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Johanne James is the drummer of UK prog rockers Threshold and the front man of his own rock/groove/metal trio Kyrbgrinder. He began playing drums at the age of 15, being highly influenced by Ian Paice of Deep Purple and Billy Cobham. In 1997 he was asked to step in for Mark Heany on Threshold's 'Extinct Instinct' tour and officially joined the band in 1999. He's done many tours and gigs with Threshold and was awarded 'Drummer of the Year' by the Classic Rock Society 5 times. He had written a lot of material that wasn't necessarily suitable for Threshold, so decided to create his own project and named it Kyrbgrinder. Johanne thoroughly enjoys playing in both bands as they are a great creative outlet.