Ilya Stemkovsky - Drums

 

Name: Ilya Stemkovsky
Bust: A-cup (with recent implants)
Waist: 125
Hips: none
Height: 7' 10"
Weight: 3 lbs. wet
Eyes: bloodshot
Hair: mod
Ears: clean
Attire: Post-Grunge, briefs
Make-up: Tammy Faye Baker type, but more
Birth date: March 25, 1976
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Ambitions: zero ambition
Turn-Ons: a sense of humor, long walks on the beach, death metal
Turn-Offs: nothing turns me off
Words to live by: "As long as I got a Barretta, nigga, I'm down for whateva." (Dr. Dre, from 2001)

Don't believe anything you read.
BACKGROUND:
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.
INFLUENCES:
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.
GEAR:
Main kit: 1999 Tama Starclassic Performer (birch).
Sizes: 18" x 20" kick, 6" x 10" tom, 8" x 12" tom, 11" x 14" floor tom (suspended), 6.5" x 13" Yamaha "Musashi" oak snare, 5" x 10" Yamaha Black Beauty and Gretsch 8" steel remote snares.
Heads: Evans GI (one-ply) Coated on all batter sides and Clear EMAD on kick. Clear Evans Genera on bottoms.
Sticks: Vic Firth American Classic 5A; Vic Firth American Custom T1 General mallets. (I endorse Vic Firth sticks.)
Hardware: Assorted stands; DW 5000 double bass pedal (detaches to single).
Cymbals: All Zildjian - 14" Mastersound Hi-Hats (top and bottom), 18" A Custom Crash, 17" K Custom Dark Crash, Two 8" A Custom splashes as remote hi-hats, Two 12" Chinas. Also various gongs and splashes to put on top of drums.
RECENT RAVES:
                                                                                                                                 
Artist Album Drummer
John Zorn Hiding & Seeking Cyro Baptista, percussion
Nirvana From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (Live) Dave Grohl, others
Tori Amos From the Choirgirl Hotel Matt Chamberlain
Bob Marley & The Wailers Live May 26, 1976 Carlton Barrett
Jing Chi Live at Yoshi's Vinnie Colaiuta
All Allroy Saves Bill Stevenson
System of a Down Steal This Album John Dolmayan
Phish Live 20 (Providence, RI) 12.29.94 Jon Fishman
Meshuggah Nothing Tomas Haake
Esquivel Strings Aflame! various
Queen Live Killers Roger Taylor
Neil Diamond Hot August Night (Live) Dennis St. John
Autechre Draft 7.30 (programming)
Dave Holland Quintet Extended Play (Live) Billy Kilson
Frank Zappa Halloween (live 1978) Vinnie Colaiuta
Bartok Complete String Quartets (none)
Joey Baron Raised Pleasure Dot Joey Baron
Pantera 101 Proof Live Vinnie Paul
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.
Contact me for the Secret Meaning of Life: Ilya@OmTrio.com.

Brian        Pete