Carlo Minchillo is an avid performer and dedicated drummer in the Brooklyn music scene. He is currently a member of the goth rock band, Murder Tag, indie rock band, The Planes (Totally Real Records) , and the garage punk band, Glass Slipper (King Pizza Records). His associated acts include Monster Furniture, Pocket Protector, Glass Tactics, The Royal They, Bizarre Sharks, Drummers Can Achieve, The Redactors, and Kill Bots Kill.
Born and raised in the Greater New York area, Carlo purchased his first drum set at the age of thirteen with money he earned walking and caring for dogs. He then began teaching himself to play by using vinyl records and CDs that he dubbed to cassettes. Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix) and John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) were a few of his earliest influences, drawing inspiration from their steady grooves and impeccable timing. Since then, he has joined various rock, punk and alternative bands and is open to playing all genres, including funk, post-punk and garage rock.
In recent years, he has become increasingly involved in the Brooklyn music scene. He performs in several bands, fills in for last minute gigs, and organizes and promotes events at numerous local venues. While he maintains a busy schedule for shows and rehearsals, he continues to improve and hone his skills by studying with drummer/percussionist David Cornejo (Berklee College of Music - Boston).
Carlo also brings a unique and professional approach to the music making process. He has a broad understanding of musical styles that allows him to communicate ideas clearly and help identify the needs of the band. He is committed to making recording sessions and rehearsals fun and efficient by writing and practicing his drum parts beforehand, being punctual and organized, and being receptive to criticism. Carlo also has an unwavering sense of enthusiasm and energy that enables him to maintain a positive, focused and adventurous attitude.
In the summer of 2018, Carlo founded the Brooklyn Drum Collective, a community networking organization for aspiring and working musicians. With the help of co-founders and fellow drummers Rick Martinez (The Royal They, Scout Harris, Warp Trio) and Zac Pless (Tree River, The Sharp Shadows), they contacted drummers to attend meetings and join the discussion. Soon, it grew into a widely recognized grassroots resource for the local music scene, providing drummers and venues with educational opportunities, music equipment and drum repair workshops.
Carlo Minchillo currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is available for session work, gigs, and instruction. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org