Brann Dailor

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Brann Dailor
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Dailor performing with Mastodon at the Warsaw student festival in 2012
Background information
Born (1975-03-19) March 19, 1975 (age 40)
Rochester, New York, United States
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Heavy metal, progressive metal, sludge metal, experimental metal, mathcore, technical death metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, vocals, Percussion
Years active 1989–present
Labels Relapse, Reprise, Roadrunner
Associated acts Lethargy, Today Is the Day, Mastodon, Arcadea

Brann Timothy Dailor (born March 19, 1975[1] in Rochester, NY) is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.[2] Dailor first started playing in a band called Evisceration from 1991 to 1993, when the band broke up.[3] Dailor was also a founding member of mathcore band Lethargy,[4] and the progressive dreamfunk band Gaylord[5][6] and played with Today Is the Day.[7]

In 2015, Brann Dailor announced his side project called Arcadea. The group features Dailor on drums alongside fellow Atlanta musicians Core Atoms and Raheem Amlani.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Dailor was born into a musical family. His grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are all musicians .[citation needed] His mother and stepfather played in a band.

"My parents were hippies, but they were Frank Zappa hippies, you know? They were putting Miles Davis' on my headphones when I was two years old. I grew up listening to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Close to the Edge by Yes, King Crimson's Red. All that stuff was jamming at my house at full volume all the time when I was a baby, along with Coltrane's Love Supreme, Stevie Wonder--Innervisions-- stuff like that. Constantly."

His sister, Skye, committed suicide at age 14. Her death served as an inspiration for Mastodon's fourth studio album, Crack the Skye. Although the album's story line involves the adventures of a paraplegic boy in Tsarist Russia, Dailor told Metal Hammer that many of the songs are fantasy narratives involving him saving his sister from death.

“My sister, Skye's, suicide is something I've been dealing with for 20 years. I wanted to lift her up and put her name out there forever. It was the most deeply emotional moment of my life, and always with suicide there's a lot of guilt that comes with it. The whole story is my metaphor for if I'd been able to come in and pick her up and save her from that situation...everybody experiences loss. At some point in your life you will lose someone near and dear to you and I'm lucky enough to have some kind of artistic platform to immortalise it, to have some kind of tribute. We owe it as artists to come from the deepest place possible; that's art."

On limited edition box sets of Crack the Skye, a photo of Dailor's sister can be seen through a tunnel lithograph in the album art.

His fill-heavy drumming style is influenced by jazz and prog-rock, characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting).

Dailor is married to Susanne, who is the guitarist and singer of Lust, drummer of Catfight, and bassist of Tiger!Tiger!

Game of Thrones appearance[edit]

Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher, and Brent Hinds portrayed "wildlings" on S05E08 episode of Game of Thrones, which was filmed in Belfast in Northern Ireland. As previously reported, the band's original song "White Walker" is featured on the "Game of Thrones" mixtape Catch the Throne Vol. 2, but in the instance of their physical appearance, a press release from Reprise Records reports that the band was personally invited to participate in the show by "Game of Thrones" executive producer Dan Weiss, who is a fan of the band.[9]

Grammys 2015 appearance[edit]

Brann Dailor made quite the scene when he appeared in a wild balloon suit from OppoSuits at the 2015 Grammys. Together with Brent Hinds who sported a full Dodgers outfit they made several headlines.[10][11][12][13]


Dailor uses and endorses Tama drums and hardware, Meinl cymbals, Evans drumheads and Vater drumsticks.

Current kit[edit]

  • DrumsTama Starclassic Performer B/B[14]
    • 22x18 Bass Drum
    • 10x8 Tom
    • 12x9 Tom
    • 13x10 Tom
    • 16x16 Floor Tom
    • 14x6 Starphonic Brass Snare Drum
  • CymbalsMeinl[15]
    • 14" Mb20 Heavy Soundwave Hi-Hat
    • 18" Mb20 Heavy Crash
    • 20" Mb20 Heavy Crash
    • 8" Classics Medium Bell
    • 21" Mb8 Ghost Ride
  • DrumheadsEvans[16]
    • Bass: EQ3 Clear – EQ3 Reso Black
    • Toms: G2 Clear – G1 Clear
    • Snare: Power Center Snare Batter – 300 Snare Side
  • Hardware – Tama[14]
    • Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Pedal
    • Tama Iron Cobra Lever-Glide Hi-Hat Stand
    • Tama 1st Chair Ergo-Rider Drum Throne


Brann Dailor performing live at Rock im Park in 2014.


  • Fondling the Dead (Demo) (1992)


Main article: Lethargy (band)


Sparkling Cool (1998)

Today is the Day[edit]


Main article: Mastodon discography