Kayleigh Moyer / Independent

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Kayleigh Moyer gives the phrase “hit like a girl” a new meaning when she is behind a drum kit. “I’ve always loved to break down barriers of the stereotype that only boys can play drums. I love seeing the surprised look on peoples’ faces when I jump onstage and get behind a drum set.”

She has been trained to play a wide variety of styles (from jazz to pop, Latin to Americana, and country to rock), but it is her ability to play contemporary country music with a high level of energy and intensity that has made her an excellent candidate for new country artists. She is a new force to be reckoned with in the Nashville drumming scene.

Originally from Syracuse, NY, Kayleigh has a strong jazz drumming background that included her attending the competitive Skidmore Jazz Institute in the summer of 2010. She was also named the #1 high school jazz drum set player in New York State by auditioning and being selected to play in the New York Conference All-State Instrumental Jazz Ensemble her senior year of high school.

Kayleigh made the move to Nashville in 2011 to study commercial music at Belmont University. She was nominated for and was awarded the Freshman of the Year Award for the School of Music by the faculty, also receiving Sophomore of the Year honors the following year. She was also awarded the Percussive Arts Society scholarship dedicated to iconic Nashville drummer Larrie Londin, whom she admires for his impressive career as a country drummer. She hopes to follow in his steps.

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Studio drumming is also something Kayleigh has developed a passion and skill for. She has kept busy by taking rock and country sessions in Ocean Way, RCA Studio B, Quonset Hut, Pat Holt Productions, and Benchmark. Due to the lack of female session drummers in Nashville, she has had to overcome some opposition from engineers and studio owners. One morning before a session she introduced herself to the head engineer/owner who remarked, “Oh, I thought you were someone’s girlfriend helping to carry cymbals.” Of course, this reaction only made her want to work harder and after the session was over the engineer apologized for his earlier remarks.

Kayleigh’s competitive nature and her passion for drumming brought her to Nashville and got her foot in the door. Her energetic performing personality as well as her feminine image makes her the perfect addition to any artist’s band in the contemporary country genre.

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Kayleigh Moyer is setting a new pace for Nashville drummers and is the new “chick” to watch out for.

Kayleigh endorses :

Drumtacs

Humes & Berg

 

 

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Stephen Jude Mills / BulletBoys / Gene Loves Jezebel

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Stephen currently plays drums for BulletBoys and Gene Loves Jezebel. He has played locally with Haim and toured the U.S. and Canada with The Prix and his current bands.

A lifelong Ludwig drummer, Stephen has a weakness for vintage drums, specifically from the 1960s and 70s, which he collects and restores. He is an artist with Aquarian, DrumTacs, Eccentric Systems, and Beato Bags. His arsenal also includes Paiste, Vater, Puresound, and DW pedals.

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Stephen has been in the studio with Mike Chapman (The Knack, Blondie, Sweet), Ryan Greene (NOFX, Fat Wreck Chords), and Dan Long (Ferraby Lionheart, The Jealous Girlfriends, The Henry Clay People); jammed with Emitt Rhodes; and performed live with Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), Dizzy Reed (Guns n’ Roses), and “Big Jim” Wheeler (Loggins & Messina).

He currently lives in L.A. with his wife – a photographer – and their dogs, including a little beagle mix he named Ludwig. He offers private instruction and has worked with a number of students at Agoura Music, where he used to be a drum instructor.

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LINKS
Website: http://www.StephenJude.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/StephenJude
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StephenJudeMills
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/StephenJudeMills
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MP3 (attached)
Mills_Elefante.mp3
Elefanté by Bulletboys
2014
produced by Ryan Greene

Mills_The Chevalier.mp3
The Chevalier by The Prix
2007
produced by Dan Long

VIDEO:

Born To Breed

BulletBoys
Trees, Dallas
2013

Throwing It All Away

HAIM
Troubadour, West Hollywood
2009

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Adrian “Red” Herbert / Australian Independent

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Red is one of Australia’s most entertaining and identifiable drummers, percussionists, teacher and clinician as well as being a former Guinness World Record holder. Red is recognized for his accomplishments in the rock and metal genres, but is proficient in various forms of percussion such as congas and cajon. Red is also one of Australia’s only professional exponents of the stand up cocktail drum kit on which he recorded his acoustic duo, The Jolene Theory’s, 2012 album “The Standing Room Diaries” which infused latin, reggae, jazz, blues, skiffle, rockabilly and bluegrass. Being one of Sydney’s busiest drummers, Red played over 300 gigs during 2012-2013 with various artists of differing styles all over the country, as well as conducting several drum clinics.

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Red is best known as the former drummer of one of Australia’s biggest heavy metal bands, Segression. Red’s first album with the band, Smile (2000), is still one of the highest selling metal albums in Australia.  Red also recorded the album Never Dead in 2011, which debuted at Number 1 on the iTunes Metal charts (Australia) and remained there for 10 days. The video for the single, “Blood Lace Black Day” was voted #21 most popular music video for 2011.  During his tenure in Segression Red was voted Best Drummer for two consecutive years in a poll held by a high profile music magazine; he was also invited to play at the Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Melbourne, performing alongside Virgil Donati, Zoro and Dave Lombardo.  Red recorded in Johnny K’s (Disturbed, Sevendust) Groove Masters Studio in Chicago with Segression; and toured the United States and Australia with some of the world’s biggest heavy metal names such as Slipknot, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory and Soulfly just to name a few.

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Red has also been a popular hired gun, touring and/or recording with some of Australia’s most popular artists such as ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) winners and pop/punk legends, 28 Days; The Voice finalist, Simon Meli’s former band, Sway; INK (with former members of Jerk – Johnathon Devoy, Leeno Dee and Charles Cilia); BB Steel (whose album was produced by Def Leppard’s Phil Collen); Dazychain (featuring Australia’s popular alternative artist, Avelina de Moray); one of Australia’s best up and coming death metal bands, Hell itself; and Icehouse frontman, Iva Davies. Red was initiated into the world of rock and roll in his late teens touring with Easybeats singer, Stevie Wright. The Easybeats were considered Australia’s answer to The Beatles and his tenure with Stevie was a definitive baptism of fire.

Red is a versatile drummer, having worked on various cruise liners, reading charts, and backing different artists every night.  He is often called to play tracks as a session drummer; he plays many different types of covers and percussion gigs; has a repertoire of over 300 songs he has learnt for his band karaoke residency; and also hosts a weekly all star jam night.  Red is a regular fill in for high profile or busy working bands, for example touring Australia with The Ultimate Bee Gees Show, learning the entire Bee Gees repertoire on short notice. In 2003, Red broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the Drum Marathon, drumming for 57 hours and 3 minutes at Billy Hyde Drumcraft in Sydney.  He also raised several thousand dollars for Canteen, a foundation for teenagers and their families who are living with and affected by cancer.

From a young age, Red has had a deep love for music as a form of inspiration and as a way to express his creativity.  As a 12 year old Red started his musical journey on classical guitar, winning several awards. One summer holiday Red discovered the Australian cult movie Street Hero, in which a wayward teen fighting adversity was saved by jumping behind a set of drums and letting his confused teenage angst speak through the beats.  This movie spoke volumes to Red who went out and purchased a set of drumsticks which he still has to this day. He has adopted that same attitude throughout his whole career, always trying to improve and inspire through his hard work ethic and love of playing, which has included passing on his knowledge to younger students as a respected drum and percussion teacher for over 20 years,

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www.youtube.com/reddogdrum
reddogdrum@hotmail.com
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RED PROUDLY ENDORSES:
TAMA DRUMS
SABIAN CYMBALS
LP PERCUSSION
Q DRUMS (COCKTAIL KIT)
DRUMTACS

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Rob Hammersmith / Skid Row

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Rob’s musical journey began at an early age in a small town outside of Buffalo, NY. Starting out in the cover scene, Rob quickly developed an appreciation for a solid back beat and playing for the song. An approach to drumming that he still considers the foundation for his style today.

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Later settling in Atlanta, GA, Rob’s drumming quickly gained attention in the rock underground. Rob spent many years touring and recording with Atlanta rockers “Rockets to Ruin” and toured with “Gunfire 76” featuring “Murderdolls” frontman Wednesday 13. Rob also maintains a busy schedule of recording and working with many different bands and artists throughout the country.

In April, 2010, Rob was offered the drum position in the multi-platinum selling rock band Skid Row. When asked about his gig with Skid Row, Rob answered “Having always been a fan, it is an honor to be asked to join the band. The band’s music and history holds a special place in both my life, and the lives of so many loyal fans. To be a part of that history is the chance of a lifetime.”

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Rob proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Drumtacs , Reunion Blues and Kaces Products.

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ALEJANDRO MERCADO / Rocky Kramer Band

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Unless he was practicing his rudiments in the womb, Alejandro Mercado‘s mother and father could not have imagined that their youngest son was destined to become one of rock’s premier drummers. Although born and raised on the tough streets of Chicago, Alejandro’s thirst for rhythm may well be genetic, given his Latin heritage. Thanks to an early introduction to drumming by an aunt who performed with a marching band, Alejandro’s thirst for percussion became an obsession by his sixth birthday. Fortunately, supportive parents encouraged their son’s passion for percussion, and official lessons from Greg Kulma and renowned Chicago native Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group) ensued. By the time Alejandro entered middle school, he had combined an interest in martial arts and gymnastics with his devotion to drumming, becoming a sought after drummer for many local bands, such as cover group “A Snapshot In Time,” metal/shred contingent “Slay Asylum,” party rockers “Snowblind” and experimental/progressive bevy “Sot-W.” Despite being the “go-to” drummer in Chicago, Alejandro yearned for more of a challenge by the time he graduated high school.
Hearing a voice in his head say “go west young man,” Alejandro set his sights high, auditioning for and being accepted by the highly acclaimed Musician’s Institute, in sunny California. As a student in M.I.’s accredited two-year degree program, Alejandro excelled beyond anyone’s expectations. Despite lackluster high school grades, Alejandro proudly proclaims that he “got the best grades of his life” at M.I. Then again, with teachers like Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper; Sixx: A.M.) and Jeff Bowders (George Lynch; Paul Gilbert), he was rapidly being welcomed into the world of professional recording artists.

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In September of 2012, Alejandro auditioned for the Rocky Kramer Band. In addition to Rocky and several label executives, present for the audition was music industry alum Kim Richards (Pink Floyd; Queen; Renegade; Andy Gibb) who is producing Rocky’s upcoming “Firestorm” album. Richards says of Alejandro “I could see he was a great guy with a great smile and great personality, but I didn’t expect him to literally manhandle those drums the way he did. Alejandro is reminiscent of Bonzo himself, but there’s such humility there that I rarely see in this business.” Having worked with the likes of Nick Mason, Roger Taylor and Luis Cardenas, Richards went on to say “I knew he was the one from the moment he began moving air!”
Alejandro is a student of 70’s and 80’s music, holding Journey as his all-time favorite band, and counting Dean Castronovo, Steve Smith and Paul Wertico amongst his influences. Alejandro is a singer and songwriter as well, and when not keeping the beat for the Rocky Kramer Band, he actively performs with Street Beat and Rhythm Monks, and endorses KickPort and Drumtacs. Alejandro appears in the upcoming Paul Gervasi feature film, Cherri Future, aptly cast as the drummer in a rock band that struggles through adversity, ultimately realizing their dreams.

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Visit Alejandro and The Rocky Kramer Band on the web at RockyKramer.com.

Contact: Jerry Sifuentes, Office of Public Relations at (626) 330-0600 x8150 from Los Angeles, (646) 350-0009 x8150 from New York or via Email at: publicrelations@alliedartists.net.

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