KickBlock Artists

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.”

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.

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.
 

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.

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. 
 

Sean Bolden

Drummer, Actor, Producer/Music Writer and a proud U. S. Army war Veteran, Sean Bolden's intense passion for entertainment has translated into making him an accomplished and much in-demand entertainer. Sean Bolden is currently the principal drummer for Grammy Award Winner Estelle and has been with her for 5 years. 

 

When Sean isn’t playing on stages around the world he is in the studio producing up and coming artists and a few well-known artists. Sean launched his independent Production Company named Seaniece Productions named after his daughter; where he develops Artist and assists with music writing.

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.  

Bas Janssen

Bas is an exciting young drummer hailing from the Netherlands. He started his drumming in England where he built up a classical foundation and even getting the chance to study at the Junior Guildhall School of Music; play in breathtaking venues around Europe at the back of the orchestra and play under Gustavo Dudamel. From then he took his talents to the Berklee College of Music where he earned the privilege of studying privately under names such as Dave DiCenso, Mark Walker and Marcus Santos as well as classes with names such as Tia Fuller, Prince Charles Alexander and Susan Rogers. 
Upon graduating, Bas decided he had to move to the musical Mecca that is Los Angeles. Within 2 years there he has played for artists such as The Voice contestants, Delaney and Karli Webster, Malagasy songstress, Niu Raza and Emma Charles. Bas is also a professional recording and mixing engineer where he has worked under Alex Da Kid at KIDinaKORNER as well as gaining credits on records for artists such as Arnetta Johnson, Dana Williams and Lisa Oduor-Noah.

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