Basic Background Info

Birth: February 19, 1975
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Band: Nickelback, 3 Doors Down
Genres: Rock, Alternative Metal, Post-Grunge
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


When Daniel Adair was thirteen years old in Vancouver, he unpacked his dad's old 1967 Ludwig drum set and began playing around on them. He admittedly had 'no clue' what he was doing and, later that night, he watched some music videos to catch a few tips from the drummers. After those music videos, 'it started to make sense how the drum kit worked.' Music immediately sounded different. He listened for the drums and tried to teach himself. Daniel mimicked licks from John Bonham, Neil Peart, Tim "Herb" Alexander, Lars Ulrich, and many others. He recalls listening to his sister's Rush record, Hemispheres. 'It was intense!' he says. Daniel started air drumming in bed at night and playing along with albums during the day.

Nonetheless, as a teenager, Daniel Adair' interest in the drums waned and, despite working at a music store, he didn't play very often. However, being exposed to diverse music day in, day out helped to expand his musical horizons to include different genres, such as jazz fusion. He also had the opportunity to meet a lot of musicians. Later Daniel Adair would say that the music store 'was the best networking move [he] ever made.' Combined with the musical immersion, Daniel felt inspired to start playing again. Daniel Adair even began tinkering around with the bass guitar. Now throwing himself head-on into his musical endeavors, Daniel refocused himself and held himself to a strict practice regimen. 

From pubs to festivals, to late night recording sessions, Daniel Adair seized every opportunity to play that he could find. Daniel's hunger for experience and exposure was insatiable. Daniel Adair also started signing lead and backup vocals while playing in order to make himself more attractive to potential bands.

During one of many gigs at this time, Daniel Adair met guitarist David Martone. They quickly started creating exciting, challenging instrumental fusion music together. This kind of work helped Daniel challenge his musical boundaries and his playing technique matured. Daniel Adair landed better gigs around town, began teaching students of his own, and managed the music store--all while working with three or four bands at once.

In 2002, Daniel Adair joined 3 Doors Down in the studio and on tour. Over the next two and a half years with 3 Doors Down, he toured fourteen countries, recorded one live album, and one studio album. After leaving 3DD, Daniel joined Nickelback in January 2005. They toured for two years and recorded All the Right Reasons.

At the end of 2007, Nickelback took some time off, but they plan to resume performing soon. In his downtime, Daniel Adair still records and performs with David Martone.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2002 Demon's Dream Dave Martone
2003 Another 700 Miles 3 Doors Down
2005 All the Right Reasons [Australian Bonus Track] Nickelback
2005 All the Right Reasons [Japan Bonus Tracks] Nickelback
2005 All the Right Reasons Nickelback
2005 Gasoline Theory of a Deadman
2005 Photograph [Australia CD #2] Nickelback
2005 Real Thing Bo Bice
2005 Seventeen Days [DualDisc] 3 Doors Down
2005 Spotlight Outspoken
2007 All the Right Reasons [CD/DVD] Nickelback
2007 Better Life [Deluxe Edition] 3 Doors Down
2007 Seven Second Surgery Faber Drive
2007 When the Aliens Come Martone
2008 Ultimate Video Collection Nickelback


  • Daniel strongly believes the motto coined by Gary Player: "The harder you work, the luckier you get."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Regal Tip

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