On August 17th I had the immense pleasure of joining my buddies in Bearstronaut for their performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Couldn’t have been more proud to rip a couple songs with them and celebrate such a cool opportunity! We played two songs, both can we seen on Youtube, the first song was “Shadow” and the second track was called “Gold.” I hope for big things to come to the band this year. They deserve all the success headed their way! Also, I am extremely honored to have joined the Big Fat Snare Drum artist roster. I have been using their incredible products for some time now, and have recorded them for many albums over the last few years. Its so cool to now be able to a part of their family! As we push out of the summer, the Fall is ramping up to be slammed with shows and recordings. Keep an eye on the calendar for anything coming up in your city!

Its been a while since my last post, things have been crazy, but I’m incredibly excited to share some really great updates. First off, I am literally off the map thrilled that my interview with Rhythm Magazine came out this month. A four page spread and some love on the cover!! I cant even believe it. Go pick up a copy of the July 2017 issue for info on my career and tips for becoming a successful session musician. Also I am so stoked to announce my interview with 180 Drums came out today!! Had an absolute blast chatting with Mark about life and drums and you can take a listen here!! I addition lots of great shows coming up and looking forward to being back in the studio all month working on some new tracks for Jared Evan, Hoodie Allen, and Slaine among others!! Cant wait!

BostonMusicAward_UlmanWow…. Found out last night that I was named “Session Musician of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards. There are so many emotions… Its been truly an incredible year and to have been awarded this honor is something that I will never forget. I am so appreciative of everyone who has supported me through my career and with this award nomination. To be recognized by my musical peers is humbling to say the least and knowing this comes from the city where I started playing music makes it that much more special. Thank you to the BMA’s for solidifying what has been one of the best years of my life!!

RHYTHM MAG NOMINATION_1As we get closer to finishing off 2016, I am incredibly honored and humbled to share that I have been Nominated by Rhythm Magazine and MusicRadar for ::

“Best New Drummer 2016”

I am beyond thrilled to be recognized in this category and cannot express enough, my sincere gratitude to all those who have supported me and gave me opportunities to play music with so many amazing artists throughout the year !! And as always, I am truly grateful to Zildjian, Vic Firth, Ludwig, Evans Drumheads, Protection Racket, Westone Audio and Drumtacs for their unconditional support along the way!

It is with great excitement and humility that I am proud share that I have been Nominated for “Session Musician of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards !! I am beyond thrilled to be recognized in this category and I hope you can take the time to VOTE and SHARE. Its been a pretty amazing year and I have had the privilege of playing and recording music with so many incredible artists!! Im looking forward to finishing out the year on a high note and getting started with making 2017 even better!! Special thank you to the Boston music scene for supporting me throughout the years!!

The summer is flyiDangerbirdStudioShotng by and its been filled with amazing shows and sessions. I was incredibly fortunate to spend the last week in LA recording tracks for the new Holly Miranda record coming out on Dangerbird next year. In 6 days we tracked 23 songs, alongside some very cool special guests, including the amazing Jim Fairchild from Modest Mouse. The album is definitely going to be special and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it. In addition, the new Thalia Zedek record that I worked on last summer is coming out in a few weeks and already generating some terrific reviews from MOJO, Uncut and numerous other music publications. The record is coming out on Thrill Jockey, and subsequent tours are being booked, including some special ones with Dinosaur Jr. Also earlier this month, a very special record came out that I couldn’t be more stoked on. Telecoast from Bearstronaut. I had the great pleasure of doing some percussion for the band, and the album is truly amazing.

governors-ball-2016-dailySuper excited to announce that I will be joining the incredible Holly Miranda for some upcoming dates this summer. Up next is one of my favorite festivals, Governors Ball in NYC. This years lineup is pretty insane, with headliners Kanye West, The Strokes, BECK, The Killers and many more. I couldn’t be more thrilled to play music for Holly, I’ve been a fan of hers for many years and incredibly stoked to get started on these shows! In addition to that, I will be joining Hayley Thompson-King, Thalia Zedek and a bunch of other artists for gigs all summer so check the calendar for anything in your city! Last but not least, Im humbled to have been featured in this months Wicked Local publication, always an honor to be recognized in your own city!!

 

 

NBApresLots of cool stuff to catch you up on. First off, A couple weeks ago I had the very cool and unique opportunity to sit with the Creative Design Manager for New Balance Sports to discuss bringing some of the same vision and expertise in technical footwear that he uses with athletes worldwide and incorporate it for drummers. Truly an honor to be able to work with one of the best shoe companies on the planet and tell my story. You can check out the NB Apres on here at newbalance.com !!Next up, I had the privilege of recording 5 live songs with Hayley Thompson-King at The Armory for her next Live EP. You can see and hear the first premiere from Vanyaland here!! In addition I’m super excited that I got to chat with Tastemakers Magazine about my session work a few weeks back. Always nice to be recognized by the music publication at my Alma Mater!

RHYTHMMAGPROFILEFinally getting around to putting some updates out there!! Having such a great first three months of the year and yesterday solidified it with authority! So incredibly honored to have been profiled in the April 2016 issue of Rhythm Magazine!! This is definitely one of the coolest, and incredibly humbling things ever. I’m so proud to even be considered to grace the pages of this publication. I can’t thank all of the people at Zildjian Cymbals, Ludwig Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Evans Drumheads, Westone Audio, Protection Racket Cases and Drumtacs for their unrelenting support over the years. A special thanks to Westone Audio for making me some custom ES-50 In-Ear Monitors with my logo on them, so unbelievably grateful to be endorsed by the best drum companies on the planet. In addition, so many shows and recordings coming up, I cant keep track, so keep checking the calendar if you wanna come out to one in your city!

HSCM2016 already! Can’t believe how fast 2015 went by, but in the best way possible!! This year is already off to a crazy start and looks to be continuing throughout the year. First off, for this month alone I’ve had to learn over 100 songs for more than 10 bands I will playing with. Starting off with Hot Stove Cool Music where I’ll be joining the likes of Bernie Williams (NY Yankee), Bronson Arroyo (Boston Red Sox), Jake Peavy (Boston Red Sox), Theo Epstein (Red Sox, Chicago Cubs), Peter Gammons, Daxx Neilsen (Cheap Trick), Scott Lucas (Local H), and MANY MORE! After that I will be hitting the road for a some shows with Golden Bloom, Lenny Lashley, Hayley Thompson-King and more! Then off to the NAMM Music Conference! In addition I couldn’t be more excited to announce I’ve signed on to endorse one of my favorite products out there, Drumtacs! go check them out, hands down the best sound control for drummers!!