I have been a drummer/percussionist for over 25 years and am looking for any paying cover/original gigs or studio sessions I can get. I have professional equipment, professional attitude, reliable transportation and a willingness to succeed in the music industry. I am looking to play with as many different artists/bands in as many different genres as I possibly can, as I am striving to become a full-time musician. I am well-versed in the styles of rock, blues, funk, soul, metal, jazz, country, pop, reggae and some world music (i.e. latin). I can sing backups and/or lead (on some things) while playing and can play with a click track/backing tracks live or in the studio. I like variety in all that I do and by doing different things it makes you a more well-rounded musician. I currently play in a Nu-Country original band (.forgottenbyfriday) and teach at my home studio Studio G Music Lessons in West Haven. So contact me asap and let's make your project/band really groove. I can be contacted at: mike.giammattei or 203-589-0243. To see/hear more of what I'm about and have done, please visit: ./drumhd4evr and/or mikegiammattei.wix/mikeyg
Please contact me asap if you would like the use of my services.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Nov 16 2012
- Active within 1 week
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Available to gig:
- 6-7 nights a week
My influences are all over the map, ranging from 70's disco and classic rock, to 80's new wave and hair metal, 90's alt-rock, to 00's pop and dance. I also have been influenced from anything I've ever heard of the radio/tv, to all the talented people I've had the chance to play with. My main drum influences include some of the greats (of course) such as: Kenny Aronoff (w/ John Mellencamp), Bill Gibson (w/ Huey Lewis & The News), Alex Van Halen, Pat Torpey (w/ Mr. Big), Wil Calhoun (w/ Living Colour), Chad Smith (w/ RHCP), Chris Layton (w/ Stevie Ray Vaughn), Steve Gorman (w/ The Black Crowes), Stewart Copeland (w/ The Police), Joey Kramer (w/ Aerosmith), Tico Torres (w/ Bon Jovi), Phil Rudd (w/ AC/DC), Matt Cameron (w/ Sound Garden), Eric Kretz (w/ STP), plus many more...
- Other Percussion:
I have 6 drum kits: 80's Pearl Export (Tribal Kit), Pearl World Series (Yin Yang/Far East Kit), Premier XPK (Crimson Death Kit), Pacific Chameleon (Mighty Mite Kit), Yamaha Oak Custom (Brown & Loud), Sonor Force 3000 (German Spice). I can assemble a large sized drum configuration or small sized drum configuration, as well as different sized cymbal assortment, depending on the type of gig/session being played. I also have a snare drum addiction and have old school metal drums from Ludwig/Slingerland to wood drums from Ludwig/Camco, to wood drums from Pearl and Tama, to signature metal drums from Pearl (Chad Smith) and Yamaha (Steve Gadd), to auxillary drums from Premier, Noble & Cooley, and DW.
I have an assortment of different types of cymbals as well, mostly using my Soultones since I'm endorsed thru them, but have old and new Zildjians, Paiste, Sabian, & Ufip.
Finally I have percussion from congas, bongos, shakers, tambourines, cow bells, and other oddities.
Off the cuff
Off the cuff Year: 2012 Genre: Other
This is an off the cuff drum solo idea I did at a buddy's house; no prior thought was put into it (so it is a little rough around the edges).
A step behind
A step behind Year: 2011 Album: Tapestry of Souls Genre: Metal
This is a clip of a song from my friend and talented guitarist Chris Bickley's debut solo album "Tapestry of Souls" which features guest vocalist Mike Vescera (of Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness, Obsession fame), Michael K. Smith, me on drums, and of course Chris on guitar.
Time for leavin'
Time for leavin' Year: 2007 Album: Train to nowhere Genre: Blues
This song is off the EP Train to nowhere by my old Blues/Rock power trio Big Ugly, featuring Chris Snowden on guitar, me on drums, and Dominick P. Mauro on bass and lead vocals.