Aaron A. Brooks

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Aaron A. Brooks
Drummer Aaron A. Brooks.jpg
Aaron in 2011, NYC
Background information
Birth name Aaron Anthony Jean Vladimir Brooks
Also known as Lion of Bushwick
Born (1964-01-24) January 24, 1964 (age 53)
San Francisco, California, United States
Origin San Francisco
Genres Alternative rock, rock, hard rock, punk rock, Electronic pop, Electronica
Occupation(s) Musician, Drummer, Composer, Producer, Percussionist
Instruments Drums, Piano, Percussion
Years active 1984–present
Labels Gowanus Sound Initiative, Eros and Aphrodite Music, Life on Mars, LTD., Capital Records, Hollywood Records/Intercord Records
Associated acts The Little Death, The Mars Bonfire, Laura Dawn, Moby, Duff McKagan, Circle of Soul, Queen V, Leisure Cruise, Angela McCluskey, Lana Del Ray, Jamie Kilstein, A.J. Croce, Mark Hudson, Erin Evermore, Joey DeGraw, Carlos Alomar
Website http://aaronabrooks.wixsite.com/aaronabrooks
Notable instruments
Dunnett Classic Drums, Creation Drums

Aaron A. Brooks, also known as, Aaron Kinsley-Brooks (born January 24, 1964, San Francisco, California) is an American rock musician, drummer, producer and composer.[1] He co-founded The Little Death[2] with Moby, Laura Dawn and Daron Murphy.[3][4] He is a founding member of the American alternative rock band, The Mars Bonfire.[5] Aaron also plays or has played drums for the electronic pop band Leisure Cruise;[6] Grammy nominated electro-pop chanteuse Angela McCluskey (of Télépopmusik and Wild Colonials);[7] Grammy award winning producer/songwriter Mark Hudson;[7] Emmy award winning actress and singer Jackie Cruz;[7] Grammy award winning artist Moby; Singer/songwriter and progressive political activist Laura Dawn; Grammy award winning bassist/songwriter and rock musician Duff McKagen of Guns N' Roses;[8] Circle of Soul;[9] Erin Evermore; Grammy award winning pianist and songwriter A.J. Croce;[7] Grammy winning singer/songwriter Lana Del Ray; Writer, radio host, progressive political comic and guitarist/singer Jamie Kilstein[7] and his band The Agenda; Model/actress/singer/songwriter Heidi Merrill; And NY based rock singer Carleigh Jade.

Family life and education[edit]

At an early age, Aaron was taught to play the drums by John Bonham and Sonny Payne. His father is multiple, Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Frank Foster. His mother is the 1960s and 1970s rock publicist, Christine "Sunshine" Brooks (Bill Graham, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Cream, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana). Aaron is married to Canadian model, interior decorator, and lifestyle-lista Sarah Kinsley-Brooks. Between them, they have four grown children: Griffin, Cassandra, Michelle and Andrew and a Yorkie pup named Poppy Love. Aaron is an avid ocean conservationist and scuba diver. Aaron is based in New York City and Bushwick, Brooklyn.


Film Scoring[edit]

In 2011, Aaron composed an original score for Billy Bates,[10] an independent film by Jennifer DeLia and Julie Pacino. The film premiered at the 2012–2013 Cannes, Toronto, Tribeca, Berlinale and Sundance Film Festival.

The Mars Bonfire[edit]

He confounded The Mars Bonfire with singer/songwriter Mark Wynegar, bassist Dean Perry and guitarist Jay Shepard.

Leisure Cruise[edit]

He is currently the drummer for electro-pop band Leisure Cruise, fronted by Dave Hodge and Leah Siegel.

Angela McCluskey[edit]

He is currently the drummer for Grammy-nominated electro-pop singer Angela McCluskey.

Jackie Cruz[edit]

He is currently the drummer for Emmy-winning pop singer Jackie Cuz.

Mark Hudson & The Mamalukes[edit]

He is currently the drummer for Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Mark Hudson

Jamie Killstein & The Agenda[edit]

He is currently the drummer for writer, radio host, progressive political comic and guitarist/singer Jamie Kilstein.

The Little Death[edit]

He is currently a co-founder and drummer for The Little Death, fronted by Moby with Laura Dawn and Daron Murphy.


He was a touring and recording drummer for Grammy-winning, electro-pop artist Moby.

Duff McKagen[edit]

He was the touring drummer for Grammy-winning rock artist, songwriter and bassist Duff McKagen of Guns N' Roses[8]

Circle Of Soul[edit]

He was the recording and touring drummer for the 90's rock band Circle Of Soul


Since 2006 Aaron has played drums and collaborated with recording artist, musician and pop icon Moby and The Little Death, along with Laura Dawn and Daron Murphy.[11] The Little Death released their debut album "The Little Death" in 2010 while performing sold-out shows, including performances with Moby at The 2011 NMS Grammy's After Party, SXSW, The Sundance Film Festival, The Box, The Guggenheim Museum and at Radio City Music Hall with Sir Paul McCartney.[12]

Aaron has also served as a touring/session drummer for Grammy-winning musical artist Lana Del Ray and NY based musical artists Queen V, Joey DeGraw, Carleigh Jade, Heidi Merrill and Lola Johnson.

From 1996–2006 Aaron was playing, recording and touring with Laura Dawn, supporting her debut album "Believer" while opening for The Calling[13] on their breakthrough 2001 US tour. He performed and recorded with Dawn's early other alt-rock band Fluffer who toured as support for The Melvins, Ben Folds Five and Train.

During that time, Aaron recorded and toured internationally with the Mike Chapman produced electro-pop band Erin Evermore.[7] In support of Evermore's 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 The Scorpions on their 1993–95 world tour.[14][15] During this time, he performed with Duff on the first live simulcast of MTV'S Headbangers Ball and shot two videos for the singles "I Still Love You" and "Believe in Me". 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 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 and Frankie Sullivan-produced debut and second albums Hands 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 received steady video airplay on MTV and radio airplay with their single "Shattered Faith" reaching #30 on Billboards "TOP 100" rock chart and #10 on Billboards Europe "Top 100" rock chart.

Discography 1990-2016[edit]

  • Leisure Cruise-Dust-Last Gang Records (2016) (Single) Producer: Dave Hodge, Liam O'Neil
  • Lola Johnson – Damaged Goods – Radian Records (2012), Producers: Andrew Felus & Lola Johnson
  • BonusStrike – Vivien – Independent (2011), Producer: John Pahmer
  • The Little Death – The Little Death – Gowanus Records (2009), Producer: The Little Death
  • Moby and Deborah HarryNew York City Remix for Songs For Tibet – EMI Records (2008), Producer, MOBY
  • AngieScreams – The Revelations Of Arthur Lynn – RCA (2008), Producer: Carlos Alomar
  • Jesse Gage – Goodnight Marlena – Independent (2008), Producer: Tony Bruno
  • BonusStrike – BonusStrike – Independent (2007), Producer: Michael Lee
  • Joe Chiofalo – Orange & Black – Sony Records (2008), Producer: Joe Chiofalo
  • The Shandys – When Your Alone – Pork Pie Records (2007), Producers: The Shandy's
  • The Smackdarts – Electricity – Independent (2006), Producers: The Smackdarts & Bernie Worrell
  • Yowza – In My Head – Eros & Aphrodite Records (2006), Producers: Jimi K. Bones and Yowza
  • Laura Dawn – Believer – Sony/Extasy Records (2002), Producers: Ted Nicely, Shimon Speigal & Yoshiki
  • Erin Evermore – Babyphetamine – Tiger Star/Chrysalis Records (1999), Producer: Mike Chapman
  • Erin Evermore – Girls Love Sex – Tiger Star Records/Chrysalis Records (1999), Producer: Mike Chapman
  • K5 – Liquid – Vital Records (1996), Producer: David Beal with Larry Mullen Jr.
  • Fluffer – Fluffer – Independent (1996), Producers: Jason Corsaro, Aaron Comess & John Eaton
  • The New York No Stars – B-Sides – Cleopatra Records (1997), Producers – Anthony Esposito & Marco Olivieri
  • Duff McKagen – Believe In Me – Uzi Suicide/Geffen Records (1993), Producers: Duff McKagen & Jim Mitchell
  • Circle Of Soul – One Mans Poison – Hollywood/Intercord Records (1993), Producers: Ed Roynesdal, Michael Frondelli & COS
  • The Immigrants/Edith Grove – Edith Grove – Beggar's Banquet Records (1993), Producers: MIchael Ashton & Brian Foraker
  • Circle Of Soul – Hands Of Faith – Capitol Records/Hollywood Records (1990), Producers: Waddy Wachtel, Frankie Sullivan, Dave Jerdan, Toby Wright and COS

Video 1990-2016[edit]

  • Jackie Cruz - Como Y Flor- Vivala Launch (2015)
  • Leisure Cruise - Mother-Last Gang Records (2015)
  • Leisure Cruise – Crime Tip - Last Gang Records (2015)
  • Leisure Cruise – The Getaway - Last Gang Records (2014)
  • Leisure Cruise – Believer-The Wild Honey Pie Buzz Sessions at Area 51 (LIVE) (2013)
  • Leisure Cruise – The Wild Honey Pie Buzz Sessions at Area 51 (LIVE) (2013)
  • 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 Dunnett Classic Drums, Creation Drums, Dakine 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
  • 6 1/2x14 Dunnett Classic Drums Steel Snare Drum

Electronic Drums[edit]

  • Roland SPD-SX Drum 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


Vic Firth

  • American Classic Rock Nylon Tip


Latin Percussion

  • Congas
  • Cowbell
  • Tambourine
  • Shakers



  • Coated E2 (on Toms)
  • Clear EMAD (on Bass)


  • Coated Ambassadors (on Toms)
  • Coated Emperor X Black Dot (on Snare)
  • Clear EMAD (on Bass)


Drum Workshop

  • 9000 Series and Pacific 8000 Series Hardware


Gorilla Ears

  • Gorilla GX-3b in Ear Monitors

Production and Media Career[edit]

Aaron also works as a freelance executive producer/producer/production manager of music, film, video, concerts and live events. Aaron also works as a freelance short form video, print and commercial video line producer, executive producer, producer, associate producer and unit production manager for Art Not War[16] and Jodi Jones Studio.[17] He contributed to Art Not War garnering 8 Pollie Awards[18] and 7 Reed Awards[19] for best political media of 2012–2013, and Jodi Jones Studio winning two Silver Cannes Lion Award[17].


  1. ^ Brooks, Aaron. "Aaron A. Brooks Website". Aaron A. Brooks. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Little Death NYC". thelittledeathnyc.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  3. ^ Death, The Little. "The Little Death". The Little Death NYC. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ Lee, Jennifer. "Filler Magazine". Chasing The Blues. Filler Magazine. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bonfire, Mars. "Mars Bonfire NYC". Website. Mars Bonfire. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Leisure Cruise - Debut Album Now Out!". iloveleisurecruise.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Aaron A. Brooks EPK". Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  8. ^ a b Brooks, Aaron (2011). It's So Easy. Touchstone. p. 385. ISBN 145160663X. 
  9. ^ Spangenberg, Brian. "Circle of Soul". Myspace. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ Brooks, Aaron. "IMDB Profile, Billy Bates". IMDB.com. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ Little Death, The. "Moby, The Little Death". The Little Death. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ ISTPP, ISTPP. "Change Begins Within Concert". ISTPP. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ Dawn, Laura. "The Calling Tour 2001". lauradawn.net. Archived from the original on July 31, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ Scorpions, The. "The Scorpions Face The Heat Tour 1993–1994". thescorpions.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ On Tour, Duff. "Duff McKagan "Believe in Me" World Tour 1993–1994". duffontour.com. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ "ART NOT WAR". artnotwar.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  17. ^ a b "fashion models photographed by jodi jones". Jodi Jones Studio. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  18. ^ .org, AAPC. "Pollie Awards, Art Not War". AAPC. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ Awards, The Reed. "Reed Awards, Art Not War". Reed Awards 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2013. [permanent dead link]

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