Friday, July 30, 2010

No. 38 ~Grant Collins~ 04

Landing in fourth place on my list is Australia's master drummer Grant Collins.
Grant Collins in my opinion is one the most technical drum soloist that I have ever seen. His is often known for pushing the limits and boundaries of drumming with his four-limbs independence technique. This video shows his massive drum kit and what he does with it. It's pretty cool!

Perhaps it is best summed up by internationally renowned drummer, Dom Famularo, who had this to say about Grant:
"I travel the world performing and meeting many great drummers. It is not often I hear someone who is on the cutting edge of modern drum set performance. Well, in Australia I heard that person...Grant Collins! When you hear him, be prepared for the ride he will take you on... you will remember it for the rest of your life!"

The thing that I love most about him is that the way he plays makes it sound like there is a group of people play a bunch a percussion instruments when is just him alone doing everything. And that my friends, takes years of hard work, commitment and an unending love and passion for the instrument.

He uses:
  • Pearl Drums
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • Pearl Harware/Pedals
  • Latin Percussion
  • Vic Firth Sticks

photos from :DrummerWorld
videos from: Youtube
Official Site:

Saturday, July 24, 2010

No. 37 ~George Kollias~ 05

Falling in at no.5 in my top 10 list is the psychotic metal drummer: George Kollias!

He is unquestionably one of the best metal drummers of the 21st century. His speed and stamina on the drums are out of this world. He can play at speeds up to 280BPM and I am not kidding! He is extremely fast!

For those who dont know who he is, he was born in Greece in August 1977. George got his first drum kit at the age of 12 having already a two year background in music as a guitar player. He now plays for the death metal band "NILE." Though I do not particularly like the band but I really admire George Kollias as being an extreme metal drummer.

In 2008, he released a DVD called Intense Metal Drumming where he instructed on how to be able to play as fast as him and thanks to that DVD believe it or not. I can play up to 260bpm and it is all thanks to his teachings. Which is why he is no.5 in my list.

He plays
  • Pearl Drums,
  • Sabian Cymbals,
  • Axis Pedals, &
  • Vic Firth Sticks

videos from: George Kollias' Youtube channel
Picture and Info from: DrummerWorld and his Official Site

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No. 36 ~Gavin Harrison~ 06

Drummer Gavin Harrison is definitely no.6 in my top 10 favorite drummers.

Firstly, he has an amazing ability in making rhythmic illusions which has boggled my mind for a very long time. Imagine a song's time signature is in 7/8, he can make the 7/8 sound like it is in 4/4 ! That is not an easy task to do! This video is what I am talking about... the intro and verse are in 7/8 while the chorus in 4/4. Just listen to his groove, it can be very hypnotizing for a drummer (especially me).

Secondly, besides being an amazing progressive drummer, he is also very good jazz drummer and is very precise in his timing.

Thirdly, he is also a very creative and innovative percussionist and deserves credit which he has yet to have. These two videos are the proof that he is just nothing short of an awe-inspiring drummer and musician.

Finally, I admire Gavin Harrison is that he is a true musician. He once said during a Modern Drummer Interview: "I dont want to make myself sound like I am cocky and clever like, (hey, I can play in 19/16-check this out!) I want it to have a musical reason."

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