Fernando Medina

Fernando Medina

"You are one of the most unique and talented musos I have ever encountered. You weave melodies out of percussion, a feat rarely achieved by drummers. You have given incredible backbone to my music."
Ezra Axelrod – Singer-Songwriter/Recording Artist/Producer, London

"Endlessly creative and energetic, Fernando set the standard for what I hope for when I hire a session musician."
Steve ...Berman – Composer, Berman-Branco Music, Boston

Drummer Fernando Medina gathers kudos like these in the US and beyond for doing what he does best: 100% rhythmic, textural and dynamic collaboration-- and then some.

Born in Washington DC, Fernando was first a geologist for a few years after studying everything but music at Boston and Oxford Universities. But soon as he devoted himself to playing professionally, Fernando began an odyssey, the range of which challenges the imagination: sharing the stage with the likes of Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd.), Eddie Money and Roger Miller (Mission Of Burma); US and European tours with acts like Christian Death and After The Crash; London musicals with Ezra Axelrod; the Panama Jazz Fest to SXSW; top-40 band residencies at five-star hotels in Macau and Shenzhen; tracks for Volkswagen commercials and online Ultimate Arcade games; even live soundtrack performances of F.W. Murnau's silent film, Nos Feratu.

The man rolls with it! Life gave him a snare drum-- he played it with rudimental precision in the Boston Crusaders Drum Corps. Buckets and sticks-- he taught grooves to street kids in Central America. Steel thermos and ballpoint pen-- he improvised infectious rhythms while dancing amongst Algerians on the banks of the Seine River in Paris, exuberantly accompanying their folkloric music.

To work with Fernando is not just to work with a drummer, but a unique, rhythmic co-creator.
To tour with Fernando is not simply to have a tour-mate, but an adaptable, personable globe-trotter.
Fernando Medina is the nexus of musical and life experience seasoned with intuition, energy and a resilient sense of humor.

FACT SHEET --

Equipment:
Drum Kits = Tama
Snare Drums = Tama, DW, Yamaha
Cymbals = Soultone
Pedals = DW
Hardware =Tama & Yamaha
Drum Heads = Remo & Evans
Cases = Gator
Sticks = Vic Firth, On-Stage, Stagg
Other = Some mounted & hand percussion

Influences:
Stewart Copeland, Bill Bruford, Tony Allen, Dave Grohl, Billy Cobham

Genres/Styles:
rock (indie, prog, alternative, punk, etc.), pop, folk, blues, reggae, world music, funk, r&b, electronica, neoclassical, experimental, instrumental

Notable Artists Toured and/or Recorded With:
Future Rock (electronic-rock)
Ezra Axelrod (pop, alt-pop, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, Americana)
Christian Death (deathrock, gothic-rock)
Tim Janis (ambient, classical, neo-classical, new age, soundtrack)
Neovoxer/Michael Pope (experimental, live film soundtrack)
Lucien Desar (neo-classical, art-rock, dance pop, gothic-pop)
After The Crash (hard-rock, alternative, pop)
Strezo (rock, indie-rock, experimental, dark pop, electro-pop, world, progressive folk)
Amberspyglass (folk-rock, gothic-rock, alternative, dark-pop, experimental)

Notable Past Venues & Festivals:
CBGB's Gallery -- New York, NY
Knitting Factory -- New York, NY
Roxy Theatre -- Los Angeles, CA
Whisky A Go-Go -- Los Angeles, CA
Rainbow Bar & Grill -- Los Angeles, CA
Middle East -- Boston, MA
TT the Bear's Place -- Boston, MA
Lupo's -- Providence, RI
Newport Blues Cafe -- Newport, RI
Hard Rock Cafe -- Chicago, IL
Double Door -- Chicago, IL
Elbo Room -- Chicago, IL
The Note -- Chicago, IL
Dirty Dog Bar -- Austin, TX
O'Riley's -- Dallas, TX
The Masquerade -- Atlanta, GA
Downtown Disney -- Orlando, FL
Leicester Square Theatre -- London, UK
Dingwalls -- London, UK
Mars -- Oslo, Norway
Studion -- Stockholm, Sweden
Vega -- Copenhagen, Denmark
Paradiso -- Amsterdam, Holland
Magasin 4 -- Brussels, Belgium
La Locomotive -- Paris, France
Garatge -- Barcelona, Spain
Caracol -- Madrid, Spain
Backstage -- Munich, Germany
Knaack -- Berlin, Germany
Logo -- Hamburg, Germany
La Case A Chocs -- Neuchatel, Switzerland
Binario Zero -- Milan, Italy
Frontiera -- Rome, Italy
Woodstock Club -- Athens, Greece
Mandarin Oriental Bar -- Macau, China
V-Bar -- Shenzhen, China
SXSW Music Festival 2013 -- Austin, TX
GFEST 2011 -- London, UK
Panama Jazz Festival 2009 -- Panama City, Panama
Winnebago County Fair 2009 -- Pecatonica, IL
Taste of Chicago 2005 -- Chicago, IL
Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival 2004 -- Chicago, IL
Go Girls Music/SXSW Music Festival 2003 -- Austin, TX
CMJ Music Marathon 2001 -- New York, NY
Black Easter Festival 1999 -- Gent, Belgium
Wave Gotik Treffen Festival 1998 -- Leipzig, Germany

My Soultone Set: 

15"Latin Hi-Hats
21" Gospel Ride
17" Heavy Hammered Crash
18" Latin Crash
8" Custom Brilliant Crash
14" Gospel China
15" FXO B6

Discography