Groove Construction with Erik Stams

Lezioni al Drumtech di Londra


Erik Stams (BMus-hons) has been a professional musician for over 20 years. He is currently performing, recording and teaching in London and South Wales.

Erik began playing drums at the age of ten. After graduating from New York’s Fiorello Laguardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts (FAME) under Justin Dicciocio, he studied drum-kit, percussion and general music at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, privately with the legendary Henry Adler (author of Buddy Rich’s Snare Drum Rudiments and Louie Bellson’s Modern Reading Text in 4/4), Walter Garces and briefly with Jerry Gonzalez (the Fort Apache Band). Erik honed his craft performing, recording and touring in and around NYC, specializing in Funk, Reggae, Jazz, Ska and Rock. He can be heard on various albums, film soundtracks (Francis Ford Coppola’s New York Stories, Dust on the Wings – Australia, The Inbetweeners) and television commercials.

Erik settled in London after a tour of Japan with Walter Schreifels of Quicksand and Rival Schools (Island Records) in 1996. Since then he has performed in and around the UK with American saxophonist Butch Thomas (Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Jaco Pastorius), disco-diva Viola Wills, Ensemble Bash, the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani), Julian Crampton, Drill Queen, Jamie Lawson , Monkjack and War Machines of Love (with former New Model Army guitarist Adrian Portas).

Erik writes and teaches degree and diploma level courses at Drumtech and Thames Valley University (London), privately in Cardiff, conducts workshops and master-classes, contributes articles for Rhythm, Drummer, and Percussioni (Italy) magazines and has recorded several educational play-along cd’s (Rhythm/Drumtech/Total Guitar).

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