Who are your Influences?


New member
List the drumers that inspire you. And post what band(s) they
are in.

Mine are:

Nicholas Barker: Cradle of Fith, Dimmu Borgir, and Old Man's Child.

Flo Mounier: Cryptopsy

Pat Thetick: Anti-Flag

Scott Rockenfeild: Queensryche

John Bonham: Led Zeppelin

Simon Wright: Dio

Travis Barker: Blink 182

The Rev: Avenged Sevenfold

Riley Breckenridge: Thrice

Erik Sandin: NOFX


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Tony Williams, Dave Weckl, John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Josh Freese, Danny Carey, Buddy Rich, Chad Smith, Carter Buford, Ringo Starr, Chad Sexton, Terry Bozzio, Jonathan Mover, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd


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Matt Abts - Gov't Mule
MArvin "Smitty" Smith - Tonight Show Band
Jeff Sipe " Apt. Q-258" - independant
Steve Jordan - independant
Rodney Holmes - Steve Kimock Band
John Staten - KDTU & On The One

Really, anytime I am out playing and I get to see other drummers do their thing, it influences me. Plus, I can't forget the influence I get from the kids in DCI every summer. They just get better and better. WOW!


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My biggest is Neil Peart, by far. Others are:

Carter Beauford, Buddy Rich, Mike Wengren, Scott Rockenfield just to name a few.


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Dave Lombardo - Slayer
Vinnie Paul - Pantera/Damage Plan
Igor Cavalera - Sepultura
Carmine Appice - everyone under the sun
Scott Travis - Judas Priest
Stet Howland - WASP/Temple of Brutality
Randy Castillo - Ozzy
Mike Portnoy - Dream Theater


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mine are:

dave grohl

brann dailor-mastodon

matt cameron-pearl jam

travis barker-blink 182

jose pasillas-incubus

mikkey dee-motorhead

joey jordison-slipknot

danny carey-tool

dave lombardo-slayer

Witold "Vitek" KieÅ?tyka-decapitated

Brad Wilk-ex-rage against the machine/audioslave


Chris Adler-lamb of god


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Hal Blaine - The Wrecking Crew

Benny Benjamin - The Funk Brothers

Clem Burke - Blondie

Pat Wilson - Weezer

Bruce Gary - The Knack

Pete Thomas - Elvis Costello

Carlo Nuccio - Continental Drifters

Richard Sanford - Great Buildings

I never seemed to listen to the same recordsd as everyone else.....


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John Bonham-Led Zeppelin; Buddy Rich; Ian Paice-Deep Purple; Mitch Mitchell-Jimi Hendrix Experience; Hal Blaine; John Barbata-The Sentinals, The Turtles, L.A. Getaway, CSN&Y, Neil Young, Jefferson Starship; Viv Prince-The Pretty Things 1964-65; Dino Danelli-The {Young} Rascals; Aynsley Dunbar-John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Jeff Beck Group, A.D.'s Retaliation, The Mothers of Invention, David Bowie, Journey, Jefferson Starship, Eric Burdon, etc. [/list]


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At first it was Brad Wilk from RATM, then a biiiiig nothing and lately it is Jojo Mayer(inspired me to learn/listen to play modern dance music and drum&bass). I don't really have influences- sure I grabbed some licks from other drummers, but it's not that I look upon one and try to be ie. Dave Lombardo no.8987. I always try to listen to good music.


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Personally, my influences are my influences because they inspire me to become better and encourage me to find my own voice behind the kit. I don't try and cop their feels, which would be next to impossible anyway. Not because it can't technically be done but because it's "how" they play and not "what" they play. This reminds me of a story I heard once about John Bonham and a random studio engineer. This engineer had spent months trying to get the "Bonham kick sound" out of a bass drum he was recording for another drummer. After failing to get the sound he was looking for he was actually able to contact the engineer that tracked that kick drum for Bonham. The Zep engineer said he'd be glad to help and the formula was fairly simple. You just need 3 things to make it work. #1 Size and tone of the drum, #2 Mic placement and #3 (last but not least)......JOHN BONHAM. In other words, great musicians are just that.....great. Which is probably why Led Zep didn't even bother trying to replace him. Anyone can play the notes but very few can play with the same feel.

Here's why I picked mine:

Copeland: Amazing cymbal and hi-hat work
Bonham: Amazing taste and a kick foot that takes your breath away
Tony Williams: 1st "lead drummer" I ever heard. That man was from another planet! ( I highly recommend Tony Williams Lifetime - "The Collection" Believe It.)
Josh Freese - The most perfect player I ever heard (I worked for him as a drumtech when he played for Dweezil Zappa and NEVER saw the guy make a mistake, and he was only 17 at the time)
Dave Weckl - "The human metronome"
Peter Erskine - Listen to any Weather Report album and you'll understand.
Terry Bozzio - nuff said (I've seen 4 clinics with him, damn!)
Buddy Rich - complete innovator - nothing he couldn't do


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For creativity, and flash.....Tommy Aldridge, and Terry Bozzio.

For the mean pocket.... Troy Luccketta (Tesla), and Denny Carmassi ( x-Heart)

For double bass.... Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory), Scott Travis (Racer X, years) and Gene Hoglan (SYI).

And as cliche' as it is to use Neil Peart as a referrence, he had a huge impact on me in the late 70's, and still does today.

I also still get the "Led out" with my necessary doses of John Bonham. 8)

Johnny Cat

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Neil Peart
Steve Smith
Buddy Rich
Max Weinberg
Danny Carey
Terry Bozzio
Ginger Baker
Matt Cameron
Ringo Starr
Max Roach
Elvin Jones
Tony Williams
Martin Lopez
George Kolias
Josh Freese
Bernard Purdy
Jon Theodore


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brian howerton ex drumline teacher and ex center snare for the cavaliers(i forget what years)
manu katche-peter gabriel secret world live
jon bonham of course
stewart copeland
adrian young
danny carey
max wienberg
peter criss(not that talented but KISS was my first concert and my first musical love so dont make fun of me even though eric carr and erik singer were way better)
um...cant think of anymore


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Kenny Arnoff- power, tasteful
Tony Williams- Fluidity, great sound on the instrument
Stanton Moore-feel and choices
Keith Carlock- improvisation and feel
Neil Peart- wonderdul player and favorite lyricist
Chad Smith- great rock feel
Mike Portnoy- a great appreciater of drumming and music and great band

and my teachers Jason Foster and Matt Devitt
they both have shown me so much and are a big inspirations and great friends

besides these players i listen to any musician and learn something from them.


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Tony Williams
Max Roach
Elvin Jones
Neil Peart
Steve Smith
billy ward
stephen perkins
Peter Erskine
papa jone jones
John Bonham

Peter Criss

Joey Kramer

Roy Mayorga

Mike Luce



Racci Shay

Mike Cox

Raymond Herrera

Mike Portonoy

I Guess i really influenced by more then just Drummers

im influenced by MUSICIANS,and what they do with the music given an influence of anther persons influence..Make since?


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Buddy Rich

Gene Krupa

Dave Weckl

Tony Williams

Alan Dawson

Horacio Hernandez

Bill Bruford

Stewart Copeland

Marco Minneman

Neil Peart

Steve Gadd


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Derek Roddy
Dave Mackintosh
Franky Costanza
George Kollias
Tim Yeung
Raymond Herrera
Mike Mangini
Terry Bozzio
Virgil Donati
Tim Waterson


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The Early Years....

Cozy Powell - Rainbow
Neil Peart - Early Rush up through 2112
Carl Palmer - ELP/ASIA
Bruce Crump - Molly Hachet orig. drummer
Todd Suchermann - Styx
Steve Gadd - Clapton
John Bonham - Led Zeppelin
Micheal Hossack - Doobie Brothers
Don Brewer - Grand Funk Railroad
Derek Hess - Rossington Collins Band
Jerry Mercer - April Wine

And later on.....

Bobby Rodinelli - BOC, Rainbow, Balck Sabbath
Todd Sucherman - Styx (still there!)
Tony Richards - WASP & Great White
Scott Rockenfield - Queensryche
Mick Fleetwood - Fleetwood Mac