Craig Monika (AU)
#Thousand Needles In Red
Paiste Artist Since Jan 2012
14" Signature Reflector Heavy Full Hi-Hat
8" Alpha Thin Splash
10" Alpha Thin Splash
18" 2002 Wild Crash
19" 2002 Wild China
19" 2002 Wild Crash
22" Signature Reflector Bell Ride
18" Alpha Rock China
Craig has been actively engrossed in the world of beats, percussion but mainly drum kit from the age of 10, after 4 long years of begging and pleading his parents finally caved in and purchased an old rusty Pearl kit for $150.00 and this would be the start...
While in Auckland New Zealand Craig studied Jazz percussion for 3 years with well respected Frank Gibson Jr, Drum City AK- (Lady Hawks step father) and soon became one of his favourite students. Making a move to Sydney 2001 proved to be a busy one, touring and recording with a number of local bands and artist.
Always looking for the next step Craig headed to the UK in 2008 for 2 years of gigging, touring Europe, tour managing and drum teching. Upon his return in 2010-11 a promo video of Craig playing found its way to Trizo (Guitarist for Thousand Needles in Red) at the time the band were in need of a new drummer, the two meet, had a few beers, jammed a few times and it was decided Craig would be welcomed to the family.
Since joining the heavy rock outfit they have released their first full-length album Empires (Sept 2011) to success as it rocketed to number 4 on the Australian iTunes chart. Followed by a successful National Tour, seeing them headline some the country’s greatest venues.
Influences- John Bonham, Buddy Rich, Eric Moore, Jason Bowld, Lucious Borich, Eloy Casagrande, Frank Gibson Jr, Stewart Copeland, Igor Cavalera... anyone with Groove & Power