Basic Background Info
Born in Vienna, Austria, Thomas began playing drums when he was just five years old. Watching a heavy metal band on television, Thomas decided he wanted to be a drummer because, "the drummer looked like he was the boss—AND he got to sit down!" As a child, Thomas took formal lessons before he enrolled at the Vienna Conservatory of Music as its youngest student ever. At the Conservatory, Thomas studied jazz, classical, fusion, and big band.
After leaving the Conservatory, Thomas immediately became a hard-working professional musician, playing European pop, rock, and jazz. During this time, Thomas worked with Falco, John Wetton, and Bonnie Tyler, among many others.
Although Thomas is primarily a hired hand, his 1995 solo album Mediator, a jazz/dance/progressive-rock hybrid, topped Europe’s musical charts.
Thomas used his extensive experience and dedication to practicing fundamentals to create a two-part instructional video series, Ultimatives Schlagzeug I & II, in 1995. Overwhelmingly lauded, Thomas released the series again in 2004. To years later Thomas released a follow-up instructional DVD, Creative Coordination & Advanced Foot Technique.
Thomas worked closely with Meinl to develop his signature series of cymbals, "a pitch-matched range of contemporary crash cymbals that provide acoustic and electronic drummers with modern sounds that resemble artificially engineered cymbal samples." After releasing the cymbals—Tom’s Becken—Thomas worked with Meinl and Remo to create a silent portable practice kit. "When I travel, it’s hard for me to keep up with my practice because I worry about disturbing people in hotel rooms, or backstage."
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