Tony Thunder Smith (US)
#Lou Reed, Professor of Percussion
Berklee College of Music.

Paiste Artist Since Jul 1976


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Tony "Thunder" Smith is a world-renowned drummer, vocalist and producer, having worked with some of the most legendary artists of all time.

Today, Tony is touring and recording with Lou Reed, and is endorsed by major drum and percussion companies. He has been involved in a variety of film, commercial and musical projects, both at home in the U.S. and internationally.

Tony has had the honor of performing for President Clinton, President Haval of the Czech Republic and Pope John Paul. His musical opinions are often sought by leading musical publications and his work has been featured in news articles across the globe.

Tony's discography speaks of his ability to handle any kind of musical challenge. From complex instrumental numbers by John McLaughlin to the hard driving Jan Hammer Group, which he co-founded. Despite the demands, Tony consistantly brings his energy and distinct style to projects, ranging from rock, R&B, funk to fusion, latin, jazz and folk.

Tony's mark is his melodic approah to rhythm and ability to inject life into the music he performs. This is clearly evident when creating drum sequences or loops for artists' albums - Tony always displays a true drummer's sensibility.

His years of experience and understanding of all aspects of the recording and touring process has made him a top choice among producers worldwide. This experience has also enabled him to delve into commercial soundtrack production, where he is actively involved in scoring original music for film and television.