Derek Roddy (US)
Derek Roddy – considered to be one of the most influential drummers in extreme death metal – can be found touring and recording regularly as well as teaching masterclasses both on the road and in his hometown of South Florida where he also breeds snakes. He began playing drums at a young age, with early years as part of his marching band, eventually learning with Peter Criss
Derek's style of extreme speed and clean execution has earned him the reputation as one of the most influential drummers in extreme death metal. Though he is mostly a death metal drummer, Roddy finds influence in other genres including blues, jazz and rock– all of which has influenced his technical style of dexterity and form across all genres he plays. He has played with bands such as Hate Eternal, Nile, Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Aurora Borealis and Council Of The Fallen, and most recently with his own band Serpents Rise.
Since 2008 we've had the privilege of working with Derek, developing the Derek Roddy Signature Edition Pedal, available as single or double, in either black or silver.
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George Kollias (Greece)
George Kollias, the world touring drummer playing for the U.S. death metal legend Nile, holds Drum Clinics worldwide and teaches at the Extreme Drumming Department of Modern Music School as well as privately online. George got his first drum set at the age of 12, and began officially studying drums in 1990 with Vasilis Baxevanakis and he continued later on with the Greek jazz master Yannis Stavropoulos.
George is well known for his extreme Death Metal drumming style, mixing technique and creativity, pushing the limits of the music to another dimension by using his many years of knowledge of Jazz and other drumming styles. George is renowned for his double bass skills and the extreme tempos he plays with Nile in his solos. He plays all the blastbeats with one foot, even at speeds up to 270bpm. In live performances, he pulls off everything as in the studio, playing long sets at those speeds for hundreds of shows per year.
In 2014 we had the privilege of developing the George Kollias Signature Edition Pedal
with George, available as single or double, in either black or silver.
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for his latest updates. More information can also be found on his personal website