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Marco Minnemann
Marco Minneman
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Independent / Necrophagist
  • Country: Germany

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German native, Marco Minnemann is looked upon by his peers as one of the most gifted, innovative, versatile, and cutting-edge drummers and composers on the international music scene today. He has won numerous awards for his educational drum books and instructional videos and has recently been featured on the June 2007 cover of the World's #1 Drum Magazine, Modern Drummer. Minnemann's unique drum kit set up, which includes an array of multiple foot pedals, Gong drum, electronics and unique cymbal configurations, combined with his amazing, extreme interdependence skills have propelled him to superstar status among today's elite drumming royalty. His command of four-way independence and over-the-top drumming creations are simply mind-boggling. He is a total drumming Super-Freak! And, a down-to-earth nice guy!

Marco's "Extreme Interdependence" drum instructional book was voted the #1 educational book in several drumming magazines. His "Extreme Drumming" DVD also won several Readers Poll awards and earned Marco the prestigious Telly Award.

Not only is Minnemann a world-class drumming innovator, having brought stunned audiences to their feet at most every major drum festival in the world including the Modern Drummer Festival, Montreal Drum Festival, and Australia's Ultimate Drummers Weekend, but he is also a musical Renaissance man. His eclectic musical skills include composing, producing, and engineering, as well as being a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals. Minnemann has seven multi-faceted solo recordings to his name, along with several outstanding recordings with his former band, Illegal Aliens, and numerous recordings as a sideman and producer, working with such renowned artists as Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa) and European superstar, Nina Hagen.

In 2006, Minnemann was invited to perform on a rare world clinic tour with legendary drummer Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Brecker Bros.) and drumming great, Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth). His top-selling instructional book, "Maximum Minnemann" was released in 2006 and his most recent DVD, The Marco Show (DW DVD) features riveting performances with artists Mike Keneally (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and the legendary Buddy Rich Big Band.

Marco Minnemann continues to redefine drumming and solidify his place in music history with a truly unique voice, and an undisputed talent, as one of the greatest all-around drummers and innovative composers the world has ever witnessed.

Minnemann recently moved to the States and currently resides in San Diego, CA. In April 2007 Marco joined the German metal band, Necrophagist, and headlined the highly successful 2007 American Summer Slaughter tour. He is scheduled to record Necrophagist's new album set for 2008 release.

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