Judy Cocuzza (US)
#Hell's Belles, Cheap Chick, Betty Blowtorch
Paiste Artist Since Nov 2003
16" Signature Full Crash
18" Signature Full Crash
18" Signature Full Crash
20" Signature Full Ride
14" 2002 Sound Edge Hi-Hat
14" Signature Reflector Heavy Full Hi-Hat
Judy started drumming back in grade school and has never looked back. By the time she was in junior high, teachers were having her play with the high school marching band, concert band and jazz band. When she reached high school, she began playing with various local bands around New Jersey and New York.
Knowing that her future lay in music, she began working at Sound Writer Studios in Newark, learning the ropes of engineering and became the in-house session drummer. After one too many east coast winters, Judy moved to Los Angeles. She began drumming for heavy dirgecore band Borax, then the pop punk Bobsled, who was signed to Tacklebox/Cargo records. After three years with Bobsled, Judy joined Tadpole and then Betty Blowtorch.
Betty Blowtorch became a near-instantaneous phenomenon, getting picked up by Freeze Management even before playing their first show. Their management matched them up with Duff McKagen (Guns n Roses) who produced their first EP Get Off. After a year and a half of almost constant touring, Betty Blowtorch got signed to Foodchain Records and recorded "Are You Man Enough?" produced and engineered by Matt Hyde (Porno for Pyros, Slayer, Monster Magnet) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Hole, Veruca Salt, Pennywise, L7).
The band was featured in Spin, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Drum!, and numerous other national and local publications. The pace became relentless with national touring dates, a spot on the Warped Tour and an appearance in the film Bubble Boy thrown into the mix. Much of this touring was filmed for what later became the award-winning documentary, "The True Life Adventures" of Betty Blowtorch.
After the tragic death of Betty’s singer, Bianca Butthole, the band released a tribute CD, "Last Call", and it was chosen as one of the top ten releases of the year by Steve Knopper in Rolling Stone Magazine. The DVD release of the documentary the "True Life Adventures of Betty Blowtorch" has been shown in film festivals all over the world, and continues to receive positive reviews from fans and critics alike. Screening continues at music and independent film festivals.
Judy is currently playing with Hell’s Belles, an all female tribute to AC/DC, who have played around the world including multiple shows for the troops in the Middle East. She continues to reunite with successful projects formed over her 4 decade long career, including Cheap Chick, and with Betty Blowtorch who with Mia X on vocals play shows to honor the memory of Bianca. Judy is also busy as an educator, teaching private drum lessons between shows and tours.