darrin1065910
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ABOUT

I am a 36 year old drummer who lives in Newark, DE. I have been playing drum set for 22 years and marching percussion for 18 years. I have been gigging in the Newark and Wilmington area since 1998 when I moved here to attend the University of Delaware.

I am currently in a progressive metal band but we only work in a studio and we do not gig. I am seeking to join an established band that plays gigs and writes great music. Even though my background is mainly metal, I am open to a myriad of musical styles. I would like to play some new music so I am interested in trying out for cover bands, country bands, rock bands - genres I haven't played in a while but am looking forward to playing again.

I am easy to get along with, dedicated at getting better at my craft, have a mixture of semi-professional and professional gear, have my own transportation, can practice any night of the week and gig any night of the week.

Screen name:
darrin1065910
Member since:
Apr 28 2015
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

My influences are wide and varied. I like most music but will listen to anything with great drumming or great songwriting, preferably both! Drumming influences are Buddy Rich, Dave Lombardo, Vinnie Paul, Danny Carey, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Carter Beuaford, Chad Wackerman, Marco Minneman, Akira Jimbo. These are drummers that are strive to emulate. Bands that I hold close are Tool, Pantera, Meshuggah, Slayer, Slipknot, Megadeth, Mastadon, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Corelia, Animals as Leaders, Oceans Ate Alaska, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Bjork, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Dave Mathews Band, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix (I held on man!), Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, The Mars Volta, The Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, U2 and Weezer. I like big band jazz like Buddy Rich but don't play it much and I still listen to a lot of classical. Ludwig van Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Mozart are the big hitters there.

Instrument experience:

Drums:
Advanced
Other Percussion:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

I have a 6 piece, Gretsch Catalina Maple drum set. Semi-professional kit but sounds great with quality heads and meticulous tuning. The Gretsch is my primary kit. I also have a 7 piece, Tama Rockstar drum set. It sounds completely different than the Gretsch kit but still sounds great. I alternate between a Gretsch 6"x14" maple snare, a Pearl 3"x13" brass piccolo snare and a Tama 6.5"x14" steel snare. Withe these 3 snares I can achieve a great snare sound for most musical genres. Gibraltar hardware for cymbal stands and a Tama Iron Cobra Double Bass Pedal. Drum set accessories include jam blocks, cowbells, tambourines, shakers and a gajate bracket with pedal. Drum heads are Evans EC2's for the batter heads and Evans resonant for the resonant heads. EMAD2 on the bass drums. I have a mix of cymbals, mainly Zildjian. I cannot fit them all onto one kit at a time but it is nice to have options for different genres of music.

Zildjian A 12" Splash
Zildjian A 14" Thin Crash
Zildjian A 14" Quick Beat Hi Hat
Zildjian A 14" Rock Hi Hat
Zildjian A 16" Medium Thin Crash
Zildjian A 18" Medium Thin Crash x2
Zildjian A 21" Sweet Ride

Zildjian A Custom 6" Splash
Zildjian A Custom 8" Splash
Zildjian A Custom 12" Splash
Zildjian A Custom 20" Projection Ride

Zildjian Fx 18" Oriental China Trash

Zildjian K 19" Dark Thin Crash

Zildjian K Custom 22" Dark Ride

Zildjian Z Custom 12" Splash
Zildjian Z Custom 14" Mastersound Hi Hat
Zildjian Z Custom 14" Splash
Zildjian Z Custom 16" Rock Crash
Zildjian Z Custom 17" Rock Crash
Zildjian Z Custom 18" Medium Crash
Zildjian Z Custom 19" Rock Crash
Zildjian Z Custom 20" Ride

Sabian 12" AAX Splash
Stagg 6" Black Metal Medium Bell
Wuhan 12" China
Wuhan 16" China

I have music writing software as well. I use Sibleius and the Virtual Drumline 2.5 sound library. I used to write a lot of music for marching band drum lines which is why I initially bought the software. An added benefit of the sound library is that it includes guitars, basses, and drum set sound libraries as well. I use this software as a music writing tool, putting together ideas for my band and sending them sheet music and MP3's to work with.