THE LATEST & UPCOMING
-Welcome to my official site, for all things <Traveling> Drum School & Freelance Drumming. Please check out these pages --------------->
for more info on what I've done & can do for you.
*Mobile version of this site: Please also check out the newly revised version for on-the-go info & updates.
*The Simple Carnival: Recently finished the drum tracks on new song "Lunch For Dinner". Release details TBA.
*Christiane D.-Just signed on to drum on part 2 of 4 in her Amor Fati EP series. I did all drum tracks for the 1st part in '14, tracks currently being mixed. Release details TBA. More info on Christiane @ ChristianeD.us
*Instructional book & DVD:
Currently finishing content, will be announcing release date. Seminars & clinics to follow. Details coming soon!
Voted #1 Drum Lessons in Pittsburgh
I was very excited to get the message from the Thumbtack.com staff that I was voted #1 among the top drum lessons in Pittsburgh, PA! Since I signed up in 2011 I received this notice on 5 different occasions holding the top spot in the "top rated", "most reviewed", & "most vetted" categories. As of September 2012, I am still holding this spot!! Many thanks for the great feedback & to all those who have voted! I'll continue to give 110% in all I do.
Thumbtack.com is a great search engine to seek out local services in your area. Please click on the link located in the "contact & social site links" page.
THE BEN FLINT BAND 2015 promo video just released!.
Please check my "concert calendar" page for upcoming appearances with Ben & friends.
Photos by I4Eye Media
The debut album from The Satin Hearts, "Living on Overdrive" is receiving rave reviews! Referred to as "Insanely thrilling and totally 21st Century" by Dewey Gurall of The Scene, the album features tracks "Wild Child", "Sucker For Your Love", and "Cyber Stalking Girl", among others that cover a wide range of genres & topics.
Our deal with Powderfinger Promotions (who have worked with diverse artists such as Steve Winwood & 311) and Bryan Farrish for solid radio campaigns was a success! We are currently being played on 72 radio stations in 28 states, 3 Canadian Provinces, & Washington DC (detailed list on The Satin Hearts official site). In May 2012, we made the FMQB top 50 most added nationally to commercial radio! Multiple stations have increased our spins and put us in heavy rotation, mostly playing "Wild Child". Another track from the album, "Zombies", has been recently used for zombie walks on the west coast. The full album and individual tracks are available for purchase all over the web including iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, Rhapsody, & Amazon as well as at all upcoming shows.
The band recently released a digital only single "Show Me to the Bar" from a recent session at Broadcast Lane Studios. For more info on the band, please visit TheSatinHearts.com. Also check us out on Facebook, Twitter, & Reverb Nation.
The Satin Hearts
the 2014 Fall issue of
A sample from the interview,
Question 2 - The Satin Hearts have been playing bluesy rock n roll around Pittsburgh on a regular basis for almost two decades. What motivates the band to keep gigging?
CHRIS - Even though we've been around the block many times as a group, I never get tired of performing live and recording music with this crew. I'm still as excited as I was on my first gig with them! The song list is always varied and the crowd responds extremely well with both covers and originals. We always conduct ourselves in a professional manner and go above and beyond what the crowd, promoter or club owner expects of us. Even with all that being said, we can pretty much play any tune from our list at any time, in any scenario, which is rare for a band in this area.
Please check out TheHolidayCafe.com for the rest of the article & the complete fall issue.
The New Mingle's 2014 "Run Around The Square" Performance Highlighted
Another great year of performing at the Run Around The Square 5K event in Pittsburgh, PA (Regent Square area). This year we met Rick Sebak, acclaimed documentary filmmaker, who was watching our set. He asked if he could use some of our music. We were honored he choose "Room Groove" and this is the video he put together:
Video for "A Geek Like Me" released and wins an award at 3D film festival.
The latest video from The Simple Carnival, "A Geek Like Me" was released this past December 2013 and won an award for it's 3D animation at a Los Angeles, CA film festival. I did all the drum tracks for the "Smitten" record and more songs from that album are slated to be released in video form coming up. Please check SimpleCarnival.com for more info.
"The Positive Spin on Drums" periodic blog
My blog, "The Positive Spin" on drums started out in March of 2011 and it went solid weekly for almost one year, gaining more readers with each post. However, with my increasingly busy schedule I had to scale the posts back to periodic. There will be new posts coming soon so please check back, or send me your contact info and I'll add you to my mailing list.
The subject matter continues to evolve but the continued emphasis is all things positive with drums and music. There have been lessons, personal stories, album reviews, product reviews, <Traveling> Drum School student updates, and much more. There has also been frequent pics and videos associated with the topics!
Below is a sample clip from a week's topic. Many thanks to all of you who take the time to visit!