Chris Brien

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Chris Brien
Birth nameChristian John Brien
BornSydney, New South Wales, Australia
GenresRock, funk, disco
Occupation(s)Drummer, drum clinician, teacher, writer
Years active1988–present
Associated actsSwoop
Websitechrisbrien.com

Christian John Brien is a drummer, percussionist and drum clinician. From 1992 he was a member of Australian rock, funk and disco band, Swoop and appears on all three of their studio albums, Thriller (October 1993), Woxo Principle (November 1995), and Be What You Is (January 1999). Their most popular single, "Apple Eyes", was released in 1995, which reached No. 9 on the ARIA Singles Chart. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994 Swoop were nominated for 'Best New Talent' for Thriller; at the 1996 awards they were nominated for 'Song of the Year' and 'Best Video' for "Apple Eyes", and for 'Best Pop Release' for Woxo Principle. Late in 1999 Swoop disbanded, Brien became a session musician and drum clinician, and has released solo material. He has released a number of instructional DVDs including Independence (2002) and Independence, Part 2 (2004). In November 2006 he relocated to Hong Kong, where he issued his instructional book, The Chris Brien Drumming System (Level One), in late 2010.

Biography[edit]

Christian John Brien grew up in Sydney as the youngest of five children, both his father and grandfather are former drummers.[1] He started playing drums in 1980, from 1986 he taught drum and percussion, and in 1988 he established his first drumming studio.[1][2][3] In 1992 he joined a rock, funk and disco band, Swoop, which had formed as a duo, the previous year, with Roland P. Kapferer on lead vocals and Joshua Beagley on guitar and keyboards.[3][4] He appears on all three of their studio albums, Thriller (October 1993), Woxo Principle (November 1995), and Be What You Is (January 1999).[4] Their most popular single, "Apple Eyes", was released in 1995, which reached No. 9 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[5] At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994 Swoop were nominated for 'Best New Talent' for Thriller;[6] at the 1996 awards they were nominated for 'Song of the Year' and 'Best Video' for "Apple Eyes", and for 'Best Pop Release' for Woxo Principle.[7][8] Late in 1999 Swoop disbanded.[3]

After Swoop, Brien became a touring and studio session drummer. He also ran drum workshops around Australia and into other parts of the world. His style incorporates the sound of multiple drummers by use of "hand and foot techniques ... playing fast single stroke rolls with one hand or playing 7 or more rhythms simultaneously".[3] A friend dubbed him the "Drumming Wizard of Oz".[3] In October 2005 he issued his instructional book, Progressive Rhythms, which included access to his on-line video lessons.[2] In November 2006 he relocated to Hong Kong and set up his drumming course there from April 2007 while still operating two drumming studios in Sydney.[3] In late 2010 he issued a second instructional book, The Chris Brien Drumming System (Level One).[9]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Brien, Chris (2002), Independence (DVD)[1]
  • Brien, Chris (2004), Independence Part 2, a Giant Step (DVD), Orion-Light Media[10]
  • Brien, Chris (October 2005). Progressive Rhythms.[3]
  • Brien, Christian John (2010). The Chris Brien Drumming System (Level One). Hong Kong: Brien Christian John. ISBN 978-988-19478-1-9.[9]

Equipment[edit]

2004–2006, kit
  • SONOR Delight Series Drums (Piano Black), Ufip Cymbals and LP Percussion: Sonor Drums – Birdseye Azure or Brillant Black
  • Chris mostly used SONOR Hardware and Pedals, but also had been seen using other brands.
  • Chris used Attack drum heads and Silverfox Sticks.
2007–present, kit

Chris Brien has switched to Gretsch Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chris Brien". Chris Brien Official Website. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Chris Brien Drum Course / Percussion Course". Tom Lee Music. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Mitchell, Sean (2 December 2007). "Chris Brien". The Black Page. Sean Mitchell. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Swoop'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 28 August 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2013. Note: McFarlane incorrectly lists the artist as Chris O'Brien not Chris Brien.
  5. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Swoop". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  6. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 1994: 8th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  7. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 1996: 10th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Winners by Year – 26th ARIA Awards 2012 – Search Results 'Swoop'". Australian Record Industry Association. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  9. ^ a b Books Registration Ordinance (Chapter 142) – A Catalogue of Books Printed in Hong Kong (PDF). S. S. No. 4 To Gazette No. 17/2010. 1 September 2010. p. D1387. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Independence [videorecording]. Part 2, a Giant Step". National Library of Australia. 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2013. In this outstanding tutorial performance, Chris Brien has included 9 original pieces, countless multi-layered rhythmic grooves, as well as detailed explanations and exercises of how to develop your understanding of 4-way independence.

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