“A groove is the space between two notes…
It’s what you don’t play, that makes it groove!”
- Darrell Nutt
I started playing drums as a young lad and had my first pro recording session at 16.
I grew up in a very musical family near Buffalo, NY and luckily got thrown into the late 1980's Buffalo music scene at 17. The musicians from Buffalo are amazing and taught me so much about groove, musicianship, song structure and creating great sounds. Everything that I apply today as a drummer and producer started in Buffalo.
I have been fortunate to travel and tour with some of the nation's best artists & musicians, and record on many great albums. While music is my passion, I have always been creative in the graphic design field. So, I started my own audio recording and graphic design studio in my home in 2002, later adding video production in 2005.
If you look around this site, you'll see that I've done a bunch of things in music, design and video. I have plenty of experience and I love what I do. All of it!
So, before this get's too windy, I'll finish up by mentioning my newest venture: defMEDIA Group. Combining all that I love under one roof: Audio Recording & Producing Albums, Playing the Drums, Video Production & Media Design.
Check out some of the Press Articles below for more of my story. Thanks!
Here are some of the songs I have played the drums on for various artists!
RECORDING & PERFORMANCE CREDITS
NATIONAL TOUR & PRODUCERS
Elliott Randall (Steely Dan)
Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan)
Brian Howe (Bad Company)
John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls)
Carolyn Leonhart (Steely Dan)
Cliff Williams (AC/DC)
George Clinton (Parliament)
John Lodge (The Moody Blues)
Jon Davison (YES)
Emir & Frozen Camels (Boznia/Croatia)
Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi)
Hank Williams, Jr.
Big & Rich
Charlie Daniels Band
Love & Theft
Casey Weston (The Voice)
Essra Mohawk (Frank Zappa)
Kat Epple (TV, Film, Emerald Web)
Rick Derringer (Donald Fagen)
Neil Stubenhaus (LA Session)
Danny Shepard (Michael Franks)
Ray Nesbit (Jimmy Herring)
Mario Infanti (Chuck Mangione)
Father Jerry Kaywell
Lester & Holly (Inspirational)
John Beltran (Ubiquity)
Michael Junkroski (Shadows of Knight)
Barry Fish (Star Search)
Paul Fleisher (Lou Reed)
Gary Smith (Nashville Session)
Stuart Ziff (Steve Wariner, David Ball)
Phil Dillon (Nashville)
Anthony Williams (Patti LaBelle)
Howie Lindeman (Stevie Wonder)
Phil O'Donnell (Craig Morgan)
Matt Baxley (Moot Booxle)
John Kerzweg (Creed, Jewel)
Bruce Hensall (Eagles)
Chuck Allen (Todd Rundgren)
Steve Sykes (Richard Elliot, Dave Koz)
Alan Hewitt (The Moody Blues)
The Forester Sisters (Warner Bros.)
The Warren Brothers
David C. Johnson (Aaron Neville)
Les Smith (Rickie Lee Jones)
Barry Fish (Star Search)
TELEVISION / FILM
Music City Tonight (TNN)
Crook & Chase (TNN)
Primetime Country (TNN)
Oprah's Next Chapter (OWN) Theme Song
Oprah's Next Chapter (OWN) S1E12 Composer
Places To Love (PBS)
Street Tuner Challenge (SPEED)
Chop, Cut, Rebuild (SPEED)
"Devil's Fruit" (World's Fair Pictures)
"Barely A Chance" (Erad Pictures)
Universal Music Group
Warner Music Group
Max Music (Miami)
Dallas Records (Croatia)
Funk Wax (Orlando)
Deep Touch Records
Hard Six Records, LTD
220 Music Corp.
VISA World Cup
Budweiser (George Clooney)
Bounty Paper Towels
Mobil One Oil
Yamaha Musical Instruments
Oprah Winfrey Network
Lee County Fair
Florida State University
Ellis Team – Re/Max
Sunshine Dental Centers
The Best of Everything
Birch’s Air Conditioning and Heating
Bar Berkoe Buskila
Shay Sharon Haim
Theory of Grace
Just Like Honey
The Jones Brothers
Rick Howard Jazz
The New Vinyls
New Zew Review
The Catman Doodz
Performed with AC/DC members Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson for two Benefit Concerts to arena crowds.
Performed with John Lodge of The Moody Blues and Jon Davison from YES for two benefit concerts.
Recorded with legendary musicians Elliott Randall & Chuck Rainey from Steely Dan.
Played the drums on an album with George Clinton from Parliament Funkadelic.
Performed in Europe with The Forester Sisters.
Performed onstage with Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi) and John Waite.
Played drums on theme song for the Oprah Winfrey Network show “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”
Composed music for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” the “Carrie Underwood” episode S01E20.
Performed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia with Emir & Frozen Camels.
Was in the first American musical group ever to perform in Gorazda, Bosnia and Herzegovina with Blue Mercury.
Performed on legendary Grand Ole Opry stage and Grand Ole Opry LIVE radio and television shows.
Received an endorsement from AMEDIA cymbal company.
Produced, recorded, edited and programmed a drum sample library for the Slate Digital TRIGGER 2 DAW plugin.
Recorded more than 210 drum tracks for the website SOUNDBETTER.com.
Played the drums on over 1500 commercially released songs in my career.
Villa Maria College – Buffalo, NY
Jim Chapin – Private Instruction
Louie Marino – Private Instruction
Ron Rocco – Private Instruction
Elliott Randall – Mentor
Jim Kurzdorfer – Mentor
Mike Caputy – Mentor
Pete O’Donnell – Mentor
Todd Lewis - Mentor
DRUMS & DRUMMING MAGAZINE
2022 - BUFFALO MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Inductee Class of 2022
2009 - INDEXI AWARD
Best Rock Album of the Year
2002 - DAVORIN AWARD
Best International Music Collaboration
2002 - DAVORIN AWARD
Best Rock Song of the Year