May 20, 2017
Sponsors: DW, Paiste, Vater
amie is in town with Tear For Fears
(appearing with Hall & Oates at Quicken Loans Arena that evening)
I started playing drums at the age of 13 after I saw KISS in concert at the Forum in Los Angeles. I was instantly mesmerized by Peter Criss and knew that this was what I wanted to do. My first teacher was my Uncle Rob and I began playing to records by Kiss, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Dio, Journey, Cheap Trick, and Aerosmith. At the age of 18, I attended P.I.T (The percussion division of the Musician's Institute) in Hollywood, CA. I graduated with honors in 1989. Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Steve Houghton, Chuck Flores, Toss Panos, and Richie (Gajate) Garcia are some of the greats I had the honor of learning from. I followed up with studying Gary Chester's, The New Breed, concepts with Victor Loyo of Luis Miguel. My education was so important to me that I continued to study with as many people as I could. I began teaching drum lessons at the age of 19 at Ontario Music in Ontario, California.
I gratefully landed my first professional touring gig with Michael Sweet, of the band, Stryper. Thus began my career as a touring and session drummer.
I have been an active session player for many years and have had the honor of recording with Michael Sweet (Stryper), Guardian, Zache Brooke, The Brave, John Elefante (Kansas), Venice, Jay Nash, Mindy Gledhill, Michael Jackson, Kyle Vincent, Hillary Duff, Eric Hutchinson, Avion, Steve Bertrand, Drake Bell, G.E.M and currently, Tears for Fears.
I have had the privilege of touring with some of the most talented musicians on earth including, Tears for Fears, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Tommy Shaw(Styx), Fee Waybil(The Tubes) and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello's solo project, The Nightwatchman.
In addition to drumming I have begun a journey of composing and producing music for television, film, as well as other artists.