Jonathan Mover

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Jonathan Mover
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Jonathan Mover
Background information
Origin Peabody, Massachusetts
Genres Rock, soul, R&B, heavy metal, jazz fusion, jazz, funk, punk, rap, hip hop
Instruments Drums, Percussion
Associated acts Alice Cooper, Fuel, Aretha Franklin, Shakira, GTR, Joe Satriani, Frank Gambale

Jonathan Mover a.k.a. "Mover" is an American drummer who has worked with a number of artists including Aretha Franklin, Fuel, Alice Cooper, Shakira, Julian Lennon, GTR, Everlast, The Tubes, Mick Jagger, Steve Howe, Peter Frampton, Oleander, Celine Dion, Elton John, Stuart Hamm, They Might Be Giants, Frank Gambale, Mike Oldfield, Steve Hackett, Marillion, Beastie Boys, Joe Satriani, Derek Sherinian, Joe Lynn Turner, Dave Koz, Jan Hammer, Jimmy Barnes, Alan Friedman, Bernardo Lanzetti (of PFM - Premiata Forneria Marconi) and others.[1]

He was raised in the Boston area and began playing drums at age thirteen. He covers rock, soul, R&B, heavy metal, jazz fusion, funk, punk, rap, hip hop and pop.

As an engineer and/or producer, Mover has worked with Shakira, Flo Rida, Brett Scallions, Rick Ross, Fuel, Carnival Divine and French guitar virtuoso Rudy Roberts among others, as well as being the engineer and sound editor on Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup.

For those who watch TV, Mover can be heard several times a day having consistently played on jingles for Xarelto, Cialis, Viagra, Pepsi, Coke, Pizza Hut, Applebees, RC, Mug Root Beer, HBO, Chevy, GM and the Olympics, to name a few.

Although Mover works primarily in the studio, he can be seen on the road these days touring with The Tubes, subbing for their drummer Prairie Prince, when PP is busy touring with Todd Rundgren.

In June 2012, on two day's notice, Mover replaced Alice Cooper's injured drummer, reuniting with Cooper for his U.S./Canadian summer tour with Iron Maiden[2] and Cooper's headline tour of Europe. Mover was quoted, "Reuniting with Alice was wonderful and the tour was one of the most enjoyable ever. What's better than playing golf every morning and "Halo Of Flies" every night, with a legendary golfer and artist all in one?!"


Primarily self-taught, Mover studied early on with Donn Carr and briefly attended Berklee College of Music until seeking out private study with Gary Chaffee before moving to London.

Shortly after arriving in London, Mover joined the neo-progressive rock band Marillion in September 1983, immediately flying to Germany without rehearsals to perform one concert with the band (as recorded on the live release For All Cucumber Lovers), then headed straight to Rockfield Studios in Wales to help write and demo material for their second studio album Fugazi. Having become the band's fourth drummer since the beginning of the year, within a month he left the band due to hostility towards him from lead singer Fish.[3] Mover received a writing credit for "Punch and Judy".[4]

Post Marillion, Mover teamed up with Steve Hackett of Genesis and Steve Howe of Yes to start the supergroup known as GTR. The trio then recruited lead singer Max Bacon and bassist Phil Spalding. After one successful record and tour, Hackett quit the band, followed by Mover, since his allegiance was to Hackett. Not long after, having played a one-off gig with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, Mover accepted the offer to continue working with Satriani and made the move back to The States after nine years in London, settling in New York City.

Mover was also the first-ever drummer to perform a drum clinic in the former Soviet Union.[citation needed]

Skyline Studios NYC[edit]

From 1995-2012, Mover owned and operated recording studios called Skyline Recording Studios in New York, which played host to a variety of artists, including Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Patti Smith, Avril Lavigne, Shakira, Dudu Fisher, Jake Shimabukuro, Flo Rida, Gov't Mule, David Byrne, Jessica Simpson, Fuel, Natasha Bedingfield, Mariah Carey, Kazumi Watanabe, Wu-Tang Clan, Madonna, The B-52's and David Bowie.[5]

Drumhead Magazine[edit]

His latest venture is Drumhead. Drumhead separates itself from the other drum/percussion magazines by being a multi-media package, Mover's design and concept. Each issue includes a downloadable audio CD, containing music to listen and play along to, private lessons from some of the world's top players and audio reviews/previews. The CD also corresponds to an extensive website which includes all of the lessons in video format. Mover also conducts many of the interviews, making for a much more personal and true portrayal of the life and career of the featured artist. Bill Bruford, Andy Newmark, Simon Phillips, Barriemore Barlow, Steve Smith, Manu Katche, Horacio Hernandez, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Dr. Phil, Kenny Aronoff, Dave Weckl, Stephen Perkins and Jim Keltner are only a handful that Mover has interviewed.[6]


einstein was Mover's side project, which gave him the opportunity to compose, play various instruments, produce and engineer. He wrote and released two discs, entitled einstein won and einstein too. The latter includes guest performances by Trey Gunn of King Crimson, Derek Sherinian of Planet X, Jens Johansson of Stratovarius and Jani Mangini of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


For a complete listing, see his website.


  1. ^ Saccone, Teri (November 1989). "Jonathan Mover". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Mover to replace Sobel on Alice tour
  3. ^ "Fugazi sleeve notes". Marillion website. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fugazi". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Skyline Studios web site
  6. ^ "DRUMHEAD magazine". Retrieved December 2, 2009. 

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