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Fernando Medina Drummer / Bio


Future Rock (electronic-rock)
Ezra Axelrod (pop, alt-pop, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, Americana)
Ariana Saraha (world-music)
Christian Death (deathrock, gothic-rock)
Tim Janis (ambient, classical, neo-classical, new age, soundtrack)
Neovoxer/Michael Pope (experimental, live film soundtrack)
Lucien Desar (neo-classical, art-rock, dance pop, gothic-pop)
After The Crash (hard-rock, alternative, pop)
Strezo (rock, indie-rock, experimental, dark pop, electro-pop, world, progressive folk)

"Fernando stepped into difficult and time-constrained circumstances while substituting for Future Rock. He conducted himself as a total professional and nailed our original compositions in the first rehearsal. We were impressed."
Felix Moreno – Bassist, Future Rock, Chicago

"I had worked with Fernando Medina on my album "Dead Lover's Society". He arranged and played the drum section for my single "Little Black Cat". Fernando is very professional and easy to work with. During the recording session he nailed his part down in every take. He is an awesome drummer!"
Lucien Desar – Composer, New York City

"Fernando Medina is an outstanding percussionist and wonderful to work with!"
Tim Janis – Pianist/Composer/Producer, Boston

"Great stage presence and faultless player. I wouldn't hesitate recommending him for any gig, tour, recording session."
PJ Phillips – Professional Bassist & Director of Regulus Music Ltd., London

"Endlessly creative and energetic, Fernando set the standard for what I hope for when I hire a session musician."
Steve Berman – Composer, Berman-Branco Music, Boston

“Fernando Medina's superb drumming."
11online.com (From Live Review of Ezra Axelrod's "Songs from the American Motel")

-- Brand New Soultone Cymbals Artist!! http://soultonecymbals.com/artist/fernando-medina
-- New Drum Cover Video of "Master Blaster" by Stevie Wonder.
-- Recently completed 5-month US tour.

Born in Washington DC, Fernando was first a geologist for a few years after studying everything but music at Boston and Oxford Universities. But soon as he devoted himself to playing professionally, Fernando began an odyssey, the range of which challenges the imagination: sharing the stage with the likes of Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd.), Eddie Money and Roger Miller (Mission Of Burma); US and European tours with acts like Christian Death and After The Crash; London musicals with Ezra Axelrod; the Panama Jazz Fest to SXSW; top-40 band residencies at five-star hotels in Macau and Shenzhen; tracks for Volkswagen commercials and online Ultimate Arcade games; even live soundtrack performances of F.W. Murnau's silent film, Nos Feratu.

The man rolls with it! Life gave him a snare drum-- he played it with rudimental precision in the Boston Crusaders Drum Corps. Buckets and sticks-- he taught grooves to street kids in Central America. Steel thermos and ballpoint pen-- he improvised infectious rhythms while dancing amongst Algerians on the banks of the Seine River in Paris, exuberantly accompanying their folkloric music.

To work with Fernando is not just to work with a drummer, but a unique, rhythmic co-creator.
To tour with Fernando is not simply to have a tour-mate, but an adaptable, personable globe-trotter.
Fernando Medina is the nexus of musical and life experience seasoned with intuition, energy and a resilient sense of humor.

Born: Washington DC
Grew Up: Merritt Island, FL
Presently in: Orlando, FL

Drum Kits = Tama
Snare Drums = Tama, DW, Yamaha
Cymbals = Soultone
Pedals = DW
Hardware =Tama & Yamaha
Drum Heads = Remo & Evans
Cases = Gator
Sticks = Vic Firth, On-Stage, Stagg
Other = Some mounted & hand percussion

Stewart Copeland, Bill Bruford, Tony Allen, Dave Grohl, Billy Cobham

rock (indie, prog, alternative, punk, etc.), pop, folk, blues, reggae, world music, funk, r&b, electronica, neoclassical, experimental, instrumental

Notable Past Venues & Festivals:
CBGB's Gallery -- New York, NY
Knitting Factory -- New York, NY
Roxy Theatre -- Los Angeles, CA
Whisky A Go-Go -- Los Angeles, CA
Rainbow Bar & Grill -- Los Angeles, CA
Middle East -- Boston, MA
TT the Bear's Place -- Boston, MA
Lupo's -- Providence, RI
Newport Blues Cafe -- Newport, RI
Hard Rock Cafe -- Chicago, IL
Double Door -- Chicago, IL
Elbo Room -- Chicago, IL
The Note -- Chicago, IL
Dirty Dog Bar -- Austin, TX
O'Riley's -- Dallas, TX
The Masquerade -- Atlanta, GA
Downtown Disney -- Orlando, FL
Leicester Square Theatre -- London, UK
Dingwalls -- London, UK
Mars -- Oslo, Norway
Studion -- Stockholm, Sweden
Vega -- Copenhagen, Denmark
Paradiso -- Amsterdam, Holland
Magasin 4 -- Brussels, Belgium
La Locomotive -- Paris, France
Garatge -- Barcelona, Spain
Caracol -- Madrid, Spain
Backstage -- Munich, Germany
Knaack -- Berlin, Germany
Logo -- Hamburg, Germany
La Case A Chocs -- Neuchatel, Switzerland
Binario Zero -- Milan, Italy
Frontiera -- Rome, Italy
Woodstock Club -- Athens, Greece
Mandarin Oriental Bar -- Macau, China
V-Bar -- Shenzhen, China
SXSW Music Festival 2013 -- Austin, TX
GFEST 2011 -- London, UK
Panama Jazz Festival 2009 -- Panama City, Panama
Winnebago County Fair 2009 -- Pecatonica, IL
Taste of Chicago 2005 -- Chicago, IL
Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival 2004 -- Chicago, IL
Go Girls Music/SXSW Music Festival 2003 -- Austin, TX
CMJ Music Marathon 2001 -- New York, NY
Black Easter Festival 1999 -- Gent, Belgium
Wave Gotik Treffen Festival 1998 -- Leipzig, Germany


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General Info

Band Members
Fernando Medina, Professional Drummer & Percussionist (I play just drums/percussion on all these Videos & Audio tracks)
Artist Name
Fernando Medina Drummer
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World / Rock / Experimental

Contact Info

Orlando, FL
Tommy Osuna

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