I am a semi-professional session drummer and music producer. I have a great deal of touring, recording, and producing experience. I am focused, hard working, goal oriented, and reliable. In the video section of my bandmix profile you will find a number of videos of my playing demonstrating my skills and professionalism. I enjoy all genres of music. I tend to gravitate more toward rock and metal, but love jazz, country, and R&B as well.
I am the former drummer for Damn Your Eyes - an original metal band from New York. I recorded drums on both the self titled debut EP (Aug 2018) and the full length LP called "Kill The Outside" (Aug 2019).
From 2018-2019 I produced a segment called "The Working Drummer", on the blog talk radio show called "Around The Kit" hosted by Joe Gansas.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I started playing drums at the age of 15. My early influences were Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. I played in cover bands throughout all of my high school years. During college, I stopped playing in bands but continued to practice as I earned my B.A. in Economics from New York University. Shortly after college I joined the seen again playing for New York City greats such as Seeing Voices and a few others, and playing in all the local live music spots including CBGB's.
I was hired in the summer of 2013 to record with a well known 80's & 90's rock guitarist for a solo CD, where I recorded drums on 6 of the 12 songs that were released. I was chosen to do this because of my skill level, and my never say die work ethic.
in 2015, I released a CD called Alchemy which contains 8 originals and covers.
In November 2016, I produced and released an EP for a band called For The Desolate.
I have studied with:
1) Sandy Gennaro of Joan Jett, Pat Travers (April 2014 Modern Drummer); (Rock)
2) Joe Bonadio - (Jazz);
3) Jerod Boyd of Miss May I (Metal)
If you want more audio and video of what I can do, both from a playing and engineering perspective please visit my personal website. The web address is in the Equipment List section below.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Feb 09 2016
- Active within 24 hours
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
- Most available:
My current influences are very diverse mix and consist of many genres: Miss May I, Rival Sons, Disturbed, Wage War, Northlane, Erra, Jason Aldean,
Bands I grew up listening to: Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, and Ozzy.
My drumming influences are: John Bonham, Mike Portnoy, Mike Wengren, Jerod Boyd, Rich Redmond, Brian Tichy.
- Rhythm Guitar:
- Bass Guitar:
1) DW Collectors Series Custom Graphics Drums - 5 Piece for recording and live performances.
2) Tama Starclassic B/B (black) for live performances.
3) Gretsch - 4 piece (yellow) for small live performances
4) Roland TD30 - For efficient and time critical recording.
A large collection of new Meinl cymbals for live performance and recording.
In addition, I own and manage Red Menace Studio - which operates on a purely referral only basis, so my equipment list goes beyond drums. My guitar collection consists of 7 outstanding guitars.
My personal website is www.rickysticks17.com, on my site you will find my contact details.
AlchemyAlchemy The Single by Rick Taiano. This song was written by Rick Taiano. All instruments including vocals were played by Rick Taiano and recorded at Red Menace Studio. The song was mixed and mastered by Chris Sauter of Sunrise Studios (2015)
Back In Black - Cover
Back In Black - CoverArranged by Rick Taiano Drums and Bass - Rick Taiano All Guitars and Vocals - Chris Sauter Mixed and Mastered by Chris Sauter of Sunshine Studio
Vultures - Cover
Vultures - CoverArranged by Rick Taiano and Chris Sauter Guitars, Bass and Vocals - Chris Sauter Drums - Rick Taiano
The Ocean - Cover Song
The Ocean - Cover SongArranged by Rick Taiano Drums and Bass - Rick Taiano Guitars and Vocals - Chris Sauter Mixed and Mastered by - Chris Sauter, Sunshine Studios