Aaron A. Brooks
|Aaron A. Brooks|
Aaron in 2011, NYC
|Birth name||Aaron Anthony Jean Vladimir Brooks|
|Also known as||Aaron Kinsley-Brooks|
January 24, 1964 |
San Francisco, California, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, rock, hard rock, punk rock, Electronic Pop, Electronica|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, drummer, composer, producer|
|Instruments||Drums, piano, percussion|
|Labels||Gowanus Sound Initiative, Eros and Aphrodite Music, Life on Mars, LTD.|
|Associated acts||The Little Death, The Mars Bonfire, Laura Dawn, Moby, Duff McKagan, Circle of Soul, Queen V, Leisure Cruise, Eros & Aphrodite|
Aaron A. Brooks, aka "Aaron Kinsley-Brooks" (born January 24, 1964 in San Francisco, CA) is an American musician, drummer, producer, composer and co-founder of The Little Death, along with Moby, Laura Dawn and Daron Murphy. He is also a founding member of the American alt rock band The Mars Bonfire (the band) and also plays drums for the electronic pop band Leisure Cruise and singer/actress Jackie Cruz. Aaron has also been the drummer for Moby, Laura Dawn, Duff McKagen, Circle of Soul, Erin Evermore and Queen V.
Aaron has been playing drums professionally for 30 years. His first drum lesson was with John Bonham, and was influenced by Keith Moon. Aaron's father is legendary Grammy winning jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Frank Foster. His mother is the influential 1960s and 1970s rock publicist Christine "Sunshine" Brooks. Aaron lives in New York City and is presently collaborating, co-producing and drumming on the upcoming album for The Mars Bonfire, a rock band he co-founded with singer/songwriter Mark Wynegar, bassist Dean Perry and guitarist Jay Shepard. He is also the drummer for the electro-pop band Leisure Cruise, fronted by Dave Hodge and Leah Siegel, and singer/actress Jackie Cruz.
Since 2006 Aaron has played drums and collaborated with multi-platinum recording artist, musician and pop icon Moby and The Little Death, along with Laura Dawn and Daron Murphy. The Little Death released their debut album "The Little Death" in 2010 while performing continuously sold-out shows in NYC and abroad, including critically acclaimed performances with Moby at The 2011 NMS Grammy's After Party, SXSW, The Sundance Festival, The Box, The Guggenheim Museum and most recently at Radio City Music Hall with Sir Paul McCartney. Aaron has also played drums as a touring/session drummer for Queen V, Joey DeGraw and blues & folk singer Lola Johnson.
In 2011, Aaron accepted an invitation to compose an original music score for "Billy Bates", a dark and sensual independent film by Jennifer DeLia and Julie Pacino. The film premiered at the 2012–2013 Soho, Cannes, Toronto, Tribeca, Berlinale and Sundance Film Festivals, and will be distributed internationally in 2014.
From 1996–2006 Aaron was playing, recording and touring from Tokyo to Des Moines with critically acclaimed recording artist Laura Dawn, supporting her debut album "Believer" while opening for The Calling on their breakthrough 2001 US tour while also performing/recording with her other alt-rock band Fluffer, touring alongside seminal rock bands such as The Melvins, Ben Folds Five and Train. During that time, Aaron also recorded and toured internationally with Erin Evermore. In support of her Mike Chapman produced album "Babyphetamine", they were the opening act for Duran Duran on the U.S. leg of their "Pop Life" 2000–2001 world tour.
Aaron was the touring drummer for a solo Duff McKagen of Guns N' Roses, touring alongside heavy metal icons The Scorpions on their 1993–95 world tour. During this time, he had the opportunity to perform with Duff on the first live simulcast of MTV'S Headbangers Ball, shoot two videos for the singles "I Still Love You" and "Believe in Me", rock millions of fans from Tokyo to Lisbon, effectively building his chops, reputation and ability. All the while, he recorded, performed, played and collaborated with Caron Bernstein, Trace Devai, The Immigrants/Edith Grove, MTV VJ Kari Wuhrer and the earliest incarnation of The Wallflowers nicknamed "The Bootheels", with Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan, and Luther Russell.
Aaron started his musical career in the thriving 80's rock scene of Los Angeles, drumming with his band, Circle of Soul. Soon after, the band was signed to a major label (Capital/Hollywood Records/Intercord) and embarked on a world tour in support of their Toby Wright, Waddy Wachtel & Frankie Sullivan produced debut and second albums "Hand's of Faith" and "One Man's Poison". Circle of Soul performed as openers for The Smashing Pumpkins, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Winger and Alice in Chains. They also received steady video airplay on MTV, critical accolades in the global press and respectable radio airplay in the states and abroad, breaking through with their single "Shattered Faith" to #30 on Billboards "TOP 100" rock chart and #10 on Billboards Europe "Top 100" rock chart.
- Mars Bonfire – "Untitled" – Independent (2015) In Production
- Lola Johnson – "Damaged Goods" – Radian Records (2012), Producer: Andrew Felus & Lola Johnson
- BonusStrike – "Vivien" – Independent (2011), Producer: John Pahmer
- The Little Death – "The Little Death" – Gowanus Records (2009), Producer: The Little Death
- AngieScreams – The Revelations Of Arthur Lynn" – RCA (2008), Producer: Carlos Alomar
- Jesse Gage – "Goodnight Marlena" – Independent (2008), Producer: Tony Bruno
- Laura Dawn – "Believer" – Sony/Extasy Records (2002), Producer: Ted Nicely, Shimon Speigal & Yoshiki
- Yowza – "In My Head" – Eros & Aphrodite Records (2006), Producer: Jimi K. Bones and Yowza
- Joe Chiofalo – "Orange & Black" – Sony Records (2008), Producer: Joe Chiofalo
- BonusStrike – "BonusStrike" – Independent (2007), Producer: Michael Lee
- The Shandys – "When Your Alone" – Pork Pie Records (2007), Producer: The Shandy's
- The Smackdarts – "Electricity" – Independent (2006), Producer: The Smackdarts & Bernie Worrell
- Erin Evermore – "Babyphetamine" – Tiger Star/Chrysalis Records (1999), Producer: Mike Chapman
- K5 – "Liquid" – Vital Records (1996), Producer: David Beal with Larry Mullen Jr.
- Fluffer – "Fluffer" – Independent (1996), Producer: Jason Corsaro, Aaron Comess & John Eaton
- The Immigrants/Edith Grove – "Edith Grove" – Beggar's Banquet Records (1993), Producer: MIchael Ashton & Brian Foraker
- Duff McKagen – "Believe In Me" – Uzi Suicide/Geffen Records (1993), Producer: Duff McKagen & Jim Mitchell
- Circle Of Soul – "One Mans Poison" – Hollywood/Intercord Records (1993), Producers: Ed Roynesdal, Michael Frondelli & COS
- Circle Of Soul – "Hands Of Faith" – Capitol Records/Hollywood Records (1990), Producers: Waddy Wachtel, Frankie Sullivan, Dave Jerdan, Toby Wright and COS
- Moby & Deborah Harry – "New York City" Remix for "Songs For Tibet" – EMI Records (2008), Producer, MOBY
- Erin Evermore – "Girls Love Sex" – Tiger Star Records/Chrysalis Records (1999), Producer – Mike Chapman
- The New York No Stars – "B-Sides" – Cleopatra Records (1997), Producer – Anthony Esposito & Marco Olivieri
- Moby – "Sessions at KCRW" (LIVE) (2009)
- Moby with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper & The Furious 5-"Change Begins Within: A Benefit for The David Lynch Foundation at Radio City Music Hall" (LIVE) (2009)
- Joey DeGraw – "Another Mistake" – The Today Show – Los Angeles/CBS (LIVE) (2009)
- Joey DeGraw – "Another Mistake" – The Today Show – Memphis/CBS (LIVE) (2009)
- The Little Death with Donovan – "Change Begins Within: A Benefit for The David Lynch Foundation" at Vedic City (LIVE) (2009)
- The Little Death – "Some Of That/That Bone" – Fox TV/Fearless TV (LIVE) (2010)
- Erin Evermore – "Girls Love Sex" MTV (2001)
- Duff McKagen – "I Love You" – MTV Worldwide – Uzi Suicide/Geffen Records (1994)
- Duff McKagen – "Believe In Me" – MTV Worldwide – Uzi Suicide/Geffen Records (1994)
- Duff McKagen – First simulcast of Headbangers Ball with Ricky Rachtman (MTV Worldwide LIVE) (1994)
- Circle Of Soul – "Strung Out On Love" – MTV/VH1 Worldwide (1993)
- Circle Of Soul with Queen – "Queen – Live on the Queen Mary" (1991)
- Circle Of Soul – "Shattered Faith" – MTV/VH1 Worldwide (1990)
Aaron is endorsed by multiple companies, including Creation Drums and Gorilla Ears.
Creation Drums Maple Custom Series in Vintage Silver Sparkle Lacquer with Chrome Hardware.
- 12x12" Concert tom
- 14x14" Concert tom
- 16x16" Floor Tom
- 18x24" Bass Drum
- 7x13" Tama Custom Snare Drum
Pintech PHX14 “Phoenix” 14″ Dual Zone Snare with Reinforced Triggers and Pintech Triggers Roland SPD-SX Drum Sampler & Pad Roland RT Triggers Simmons Octopads
- 14" A Custom Master Sound Hi-Hats
- 19" A Custom Crash
- 18" A Custom Crash
- 17" A Custom Crash
- 16" A Custom Crash
- 21" Sweet Ride
- American Classic Rock Nylon Tip
- Coated E2 (on Toms)
- Clear EMAD (on Bass)
- Coated Emperor X Black Dot (on Snare)
- 9000 Series and Pacific 8000 Series Hardware
- Gorilla GX-3b in Ear Monitors
Production and Media career
Aaron's work as a general manager and short form video line producer, producer, associate producer and unit production manager has contributed to Art Not War garnering 8 Pollie Awards and 7 Reed Awards for "best" political media of 2012–2013.
- Brooks, Aaron. "Aaron A. Brooks Website". Aaron A. Brooks. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- Death, The Little. "The Little Death". The Little Death NYC. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- Lee, Jennifer. "Filler Magazine". Chasing The Blues. Filler Magazine. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- Bonfire, Mars. "Mars Bonfire NYC". Website. Mars Bonfire. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- Brooks, Aaron (2011). It's So Easy. Touchstone. p. 385. ISBN 145160663X.
- Spangenberg, Brian. "Circle of Soul". Myspace. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- Little Death, The. "Moby, The Little Death". The Little Death. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- ISTPP, ISTPP. "Change Begins Within Concert". ISTPP. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- Brooks, Aaron. "IMDB Profile, Billy Bates". IMDB.com. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- Dawn, Laura. "The Calling Tour 2001". lauradawn.net. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- Scorpions, The. "The Scorpions Face The Heat Tour 1993–1994". thescorpions.com. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- On Tour, Duff. "Duff McKagan "Believe in Me" World Tour 1993–1994". duffontour.com. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- List of former Hollywood Records artists#A.E2.80.93M
- .org, AAPC. "Pollie Awards, Art Not War". AAPC. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- Awards, The Reed. "Reed Awards, Art Not War". Reed Awards 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2013.