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Chris Cano
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Orson
  • Country: United States

1972 - I was born May 5th to be exact.

1977 - I saw Star Wars. Wanted to be Chewbacca. Got Kiss Alive 2.

1982 - I got the drum bug, I can't really explain it. I just knew it was what I wanted to do. I had this telescope so I removed 2 of the legs and they were my first drumsticks. I made a make shift kit from a bookshelf and 2 lamps. Saw Alex Van Halen playing drums and that was it!

1983 to 1990 - Entered Eagle Rock Jr./Sr. High School. Got into band and playing drums became real. Kept getting kicked out of band, lack of discipline. I tried the football team. Thought it would be a good way to meet chicks. I broke my leg, back to band! Got into Senior Jazz Band and it got serious. At 15 my dad would take me to Jaxx, a jazz club in Glendale, California and get me to sit in Sunday nights. Had a mullet, wore a vest, and Z Cavaricci pants. A complete cry for help! Started hanging with Latin sax player Justo Almario. He taught me a lot about music and life. Sat in with his band a lot my senior year of high school. Took some lessons but basically I am a self-taught player. Learned by watching other drummers. Won the Herb Alpert Scholarship when I graduated.

1990 to 1992 - Spent the next 2 years playing and trying to go to college. I never could get it together. I just wanted to play music. I started venturing into Hollywood and gigging with bands and started recording for people and playing in bands.

1992 to 2000 - The bands:

Stranger Than Fiction

Robert Downey Jr.

Mind Heavy Mustard


Agnes Gooch



Deborah Falconer

Chris Stills

Gregg Camp From Smash Mouth

Mother Tongue

Citizen Cope

Jason Yates

Mark Lane

Devin Huff

Chris Joyner

2001 - Joined Orson and played Hollywood relentlessly. Played showcases, made demos. Decided to make our own record.

2004 - Recorded Bright Idea with Orson for $5,000 in a friend's house on Melrose (east of Western).

2005 - Got invited to play the In The City Music Conference in October. Got a deal with Mercury/Universal UK in November and toured with Duran Duran in December.

2006 - Released the same album we made for $5,000 bucks. Toured the UK and Europe supporting Bright Idea.

2007 - Orson won the BRIT Award for International Breakthrough Act. We just finished recording and releasing our follow up record Culture Vultures.

2008 - I'll be going on tour with Ozomatli.

So far so good, and I think I still might want to be Chewbacca.

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