Basic Background Info
Californian Danny Walker studied a wide variety of musical styles before settling into an impressive career as a hardcore studio and session performer. As a kid, Danny Walker banged his mother’s pots and pans to Kiss and Mötley Crüe records. Danny Walker's first kit was a Pearl Export 5-piece set, and he experimented with the kit on his own before taking lessons.
In high school, Danny Walker joined the school marching bands “for a hot minute my freshman year, but quit after I was out on cymbals. I wanted to play snare or the quads, but they refused to let me.” Despite his reluctance to play cymbals as a teenager, now cymbals are Danny Walker's favorite part of his kit.
Danny Walker studied under funk-enthusiasts Rich Crawford and Al Velazquez, who both stressed counting out loud while learning a new rhythm. Al instilled a lot of discipline in Danny as they worked on rudiments, odd meters, and polyrhythms. Danny Walker began standing out in the metal and avant-garde fields in 1997. Danny said, “Al Velasquez is the man!”
Danny Walker first earned respect as a drummer playing in bands throughout Southern California’s Ventura County. Danny Walker played with Uphill Battle, a hardcore/grind band, for more than five years. They toured North American and released three albums and two EPs. He also played with Thornland, a death metal group for a few years. They toured sporadically and recorded several demos before gradually dismantling.
In 2002, Danny joined avant-garde death band Cinema Strange and played with them for four years. The band toured broadly through North America, Europe, and Japan, and they released two records. Simultaneously, Danny frequently filled in as drummer for Exhumed while they toured the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia.
After relocating to Los Angeles, Danny Walker created progressive metal Intronaut. Intronaut’s sound is a fresh one for Danny and an excellent demonstration of his versatility as a player. Danny Walker focused on groove and dabbled in odd metered and poly-rhythmic patterns, focusing on power rather than speed.
Danny Walker also occasionally performed with grindcore group Phobia throughout North America. Danny Walker said his drumming on Phobia’s album, Cruel, is the fastest he has ever played. Danny also filled in with Jesu on a recent tour.
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