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Steven Forss

Steven Forss

That Gold Street Sound, The Vibraphonic Orkestra, Death Audio

Steven Forss is a professional drummer and percussionist. He has been playing the drums since 2001. He specializes in funk, heavy metal & latin music styles.

Steven’s style could be described as heavy funk & break beat. His use of complex ghost notes and heavy back beats creates an incredibly complex and funky groove. He has always been fascinated with break beat drumming and the sampling culture. He has a deep love for funk and soul music and was further interested in how this music evolved and morphed into new genres such as hip-hop, drum & bass & jungle. Steven’s extensive studies of afro-cuban and latin styles has also influenced his sound. Steven has been an active member of Melbourne’s vibrant latin music scene, having played in multiple bands since 2008. Steve’s early years in music focused on heavy metal and rock styles. This helped develop lighting fast chops and powerful driving grooves.

Steven obtained formal music education at NMIT technical college and RMIT University in Melbourne. He has studied with various drum tutors such as Gerry Pantazis (Aus), Ryan Menenzes (Aus), Wilfredo Fuentes Cespedes (Cuba) and Gustavo Alvarez (Argentina). He has spent extensive time in Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and Peru, studying latin and afro-cuban percussion.

Steven has performed with a range of musicians, playing many different styles of music. His capability extends through almost every genre – soul, funk, rock, pop, blues, country, disco, gospel, Motown, heavy metal, latin, reggae, drum n bass, hip-hop, afro-beat, slavic and middle eastern.

Steven has been a member of many bands during his career, but is currently involved with these groups:

That Gold Street Sound is a Melbourne based 9-piece party funk band that has been heating up dance floors around Melbourne since 2009. They play regular headline shows and festivals around Melbourne and South East Australia. In 2013 That Gold Street Sound released their debut album. The self-titled album got some significant airplay on Melbourne community radio. The first single from the album ‘Friday Night Saturday Night’ reached the number one position on the roots chart on Triple J unearthed digital radio. That Gold Street Sound released a follow up single in March 2016 followed by their second album titled 'Trick of the Light' in early 2019. Trick of The Light was named album of the week by Sticky Carpet (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald).

The Vibraphonic Orkestra is a ten piece funk/afro/dub band have amazed audiences from the red desert of central Australia to the back alley bars of their home town – Melbourne. Their signature sound is built on a foundation of deep funky bass, heavy drums and driving rhythms, with rich arrangements driven by almighty horn lines. The Vibraphonic Orkestra seamlessly blend all these elements to consistently deliver high energy performances that leave punters calling for more.

Death Audio is a 5-piece Metal- Core band. Steven joined the band in 2013 after the release of their self-titled debut album. He has played headline shows at premium venues across Australia and supported Sweden’s Soilwork in October 2013. The band is currently writing new material.

Orquestra Son De La Calle is a 10-piece salsa band. They play classic Salsa and fast mambo tunes by artists such as Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Tipica 73, Grupo Niche and Marc Anthony. Steven joined this band in 2011 on Timbales. He also occasionally plays bongo and cowbell. The band has played at festivals such as Moomba festival mainstage and the Clave Contra Clave band competition at The Palace in Melbourne.

Orquestra Son De La Calle at The Palace (Playing Bongo & Bell) :

Upcoming Performances:


My Soultone Set: 

Base Set:
14” Vintage Hi Hats
18" Vintage Crash
18" FXO 12
21” Vintage Old Skool 1964 Crash/Ride

10” Vintage Splash
10" Custom Series China &12" FXO 6 (Stack)
16" FXO 12 & 14" Custom Brilliant China (Stack)



Mon 15

News Flash!

There is a brand new video out on Steve Forss Drums Youtube channel.

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Wed 22

Hello drum land!

The Steve Forss Drums Instagram page is in full swing. Check it out... Read More

Mon 27

Here is quick interview I did with Hush Hush Biz. We talked about how That Gold Street Sound got their start, our... Read More

Mon 27

Here is an interview I had with Australian Musician. Focussing on my drumming story.

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Mon 27

Coming Up in 2020.

Here is a quick summary of my next few shows over the beginning of 2020.

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