Kretz performing with STP at the Hollywood Bowl in June 2008
June 7, 1966|
San Jose, California, U.S.
|Genres||Alternative rock, hard rock, grunge, psychedelic rock|
|Instruments||Drums, keyboards, banjo|
|Associated acts||Stone Temple Pilots, Talk Show, Spiralarms|
Eric Kretz (born June 7, 1966) is an American musician and producer, best known as the drummer for the rock band Stone Temple Pilots. He is of German descent. He has also played for Talk Show and Spiralarms. Eric, who was born in San Jose, California, attended and graduated from Willow Glen High School in San Jose in 1984. He currently owns and operates Bomb Shelter Studios in Los Angeles. While in STP, Kretz has kept somewhat of a low profile but still contributed to the band's songwriting, most notably writing the music to the band's 1996 hit "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart." Along with lead vocalist Scott Weiland, Kretz also wrote the lyrics to the Grammy Award-winning hit "Plush" off STP's 1992 debut Core. Kretz has worked with several notable artists, particularly engineering and mixing the live recordings for The Henry Rollins Show of songs by artists such as Thom Yorke, Ben Harper, Damian Marley, Slayer, Jurassic 5, Death Cab for Cutie, and more.
Kretz has a natural lilt in his timing which translates into less than perfectly aligned drum hits per beat. Compared to Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), who uses a deliberately executed 'push-pull' feel in his phrasing to influence the song, Kretz achieves his feel by accident and appears to be riding the moment to moment dynamic of the song he is in. Many of his drum patterns have exaggerated spacings, leaving the listener to wonder if he is actually ever going to provide a backbeat. Kretz uses a fairly deep snare. He is not known for elaborate drum fills, but will occasionally hit the toms to the delight of the fans.
Cymbals Include: 20" K Crash Ride, 20" Oriental Crash of Doom, 10" A Custom Splash, 18" Constantinople Crash, 18" A Armand Thin Crash, 14" A MasterSound Hats, 16" A Custom EFX, and a 20" A Rock Ride.
Drums Include: Grand Master Green Sparkle Lacquer 24x14 Kick Drum, 14x6.5 Brass Snare, 12x8 tom, 13x9 tom, 16x16 floor tom, and an 18x16 floor tom.
- "Eric Kretz Discography" (PDF). erickretz.com.
- "Eric Kretz Interview – Stone Temple Pilots – GMS Drum Co. WATCH IN HQ". YouTube. December 26, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
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