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David Osbourn

David Osbourn

Thee Final Chaptre, Driven Below, When Angels Die, Low Gear

My journey began in St. Petersburg, FL. I was born into a Christian home. Both of my parents were musicians so music has been a big part of my life from the very beginning. At an early age, I was given an opportunity to join the band at school as a percussionist. It was the fifth grade and I was ten years old. Thus began my journey as a drummer. I had a beginner's practice pad and that's all I needed!

For my twelfth birthday, I was awarded my first drum kit and some lessons from a local instructor. I struggled with my instructor because he refused to teach at the pace I was ready to learn at (I was an eager sponge ready to work hard and learn quickly) so we quickly abandoned that idea and I ended up teaching myself how to play. I remember seven days a week going into my room, putting on the headphones, turning the volume all the way up, and doing my best to play what I was listening to (at the time it consisted mostly of Rush and Van Halen). I played an average of 1-2 hours everyday. It was awesome!

My early influences include legendary drummers such as Neil Peart (Rush), Alex Van Halen (Van Halen), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and, believe it or not, the late great Buddy Rich (jazz drumming legend).

At the age of 14, I was hired to perform my first paid, professional gig. I was the percussionist for a presentation of the musical South Pacific. At the time, I had no idea what that gig would mean to my playing career. Friends of mine began spreading the word and soon after, I was asked to join my first rock cover band and I began receiving exposure for being a rock drummer. So, at 14 years of age, I was being exposed to a world I had only dreamed about before.

Fast forward to today and the journey continues. My current setup is a DW Collector's Exotic Series Maple with Kurilian Birch Outer Layer in Candy Black Fade; Soultone cymbals, Trick Drums pedals, and Gibraltar hardware. I'm really excited to own this kit. It's the best sounding and most beautiful kit I've ever played on. I use it both in the studio and live for all of my bands.

Over the past 30+ years, my drumming style has developed into a much heavier style thanks to influences such as Igor Cavalera (Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy), Tomas Haake (Meshuggah), Vinnie Paul (Pantera), and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Strapping Young Lad). Ever since moving to Dallas,TX I have lived, worked, played, recorded, produced, and toured with some of the most popular rock and metal bands in the Dallas, TX and New Orleans, LA music scenes. Some of my most notable current and past projects include: Thee Final Chaptre (New Orleans, LA), Low Gear (Dallas, TX), When Angels Die (Dallas, TX), Driven Below (Dallas, TX), Nocturne (Dallas, TX), Flush (Dallas, TX), and several other unsigned bands and projects. Record labels I have had the privilege of working with include Roadrunner Records, WEI Records, Midwest Records, Padded Records, World War III Records, and Triple X Records. I am both honored and humbled to have been a part of all of these groups at one time or another and I consider myself truly blessed to be able to share my passion for music and drumming with anyone who will listen.

Currently, I’ve been spending long hours in the studio playing, recording, and producing new music for a couple of different bands and counting down the days until we are able to get the acts back on stage again live... the way it should be!

My Soultone Set: 

14" Extreme Hi Hat Pair
16" Extreme Crash
17" Extreme Crash
18" Extreme Crash
19" Extreme Crash
20" Extreme Crash
22" Extreme Ride
7" Bronze Bell
10" Extreme Splash
11" Extreme Splash
18" Extreme China
20" Extreme China