Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Australia
Band: Grant Collins, Babel, The Trevor Hart 4
Genres: Rock, Fusion, Contemporary
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Composer


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.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1999 Primal Instinct Grant Collins
2001 Dogboy Grant Collins


  • Terry Bozzio on Grant Collins: “I met Grant Collins a few years ago when we played together in Australia, and I think he is one of the most promising of the very few young drummers who are also exploring the ostinato based concept of solo drum set playing. Grant's coordination is amazing and, in my opinion, something you should experience...especially his work and advancements in the area of melodic patterns with his feet on all sorts of pedal operated instruments. He constructs complex rhythmic and melodic orchestrations with all four limbs, giving the impression of a whole village of percussionists playing together. I feel he is most worthy of my recommendation.”
  • Dom Famularo on Grant Collins: “I travel the world performing and meeting many great drummers. It is not often I hear someone who is on the cutting edge of modern drum set performance. Well, in Australia I heard that person...Grant Collins! When you hear him, be prepared for the ride he will take you will remember it for the rest of your life!”

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pearl
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Pearl
Heads: Remo
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Vic Firth

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