JEAN PAUL GASTER
JEAN PAUL GASTER
Basic Background Info
Jean-Paul Gaster learned to play drums by taking lessons from jazz musicians and listening to heavy rock bands like Black Sabbath, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. Despite Jean-Paul Gaster’s current hard rocking style, his influences still include jazz drummers Elvin Jones and Buddy Rich.
Jean-Paul created Clutch in the early 1990s. The band’s sound evolved throughout the years and includes elements of hardcore punk, hard rock, funk, and blues. Today the band includes vocalist Neil Fallon, guitarist Tim Sult, bassist Dan Maines, organist Mick Schauer, and, of course, drummer Jean-Paul.
In the early years, Clutch performed constantly in order to attract a niche fan base. They signed with a major record label, Columbia, for their 1998 album Elephant Rider, but still didn’t find mainstream success. Nonetheless, their strong fan base supported their music. They recorded their next album, Pure Rock Fury, with Atlantic Records, and the single Pure Rock Fury was a hit. That single and several others received significant play on rock radio stations across the country. Blast Tyrant was similarly well-received and played. Clutch added an organist before recording Robot Hive/Exodus. Clutch has rewarded their tight-knit group of followers with a rigorous touring schedule, often putting on 100 shows in a year.
Clutch members Maines, Sult, Gaster, and Schauer, and their instrumental side project The Bakerton Group, started a record label, River Road Records. The label has only released music from The Bakerton Group—the three-track Space Guitars and The Bakerton Group full-length album.
Jean-Paul Gaster appeared on Five Horse Johnson’s blues-rock album, The Mystery Spot, in 2006. The following year he collaborated with keyboardist Per Wiberg (Opeth) and guitarist Thomas Anderson (Kamchatka).
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