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John Stanier (born 2 August 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland) first came into the spotlight in 1989 as the drummer for the band Helmet.

Stanier grew up in Florida and is a veteran of the local hardcore music scene. He is known for having a drum corps background, but never actually marched a summer season. He played tenor drums for the Florida Wave through a few years of their winter/spring camps. He studied orchestral percussion at the University of South Florida, but never took formal drumset lessons. Stanier cites Neil Peart as his biggest influence, though he hates double bass drumming. He has also been influenced by drummers such as John Bonham, Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford, Terry Bozzio, Carl Palmer, and Lenny White. Stanier’s drumming with Helmet has been cited as a big influence on a new generation of rock drummers. He endorses Tama drums, and is also well-known for his Zildjian K ride cymbal perched as high as it can go when playing with Battles.

The break up of Helmet in 1998 was supposedly amicable, though Stanier offers few details beyond: “There’s no big story or anything. It was just… time to call it a day. We’d been around for 10 years… no drama or fights or anything like that.” Stanier has not kept in contact with former band mates Page Hamilton and Henry Bogdan, and Hamilton has commented that Stanier ignored attempts to communicate. With Helmet firmly in the past, Stanier wanted to get involved with other projects after taking some time off.

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  • DavidM_

    Fantastic drummer, and great profile picture.

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • umoris

    Just the best drummer I've ever seen.

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
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  • jamesor2

    Im told he's a sight to behold when playing live. Well into his 40s if im right and still going strong.

    4 Jan 2009 Reply
  • princesseiii

    John Stanier is very good at what he does and he is a really nice and smart person when you meet him for real don't be like me and take meeting him for granted.. muah

    12 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Gordybhoy

    I'm a big fan of Helmet and now Battles! I love John Stanier, the drum God! I'm lucky enough to have seen him drum in both these bands and he is even better live, you have to see one of his shows!!

    2 Sep 2008 Reply