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Danny Drums / Bio

Hey, thanks for visiting my page. I've been playing the drums since I was a kid growing up in the 70's. Born and raised in Toronto. I taught myself how to play on my older brother's kit when he wasn't home. He was a big Prog Rock fan with a massive vinyl collection and subjected me to all that great music at an early age. I was a trumpet player and started playing the Horn in grade 5. I played the Trumpet, Sax and Drums during my High School Years and sat in with the School Band. I gave up the horns when I graduated High School and focused my attention to the drums. No lessons or formal training, just a lot of blood, sweat and tears in the basement! I bought a Monster 1977 Gretsch USA Custom from Steve's in the late 80's. Wow! Yes, a vintage Gretsch kit is all that! My chops were at their peak when I was in my early 20's and I was playing all the crazy Prog, Jazz, Fusion, Funk, etc. of the day with ease. Alas, "life is what happens while you're busy making plans" and drumming took a back seat to my family and career. I sold that beautiful Gretsch in '95. Parting with that kit was like losing a limb! I didn't pick up a pair of sticks for several years afterwards. I bought a vintage 7-piece Premier kit in 2000 and started playing again. I still didn't have the time to be a "working player" but at least I had a kit in the basement! After several years of basement jams and playing for fun, I got the urge to kick it up a notch and started playing local gigs in 2009 with "The B.K.Smith Band" and "The Blue Green Perspective" aka "The Radio Daredevils". I later joined "The Weathered Kings" in 2011and played a ton of gigs with those boys for a couple of years. I'm currently too busy with work to commit to a full time band but hope to change that in the near future! No delusions of grandeur here - I'm just having some fun playing and gigging with my buddies. Isn't that what it's all about? After 12 years and hundreds of gigs, I'm still pounding on that 25 year old Work Horse of a Premier! It's a 1st Gen. XPK with Birch/Merranti Shells finished in Purple Lacquer - 8",10",12",13",16" Power Toms, 22"x18" Kick with a 14"x6" Premier Signia Marquis Maple and a 14"x8" Premier Birch 2005 as my 2 main Snares. I also play a 1st Gen Premier Artist Maple 10,12,14,16,22 finished in Dark Walnut Laquer- all hand made in England. Great Bang for your buck and very underrated here in North America! I like to be different and not too many drummers play Premier these days. I play Zildjian cymbals - 20" A Custom Ride, 18" A Medium Thin Brilliant Crash, 16" A Custom Projection Crash, 10" A Custom Splash, 13" and 14" New Beat Hats, 22" Oriental China Trash and a 20" China High. I also have a Roland TD-8 which I use for practice, rehearsals and smaller gigs. The posted tracks were recorded live at some previous club gigs using a Zoom H2 recorder without drum mics or any mastering so sound quality isn't great. I'll be posting more in the near future. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Dan.

General Info

Artist Name
Danny Drums
Home Page
Rock / Prog Rock / Jazz, Fusion, Funk, R&B

Contact Info

Mississauga, ON, CA