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  • Band/Affiliation: Puscifer / Stolen Babies
  • Country: United States
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One look at Gil Sharone's resume and you'll see the caliber of player he is. His natural feel, technique and versatility have landed him gigs with some of the most respected names in music and the list keeps growing.

Gil started playing the drums at the age of 13. He quickly excelled, absorbing different styles and techniques from any source he could. At the same time, Gil's twin brother, Rani started playing bass and guitar and the two were soon playing all types of music from funk, jazz, metal, ska, reggae, fusion and more.

Gil’s professional career started when he was still in high school, playing different types of live and session gigs around LA. Just out of high school, Gil got to play with Fishbone; one of his favorite bands and biggest influences. That experience led to playing with 2Tone Ska/80's icon Dave Wakeling of The English Beat/General Public, HR of Bad Brains, Reggae legend Eek-A-Mouse and many others.
In the early 2000's, Gil and his brother formed the band Stolen Babies.

In 2005, Gil began sharing his knowledge and experience by performing drum clinics, including a performance at the Cape Breton International Drum Festival and in 2006, Gil was invited to perform at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention).

2007 was a huge turning point in Gil's career. To start the year off, he was called to fill in for Travis Barker on the +44 European tour, which put him on a plane that day with the task of learning all the music on the flight and playing their first show the next day. Gil ended up touring all of Europe, Australia and Japan with +44 that winter.

After touring with +44, Stolen Babies was preparing for a US tour when Gil was approached by The Dillinger Escape Plan (DEP) to play on their album, “Ire Works.” He learned most of the material for “Ire Works” while on the road with Stolen Babies and went right in to the studio with Dillinger days after returning home.

Just before hitting the road with DEP, Gil was called to play on an album for Warner Bros. artist, Outernational, produced by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. He was also asked to be a part of Maynard James Keenan's group, Puscifer. Both Gil and his brother Rani played on the Puscifer album “V is for Vagina.” Gil then toured with Dillinger for over a year straight including a 2 month run of Europe with Stolen Babies, where Gil played for both bands.

In 2008, Gil was recognized as the #2 Up & Coming Drummer in the Modern Drummer Reader’s Polls as well as one of the Top 5 in the Punk genre. Later that year Gil left the Dillinger Escape Plan to focus on his own projects including an instructional DVD called “Wicked Beats,” which is the first DVD dedicated to the Jamaican drumming styles of Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae and will be released through Hudson Music in January 2011.

Aside from Stolen Babies, Puscifer and the release of "Wicked Beats", Gil continues to work on various sessions, tours and clinics. 2011 started with Gil playing on the Otep record, "Atavist", which will be out this Spring.


 

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