Bryan Mantia

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Bryan Mantia
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Mantia (center) with Les Claypool (left) and Larry LaLonde.
Background information
Birth name Bryan Kei Mantia
Also known as Brain
Born (1963-02-04) February 4, 1963 (age 51)
Cupertino, California, United States
Genres Alternative metal, alternative rock, hard rock, funk
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Giant Robot, Praxis, Primus, Buckethead, Guns N' Roses, Godflesh, Pieces, El Stew, No Forcefield, Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, Serj Tankian
Website www.brainbeatz.com

Bryan "Brain" Mantia (born February 4, 1963 in Cupertino, California)[1] is a contemporary rock drummer. He has played with bands such as Primus, Guns N' Roses, Praxis, and Godflesh, and with other popular performers such as Tom Waits, Serj Tankian, Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, and Buckethead. He has also done session work for numerous artists and bands.

History[edit]

Born in 1963 in the South Bay city of Cupertino, California to an Italian-American father and a Japanese American mother,[2] Mantia became interested in such 'groove heavy' artists as James Brown, Led Zeppelin, and with Buckethead outside of Praxis - playing on such solo Buckethead albums as Giant Robot and Monsters and Robots.

The late '90s saw Mantia appear on releases by Godflesh (Songs of Love and Hate, Love and Hate in Dub) and longtime, the Ostinato and the Up Down Technique. The video is shot to look like a home movie and includes many humorous moments including a sit down steak dinner with his parents right in the middle of Brain "shredding" on a toy drum set. Although silly at times, the video is extremely informative for drummers looking to learn the hard grooves he is known for.

Mantia appears on several songs on BT's 2003 release Emotional Technology as well BT's score for the 2003 film Monster.

In the early summer of 2006, after 4 warm-up dates in New York City, Mantia toured Europe with Guns N' Roses. On June 21, 2006 it was announced he was taking a short break from the GN'R tour to spend time with his wife, who gave birth to a baby girl on July 4, 2006.[3] Since leaving to be a father, replacement drummer Frank Ferrer has been performing in most of the band's shows. In the Fall of 2006, Ferrer was promoted to an official member of the band, which fueled speculation that Mantia had resigned or been fired from Guns N' Roses. As of November, 2008, Mantia is no longer listed on the band's official MySpace page. However, Axl Rose mentioned him "working on things for the band" during his fan-forum interviews in December 2008. In the liner notes for GN'R's 2008 album, Chinese Democracy, replacement drummer Frank Ferrer thanks Mantia, saying "[Frank Ferrer would like to thank]... Brain, God bless you and your family." Brain rejoined Guns N' Roses at their show at the House Of Blues on March 13, 2012 playing congas on a couple songs.

Equipment[edit]

Drums[edit]

DW Collector's Series Maple drums in Tony Williams Yellow Lacquer with Custom Yellow Hardware
18x24 Bass Drum
8x12, 9x13 Toms
16x16, 16x18 Floor Toms w/ Legs
6x14 Edge Snare

9000 Single Bass Drum Pedal
9500 Hi-Hat
9300 Snare Stand
9700 Straight/Boom Cymbal Stand (x6)
9900 Double Tom Stand (x2)
9100 Throne

Cymbals[edit]

Zildjian
14" A Mastersound Hi-Hats
19" A Medium Thin Crash (2)
20" K CrashRide
20" A Deep Ride
20" A Medium Thin Crash
22" Oriental China "Trash"

Electronics[edit]

Akai MPC 60 II, 3000 LE, 4000
Technics SL-1210MKZ Turntables with a M44Gs stylus
Vestax PMCO5PRO DJMixer

Selected discography[edit]

  • Brain's Lessons: Shredding Repis On the Gnar Gnar Rad – 2002 instructional video
  • Brain's Worst Drum Instructional DVD Ever – 2008 instructional video
Limbomaniacs
  • Stinky Grooves - 1990
Praxis
Bullmark
Giant Robot
Godflesh
Pieces
Primus
Buckethead
El Stew
  • No Hesitation - 1999
No Forcefield
Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains
Serj Tankian
Buckethead and Travis Dickerson
Guns N' Roses
Science Faxtion
Travis Dickerson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Family Tree Legends". Family Tree Legends. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Guns N' Roses drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia - TalkHumor.com". Wickedinfo.com. 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Guns N' Roses News". Here Today... Gone To Hell!. 2006-07-06. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 

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