Basic Background Info
In terms of expert drummers, Grant Collins was a late bloomer. Grant Collins's first live gig was on his twentieth birthday at a local pub. Grant Collins didn’t take his first drum lesson until he was twenty-one years old.
After his interest in high school sports waned, Grant Collins found himself increasingly drawn to the drums. Grant Collins started listening to Bon Jovi, Skid Row, and Metallica. Grant Collins was “totally blown away” when his instructor demonstrated double strokes to the twenty-one-year-old student.
Later, Grant Collins studied at Queensland University of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Music in 1997. During his first year, Grant won the prestigious Australian Academy of Music Composition Competition. And in 1996, his exposure during Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer Competition garnered him major endorsements and clinic invitations. While earning his degree, Grant Collins learned to play piano—which is very helpful when he composes music.
Grant Collins has toured as a dynamic multi-dimensional solo artist around Australia and on several international series. Grant Collins' set up includes rudimental snare drums at his feet and he often employs three part Ostinato patterns as a backdrop for one-hand soloing. In addition to performing, Grant Collins has recorded two solo albums, Primal Instinct and Dogboy. Grant’s drum kit is notoriously huge—it has more than 20 drums, 20 cymbals, and 15 pedals.
In addition to his work as a solo artist, Grant performs with jazz/fusion/chamber ensemble Babel and contemporary improvisational group The Trevor Hart 4.
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