Hello, MD! I am currently doing spot dates in North and South America with Gloria Gaynor. I’m also playing drums for this great group Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew. Check these guys out; they’re great artists with a message. Another fun project I’m involved in is being the musical director and drummer for the hip-hop/rock group Riot In Paris.
There are so many great teachers out there–choose the best to learn from. I took lessons at the Collective in NYC, while I studied at Berklee School Of Music and NEC in Boston. I’ve studied with Alan Dawson, Kenwood Dennard, Jim Chapin, Joe Morello, Dom Famularo, Giovanni Hidalgo, Victor Mendoza, Ed Uribe, Bob Moses, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith. I hope this info can help to empower you…if I can do it, you can do it too!
For all the tech nerds: I’m using acoustic/electronic drums and triggering kicks, snares, 808s, quotes from my Akai MPC, and loops and samples from my laptop using Ableton. Thank you, Alesis, Akai, Roland, Yamaha (electronics), Ableton, and Apple, for the support. And a shout to my drum sponsors: Yamaha, Sabian, Aquarian and Vic Firth.
Also be on the lookout for my book, Sticking With Swiss Chris, which will be out soon with Cherry Lane Publishing and Hal Leonard distribution.
For more on Swiss Chris, visit: www.swisschris777.com.