DrumCore 4 Drummers

Pro Drums for Songwriters

Drummers and Percussionists' Bios

DrumCore 4 includes royalty free recordings of many of the drummers below. Those not included with the DrumCore 4 edition you purchase may be found in DrumCore 4's built-in online store. GrooveSets and Drum Kits are $4.99 each in the online store.*

Jeff Anthony

Jeff Anthony

Sheryl Crowe

Jeff Anthony lays down grooves that satisfy the most demanding producers. He's been the beat behind producer/writer/guitarist Jeff Trott, who was co-writer and producer on many of Sheryl Crow's chart-topping hits, including "If It Makes You Happy", "Everyday is a Winding Road" and "A Change Would Do You Good".

One of Jeff Anthony's GrooveSets is included in DrumCore 4 Lite (with seven more available in DC4's online store). All eight of his GrooveSets are included in DrumCore 4 Prime and DrumCore 4 Ultra.



John Bishop

John Bishop

Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Ernie Watts

John Bishop has played with jazz greats such as Bobby McFerrin; Slide Hampton; Benny Golson; George Cables; Kenny Werner; Eddie Daniels; Joanne Brackeen; Carla Bley; Steve Swallow; Kenny Rankin; and countless others. Bishop has appeared on over 60 albums and projects, including sessions with Rudy Van Gelder, Ernie Watts, Ralph Towner and Teo Macero.
John Bishop's Website

One of John Bishop's GrooveSets is included in DrumCore 4 Lite (with fourteen more available in DC4's built-in store). All fifteen of his GrooveSets are included in DrumCore 4 Prime and DrumCore 4 Ultra.


Terry Bozzio

Terry Bozzio

Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Missing Persons

From the 80's progressive pop of Missing Persons to the technically "over the top" music of UK and Frank Zappa to Terry's Grammy-winning work with Jeff Beck—his playing has inspired some truly great compositions and instrumental performances. He can take things from four-on-the-floor pop to smoking double-kick grooves. He will fly into blinding double-stroke fills only to chill with a delicate, melodic part that's perfect for film soundtracks. TerryPack I shows a player that's a hybrid of punk enthusiasm and incredible chops that showcases custom-made China cymbals and custom-made melodic toms. Terry Bozzio's Website

One of Terry Bozzio's GrooveSets is included with DrumCore 4 Lite (with eight more available in DC4's built-in store). Two of his GrooveSets are included in DrumCore 4 Prime, and all nine are included in DrumCore 4 Ultra.



Tony Braunagel

Tony Braunagel

Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray

Tony Braunagel provides stellar rootsy beats for rock, blues and country artists. As the drummer behind Lightnin' Hopkins; John Lee Hooker; Charles Brown; B.B. King; Otis Rush; Etta James; Buddy Guy; Koko Taylor; and Jimmie Reed, he can take you from the Delta to Chicago. You can hear his tasty tone and understated playing on Bonnie Raitt's huge "Nick of Time" album and subsequent "Luck of the Draw" recording. Tony Braunagel's Website

Two of Tony Braunagel's GrooveSets are included with DrumCore 4 Lite (with seven more available in DC4's built-in store). Seven of his GrooveSets are included in DrumCore 4 Prime, and all nine are included in DrumCore 4 Ultra.


Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

Yes, UK, King Crimson, Genesis

Bill Bruford is a drummer known for innovative playing with classic prog rock and jazz groups such as Yes, King Crimson, UK, Genesis, Patrick Moraz, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, ABWH and many others. Specializing in odd time signatures and a distinct high pitched snare, big roto toms and pioneering the use of percussion electronics – his sound has always been recognizable as his own and great players seek him out to spark new creative directions. His solo albums (such as "One of a Kind") have featured great players such as Alan Holdsworth, Jeff Berlin and Dave Stewart and his acclaimed "Earthworks" project continually stretches the boundaries of instrumental music. Bill Bruford's Website

While Bill Bruford's GrooveSets are not available in Lite, Prime or Ultra, they are available in DC4's built-in store.



Matt Cameron

Matt Cameron

Sound Garden, Pearl Jam

Matt Cameron's playing is a great representation of the adventure that is Seattle's music scene. Though associated with grunge through his success with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, his playing is way more multi-dimensional than that style. He has also provided the groove behind bands like Jack Endino's Skin Yard, Temple of the Dog, the garage-tinged Wellwater Conspiracy and the jazz-influenced Tone Dogs. Matt has even done sessions with the Smashing Pumpkins and Our Lady Peace. Grunge? Yeah, sure. But he's just as into prog rock, dancehall, jazz and experimental electronic styles. Matt Cameron's Website

While none of Matt Cameron's GrooveSets are included with Lite, twenty-three are available in DC4's built-in store. Prime includes two of his GrooveSets. All twenty-three of his GrooveSets are included in Ultra.


Luis Conte

Luis Conte

Madonna, Shakira, Santana, Phil Collins

Luis Conte's genius stems from his ability to integrate the powerful rhythms of his native Cuba with the necessities of American pop music. His long and varied career has included numerous Hollywood film scores and mega-successful albums with Madonna, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Santana, Shakira, Jackson Browne, Sergio Mendes, Cachao and a multitude of other artists.
Luis Conte's Website

Two of Luis Conte's GrooveSets are included with DrumCore 4 Lite (with more available in DC4's built-in store). One of his GrooveSets comes with Prime Link. Sixteen of his GrooveSets are included in DrumCore 4 DrumCore 4 Ultra.



Ned Douglas

Ned Douglas

No Doubt, Katie Perry, Dave Stewart, Simply Red

Ned Douglas is an accomplished master of drum programming. He has worked with Andy Wright on the Simply Red album "Life," and has formed an enduring working relationship with Dave Stewart. This has resulted in working with Marianne Faithfull, Gwen Stefani, Mudbone and on the new film version of Alfie. Recent projects also included programming with Al Stone for Hooverphonic and Eagle Eye Cherry. Ned worked with DJ Syze-up to create their DrumCore content. Ned Douglas and Dave Stewart's Website

Four of their GrooveSets are included with DrumCore 4 Lite (with more available in DC4's built-in store). Fourteen of his GrooveSets come with Prime Link and Ultra.


Sly Dunbar

Sly Dunbar

Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff

This is the real deal in reggae drumming. As half of "Sly & Robbie," reggae's premier rhythm section, Sly Dunbar has appeared on records by legends such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru and Burning Spear. He has also played with non-reggae artists such as Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and Herbie Hancock. His latest work is in the classic "Dub" style. Sly Dunbar's Wikipedia Page

One of Sly's GrooveSets is included with DrumCore 4 Lite (with twenty-seven more available in DC4's built-in store). Thirteen of his GrooveSets are included in DrumCore 4 Prime. Twenty-eight of his GrooveSets are included in DrumCore 4 Ultra.



Graham Hawthorne

Graham Hawthorne

Beyonce, Kid Rock, David Byrne, Paul Simon

Graham Hawthorne is one of the most in demand drummers on the New York scene. His flawless groove and versatility has propelled artists as varied as Paul Simon, Beyonce, Joss Stone, Donald Fagen, Kid Rock, Queen Latifah, India Arie, Lyle Lovett, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Suzanne Vega, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Cee-Lo, Gilberto Gil, Randy Brecker, David Byrne and Suzanne Vega. He is also a highly regarded producer, having worked on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and jingles. Graham Hawthorne is the drummer of the PureDrums content produced by Fabrice Dupont (featured below). Graham Hawthorne's Website

While PureDrums' DrumCore content is not included in any of the DrumCore 4 editions, it is available for preview and purchase as add-ons in DC4's built-in store.


Fabrice Dupont

Fabrice Dupont

Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson, Queen Latifa, Bon Jovi

Fab (Fabrice Dupont) has produced and/or mixed projects for Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifa, DJ Colette, Toots And The Maytals (the 2004 Grammy Award winning 'Duets' CD), DJ Mark Ronson, Bon Jovi, Babyface, Isaac Hayes, Brazilian Girls and a slew of artists. Fab produced the PureDrums content by drummer Graham Hawthorne (featured above). Fabrice Dupont's Website

While PureDrums' DrumCore content is not included in any of the DrumCore 4 editions, it is available for preview and purchase as add-ons in DC4's built-in store.



Gregg Keplinger

Gregg Keplinger

Herb Ellis, Carter Jefferson

Gregg Keplinger is known around Seattle as a versatile local drummer who has played with a number of great artists. He's played vintage rock grooves with Canned Heat and Randy Hanson/Noel Redding, R&B with Big Mama Thornton, and jazz with Herb Ellis, Carter Jefferson and European jazz saxophonist Leszek Zadlo. He is known for getting great drum tones, and has helped players like Matt Cameron explore new sounds. Gregg has his own company, Keplinger Drums, that makes custom instruments.

While none of Gregg's GrooveSets are included with Lite, three are available in DC4's built-in store. Prime and Ultra include those three GrooveSets.


Steve Gadd

Steve Gadd

Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton

Steve Gadd is a legendary session drummer who has worked with Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Bob James, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Manhattan Transfer, James Taylor and many more. He is one of the most recorded drummers in history, playing drums professionally for over 37 years. He is the groove behind classics such as Steely Dan's 'Aja' and Al Di Meola's 'Elegant Gypsy'. Steve Gadd's Website

Originally released as "Steve Gadd Drum Scores" by Q Up Arts, the content was remastered, then Submersible Music added metadata and built MIDI drumkits for easy use in DrumCore. Gadd's content contains only audio loops and Drum Kits for the DrumCore MIDI drum instrument. There are no MIDI grooves included.

While Gadd's DrumCore content is not included in any of the DrumCore 4 editions, it is available for preview and purchase as add-ons in DC4's built-in store.



Terence Higgins

Terence Higgins

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Norah Jones, The Black Crowes

Born and raised in NOLA, Higgins is well versed in the New Orleans funk style. He is currently touring with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield's Piety Street Band, and SwampGrease. In the past, he has played with Widespread Panic, Dr. John, and Norah Jones, to name a few, appears on dozens of albums, and has just released his In the Bywater CD. Terence used the following drum kit to record his DrumCore content: Pearl MRX Masters Series Vintage Sunburst with black hardware, 22x18 bass drum, 8x8 tom, 10x9 tom, 12x10 tom, 16x14 tom, 14x6.5 snare drum (Steve Ferrone Signature), 13x6.5 snare drum (Joey Jordison Signature), and a 14x6.5 snare drum (Sensitone). Terence Higgin's Website

While none of Higgins' DrumCore content is included in DrumCore 4 Lite or Prime, his seven GrooveSets are available for preview and purchase in the DC4 store. All seven of his GrooveSets are included in DrumCore 4 Ultra (which includes content by 18 celebrity drummers).


Billy Martin

Billy Martin

Medeski, Martin and Wood, Iggy Pop, Maceo Parker

Billy Martin is an internationally acclaimed drummer/multi percussionist for Medeski, Martin and Wood. Well known and highly respected for his innovative rhythms, creative approach, and manic improvisational skills over a wide range of styles, Billy continues to push the art of drumming and rhythm to a higher level. Billy is a unique artist in the truest sense, and this collection of drum loops captures his incredible ability to create and inspire. Billy Martin's Website

While none of Billy Martin's DrumCore content is included in DrumCore 4 Lite, Prime, or Ultra, his GrooveSets are available for preview and purchase in the DC4 store.



Jonathan Sugarfoot Moffett

Jonathan "Sugafoot" Moffett

Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John

Coming the birthplace of funk, New Orleans, Jonathan Moffett has kept the world dancing with solid grooves. At age 12, he got the nickname "Sugarfoot" because of his fast, and articulate bass drum work, playing 16th and even 32nd note figures within his funky, relentless grooves. From 70's recordings, such as the Mardis Gras standard "Second Line" or "Don't Stop the Music" by R&B artist Yarbrough and Peaoples, to the polished 80's recordings he did with Madonna (Open Your Heart, Live To Tell, Like A Prayer, etc.), Elton John (Sacrifice, George Michael (with Elton John in the "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" video) and more - Sugarfoot has a way with a beat that attracts attention. His extensive work with the Jacksons (including solo work with Michael and Janet) kept arenas of fans bopping and disco dance floors hopping. Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett performed with the Jackson family for 30 years, including Michael's This is It movie. Jonathan Moffett's Website

While none of Sugarfoot's DrumCore content is included in DrumCore 4 Lite, Prime, or Ultra, his GrooveSets are available for preview and purchase in the DC4 store.


Stephen Perkins

Stephen Perkins

Janes Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Nine Inch Nails

Stephen started playing drums at 8 years old. At 13, he bought his first pro drum kit and started lessons with Jim Engle and Joel Gallant. In 1983 he started Dizaster with his friend Dave Navarro and in '86 joined Jane's Addiction (which Dave also joined 2 weeks later). When the first Jane's album came out in 1987 it helped to define a fresh, alternative LA sound. Stephen's powerful, hybrid grooves mixed funk, punk, metal and ethnic ingredients into a tasty flavor as diverse in influences as LA itself and filled with punk energy. His innovative playing also propelled other great bands that include Porno for Pyros, Banyan and The Panic Channel. Perkins even joined fellow LA drummer Tommy Lee for one of Lee's "Methods of Mayhem" tours. Stephen Perkin's Wikipedia Page

None of Stephen's GrooveSets are included with DrumCore 4 Lite, but many are available in DC4's built-in store). Four of his GrooveSets are included in DrumCore 4 Prime and Ultra.



Michael Shrieve

Michael Shrieve

Santana, The Rolling Stones, Steve Winwood

"Some drummers only have chops, but ... Michael is like a box of crayons; he has all the colors." – Carlos Santana

As the original drummer for Santana, Michael played on their first eight albums and helped define their distinctive fusion of Latin and rock. His recording credits include work with Mick Jagger; The Rolling Stones; Pete Townshend; Steve Winwood; Police guitarist Andy Summers; film composer Mark Isham; John Mclaughlin; Freddie Hubbard; Jaco Pastorius; Wayne Horvitz; Bill Frisell; Zakir Hussain and Airto Moriera. Michael Shrieve's Website

One of Shrieve's GrooveSets is included with DrumCore 4 Lite. Eight of his GrooveSets are included in the DrumCore 4 Prime and Ultra.


Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Heart, Taj Mahal, Peter Frampton

Ben has performed and/or recorded with Heart; Ann and Nancy Wilson; Buddahead (for producer Don Gilmore of Linkin Park and Sugar Ray fame); Taj Mahal; Lovemongers; Deniece Williams; Peter Frampton; P.F. Sloan (legendary writer of "Eve of Destruction" and "Secret Agent Man"); Cornelius Bumpus; Sugar Pie de Santos; jazz artists Nancy Wilson, Ernestine Anderson; Mark Egan (Pat Metheny); Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers); and Phoebe Snow. He also performed in the Cameron Crowe film Vanilla Sky, and worked with noted guitarist Bill Frisell on the film Around the Fire. Ben Smith's Website.

One of Ben's GrooveSets is included with DrumCore 4 Lite. Ten of his GrooveSets are included in the DrumCore 4 Prime and Ultra.



Matt Sorum

Matt Sorum

Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult

Matt Sorum is the consummate rock journeyman, having played with the Cult and Guns N' Roses, who chalked-up $30 million in record sales and two Grammy and MTV award nominations with Matt at the drums. These days Matt is the slammin' beat behind the hard rock supergroup "Velvet Revolver." Matt Sorum's Webpage

Two of Sorum's GrooveSets are included with DrumCore 4 Lite. Five of his GrooveSets are included in the DrumCore 4 Prime and Ultra.


DJ Syze-up

DJ Syze-up

UltraNate, Jamiroquai, Jeff Beck

DJ Syze-up has co-written with artists such as Ultranate and Jeff Beck. He has been involved in a wide-range of remix projects for Jamiroquai, Aretha Franklin, and has a critically-acclaimed remix of Jeff Beck's Grammy-winning track "Dirty Mind." He has also enjoyed chart success with S.I.A.'s "Taken For Granted." DJ Syze-up worked with Ned Douglas to create their DrumCore content.

Four of their GrooveSets are included with DrumCore 4 Lite (with more available in DC4's built-in store). Fourteen of his GrooveSets come with Prime Link and Ultra.



John Tempesta

John Tempesta

The Cult, Testament, Exodus, White Zombie, Helmet

Sure, he can deliver the double-kicking fire, but he also has a great feel for the changes and nuance that make a great drum track. Not just a flash player, John puts thought into his drumming as well as sweat and blood. He has played with Rob Zombie, Exodus, Testament, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath guitarist), Helmet, Scum of The Earth and is now the drummer for the Cult. Previous band mates haven't been shy raving about John's percussive power. Testament's Eric Peterson said "John is definitely one of the best drummers in the country. He has the power of John Bonham, the finesse of Carter Beauford, and the aggression of Dave Lombardo. As a drummer, John really has it all." Former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult said "John was the best." The votes are cast. This guy can ROCK! John's attitude is reflected when he says "I've been able to record and tour with so many people I've always admired. I'm very fortunate, and there are so many great players out there, so I've been very lucky and blessed. If you believe in what you do, anything can happen..." John Tempesta's Website

None of his GrooveSets are included with DrumCore 4 Lite (but thirteen are available in DC4's built-in store). Five of his GrooveSets come with Prime Link. Thirteen come with Ultra.


Chuck Treece

Chuck Treece

McRad, Bad Brains, Scott Storch, Urge Overkill

When 13-year-old Treece discovered the Sex Pistols, Clash, Minor Threat and Philly's Cherry Hill Skate Park – "boards and music" became THE fixation. He formed a punk band, "McRad", with fellow skater Zeke Zagar and skate rock videos followed including "Ban This" and "Propaganda". Always reaching, next was a solo project, remixes (Sting, Amy Grant, the Goats) and then the drummer's seat for Bad Brains and Urge Overkill. Putting his arms around punk, hip-hop and other styles has forged a sound that's attracted attention. Sessions include working with Billy Joel, King Britt, Buck-O-Nine, Res and G. Love as well as collaborations with producer Scott Storch for Jadakis, featuring Mariah Carey and Ricky Martin. Chuck Treece's Wikipedia Page

Chuck's friend Aaron Fishbein (Scott Storch, Beyonce) helped ignite the vibe in these sessions. These beats are not vanilla, pigeon-holed, studio "pristine" and po-lite grooves. They have as much soul, grit, love and daring as you'd expect from Philly… and as you'd expect from Chuck.

While none of Chuck's DrumCore content is included in DrumCore 4 Lite, Prime, or Ultra, his GrooveSets are available for preview and purchase in the DC4 store.



Alan White

Alan White

John Lennon, Yes, The Plastic Ono Band

Not many drummers can span everything from the accessible, solid, pop sounds of John Lennon to the mixed time signatures, frenetic tempo variations and dynamic overtures of Yes. But Alan White's playing has consistently shown his yoga-like, stylistic flexibility while keeping a creative edge, regardless of genre. He played with Lennon on his successful "Imagine" album, with George Harrison on "All Things Must Pass," and has been the driving heartbeat of Yes since 1972. Alan also conducts numerous drum clinics around the world to encourage and teach other drummers. Alan White's Webpage

Two of his GrooveSets are included with DrumCore 4 Lite. Eleven of his GrooveSets come with Prime Link. Eighteen come with Ultra.


Lonnie Wilson

Lonnie Wilson

Brooks and Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw

Lonnie Wilson has won the Academy of Country Music's "Drummer of the Year" award twice and Music Row Magazine's "Top Studio Drummer" award four times. He has played on countless hits with artists that include Brooks and Dunn, Faith Hill, George Jones, Martina McBride, Rascal Flats, Randy Travis and Waylon Jennings; and he's played on 19 number one singles for Tim McGraw alone! As a songwriter, he has written for Rascal Flatts, Brooks and Dunn, Joe Diffie and Andy Griggs. Lonnie Wilson's Webpage

One of his GrooveSets comes with DrumCore 4 Lite. Eight of his GrooveSets come with Prime Link. Twenty-nine come with Ultra.



Zoro

Zoro

Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Sean Lennon

From the classic '60s-'70s rock he played with Lenny Kravitz to the old-school, R&B-meets-hip-hop beats from the Bobby Brown days, Zoro has always delivered the groove with maximum soul. Zoro wrote the popular "Commandments of R&B Drumming: A Comprehensive Guide to Soul, Funk & Hip-Hop" instructional DVD series and the beats you find in DrumCore reach all the way back to funk's New Orleans roots. Zoro's Webpage

One of his GrooveSets comes with DrumCore 4 Lite. Fifteen of his GrooveSets come with Prime Link. Twenty-four come with Ultra.


* A DrumCore 4 GrooveSet is a series of rhythmic loops (audio loops and/or MIDI loops) that have a cohesive feel to them. DrumCore 4 allows you to browse through the GrooveSets that you own in your content library, or preview and purchase new sets via the DrumCore store. The number of audio and/or MIDI loops varies for each GrooveSet. GrooveSets are $4.99 each when purchased separately in the DC4 store.

DrumCore Drum Kits are multi-velocity sampled drum kits, including many kits by the drummers featured on this page. Drum Kits are sold separately from GrooveSets in DrumCore 4's store for $4.99 each. Many Drum Kits are included in Lite, Prime and Ultra.

Save when you buy Prime or Ultra:

• DC4 Prime ($249) bundles 160 GrooveSets and 100 Kits (260 x $4.99 = $1200 value)
• DC4 Ultra ($639) bundles 265 GrooveSets and 139 Kits (404 x $4.99 = $2000 plus a $200 solid state drive = $2200 value)

Numbers are estimates and subject to change.

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