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|R. Arin Ilejay|
|Birth name||Richard Arin Ilejay|
February 17, 1988 |
Ventura, California, U.S.
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, metalcore, post-hardcore|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Good Life, Hopeless, Science|
|Associated acts||Avenged Sevenfold, Confide|
Richard Arin Ilejay (born February 17, 1988) is an American musician. He is the current drummer of American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold, becoming an official member in 2013 after being a session and touring member for the band since 2011. He is also the former drummer of American metalcore band Confide.
Richard Arin Ilejay, was born in Ventura, California to Ric Ilejay, of American, Filipino and Mexican descent, and Charlotte Tuttle, of American, Dutch and German descent. Both of Arin's parents have musical backgrounds. Arin's father is a professional guitar player and his mother a gospel singer. Arin started playing drums at the age of nine. Arin learned funk, jazz, rock and Latin jazz at a very young age with his dad. Playing in Top 40 bands, jazz/rock bands and playing with his friend Aaron Hertzfeld in rock bands taught Arin versatility. Arin's only other formal training was with the Palmdale High School drumline.
In January 2011, Avenged Sevenfold released the following statement regarding Ilejay's relationship with the band:
"We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano recommended Arin Ilejay. We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have."
Ilejay took over for former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who temporarily stepped in after the death of Avenged Sevenfold's original drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan on December 28, 2009. He played his first show with Avenged Sevenfold (albeit not as an official member) on January 20, 2011 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was featured on two singles subsequently released by the band: "Not Ready to Die," which was featured in the Call of Duty: Black Ops zombie map "Call of the Dead", and "Carry On," which was featured in the sequel Call of Duty: Black Ops II. On August 9, 2013, Ilejay played his first show as an official member of Avenged Sevenfold in Mashantuckt, CT at the Foxwoods casino, in advance of the release of his first album with the band, Hail to the King, which was released on August 27, 2013.
He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- Shout the Truth (2008)
- Shout the Truth (re-issue) (2009)
With Avenged Sevenfold
Old Equipment Pork Pie Drums
New Equipment DW Collector's Series Drums
- x2 23x18 kick drums
- 10x4 Piccolo Tom
- 10x6 toms
- 12x7 toms
- 14x9 toms
- 16x16 floor toms
- 18x16 floor toms
- x2 14x6.5 Snare
- Note that Arin sometimes uses a Gong Bass Drum.
- DW 9000 Pedals
- DW 9000 Hi Hats
- DW 9000 Cymbal Stands
- DW 9000 Rack
- Zildjian A Custom series
- TRX Icon Stack
- Sabian Chopper Stack
- Zildjian ZXT Trashformer and Splash
- Zildjian Z3 series
Remo Drum Heads
- 14' Powerstroke 77 (Snare)
- 10' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Toms)
- 12' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Toms)
- 14' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Toms)
- 16' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Floor Toms)
- 18' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Floor Toms)
- 23' Clear Powerstroke 3/Powerstroke 4 (Bass Drums)
- Signature Avenged Sevenfold Deathbat Pro-Mark The Natural 5B Wood Tip
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