owner of, Rivet Records/The Orchard/ Sony. Releasing recordings of many styles of music, Metal, Rock, Pop, Jazz, EDM worldwide. Kris, has been in many music magazines from around the globe. Drum soloist, clinician, as well.
“Trick pedals ,for my way of playing are simply brilliant! they take the abuse and deliver every time!
Currently endorses these fine brands:
Independent / Session / Live
Sam (Sick Dominator)
Born on February 22, 1991 in Lima, Peru, of dual Argentine and Peruvian nationality.
As part of his training, from his childhood he grew up between drawing, art and music.
At 06 he received his first battery as a birthday gift that achieved a unique gear and amalgam between him and his instrument, which became an extension.
Around the age of 12 he began playing in a church, where his passion for music was increasingly evident and especially towards the drums.
Thanks to that platform and that talent, he began to forge himself in percussion and in the acquisition of his new professional drums.
It is at that moment that he meets some boys who saw him play in the church and where they casually sought a drummer for a PostHardcore project, a challenge for his 12 years but not an impediment; Already consolidated as a band and with a few years of age they performed at various events of the local scene,
With that base he became better known and sought to form other projects.
For 2009, the band Deathcore D.Y.G was formed, which produced an Ep of 4 tracks, participated as a support band in the concert of Hedor (Colombia).
In 2010 he traveled to Argentina to study at the Superior Conservatory of the City of Buenos Aires, Astor Piazzolla.
taking among them courses such as: contemporary rhythms and alternative percussion.
In 2011 he formed a technical death metal project “Cromogeno” in the city of La Matanza – Argentina, participating in the local events of the great Buenos Aires. and in parallel also playing in the band Devoured by Granp, Deathcore of the capital.
For 2013 he returns to his hometown, that’s where he forms the brutal Death Metal band, Intestinal Laceration.
with which a year later he recorded his first and simple video “ENJOY YOUR PUTRID FLESH”, which has about 10K
of visits on YouTube for 2015, the band produces its first debut CD “SPECIES OF PUTRID MINDS” with COYOTE RECORDS (RUSSIA)
He is currently finishing the production of his new album and a small South American tour.
From 2016 to 2018 he had several collaborations in recordings with live session bands and concerts.
It is in 2018 that he joins the band Grind Hardcore, Cannibal Master being that year where they release the video clip. “Weapons of mass destruction” and open the concert for nuclear assault, as well as many others (Napalm Death, Suffocation and Nervosa)
In September 2019 he joins the TRICK DRUMS family, becoming a TRICK Dominator pedal artist, along with musicians such as: Alex Rudinger (Whitechapel, The Faceless), Mike Terrana (Vision Divine, Tarja Turunen), Art Cruz (Lamb of God, Winds Of Plague) and Kevin Paradis (Benighted) among many others.
Already in October of the same year, he became an artist of Istanbul Mehmet Cymbal Peru.
Location: Lima - Perú
Shaun Foist (drummer, Breaking Benjamin) has been laying down a heavy, meticulous groove on the road and in recording studios for numerous Midwest and East Coast rock bands for over 18 years.
As the drummer for Hollywood Records recording artist ‘Breaking Benjamin’ since 2014, Shaun won rave reviews from both fans and his peers for his expertise on two albums: ‘Dark Before Dawn’ and the band’s latest album release, ‘Ember’ (on which Shaun has his first songwriting credits). With the band’s ongoing worldwide touring, Shaun’s fan base has become legendary.
In the summer of 2013, he received rave reviews as the drummer for the opening act on the Alice Cooper / Marilyn Manson ‘Masters of Madness – Shock Therapy’ nationwide tour.
Championed and inspired at a young age by his father, Bill Foist (who played drums in classic rock bands from the 70’s up until his untimely passing in 2013), Shaun acquired his core drumming skills from his first and best mentor, while also sitting in on his dad’s band rehearsals in the basement of their Middletown, OH home.
Shortly after turning 10 (and at his father’s prodding), Shaun entered his grade school’s talent show, playing to the Allman Brothers song, ‘In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.’ He received a standing ovation and was invited to join the Madison Junior High School band. It was at that moment Shaun knew being a drummer would become his life’s passion and profession. While still in high school, Shaun received citations from Miami University in Oxford, OH in both 2000 and 2001 for Drums and Percussion, as well as receiving the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for the 2000/01 school year.
Shaun garnered the drumming basics from his father, but also acquired practical knowledge from studying DVD’s and books… as well as embracing his natural ability and letting his instincts guide the beat.
Over the years, Shaun’s drumming interests have crossed the musical spectrum… Rock, Jazz, Metal, to flavors of R&B. Though founding several bands with roots in Pop and Hard Rock (Diesel 129, Masonclover, Black Saints Cartel) and with his core skills grounded in Rock and Metal, Shaun still views himself as a multi-dimensional drummer with no creative boundaries. His eclectic skillset behind the drum kit has landed him on numerous tours (Hinder, Warped Tour, ‘Seduce and Destroy’ with OTEP and One Eyed Doll) and sharing billing on tours with Trapt, Rev Theory, Dope, Shiny Toy Guns and Soil.
Shaun’s precision, versatility, high energy showmanship, skill and confidence as a drummer was further bolstered by working in the studio with producers Robert Hannon, Dave Cobb, Shawn Grove and multi-award winning music producer David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Paramore), forever changing the way he looked at drums and his approach to playing them.
With influences including Neil Peart, Tommy Aldridge, Tico Torres, John Bonham, and Danny Carey Shaun continues to study and be inspired by the work of his contemporaries – and considers live performance and touring two essential keys in fully developing as an artist. When not recording or touring, Shaun enjoys passing his valuable insight and experiences on to his own students – and through drum clinics.
Robert Glasper Trio
Damion Reid was born in West Covina, California, east of Los Angeles, into a musical family. He played in church as a child and studied with drummer Billy Higgins. He has attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Cecil McBee, Danilo Pérez, Fred Buda and George Russell. Reid was a 1998 recipient of NEC’s Alan Dawson Scholarship, and in 1999 was accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California. Reid has also attended The New School in New York City.
He has performed with Greg Osby, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Cassandra Wilson, Bruce Hornsby, Jacky Terrasson, Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, Marcus Belgrave, Lauryn Hill, Angie Stone, Robert Hurst, Angélique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, Steve Lehman, Mark Shim, Dianne Reeves, Mark Turner, Bunky Green and many others. Reid currently performs with Steve Coleman and the Five Elements, Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut, the Steve Lehman Trio, various projects led by guitarist Miles Okazaki, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green’s APEX and the Steve Lehman-Rudresh Mahanthappa co-led project Dual Identity.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Backlash, Broadcast The Signal
Shawn M Johnson
Artist Name: Shawn M Johnson
Current Band: Backlash and Broadcast The Signal
Trick Artist Since: June, 2007
Past member of: Bloodstream Parade (Dark Star Records), Jungle Rot (Victory Records), The Parallax Effect, Sleepy Hollow, and InSpiteofyou
Fill in/Worked with: A.D.D. (Pavement Records) and Two Ton Anvil (Dark Star Records)
I was raised in a musical family, my father was a drummer, grew up in band practice spaces and in clubs. Picked up the sticks at age 9, been playing now for 30+ years, and and no matter how long I’ve been doing this I always find things to learn. From 1994 till now, I’ve dedicated most of my life to playing drums and being in bands. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been involved in numerous signed and/or touring bands and always make sure I’m available to whatever may come up. Besides playing drums, I now own and operate my own studio recording and producing.
I am a heavy hitter, need my drums and hardware to hold up, and Trick makes the best quality. As for the sound of my kit, I can’t think of a show where the sound guy didn’t come up to me after the gig and go on and on about how good the kit sounds. I have found Tricks drums to be warm when need, aggressive when needed, and everything between depending on how they’re hit. For the 10 years of being in the Trick family, never have I had an issue with the kit, and I always get the best help from all those who work there. I’m here to stay, as long as they will have me.
Steve Denning has been a full-time professional Drummer for over 15 years. His solid time-keeping, highly adaptable drumming, and creative approach to music has enhanced hundreds of live performances & studio sessions for many different Artists & Songwriters over the years. He has performed live with Dan Aykroyd (Blues Brothers), Roy Hargrove, and has three national tours under his belt playing jazz, pop, & funk. Steve has performed on national television three times and has performed live on the radio numerous times in California, Las Vegas, & New York.
In addition to regularly performing with some of L.A.’s hottest musicians, Steve spends most of his time in the studio writing, recording, and producing tracks for: television, movies, corporate ads, and Pop/R&B Artists. He has had songs placed in national network television shows and full length feature films. Steve has also performed numerous times under contract with Knott’s Berry Farm & Disney, and is frequently hired to accompany grad students at USC and the University of Redlands. He has performed and recorded a myriad of musical styles including: Rock, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Funk, Country, Hip-Hop, many forms of Jazz, Metal, Punk, and Various Latin styles.
Steve has always had a passion for teaching students as well. He owns a music school in Southern California called Musicology, and authored his own drum method entitled “Modern Drum Set for Beginners.”
Location:Los Angeles, CA
Centuries of Decay
I started drumming at the age of 14 in my hometown of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In 2013 I moved to Toronto to start my current band, Centuries of Decay. Our debut album was released in 2017, and in 2018 we were named the winners of the Wacken Metal Battle Canada. This gave us the opportunity to represent Canada in the finals at Wacken Open Air in Germany that summer. In 2020 I became the winner of the 3rd season of Banger TV’s “Shredders of Metal.”
Though I love playing fast double bass, blast beats and odd time signatures, I also really enjoy building quiet, atmospheric sections using various rudiments and interesting cymbal work. My focus is always on being precise, powerful and creative.
Location:Toronto Ontario, Canada
Jon’s interest in drums, discovered during his early childhood years, came to fruition at age 11. He would inevitably become a multi-instrumentalist in the ensuing years, but drums always held a special place for him.
Pulling from a wide range of influences (mostly towards the heavy variety), he has cultivated a tech/groove-oriented drumming style that lends itself perfectly to the many projects he has been involved in, and is unmistakably his sound.
After paying his musical dues in bands like Sprung and Target the Messenger (who later went on to work with Grammy Award-winning producer, Neil Kernon) Jon made the leap into recording and producing bands himself.
It was from behind the mixing board that Jon honed his production, mixing and mastering skills to a razor sharp point. It was also during this time that he became friends with the cofounding members of A Killer’s Confession. The rest, as they say, is history.
Jon is currently sponsored by:
Trick Drums USA
Spaun Drum Company
Sic•Skinz Custom Drum Wraps
2015 – Hermes Promo (Hermès – Coverband Demo)
2015 – Broken Lands (Jumpscare – Demo)
2016 – Three Marks Of Dreams (Jumpscare – Ep)
2016 – Chthonic Dreams (Jumpscare – EP/SPLIT)
2017 – Sowing Storms (Jumpscare – EP)
2019 – Promo 2019 (Jumpscare – Demo)
2019 – Don’t Close Your Eyes (Jumpscare – Album)
2020- A Tribute To Slayer Compilation by AntiChrist Magazine (Jumpscare – Compilation)
2020-Enjoy The Scare (Jumpscare – Compilation of bonus trackes)
Location: Mariglianella, Napoli (Italy)
Six To Midnight, SKINWALKER, RaTT PaKK, Silent Lucidity, The Hoodlums
I got my 1st drum when I was 4. Never looked back.
I played classical clarinet in grade and high school.
High school marching drum line, jazz band (sax), concert band (clarinet), pep band (drums), sax quartet.
Orchestral percussion major with a jazz percussion minor at The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.
I’ve been playing in bands in Chicago for 20+ years.
The list of bands I have performed with is too long for this post.
I love playing. Anytime, anywhere, just call.
Six To Midnight ( top 40 covers )
The Rocking Dead ( Zombie themed Hard Rock Covers )
Switch Up ( pop covers )
SKINWALKER ( original Heavy Metal )
Lovedrive -Chicago ( Scorpions tribute )
Extreme Cover Bands ( 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, country, nerd covers )
Location: Chicago, IL
My name is Artur ?urek – I am a young drummer with a great desire to work and constantly improve my skills.
My drumming adventure started under the guidance of Adam Marszalkowski (a drummer of a popular Polish rock band, COMA).
In 2012 I won a nationwide V-Drums Championship contest organized by ROLAND and I took the 2nd place in Eastern European finals. Since then I am an endorser of the Polish branch of ROLAND company.
Till 2015 I’ve toured with a metalcore band – Fireball, with which I’ve played around 70 concerts and took part in the production of 2 of their albums.
From April 2016 up till September 2017 I’ve toured with “Czerwone Gitary” (over 80 concerts), who are a Polish legendary rock band.
In September 2017 I joined the heavy metal group “NOCNY KOCHANEK”, being one of the most popular metal acts in Poland now.
May was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, but raised in Baltimore, MD. He is best known for playing drums (and subsequently bass) in Glenn Danzig’s post-Misfits/pre-Danzig punk/goth band Samhain, which he joined in the summer of 1985. May played on the group’s best known release, November-Coming-Fire as well as Samhain Live ’85–’86 and the bonus tracks on the 2001 re-release of the band’s last album Final Descent. During his long and continuing music career he has also recorded and performed with such popular artists as Tiger Army, Son Of Sam, Dag Nasty, Lee Ving, Pat Smear, Exene Cervenka, Cold Cave, Reptile House, Jackass star Chris Pontius, and Distorted Pony. London is currently playing drums with US Black Metal legends, Ritual.
London May began his acting career early in Baltimore’s renowned Children’s Theater Association. After a long break to pursue a burgeoning and successful music career, London returned to acting in 2010, studying improv at The iO West and classic theatre with Uranium Madhouse, where he made his 2014 Los Angeles stage debut in The Duchess Of Malfi. He has also co-starred in the pilot episode of Ron Howard’s The Great Escape, and Cold Sweat, a short directed by James Cameron’s DP Paul Babin. He has since gone on to act on TV and films for Disney, The Oxygen and Discovery Channels, and recently in The Tension Experience directed by horror icon Darren L. Bouseman (of “Saw” 2-4 fame.)
Location:Los Angeles, CA
Esteban Diaz (MACHINE)
Esteban Diaz stared his musical career when he was 7 years old at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia , where he process for 6 years his first steps on percussion, focusing his career on drums, when he was 13 he initiated taking homeschool drum classes with the teacher Rafael Lopez which is a Colombian rock metal drummer specialized on the field.
In order to improve his knowledge on this area he started taking classes on the Gentil Montaña academy on 2005 where he found the guidance of his teacher Fran Calzadilla; it took 2 months for him to be ready to be admitted on the Universidad Distrital de Colombia (ASAB), finishing his studies in 2015, he graduated as a musical arts teacher with emphasis on percussion.
He focuses his studies on including different rhythms in rock and metal music, this is when he initiated a new project of power symphonic metal with a different format including piano violin and voices; on 2005 he named the band LEGENDS. His trajectory made the band to be invited to book fairs , SOFA, and concerts in Colombian territory, openings shows for national and international bands such as Kraken, rhapsody, zona artica and some other bands.
In 2008, he got in to the Thrash metal band called LUTHOR, participating in different festivals as well in Colombian territory, recording a live soundtrack of the metal warrior fest festival album.
In 2012 he got in to the DRUNK DOG band, a Thrash hardcore punk band (crossover) he also participated in festivals with an EP and a studio album; in 2013 he participated on the recording of an album called HUAYRA from the band of the death metal AYAHUASCA.
Due to his long experience in scenes as a metal drummer, he got in to the band PERPETUAL WARFARE in 2014, participating in the most prestigious national and international metal festivals such as : Festival de festivales Metal, Festival International Eje Rock, Festival Internacional Convivencia Rock Pereira, Mx3 Metal Fest, Festival Del Diablo 2, First Sourth American Warfare Tour (Colombia , Perú, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia y Argentina) ; UsMetal Festival, Revolution Metal Fest, Rock Al Parque, Congregations Fest, Manizales Grita Rock, Urbana Rock, Metal Injection Tour (Pereira, Medellin, Santa Marta, Cartagena, Neiva) Death Come Whit Silence Tour Colombia (Bogotá, Pereira Medellín, Armenia) , SLAYER OPEN SHOW and some others. In 2018 the band lived in EE.UU in order to initiate a tour within three different countries and in one of the most important metal festivals worldwide called 70,000 tons, united states, Mexico and Colombia with more than 64 opening numbers.
The band will be invited to the FORCE FEST MEXICO 2019 y KNOTFEST COLOMBIA2019 festivals Their next production will be processed on New York city in one of the most important metal studios called SILVER CORD STUDIO.
Cinco De Moio / Independent
Jazz Drum Set instructor at Arizona State University for last 25 years.
Studied with Alan Dawson, Bernard Purdie, and Walfredo De Los Reyes Sr.
“My Trick drums sound great at any volume level, extremely durable and they record GREAT!!! Engineers love them , easy to record.”
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Chip Ritter is a Teacher, Author, Artist, Musician, Performer, Entertainer, and Showman, Best known for his Stupid Human Tricks on The Late Show with David Letterman!
In July of 2019 (this summer) Chip will be doing a Drum Clinic Tour of China, and promoting the release of his new book “Stick Tricks + Showmanship”
His career highlights include:
Being recognized as one of the Top 500 drummers of all time on Drummerworld.com
Becoming A Best Selling Author on Mel Bay Publications
Performing Stick Tricks + Showmanship on The Late Show with David Letterman
Chip Ritter Teaching Stick Tricks + Showmanship on DRUMEO
Viral Video from The NAMM Show 10 million views
Viral Video “When Drumming Becomes Too Easy”
6.7 million views
Chip Ritter Juggling Drumsticks while performing with Drummers at Drummers For Jesus
Chip Ritter Performing Stick Tricks at the NAMM Show
Chip Ritter playing a Drum Solo
Other notable achievements include
2018 / 2017 Chip Ritter “The Juggling Drummer” performed Stick Tricks + Showmanship at the Breastcancercanstickit.org Drummathon in Dallas,TX with April Samuels!
2016 DRUMEO Chip Ritter Drum Lesson Stick Tricks To Impress Your Friends Drum Lesson
2015 Chip was a featured performer at the Namm Show for Trick Drums, Agner Drumsticks, and Humes & Berg Drum Cases
2014 Chip Ritter Showmanship Drum Clinic at The 26th Annual Chicago Drum Show, Chicago,IL.
2013 Produced 4 Drummers Multi Clinic and Concert “The Summer Drummer Slam” with Carl Cherry (Victor Wooten, Brian Bromberg, and Bruce Hornsby.)
2012 Published Stick Tricks + Showmanship Drumming columns online for Modern Drummer, DRUM!, and U.K.’s Drummer Magazine.
2010 Published The Garden Weasel 2.0 Drum Stick Trick Drum Lesson Video Online with Mel Bay Publications
2010 Featured Stick Tricks + Showmanship Drum Clinic at The Drummers For Jesus Drum Show in Dallas, TX
2009 Produced Big Band fundraiser concert with 20 piece orchestra at La Encantada, Tucson, AZ with over 1700 people in attendance. This event raised over $7000.00 for the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance to
help provide band equipment for local schools.
2009 Performed on Carnival Cruiselines Blues Cruise with Lisa Otey & The Desert Divas
2008 Chip Ritter Stick Tricks + Showmanship Drum Clinic at the 20th Annual Chicago Drum Show, Chicago, IL.
2007 Released Stick Tricks DVD. Featured Drum Clinic at the Drum Beat Fest – Drummer Festival in
2005 Toured Europe with Lisa Otey & The Desert Divas performing at the Blues & Gospel Festival Of Roses in Spain
2005 Toured Europe with Firesweep recording Artist Mr. Boogie Woogie of Holland, NL
2004 Chip was the first drummer to perform a drum solo on The Late Show with David Letterman!
2003 Toured Europe with Lisa Otey performing at the Jazz en Artois festival in France.
2003-present (15 Years) Invited to the NAMM Show as a featured Artist
2003 Produced Drum Clinic at Guitar Center Tucson, AZ (over 300 people in attendance.)
2000- 2003 Recorded and Toured with Alligator Records Blues Artist Long John Hunter & The Bad News Blues Band
Throughout the United States,
Canada, Russia, France, Romania, Turkey and Mexico.
1998 Performed with The Smokey River Band on Carnival Cruise Lines MS Holiday with The Smokey River Band
1998 Performed with Dave Gram / Mark Farner Grand Funk Railroad, and Jay Minor / Eric Marienthal
1997 Recorded/Toured with Heavy Metal Band M.A.C. opening for Ronnie James Dio, and Machine Head.
1996 Performed / Recorded with
Country Band Branded, Death Metal Band Cadaverous Quartet and Indie Rock Rich Hopkins and the Sandrubies
Chip Ritter has also performed / toured with various other regional acts including Neon Prophet Reggae Band, The Bad News Blues Band, Crystal Stark, Robert Shaw, Mr. Boogie Woogie, Heather Hardy, Sam Taylor, Jacques Taylor, Eighties and Gentleman, Lisa Otey & The Desert Divas, and Arthur Adams.
Chip teaches drum lessons at Eastside Assembly in Tucson AZ, continues to give drum clinics and perform with various acts.
Chip Ritter’s Official Products & Gear Endorsements
Paiste Cymbals, Trick Drums & Pedals, Chip Ritter Signature Drumsticks by Agner,
Aquarian Drumheads, Humes & Berg Drum Cases, Cympad Cymbal Pads, DrumTacs, and
Prentice Practice Pads.
Visit Chip Online / Social Media
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Rivers of Nihil, Flub, The Undying, Grindfeld, Luck Wont Save You
Inspired by my parents to play music, I started playing around ten and loved it. I got into Metal at a young age and started working towards that and fast drumming. Putting it as my #1 thing to do I ended up getting touring and drum session studio gigs. Happy to be a part of this great roster of artists!
Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies, King By Friday, Hostile, Soundframe, All Will Rise
John Paul Moser
Currently performing and touring with national and international act Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies, King By Friday, Hostile, Soundframe, as well as working as the in house session drummer for Solid Sound Studios Chicago. Learn more at www.johnpaulmoser.com
Location: Chicago, IL & Los Angeles, CA.
Of Matter/ Black Plague
My name is Adam Levan and drums/music is everything to me, and has been since i can remember.My father played guitar so growing up so i always wanted to be a musician.I play in two bands,One is an instrumental band out of right here in Gastonia,NC called “Of Matter” and the other is a metal band based out of Virginia called “Black Plague.Glad to be apart of the trick family along with all of these other great artists
Pain of Evolution/Full Sequence
I’ve been a Metal Drummer since first picking up sticks in my hometown Cedar Falls, IA in 1994. Am self taught (never 1 lesson) & continue to learn. I’ve been in many bands through the years & done it all, just shy of the tour bus. Proud to say my drumming is on a few CD’s; only 1 saw the light of day. I cofounded the old school thrash/death/doom band I’m currently in, Pain of Evolution, in Des Moines, IA 2014. After almost 25 years as a Metal Drummer, I wanted to expand my playing, so in 2017, I cofounded my 2nd band, Full Sequence (Alt Rock/Grunge/Blues/etc) in Des Moines, IA. Both my bands play out at least several times a month (we’re workin stiff’s)
Both bands have long term goals of writing more/recording demos & eventually studio time (when $ permits) & to keeps playing as much as possible, eventually expanding out of Iowa into the Midwest & hopefully beyond!
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Arch Allies / Wicked Garden / Independent
John Gensmer is a Minnesota native with an eclectic background in music and drumming. Known for his hard work and dedication to his craft, and his unwillingness to sacrifice quality in a performance, he is a go-to choice for fill-in work by many bands, across various styles, in the Twin Cities Metro area.
John currently plays drums full-time in Arch Allies, America’s Premier Tribute Band, and Wicked Garden, The Midwest’s Leaders in 90’s Rock.
Other associated acts are:
Fookey (a Chris Hawkey band, featuring former NFL LB, Pete Bercich, and former NHL RW, Mark Parrish)
Coyote Wild (regular fill-in for this popular country band)
Nopathy (an original metal band)
Noptober Rust (A Tribute to Type O Negative)
John previously recorded and toured professionally with Metal Blade recording artists, Epicurean, who released “A Consequence of Design” in 2008. Toured with former Century Media recording artists, Warbringer, on their “Waking Into Nightmares” album cycle.
Putridity / Monument of Misanthropy / Depulsed
Cédric “Malebolgia” Lorin
Cedric was born in February 1989 in Cannes, France and started to play drums at the age of 15.
Soon his dedication to metal music made him progress fast and recorded his first Demo in 2007 at the age of 18 with a Grindcore band called Uncle Mosh
Cédric continued few small projects after Uncle Mosh discontinued and entered Monument of Misanthropy in 2017 after the departure of their former drummer Romain Goulon, then performed on his first tour with Immolation and Vader in April 2017. Cédric got contacted by the French black metal band Svart Crown in December 2017 to fill in as a touring live session drummer for their tour with Rotting Christ and Carach Angren in January 2018
In March 2018 he joined Italian brutal death metal band Putridity and officially became their drummer in September 2018 where he played few festivals in Europe with them.
Touring continued in 2019 when Cedric filled for the Turkish death metal band Molested Divinity in August 2019, this date started his first try with the amazing trick pedals pro V1 Bigfoot and he instantly felt in love. Cédric is currently touring once again with Immolation and Ragnarok in Europe and is preparing his next tour with Las Vegas death metal band Depulsed for January 2020 with headliners Internal Bleeding.
The next albums for Monument Of Misanthropy and Putridity are in preparation for their release in 2020.
Ronnie Lee Pasquale
Name: Ronnie Lee Pasquale
Born: December 8
Origin: Detroit, Michigan
Drums: Drum Workshop
Drum Sticks: Ahead (Monsta Rock /Tommy Lee)
Threeonethree ,Sin Theorem,The Anvil Chorus, Fury,Forces
Ronnie was born on December 8th in Detroit, Michigan.He moved around a lot as a kid but this exposed him to new friends with different musical tastes. Ronnie is a self taught drummer & has been playing for 30 years.He has been influenced by many artists and bands. Top on the list is Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy,Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee & Rush’s drummer Neil Peart.
Ronnie was playing in cover bands in high school on the weekends. Moving to Los Angeles & Phoenix Arizona he honed his drumming skills in original touring bands for years all over the U.S.His main focus is his new band Threeonethree from Detroit, Michigan .
Ronnie has been recently added to Trick drums pedal artist roster.
Trick drums pedal artist
“I want to be super fast, at least so I can keep up with the greats!”
Played drums for nearly 12 years now, made a small name and kept on moving forward.
Deathmetal and classic music keep it real!
I have interviews on a few sites that really get into my background.
Always drum, and when you do, always enjoy it!
Location: Baltimore, MD
W.E.B. / Manhattan Project
Nikitas Mandolas is a Greek based metal drummer playing the drums for the greek symphonic death metal band W.E.B. and for the progressive symphonic metal band Manhattan Project.
• Fall Of Order: Ascension (2018), Self Released
• W.E.B: Tartarus (2017), Apathia Records
• Quadrus: Entropia (2017)
• Manhattan Project: Engineering Chaos (2016), Self Released
• W.E.B: For Bidens (2014), No Regrets Records
• George Constantine Kratsas: Abducted Cosmos (2014), Self
• Floating Worlds (2017), To be released
Selected Drum Playthrough Videos:
2009 – Red Metal Fest
– Pentaport Pringe Fest
2011 – MIDIAN EP (The Wall Of Oblivion) Release
2013 – Extreme Camp Fest
– Korea Heavymetal Force
2014 – Death Party Fest
– Made In Korea
– Dream Night Fest
– Killgasm Fest
– Extreme Camp Fest
– MIDIAN Full Length (Bring Me The Darkness) Release in Korea/ Japan
– MIDIAN(Korea) & GYZE(Japan) Joint Concert
– MIDIAN Busan Show
2016 – We Rock Fest
– MIDIAN Japan Showcase
– MIDIAN(Korea) & GYZE(Japan) Joint Concert
2017 – Gus-G Showcase Special Guest
– No Mercy Fest
– Hall Of Dime Fest
– Killgasm Fest
2018 – RAGE Showcase Spacial Guest
– Black Syndrome VS MIDIAN Joint Concert
– ALMANAC Showcase Spacial Guest
2019 – MIDIAN Full Length (Pure Darkness) Release in Korea/Japan
– MIDIAN Seoul/Busan Showcase
Ole Gregers Lorenzen
I have been playing drums since the age of 6.
Have toured and recorded the past many years.
Joined the Copenhagen based band, Clients in 2020.
The band Clients plays metal music, with elements from deathcore and black metal.
They released the debut album “A callous heart rejects” in the beginning of 2020.
Are currently working on new music.
The Lion’s Daughter
Location: St Louis MO
Kyanos / Deathspeed / Spiritual Healing
MARU started his music career playing extreme metal guitar, but ultimately switched to drums. Since then, he has become the drummer for many bands and projects.
His current bands include:
– kyanos, a melancholic rock band combining elements of rock, progressive, extreme and classic styles
– DEATHSPEED, which integrates old school and modern style thrash metal
– SPIRITUAL HEALING, a tribute band for the legendary band DEATH
MARU’s influences and his favorite artists include Gene Hoglan (DEATH?TESTAMENT), Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY), Dave Curloss (ex:SUFFOCATION?MALEVOLENT CREATION), and Munetaka Higuchi (LOUDNESS)
Since the age of eight, drums have clearly been in the blood of John Arnett. John cites Journey as one of his major influences and believe their music of the 80’s reigns supreme. No stranger to the professional music scene, John spent several years on tour as a light technician for major recording acts such as Billy Joel, Michael W Smith, Smashing Pumpkins, Elton John, Hall & Oats, King Crimson, Amy Grant, and the Black Crowes. Live TV productions such as MTV Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors to name a few. Numerous music videos and movie production Tango and Cash. Anything music has been his passion all his life.
EARTH ROT: Australia’s black death metal machine, with an old-school undercurrent and a sense of grim relentless groove. It is hateful, harmful, sinister and melancholy noise shaped by the world around you.
Since inception in 2014 Earth Rot have pulled no punches, recording, releasing and touring heavily across Australia, Asia and Europe with no intent of settling for anything less. Cultivating their sound in direct support of legends in the realms of black metal and death metal, around the world. The past five years has seen Earth Rot develop into a complex beast, dwelling in the deepest of pits.
Behind the kit, Daniel Maloney brings a vibrant mix of slow groove and intense, hard-hitting blastbeats giving Earth Rot the potent mixture of sounds that they have. Daniel has used Trick pedals since the beginning of his work with Earth Rot and stand up to the punishment every gig.
A Night In Texas
Anthony Barone is a well-versed 24-year-old drummer from Long Island, NY with an extensive musical background. Throughout his emerging career he has become familiar with various genres and styles including Rock, Funk, Hardcore, Pop Punk, Jazz, Drum ‘n Bass/Breakbeat, and Latin. In recent years, he has come to specialize in extreme styles of drumming; striving to achieve new levels of speed, precision and endurance behind the kit. He joined the YouTube community when he was just fourteen and is now a verified YouTube Partner with over 3.5 million lifetime views and over 15,000 subscribers.
Anthony had been highly involved with his musical abilities at a rather young age. He began taking lessons at eleven-years-old with long time instructor and mentor, Joe Friedman (ANAUTOPSY, Ultrageist). He assisted him with competing in the 2009 and 2010 NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) festivals, where he played at both Level 6 and All-State Level 6. Friedman remained a prominent influence in Anthony’s developing music music career, influencing him to apply to the renowned Berklee College of Music. Upon auditioning, Anthony received a partial scholarship and enrolled in 2011. During his Freshman and Sophomore years he continued on to receive private instruction from his professors Tony “Thunder” Smith (Lou Reed, Jan Hammer Group) and Rod Morgenstein (Winger, Dixie Dregs).
In June of 2012, Anthony joined forces with Aegaeon, an Atmospheric Deathcore band from Evansville, Indiana. Shortly thereafter, he made the decision to take a break from his studies to pursue touring full time. In January 2014, his travels expanded to Europe and the United Kingdom where he was featured with Aegaeon on Thy Art Is Murder’s headlining tour, in support of Heart Of A Coward (UK) and Aversions Crown (AUS). After continuing on at Berklee from 2014 to 2015, Anthony teamed up with Technical Deathcore outfit A Night In Texas (AUS) and has since toured Australia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Their new record “Global Slaughter” was released in December 2017. Barone has now performed almost 200 shows in 20 countries; spanning 4 continents across the globe with bands such as Aegaeon, The Faceless, A Night In Texas and Whitechapel.
During his time off from school, Anthony has been dedicated to working on his craft and all around musicianship. He continues to work with his band A Night In Texas, and various other developing projects. Barone plans to return to Berklee College of Music in the Fall to complete his degree in Music Business/Management.
Black Orchid Empire
An accomplished producer and world-class drummer, Billy has an enviable wealth of experience and knowledge. As a drummer in former band Queen Adreena, Billy has toured alongside bands such as Foo Fighters, Deftones, Incubus and Marilyn Manson. Having also worked as a producer with long time collaborator Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Sting, Jeff Beck), Billy knows exactly what it takes to inspire a fantastic performance in the studio. Whether recording or on the road with his current band Black Orchid Empire, Billy Freedom is a drumming powerhouse.
Payton is an 18 year old self-taught drummer who got his start very early at the age of 6, Spending years practicing by himself in his basement, he would eventually move on to jamming with other musicians and being the co-founder of Illinois metal band Dead/Awake. They have been very busy consistently recording and playing gigs around the Midwest. Needless to say there seem to be no signs of slowing down!
Unmerciful and Marasmus
Trynt Kelly is one of the founding members of the KC death metal band, Marasmus, which started in 2008, opening for national acts bands such as Nile, Morbid Angel, Origin, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hate Eternal. From there, Trynt was recruited by the legendary death metal band, Unmerciful (Topeka, KS) following the recording of their 2nd full-length album Ravenous Impulse, whom had drums recorded by none other than Mr. John Longstreth (Origin). Trynt continues to tour with Unmerciful and will be recording drums for their 3rd full-length album, to be released on Willowtip Records.
CHI GONGWEI has been a professional drummer for over 20 years in China. He is well known for his double pedal skills in Beijing City and has been called, “Engine of Nu-Metal in China.”
CHI is a prolific recording artist, as well as a producer. He is regularly on tour, performing at such venues as The Garage and The Carven Club of UK. His love for the drums led him to found “David Drum Music Classroom” in 2000. He has been featured in “Modern Musicians” and ”Drum And Bass” magazine.
CHI’s recording credits as both Percussionist and Drummer include?
“LIQUID OXYGEN CAN”?2001)
“Miserable Faith,”?Recording since 2001/Member since 2003)
I started playing at 14, and was into early rock and punk. I started playing in my 1st band a year later and never looked back. No formal training, I just learned by watching and taking bits of what I liked and putting my own twist on it. I’ve been in a handful of bands over the years. My most recent project is Eye Remain. Other than playing drums in this band, I also do a bit of the writing, music, lyrics. And I am the founder. The band was founded in 2006 and is classic hardcore, thrash, etc. In the last 4-5 years I have been the most serious about drumming and I now practice at least 5 days a week. I wish I wouldve been doing that this whole. The trick gear helps me to be able to focus on playing and not worrying about malfunctions. I’m really glad to be here!
Location:Battle Creek MI
Independent / Sessions
Derek Crawford took to the drums at age seven and has gone on to become a first-call drummer in the Chicago music scene. Derek brings a distinctive percussive voice to any situation he plays in while displaying versatility not found in many musicians. He is equal parts rock and jazz and is at home locking into a groove or stretching a composition to its improvisational limits.
Crawford studied orchestral percussion with the late Robert Hohner at Central Michigan University. He performed as a founding member of the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble and recorded with the group on composer David Gillingham’s landmark album “Stained Glass; Music for Percussion”. Derek has a keen interest in vintage drums and percussion instruments and percussion history. He built traditional Japanese Taiko drums for the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble album “World Music Tour” and has worked in the music industry as a drum builder and luthier.
Derek has performed and recorded with some of the best talent in the Midwest. Appearing on over twenty albums, live shows and tours. A partial list of credits includes; The Getouts, Rivals of the Peacemaker, The White Saddle Band, Clip Art, Brad Cole, Dick Prall, Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket), Sunday Runners, Todd Bowie, John Munson (of Semisonic), Mike Hoffman (E.I.E.I.O.), Starch Martins, Frank Catalano, Fareed Haque, Ellen Rosner, The Convulsions, Ari Brown, The All Rectangle, and Jade Maze.
Derek Crawford performs on Trick Drums and Pedals.
Location: Chicago, IL
Neid / Novomundo
Fausto Jr Idini
I’d start playing drums when I was 9, immediately having lessons with Riccardo Colasante, an important italian drummer in jazz music. I’d studied with him for 8 years, and next to this I went at Claudio Gioannini’s Staff Music School.
I began to interest myself on Metal, and I improved my metal drumming and techniques with David Folchitto from Stormlord. I love metal music, but I’m also interested in Latin and Afro styles. I’d studied it with Armando Bertozzi’s books, one of the most important drummer in this kind of music.
In 2016 I went to Australia, Adelaide SA, explaining my personal Afro/Metal Drumming at The Gov and having some interviews at Radio Adelaide and Radio Italiana.
All the shows and the other stuff were planned by Kosta Perkas from Derringer’s Drums Shop and Paul Reading.
In 2017 I moved in UK looking for a new experience.
In 2018 I joined the Trick Drums USA family using their pedals.
During the years I played with many bands and artists. I begin play live when I was 13 with Rock Yal Sugo. We were the youngest band of our territory. After them I played in the same time in other projects: some classic metal covers and with Requiem, Nightwish Tribute Band. When I was 17 I started play with Mizar. They were a big speed power metal band with ten years work and experience. They changed line up and I entered in. We had played in all Italy, working with the Extreme Agency of Rome. Unfortunately we stopped the project for various reasons. Then I play with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Tribute Band called Otherside, also with Otherside I played in a lot of cities and clubs. In 2012 arrived my biggest music experience, I played with the big Irio De Paula, one of the most important brazilian guitarist in the world. Playing with him I grew humanly and musicaly. We started play the famous jazz-samba and bossa standards in Brazilian culture. We played with our Latin Quintet and also with the orchestra. That was so cool!!!
I played with the “The Police’s Tribute” called The 911. My biggest interest goes to Novomundo: my Tribal Groove Metal band. I write all the instruments and lyrics, I’ve wrote our first album Baktun on 2013 and now I’ve finished the second one: The Cursed Cult.
In 2017 I joined NEID during their Italian tour with the American Punk HC Legends M.D.C.
Childrain / Lampr3a / Independent
Im Mikel Gomez a drummer from the Basque Country,
I’m currently drummer of the bands Lampr3a and Childrain
Follow my accounts for some playthrough and cover videos.
I play with Trick Pro1-V’s, wich are completely awesome, smooth fast and powerful.
I started playing guitar with 10 and after several years of playing little shows with 15 I started playing drums. Soon I started playung with my first band Dark Code, after some years I started playing with Lampr3a wich is an intrumental band with influences from Animals As Leaders, Periphery…. some years later I started playing with Childrain wich is more influenced by In Flames, Trivium… Since then I have played several European Tours and more than 300 shows over the past 10 years.
Location: Basque Country
Through The Eyes Of The Dead / Coma Cluster Void
Michael Ranne Jr.
My name is Michael and I am from New York. I am currently in the metal bands Through The Eyes Of The Dead, My Bitter End, Coma Cluster Void Jerry Other (solo project of Jerry Only Jr of the Misfits), and formerly a member of the band Circuit Of Suns. I also am a fill in touring drummer and session artist. I like to think of myself as a very versatile player that can adapt to many styles of music. I love to travel and be on tour and I also love to record in the studio.
Location:New York City
Dan (Butch) Buch
A native of the small Bay Area town of Alamo, California, Dan Buch (pron. Butch) began drumming at the age of 7, and soon focused on jazz and rock styles. After studying at Cal State University Northridge in L.A., Dan returned to the Bay Area. Credits include GAMMA, Davey Pattison, HyNGE, Marc Cooper, Joel Jaffe, Castles in Spain, Everything Nothing and Greg Lamboy.
Location:San Francisco, CA
Kris learned to play the drums in Chicago area churches in the late 90’s. His foundations were developed playing with a number of musicians and covering a variety of musical genres. Moving to Boston in 2007 was the beginning of a new era of his playing. Kris played with many local songwriters and bands in Boston before meeting the guys from Pile. Joining Pile in 2009, Kris shifted to focusing on his personal style behind the drums. He has been the drummer of Pile for 5 full length albums. Including 2019’s Green and Grey. Pile also released a collection of B-sides/ Ep’s titled “Odds and Ends”, and a live album “Live from Third Man”. In addition to Pile, Kris has recorded drums for Yazan’s 2015 “Howlin” and 2018 “Hahaha”. Kris is currently working on a live set and recording with Pelican Movement from New Paltz, NY. Look for Kris behind the drums in 2019, touring the U.S. and Europe with Pile.
2005 – “Laodicea” EP by AMMI
2006 – “Imitations” by AMMI
2010 – “Magic isn’t real” by Pile
2011 – “Big Web” EP by Pile
2012 – “Dripping” by Pile
2014 – “Mama’s Lipstick/Special Snowflakes” EP by Pile
2015 – “You’re better than this” by Pile
2015 – “Howlin” by Yazan
2017 – “A Hairshirt of Purpose” by Pile
2017 – “Live at Thirdman Records” by Pile
2018 – “Hahaha” by Yazan
2018 – “Odds and Ends” by Pile
2019 – “Green and Grey” by Pile
Blood of our Brothers
I am a 22 year old metal drummer from Corpus Christi, Texas! I play for the band Blood of our Brothers, and have been for 4 years! I am excited to be a part of the trick family, and can’t wait to see what’s to come for my drumming career! I placed 3rd for the worlds fastest feet in 2018 at the worlds fastest drummer world finals in Nashville, Tennessee!
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Playing since the age of 12, T.J. Snow has built a solid reputation as a rock drummer in the mid-west. He is known for his aggressive flashy style from anything from funk to metal. T.J. has played countless live shows over the years, and has become accomplished in the studio as well. His most recent projects have been Corpus, Lost Autumn and Granite Sun.
Cody Beardsley is a professional touring/recording drummer based out of Detroit, Michigan.
He his known for his work with Backswing (Detroit Hardcore) and Gravebloom (Extreme Metal).
Cody is a highly experienced drummer in the touring world as well as an excellent recording artist.
Former drum & bass dj and metal drummer, DJ:Rattan quickly made a name for himself upon diving into the LA rock & roll world. With roots in the SF thrash metal scene, Rattan is known for his heavy hand and precise timing while still maintaining a soulful groove. In addition to Powerman 5000 he’s pounded it out with fellow LA rockers, Cage9, I Am Demure and the Industrial rock group, Skumlove, and has sessioned for numerous other acts incltuding the electro pop-metal band, Otto’s Daughter. Rattan has toured nationally and internationally sharing the stage with impressive acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Static X, Rob Zombie and Lords of Acid to name a few. Playing with Cage9, he headlined at the Miller Lite Extravaganza in Panama and Rock the Falls Festival in Utah, and shared a cruise ship playing alongside bands such as Buckcherry, Sevendust, Filter, Hell Yeah, In This Moment and many others on Shiprocked 2011.
In the summer of 2013, he became a full time member for Powerman 5000 and has been touring consecutively promoting their latest album “Builders Of The Future” (which features the hit single “How to be a Human”) released on May 27, 2014 in the US and Europe, playing some of the biggest festivals including Download, Rock Am Ring, Grasspop & many more. His numerous accomplishments led him to endorsements with Trick Drums, Evans Drumheads, Xcel Drumsticks, Saluda Cymbals and Ultimate Ears.
Currently he is on a US tour with Orgy and is working on the new Powerman 5000 album, which will be released in 2017.
Location:Los Angeles, CA
Founder / President / CEO Trick Drums
In 1990, when Mike Dorfman founded Trick Percussion Products with a single drum polish and a pickup truck, he had no idea where it would lead him. Decades later, Trick’s products are sold in over 30 Countries, and our products have grown far beyond polishes and cleaners. Mike’s early years in the racing industry exposed him to the precision involved in success. Being a constantly curious person, Mike attended numerous trade shows, analyzing designs and implementations across many technical industries to see how they could apply to the development of the best products created for drummers.
Our products and designs are a direct reflection of our desire to set the highest standard in the industry. Starting with the finest materials available, coupled with the most advanced techniques in CNC milling, and laser cutting machines allow Trick to create precision instruments and products that overcome the limitations traditionally found across the drum industry.
Location:Arlington Heights , IL
Jasad / Stigmatuary / Induced Deception
Oki Fadhlan is a professional drummer from Indonesia, born and growing up in flower city called Bandung. drumming since 2008, and then in 2016 his get chance to be a man who’s created amazing beat He started to play behind the legendary of Death Metal band from his hometown, which is one of the biggest Death Metal band in the underground scene, mostly in Asia, JASAD. He Become the First Indonesian drummer who played and represent Indonesia in one of the biggest metal festival in Europe, Brutal Assault along with the Jasads tour to Wacken Open Air in 2018. Continuing To do Japanese Tour at 2019, and releasing Latest EP in 2020. Beside all of his project, he also active as a content creator, drum teacher. session player, ambassador for the biggest drumstick brand product in Indonesia.
Crown The Empire
Brent Taddie was born in Pittsburgh, PA and began playing drums at the age of 8. He was discovered by hard rock band Crown the Empire via his YouTube channel in 2011. Taddie soon left college and his job at a local music store to focus on Crown the Empire full-time. The band has since released 4 full-length studios albums on Rise Records as well as a self-released EP.
Recycle The Day/Independent
Russ has been a Trick Artist since 2006. Living in the mid-west area playing drums,and teaching drums in the Chicago area. A graduate form Musician’s Institute, Hollywood Ca, with twenty plus years of playing experience, and plenty of lessons to go along with it.
You can currently find Russ playing around the Chicagoland area playing in Recycle The Day.
Got my first drum set at nine and was jamming all to the top 40 radio stations on my parents 8 track, record, and am/fm stereo. Soon came, mix tapes, and cd’s. Then came the instrumental prog rock phase in the basement with my school friends.
As a teenager at a Motley Crew concert I heard “Crew Slut” by Frank Zappa and my musical direction shifted. 180 degrees. My drum teacher turned me on to Billy Cobham, and Dave Weckl and I was hooked on jazz, and fusion hard.
In 1992-93 I atended Musicians Institue focusing on jazz,latin, fusion, and traditional grip. I lived in LA as a nineteen year old.
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts - Love/Hate
Mickey started drumming at the age of 10. Setting his sights on becoming a go to Rock drummer. Born in a small Leicestershire village he set about the task. Since then he has played 1000’s of shows In the UK, Europe and the U.S.A
Known for his hard hitting no nonsense approach makes him stand out from the crowd.
Mickey has had the hot seat behind the kit for bands such as..
People on Vacation
Mickey is currently playing/recording with his band Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors (Texas) and touring with Love/Hate (L.A)
Location:Leicestershire - United Kingdom
Multi Platinum Recording Artist
Russ Miller is internationally known as one of the top drummers of today. A Multi-Platinum recording artist, he has played on multiple Grammy® award winning recordings with combined sales of over 26 million copies.
His musical versatility has led him to work with an incredible list of over 50 international artists from legends like Ray Charles, The Fifth Dimension, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner & Bobby Caldwell through modern stars, Nelly Furtado, The Psychedelic Furs, Hilary Duff, Steve Perry, Andrea Bocelli, Daniel Bedingfield and Meredith Brooks.
As a star of the Los Angeles studio scene, the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll has repeatedly voted Russ in the top 5 Studio Drummers in the world. He has performed on more than 400 albums (including many #1 Billboard hits like Nelly Furtado’s “Whoa Nelly” and Hilary Duff’s “Metamorphosis”). Russ has also recorded for countless T.V. shows and over 60 international movies (such as #1 box office titles, “Chicken Little”, “Fracture”, “Storks”, “Resident Evil Apocalypse”, “Percy Jackson” and the “Boondock Saints” series of movies, just to name a few). Along with his sideman recording credits, he’s been a staple on T.V. house bands, such as the hit T.V. show, American Idol. Russ also has four critically acclaimed solo albums, Cymbalism, Arrival, the Arrival Live concert DVD/CD and his latest “Chegada3” with the Arrival Trio.
In addition, Russ performs educational clinics throughout the world for Mapex Drums, Zildjian, Remo, Vic Firth, DW racks and hardware, Zoom AV products, Porter & Davies Tactile monitoring, Hercules stands, May E/A Mics, Prologix, SKB cases, Arrel Audio Electronics, Puresound Snares, Cympad, Switchkick and Meinl music instruments, for which he maintains product endorsement relationships and multiple signature instruments. Russ has been bestowed Professorships at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Beijing Music Academy.
Along with authoring two books: The Drum Set Crash Course and Transitions and his three videos, “Arrival-Behind The Glass” from Hudson Music, The Drum Set Crash Course and The Drum Set Crash Course Tuning Edition from Alfred Publications, Russ is a 7-time Modern Drummer readers poll winner. His solo projects were also voted the #1 educational books and videos in the world (2001-2004). For info please visit www.RussMiller.com.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Independent - Studio & Live
Johan Ludvig Rask
Freelance drummer, guitarist and lecturer with many things going on at the same time. Johan works frequently as a session musician both studio and live in Sweden and abroad. Since 2011 he arranges workshops/clinics in drums and guitar and has written an essay about how click track affects musicians. He runs Rabbit Hole Studios in central Gothenburg since 2011.
Johan is since 2011 a permanent member of pioneer Vocal Ensemble Amanda.
More info coming soon…
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Independent / Session
Alex Cohen has emerged as one of the top up-and-coming New York City drummers, having worked with artists ranging from Mac Miller to Death Metal legends Malignancy. His resume also includes work with Trey Gunn, National Geographic, Pyrexia, Nader Sadek, Cognitive, Pyrrhon, Imperial Triumphant, and more. Alex is also a featured columnist and v-logger at Sick Drummer and Drumhead, as well as a prolific educator who’s videos have reached over one million views on social media.
Location:New York, NY
Erik Bartow is a self taught metal drummer currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona. He has played for the band No Zodiac for ten years and has recorded the drums on the albums “Population Control”, “Eternal Misery”, and Altars of Impurity as well as multiple singles, ep’s and demos. Erik has also been a full time touring member for the band as they have toured all across the world. Erik chooses Trick Drums because of the absolute awesome quality, durability, and simplicity of all the Trick Products.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Independent / Session
Shannon has toured and recorded with some of the best musicians on the planet. Some of the artists include Derek Trucks , John Mayer , Adam Nitti , Jerry Peek , Col. Bruce Hampton & the Fiji mariners , Bill Hart , Warren Haynes , Pruett & Davis , Carrie Underwood , John Popper / Blues Traveler.
Studied drums and percussion with Jack Bell and Sonny Emory at Georgia State University.
Shannon is a long time veteran of the Atlanta studio / music scene. First call session / live player who stays extremely busy. He also produces , engineers and runs his own studio.
Location: Atlanta, GA
At a young age James was crawling into his mother’s kitchen cabinets and to beat on pots and pans. At age six James received his first drum set and started taking lessons from his hometown friend Rick Smith (Rebuilder, The Pomps, & The Toasters). At age 7 he had the opportunity to take lessons from Jeff White (Alma College & Hohner Institute of Percussion) it was here James would learn about jazz history and begin reading music. When his family moved to Cadillac, Michigan he began studying with Marc Alderman (SEEDS, FunDubMentals) focussing on samba music and learn about classical percussion.
In 2007 James entered high school and spent the next four years with multiple gigging bands as well state level percussion competitions. He received a school record of nine district one awards for percussion! From the age of 10 onwards all his summers were spent at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and ocassionally fitting in a couple weeks at Dayjamz in Ann Arbor, Michigan as well as Dog House Music Camp in Boulder, Colorado. When he was 14 he auditioned for the Blue Lake International Jazz Ensemble and at 15 he was touring Europe with them.
During the Summer of 2010 he attended the Berklee Five Week Summer Program which led to his audition at the college later that winter. His acceptance later arrived in January 2011! September 2011 fall classes began and he was immediately immersed into private lessons and labs with –
Tony “Thunder Smith (John McLaughlin, Lou Reed, & Santana)
Rod Morgenstein (Winger, Dixie Dregs, & Jordan Rudess)
Kim Plainfield (Outreach Orchestra, Pointer Sisters, & Taina Marie)
Casey Scheuerell (Chaka Khan, Gino Vannelli, & Jean Luc-Ponty)
Jackie Santos (Taveres, Chuck Barry, & John Cafferty)
At Berklee where James formed the progressive metal band “Aviations” and released their first album “A Declaration of Sound”.
During Summer 2012, James toured with “The Omega Experiement” (Listenable Records) in support of their debut album
In May 2014, James signed a six month contract with Carnival Cruiselines. From June 2014 – November 2014 he was cruising around the Bahamas playing drums in “Dat Band”
2015 was a busy year as he became the drummer for local Allston hipster Indie band “Oh Malô”, a short lived adventure that saw James playing all over the East Coast! It was also around this time that James began playing with “The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame” rated band “The Pulse of Boston”. James also began releasing original music under the name “With a Smile” an EP entitled “Never Listen” was released in September and a split with Blumen was released in February 2016!
The rest of 2016 has been filled with drumming, teaching, and traveling. Summer 2016 James was able to tour with the metal band “Threat Signal” for their 10th Anniversary Under Reprisal Canadian Tour!
In 2017 James was able to tour with The Faceless as apart of the Summer Slaughter tour and in 2018 did the first Aviations Full US tour with Outrun the Sunlight.
James has continued his touring and recording – in 2018 he recorded on over 450 songs for songwriters and bands all over the world!
Location:New York City, NY
Ulrich Ellison & Tribe
Joel Duhon is a recording and touring drummer that has worked with some of the most successful (not to mention multi – platinum) and talented music producers in the world. He has performed with major label acts signed to Mercury Records and CBS / Sony to name a few while touring the world’s largest venues in the United States and Europe headlining and supporting other major label acts.
Joel is an Endorsing Artist for “Trick Drums USA” representing the cutting edge drum company worldwide.
Location:Austin, TX USA
I have been drumming for many years with great musicians all over the world, there is no feeling like entertaining people who love great music. My gear is an extension of me and TRICK let’s me express myself without compromise. Thank you to the TRICK team for all of your support and making the best tools of the trade.
Sluagh/Dublin Irish Dance
Oscar Little is a drummer from Dublin, Ireland. Drumming since the age of seven under Riverdance’s world renowned drummer Ian McTigue. Studying orchestral percussion under Riverdance percussionist Noel Eccles, Oscar has performed all over the country, from the largest stadiums in Ireland to the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
As of Feburary 2018 Oscar is currently on a coast to coast three month sell-out US tour with the Irish traditional music and dance company ‘Dublin Irish Dance’, performing the percussively dominant show ‘Stepping out’.
Upcoming tours include a tour of India in between completing a BA Degree at BIMM University Dublin and recording at Windmill Lane recording studios, Dublin.
My name is James Pipprell from Liverpool UK and have played drums from the age of 14 years old. I have played in many bands over the years currently I play for UK based black metal band Ninkharsag. Some past bands are:
•Dragged Into Sunlight
•Zombina and the Skeletones
Toured the UK, EUROPE, and USA and have supported bands such as Trivium, Code orange, Powertrip, aborted, Bal Sagoth, Shining, Hardcore Superstar and many more.
Ninkharsag are recording their second album in March 2019
Slaughter to Prevail
Drummer Evgeniy Novikov has been playing for more than 10 years and is an active drummer who performs on tours with leading Russian bands. At the moment he is playing in a Deathcore band, “Slaughter to Prevail”. Evgeniy Novikov actively improves his speed playing techniques and is successful – in 2013 he won the first prize in the Russian Fastest Drummer contest, having played precisely 1000 single hit strokes during one minute.
My name is Aaron Grove and I’m a drummer from dyer, Indiana. I graduated from the musicians institute in Los Angeles California, with an Associate degree in drum performance. I excel in playing metal music. After going to school I learned to slow things down and really work on groove. I am in a power/black/thrash band called Axxios. We are released our debut album “Beneath the Blood Red Sky” June 22nd, 2019, which is available on all major streaming platforms.
Location: Griffith, IN
Paper Jackets / Session
She started playing as a young teenager. Classically trained and participated in piano competitions, jazz bands, and even the Philharmonic. She went to community college at 16 and was the percussion section leader.
After moving to and from California over the years, it always finds a way to bring her back. Although she’s now settled on Los Angeles you can still find her on the move… often found at the jams around town, music videos, or even on NBC’s The Voice.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Dominic has been playing drums since he was 8 years old. Through his career, he has filled in or have been a part of many musical groups, such as Spite, Bodysnatcher, and most recently Extortionist.
“I choose Trick because there is absolutely no pedal out there like them. The playability and smoothness are unmatched and their capability is endless!”
Karrie Collins Grimes
Who says girls can’t rock?… seeing and meeting Karrie Collins Grimes will put those words back in your mouth! She has the distinction of not only being the foremost female drummer in Schuylkill County, but having a reputation of the heaviest hands and feet you will hear! Following the lead of her dad Eddie, and brother Keith, in was inevitable that Karrie would pick up a pair of drumsticks, and in the early 90’s, she began her love affair with drums, as pictures of flashy kits & Rush’s Neil Peart adorned her bedroom walls. Being a working girl with a newspaper route, she soon plunked her weekly earnings on a used Tama Rockstar kit at the nearby Terrace Music Store. In 1993, Karrie began kicking out the backbeat for her first band Branded Planet with bassist Jim Heller of Pine Grove, & guitarist Dave Rohland of Carlisle. Then after graduating from Pottsville’s Nativity BVM High School, she enlisted with Uncle Sam in the U.S. Army. In 1997, Karrie was tapped to join the all female act Boo Boo Kitty. The group was an immediate hit on the club circuit, and was invited as support act for The Badlees, Back in Black, and The Armadillos. Next, came joining forces with classic rockers Onionhead, Then in 2000, as her brother Keith vacated his drumming seat in The Rocket 88’s,Karrie sat right down for the next five years, enjoying much success with her father Eddie, and high profile gigs with The Coasters, Bill Haley’s Comets, and other legendary artists. During 2005, the Hazleton based Better Than Monday, needing a full time drummer, being impressed with Karrie’s talents, but knowing her demanding schedule, decided to utilize her… and when not available, hire a fill-in… her brother Keith! Not one to sit still, in 2006 Karrie was invited join the ranks of John Donovan’s project Copper Seven, and in addition to their live shows, was featured on the CD “Anchor.”’ Later that year, Trick Drum Co., of Chicago was seeking Factory Test Plots for their fledging company, and Karrie was added to their roster !! Karrie has had the opportunity to perform for famed drummers Liberty De Vitto of Billy Joel fame, and A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister. She has also worked aside such rock figures as Vixen, Saliva, Quiet Riot, Robin Trower, Jackyl, Filter, Saving Abel, Static X, Government Mule, and more! Currently, Karrie lays down the grooves with her husband bassist Lee Grimes, for the area powerhouse Adrenalyn. As an aggressive young lady, also works on a free lance basis with an impressive list of former and current artists, including SYX, Category 5, Badd Monkee, YMI, Plan B, Octogon Speed Chuck, Johnny K. & Co., Class Act, and others. Karrie describes herself best as “… A chick with sticks,… will travel!
My Trick Drums testimony:
While being brought up in the musical world
under my fathers wing, we grew
up playing your traditional wood kits,
well, this is not your traditional kit.
When I was looking to invest in a
new kit and trying to choose the
best kit to suit myself, I took a few
trips to Dales Drum Shop in Harrisburg PA.
Each time I went to Dales I was drawn
back to the TRICK drum set.
The presence and response of the
TRICK drums is difficult to fully explain
to someone who has never played
them. To really understand, you just
have to try them out!
After experiencing the overall sound
and performance of these drums,
it was obvious to me that I had
to become a TRICK chick!
TRICK drums are built to reach those
peak sound levels I had previously thought
were only attainable through studio/sound
Fornieri Brothers Band / Session
A long time veteran of the Rochester NY and San Francisco music scene, Mike has taken the stage with a diverse range of musical ensembles ranging from Celtic Rock to Post Apocalyptic Surf Punk bands.
Mike is currently playing with the Rochester NY based “East End Drifters”, a talented ensemble of veteran players from the region laying down soulful renditions of everything from Chicago Blues all the way up to ambitious covers of Steely Dan. The list of bands with whom Mike has performed include: The Regi Hendrix Band , The Drifters, Canival Cruise Lines, The Wild Geese, Buster and his Merry Band Of Thieves, Roosevelt Dean and the Spellbinders, The Rob Buck Band (of 10,000 maniacs), Exhibit A, Arpad and The New Sons of the Industrial Revolution, Bohemian Fringe And Many Others with CD or Vinyl releases from several of them, no longer in print.
He studied Drums and Percussion with John Beck of the Eastman School of Music, Chuck Morey, Vinny Ruggerio (Miles Davis Quartet), Barrett Deems (Chicago’s worlds fastest drummer) and Ted Reed (Author of Synchopation). Proficient at drum kit, orchestral percussion & mallet instruments. Musically, his influences include: Bernard Purdie, Rick Moratta, Davey Tough, Chick Webb, Mitch Mitchell, Dave Garibaldi and Danny Seraphine.
Mike also is an accomplished engraver, and has recently been engraving limited edition drums for the TRICK drum company as well as a select few smaller boutique drum makers.
Location:New York City