Basic Background Info

Birth: December 11, 1975
Location: New York City, New York
Band: Hole, Mötley Crüe, Eagles of Death Metal
Genres: Metal, Rock, Electronic
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


New York City native Samantha Maloney received her first drum kit when she was only five years old. From that moment forward, Samantha Maloney's life revolved around drums. Samantha attended New York’s High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts (FAME), where she studied percussion.

Samantha Maloney auditioned as a replacement drummer with Shift when she was sixteen years old. Samantha Maloney performance impressed the band and they invited her to be a permanent member while still in high school. Samantha decided to forego college basketball scholarships to play with Shift and work as a musician. Shift released two independent albums in 1994 and 1995, before signing to a major label deal with Columbia. They released their major label debut, Get In, in 1997. They proceeded to tour in support of the album.

When Patty Schemel left the drum seat of Hole, Samantha Maloney auditioned for the spot. Samantha toured the world with Hole at the zenith of their popularity. When Hole went on hiatus in 2000, Samantha Maloney filled in for Mötley Crüe drummer Randy Castillo. After rigorously touring with Mötley Crüe for a year, Samantha Maloney moved to Los Angles looking for a change and new opportunities.

After relocating to the West Coast, Samantha Maloney's music career took on many new directions. She worked on a documentary with Daryl Hannah, composed music for the film Run Ronnie Run, and contributed live drums for the film Black Hawk Down. In 2002, Samantha joined Melissa Auf der Maur, Paz Lenchantin, and Radio Sloan to create the all-female supergroup, The Chelsea. The only played on show together before splitting.

After an impressive start accompanying other musicians, Samantha Maloney decided to commence her solo career in 2003. However, in the midst of working on her house/techno/dance album, Courtney Love asked Samantha Maloney to contribute the drums on Courtney’s solo album. After working with Courtney, Samantha joined Josh Homme’s Eagles of Death Metal, opening for Queens of the Stone Age around the world.

Most recently, Samantha toured with Peaches, JD Samson, and Radio Sloan.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1995 Pathos Shift
1995 Spacesuit Shift
1997 Get In Shift
1997 In Honor of Myself Shift
1998 I Want to Be Rich Shift
2001 Desert Sessions, Vols. 7 & 8 Desert Sessions
2001 Start Dreaming! Mr. Ray
2002 Black Hawk Down Hans Zimmer
2003 New Tattoo Motley Crue
2003 Prey for Rock & Roll Various Artists
2004 America's Sweetheart Courtney Love
2004 Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to Kiss Various Artists
2006 Death by Sexy Eagles of Death Metal
2006 Di Sana Pianta J-AX
2006 Impeach My Bush Peaches
2009 Divided by the Night Crystal Method


  • Samantha grew up listening to Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bjork, and Goldie.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Sonor
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Sonor
Sticks: Zildjian

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