Ettienne Fuentes

Debbie Spring Group

Ettienne Fuentes

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Paiste Artist Since
February 2004

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliations
Debbie Spring Group
The Brass Evolution

Website
ettiennefuentesjr.com

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„Different music styles require different textures, PAISTE provides me with endless choices.“

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Biography

Ettienne Fuentes, Jr., regarded as one of the most sought after drummers in South Florida, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has been playing drums for over 30 years. After studying with great private drum instructos like Rudy Regalado, Freddie Santiago and Tony Sánchez Sr., he studied at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico for 1 ½ years and later moved to the U.S. He eventually settled in Miami and enrolled at the University of Miami, where he studied with Steve Rucker, Steve Bagby, Fred Wickstrom and others earning the Bachelor Degree in Studio Music and Jazz. He has performed, recorded and/or toured with artists such as Chuck Mangione, Nestor Torres, Letha Galloway, El Puma (Jose Luis Rodriguez), Arturo Sandoval, Dom Um Rumao, Debbie Spring Group (DSG), Ira Sullivan, and the list goes on. Around 1990, he co-founded Outcast, the band fused Rock, Latin, and Funk with English and Spanish-language lyrics. From 1996 to approximately 2006, he was the drummer and Road Musical Director with international Latin sensation Chayanne. During 2005, he also preformed with Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Alejandro Fernández on the “Amigos World Tour.” In the midst of his busy touring schedule, Ettienne continues to teach and conduct instructional drum clinics. He is co-founder of Yerba Blue, a new band in Miami whose music is a mix of Bluegrass, Rock and Latin. Other band/projects that he is part of are: The Brass Evolution, an 11 piece band whose repertoire includes Chicago, Chase, Blood Sweat and Tears, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, and many more, Amereida, a duo that performs World Music. In his jazz/rock fusion trio R.I.F.F. (RARELY IN FOUR FOUR), Ettienne shares his talents with Matt Johnson (bass) and Mitch Farber (electric guitar). Also, The Debbie Spring Group (DSG) has reunited and is performing and working on new material for a new album!!! Some of his main influences in music, from Rock to Progressive Rock to Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, Fusion, World Beat are The Who, Led Zeppelin, ELP, U.K., Grand Funk Railroad, Van Halen, Chicago, BS&T, Beatles, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Palmieri, John Scofield, Scott Henderson, Mike Stern, Djavan, Hermeto Pascual and many others. Drummers that influenced his playing and which he still listens to and studies are Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Jojo Mayer, Chad Wackerman, Gary Husband, Terry Bozzio, Chad Smith, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Gadd, Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones and many others.

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  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 21", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: A fusion of darkness, energy, projection and brilliance. Very wide range, complex, musical mix. Responsive feel, extremely controllable. Woody, silvery, spanky ping over crunchy, thriving wash. Extremely versatile, flexible ride for wide ranging application in modern blended music styles. Mark I: Tends to be a bit quieter, darker and drier. This manifests itself in the overall sound character and in particular in the bell and ping sound.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Full, rich, energetic with a definite dark side. Crunchy, with a meaty bite. Very wide range, very complex mix. Extremely balanced, very responsive feel. Full dark, rich, shimmering, biting open/closed sound. Beautiful, fat, meaty, crisp, cutting chick sound. Fast, responsive, articulate with excellent feel and playability. An immensely versatile hi-hat that combines finesse and articulation with raw energy and cutting power.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Fairly trashy, bright attack, low wash. Wide frequency range, fairly clean mix. Explosive response, fast fade. Size range allows everything from quick accents to complex ride playing.

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