Aaron Harris (drummer)

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Aaron Harris
Aaron Harris, B&W, Drums — Isis @ Wagenhallen, Stuttgart, 2009-07-09.jpg
Harris, drumming for Isis in 2009
Background information
Born (1977-11-11) November 11, 1977 (age 39)
Maine, United States[1]
Genres Post-metal, experimental, post-rock, progressive metal, sludge metal, avant-garde doom
Occupation(s) Musician, Producer, drum tech
Instruments drums
Years active 1994–present
Labels Ipecac Recordings
Associated acts Isis, Zozobra, Palms
Website aaronharris-audio.com

Aaron Harris (born November 11, 1977) is an American drummer, best known for his career with Los Angeles, California-based post-metal band Isis. He was with the band from its inception in 1997 to its dissolution in 2010. Since Isis' demise, Harris has become increasingly involved in his career as a producer/mixer. In addition to recording and mixing the debut from his new band Palms, Harris has also worked on records for Puscifer, Team Sleep, Pelican, Zozobra, Sidewave, Huey, Jakob, The Jezabels and more. He also works as drum tech for Danny Carey of Tool, and Abe Cunningham of Deftones. Harris has also toured mixing live sound for Pelican, Jakob, Melvins, and The Jezabels. He also composes music for television and film.

His early experience in drumming came from his father, who is also a drummer. Harris would play along to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and The Police, and has reached his current level of proficiency without any lessons or formal training.[2] He has, however, received some tuition with the tabla, from Aloke Dutta, at the recommendation of Tool's Danny Carey.[3] Melvins and Neurosis are also direct influences on his and Isis' sound.[4] He cites Bill Bruford as an influence on his later material, having been introduced to his work through Danny Carey.[5]

Harris' first band was named Loga, which he joined whilst in high school. He was given a cassette of Melvins by the band members and asked to emulate the style of their drummer, Dale Crover. His material, he says, “changed [Harris'] life [...] it really shaped me into a whole new drummer.”[1]

In October 2006 Harris began endorsing Paiste cymbals.[6] In 2009, Harris also signed an endorsement deal with Sonor drums.[7] He is also sponsored by Evans Drumheads and Vater.[8][9] Harris is endorsed by Vater drumsticks, and Heil microphones.

Since Isis' split in 2010, Harris has moved towards the technical side of music; this shift has encompassed stints as a drum tech for Tool and Deftones, as well as production, recording and mixing credits for a number of musical projects.[10] Alongside former Isis members Jeff Caxide and Bryant Clifford Meyer, he announced in May 2011 that he has plans to form a new band.[11]

In April 2012 it was announced that Harris had joined Chino Moreno of Deftones, along with former bandmates Jeff Caxide and Clifford Meyer, in a side project by the name of Palms. Their first album was originally slated for release in 2012 on Ipecac Records,.[12] It was released on June 25, 2013

Outside music, Harris is a keen cyclist, and before the formation of Isis, used to race.[1]


With Isis[edit]

Main article: Isis discography

With Rajas[edit]

With Zozobra[edit]

With Crone[edit]

  • Endless Midnight (2011)[n 2]

With Palms[edit]

Production and recording discography[edit]

Year Artist Album title Role
2008 Zozobra Bird of Prey Production, engineering and mixing
2011 Lesser Key Lesser Key Tracking and mixing[15]
Aloke Dutta Spondaic Oblation Recording[16]
2011 Crone Endless Midnight Mixing[14]
2011 Blood, Sweat and Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century [film] Live audio[17]


  1. ^ Harris performs on the tracks "Punches", "Rupee" and "Don't Sing About the Devil".[13]
  2. ^ Harris performs on the track "The Silver Hammer".[14]
  1. ^ a b c Bennett, J. (June 2009). "Five Alive". Decibel (56): 68–73. 
  2. ^ "Aaron Harris of Isis". What We Do Is Secret. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Debenedictus, Matt (5 May 2009). "Behind 'Wavering Radiant', an Interview With Aaron Harris of Isis". Noise Creep. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Miasnikov, Alon (2005-08-26). "Interview with Aaron Harris". Alternative Zine. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  5. ^ Haid, Mike (May 2007). "Art-Metal Mechanic". Modern Drummer: 24. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  6. ^ "Artists –> Aaron Harris". Paiste. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "SONOR welcomes Aaron Harris from Isis!". Sonor. 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  8. ^ "Artist // Aaron Harris". Vater Percussion. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Artists: Aaron Harris". Evans Drumheads. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Harris, Aaron (30 September 2010). "2011 Big Day Out with Tool.". Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Medina, Portia (24 June 2011). "Q&A: Isis". ALARM Press. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Musicians from Isis and Deftones form new band: Palms" (Press release). Speakeasy PR & Marketing. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Harris, Aaron. "Discography". Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Harris, Aaron (28 June 2011). "Crone track streaming on Brooklyn Vegan.". Aaron Harris Audio. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Isis says goodbye with five live albums". Punknews. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  16. ^ Mehling, Shane (25 May 2011). "Stars Now Beneath Their Feet: Isis Remembers Isis Part One". Decibel. Red Flag Media. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  17. ^ Harris, Aaron (2 August 2011). "Blood, Sweat, and Vinyl Documentary". Retrieved 5 August 2011. 

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