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April 29, 2013
Did you know that I play the drums?
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You may or may not know that I have been a drummer for 20 some years.
Being the very tolerant and supportive mother that she is, my mom bought me a drumset when I was in the 6th grade. A black percussion plus kit with two cymbals for $300. I played that sucker everyday until I figured out how to play some of my favorite songs from the bands, The Offspring, Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Biohazard, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and Soundgarden. All of these bands have different styles. In high school, I got into bands like Korn, Deftones, Incubus, Strung Out, and a variety of old Big Band stuff like Benny Goodman. I was lead snare in Marching band and I played drumset for the pep band and jazz band. I did all of these things because it was a challenge to adapt to different kinds of drumming. My highlight gig in high school was playing drums for the jazz band for the grand opening of the TOYOTA plant in Princeton Indiana circa 1995. I have been playing in the metal band DELIVER US FROM EVIL for 7 years writing, recording, and performing it original music (Which you can find on iTunes and Amazon.com and Spotify). I also did a full length US tour of 31 dates in 2011 with the band SILENT CIVILIAN in 2011.
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I had to learn an hour set in 5 days, and rehearsed with the band once (played the songs one time through actually) and set off on our way across the whole country. I am now working on a Funk project and a Nine Inch Nails tribute band which I will be playing to a click track and midi sequencing live. I am also available for studio drumming where I can record and write the drum tracks to other musicians songs when they don’t have a drummer that can play their style of music, or can’t find a drummer at all but still want to write and record music.

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Below are a few videos of my playing. You can find the rest of my video media in my VIDEO’s section right here on this blog site. The videos below are an example of different styles of playing. I will be making more soon to show versatility.

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This video was made after I won a contest through my friend Kevin Talley’s website. The guitar tracks were provided in mp3 format to a click track. I wrote the drum parts in one night and filmed a video in my garage on my electronic kit the next day. I was chosen as the winner, so I went into this studio at 77 Recording in Evansville Indiana and tracked this version.

Here’s a video of my playing along to one of DELIVER US FROM EVIL’s songs in the studio. Still I Rise. We actually tracked this song in Sanford Florida with Re-Known producer,Mark Lewis, at the world famous Audiohammer studios.

Here’s a live video playing in DETROIT with Silent Civilian. The singer is also the frontman of the band Spine Shank on Roadrunner records.
EXCUSE THE LANGUAGE. ;)

Here’s a video of my playing my electronic kit to the song REDEFINE by INCUBUS. Cool tune with a funky feel.

And a video of me playing to NEBULA by INCUBUS. Cool tune that incorporates breakbeat style rhythms.

A documentary about my band DELIVER US FROM EVIL on the last 5 years of playing shows and recording music. Great live and studio footage in this one.

And last but not least, myself sitting in with the great Boscoe France at Lamasco bar and grill, playing his version of Folsom Prison Blues.

ENJOY and thanks for reading!!

Alex

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