|Ilya Stemkovsky - Drums|
Name: Ilya Stemkovsky
|Don't believe anything you read.|
All documentation of my early years including my birth certificate and the like was eaten by my parents long ago when we were hungry and with no means to purchase normal food.
I played piano for 8 years but switched to the drums at age 16 when I realized it was my true calling. My folks told me that I was banging on pots and pans pretty early in my childhood. You canít blame my mom for wanting Chopin instead of kitchenware klangfarben.
I lived in Brooklyn, NY and then moved to Old Bridge, NJ where I played in local bands Choda and Papa Smoke and jammed in New Brunswick with Pete. Meanwhile, I received my B.A. in Public Relations from Rowan University in southern NJ. After graduation, I moved out to Oregon and soon formed OM Trio with Brian, also a Jersey-ite.
Iíve amassed quite a list of musical influences over the years, and itís way too huge to list in detail. Nonetheless, some people whose rent Iíve paid or whose children or grandchildrenís rent Iíve paid include: John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Zappa, Springsteen, Billy Joel, Chopin, Beethoven, Philip Glass, Stravinsky, Meshuggah, King Crimson, System of a Down, Autechre, Squarepusher, Bob Marley, Steely Dan, Rob Crow (Heavy Vegetable & Thingy), The Police, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Rage Against the Machine, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Led Zeppelin, Tower of Power, Hendrix, Steve Coleman, NIN, Phish, Primus, Beatles, All, Rush, Yes, Genesis, Mingus, Jawbox, Fugazi, Shudder To Think, Bill Evans, and Tori Amos among many others.
Some of my drumming influences include Tony Williams, Joey Baron, Vinnie Colaiuta, Elvin Jones, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Brian Blade, Bill Stewart, Peter Erskine, Leon Parker, Jack DeJohnette, Ben Riley, Jim Black, John Bonham, Phil Collins, Zachary Barocas, Neil Peart, Bill Bruford, Terry Bozzio, Tommy Lee, and countless others.
|Also, I've been digging on music documentaries and videos recently. Besides the stupendous NIN live video, other points of interest have been: the truly inspiring Fugazi movie Instrument, Phish's Bittersweet Motel, Radiohead's Meeting People Is Easy, and live videos from Dream Theater, King Crimson, Tori Amos, Nirvana Sold Out! (amazing footage), Metallica, Keith Jarrett Trio, Bill Stewart Trio, and any Behind The Music episode on VH-1.|
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