KickBlock Artists

Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb is an active live and studio drummer. He is the live and session drummer for the platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul. 
Johnny has been fortunate enough to develop a series of cymbals with the MEINL cymbal company. His Drumbals and Safari cymbals are part of the Generation-X  line. He is also the founder of his own drumstick company. He continues to design and develop new sounds and innovations for his unique concepts on the drums. 

As an author, Johnny continues his passion for education. He released The Official Freehand Technique Book/CD. Johnny was also voted #1 Best Educational Author by Modern Drummer’s Readers Poll for his book Jungle Drum ‘N’ Bass for the Acoustic Drum Set.

He has performed with a wide range of artists such as Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams III, Maynard Ferguson, DJ Hype, Alain Caron, Frank Gambale, Larry Tagg, SheDaisy, Deana Carter and Mindy McCready. 

He has traveled worldwide conducting countless clinics and master classes including the Montreal Drumfest, PASIC, Musik Messe, Meinl Drum Festival, Drummer Fest (Belgium) and the Ultimate Drummer’s Weekend, to name a few. He has also instructed at world reknown drum camps, including KOSA and RHYTHM (Bavarian Music Academy). 

Dre Energy

Dre Energy is the drummer for the Cirque Du Soleil Quidam show for six years and an educator around the world. Dre, a native of St. Louis, began playing the drums at two years old. Watching his brother play every Sunday morning at church fascinated him so much that he wanted to become a professional drummer. Since then Andre has been blessed to tour with numerous artists and shows from the United States to Europe and beyond.

 

Dre balances his time seeing the world with Cirque Du Soleil performing hundreds of nights a year, with headlining clinics, and his various entrepreneurial ventures. Dre holds numerous clinics and masterclasses across the globe, especially in China. He is also a businessman with his own practice pads, shoes, and cymbal line with Samsun.

Siemy Di

Siemy Di is a London based drummer, percussionist, and educator. Siemy has played with the likes of Roy Ayers, David Bowie, Terry Bozzio, Mofro, Jimmy Somerville, Zucchero, S Club 7, and Emma Bunton (Baby Spice/Spice Girls). He is also a member of the infamous African Jazz All-Stars and Master Drummers of Africa alongside some of Africa’s most beloved talent. Siemy shares his immense skills with us through his online course Pad Revolution, appearances on Drumeo and his youtube channel.

“What I love about drums is the challenge of combining the animal and the intellectual aspects of it. I love the physicality of playing-the sweating and the pounding of the drums but I’m also drawn to the intellectual side of exploring rhythm in a complex manner.”

Chris Johnson

Highly recognized for his incredible work in the music industry, Chris Johnson is one of the most sought after touring and session drummers. Chris grew up in the Los Angeles area, drumming in his father’s church, where he developed his infectious and seemingly effortless groove. 

Now considered a seasoned drummer, Chris has played with such great artists as: Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Seal, Nelly Furtado, Chrisette Michele, Heather Headley, Lalah Hathaway, Anastasia, Darius Rucker, Fantasia, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, plus gospel greats like Kurt Carr, Donnie McClurkin, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Beverly Crawford, and Norman Hutchins. He’s a member of the “on the move” band, Legally Blynd. He credits his church roots with forming the foundation on which he has based his career; he never broke those strong roots and still can be seen at “The City of Refuge” located in Gardena, CA. Chris is currently working with artists such as Camila Cabello and Lady Gaga.
 

Mokhtar Samba

A master of Western and African rhythms, Drummer and percussionist Mokhtar Samba has played alongside the most prestigious of musicians, including Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius, Youssou N’Dour, Mariah Carey, Patti Smith, Carlos Santana, ONG National French Jazz Orchestra, Carlinhos Brown, Eddy Louis, Jean Luc Ponty, Manu Dibango, etc. to name but a few. From his debut with Hamsa Music to the legendary Ultramarine (featuring Etienne M’Bappé, Mario Canonge and N’Guyen Lê, among others), Mokhtar has proven to be a diligent, vigorous yet inventive explorer. From innovative sonorities to imaginative mixing, Mokhtar has conveyed a multifaceted talent for western harmonies, as well as African rhythms and Bedouin tunes. His rigorous and consistent quest is a search for "Musical Graal": music with no frontiers. Such is his capacity to revive cultural heritage to a universal dimension that speaks to all souls.

Kenny Sharretts

Top tier drum tech, professional drummer, youtube educator, Kenny Sharretts does it all with amazing energy, enthusiasm and a stellar work ethic. As a drum tech Kenny has worked with artists like Janet Jackson, Train, Stevie Wonder, Rhianna, Michelle Branch, with drum legends like Kenny Aronoff, Aaron Spears, Chris Johnson, Lil John Roberts and so many more. Currently Kenny is working on the road with Elvis Costello!

When not touring as a technician, Kenny plays professionally in Austin, Texas with several bands including his original band So Called Underground, Dance Band Super Fleek. His website and youtube channel hosts lessons and valuable tips for drummers and techs on drum gear, tuning, and gear essentials for techs. 
 

Antonio Geary

Antonio Geary has been the drum tech on some of the biggest stages in music. Currently working with Chris Johnson on the upcoming Camila Cabello tour, Antonio has also worked with artists such as Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Charlie Puth, and Meghan Trainor, and on productions like The Voice, The BET Awards, Fox’s The Four, and The Oscars. As a drum and band tech he takes care and sets up the top musicians instruments including Drums, Percussion, Bass, Guitar and keys.

Sam Franklin IV

Sam Franklin IV was born and currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee. He has been playing drums since the age of three. As a seasoned touring and studio drummer, Sam is known for approaching different genres in many different ways. Sam has toured with the Stax Music Academy throughout the United States, England, and France. He has also worked with Kurt Carr, Maranda Curtis, Darrel Petties and S.I.P., Lana J,  Kortland Whalum, Kameron Whalum, Toni Green, Marcus Mosby and United in Christ, Evvie Mckinney, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Karen Clark Sheard, Charles Jenkins and many more! He is the currently the drummer for, and  tours with the Memphis Tiger’s Pep Band, The Spiritual Soldiers, Cha-Ky, and D. McGhee.  

Logan Sheppard

Logan Ellis Sheppard is an 19 yr old L.A. based drummer, percussionist, and producer who has been playing drums since the age of six, and performing professionally since the age of twelve.  Logan has played with artists such as Paul Reed Smith, Ellis Hall (Tower of Power), Bunny Brunel (Chick Corea), George Lynch (Dokken), Travis Carlton (Larry Carlton) and Bruce Kulick (KISS), and has shared the stage with John Mayer, Phantogram and Olivia O’Brien.Logan has performed at Eric Clapton‘s Crossroads, SXSW, the Dallas International Guitar Festival and on the final Vans Warped tour.  He’s as comfortable working in the studio as he is on stage, whether creating reimagined drum covers, or recording an original album at 15 years old with iconic producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins). Logan’s recent recording sessions include tracking drums on the title track of the new SCOOB! (Scooby Doo) movie. 

Though well-versed in a wide variety of playing styles, Logan’s adoration of jazz, fusion and funk drives him to rise to the level of drumming’s most elite players, while developing a sound that is uniquely his own.  

Logan is an active peer mentor, a FREE2LUV anti-bullying advocate, and a vocal advocate for children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

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