Kyle Crane

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Kyle Crane is an American drummer. He is best known for his work with producer Daniel Lanois.[1][2] He performed as the drum double for the film Whiplash.[3][4]


Crane is the son of a Coast Guard pilot, and lived in a number of different locales throughout his childhood. Crane attended Berklee College of Music. In 2016, he was living in Los Angeles.[5]


Crane was discovered by Daniel Lanois while performing at a bar near Lanois’ Los Angeles home. He has since recorded and toured internationally with Lanois.[6][7]

Though unlisted in the film's credits, multiple sources confirm that Crane performed as the drum double during the "Caravan scene" for the critically acclaimed Sundance and Academy Award-winning film Whiplash[8][9][10][11][12] which is centered around a university drum student and his relationship with his professor.

Crane was nominated in the Best Up and Coming Drummer category in the 2016 Modern Drummer Reader's Poll,[13] and was the subject of a feature in the magazine's June 2015 issue.[14]

Crane has also worked with Brad Mehldau, Bill Frisell, Conor Oberst, Neko Case, Kurt Vile, M. Ward, Luke Steele, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Elle King, Glen Ballard, Everest, Sam Barsh, Judith Hill, Blake Mills, Bridgit Mendler, Peter Morén, Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes), Pablo Alborán, Red Elvises, Alexi Murdoch, American Authors, Jesse & Joy, Pomplamoose, Ben Bridwell, Kandace Springs, John Mayer, Sabina Sciubba (Brazilian Girls), Crystal Bowersox, BIG K.R.I.T, Kacy and Clayton,[15][16] and Rocco Deluca.

Crane's first album as a leader, Crane Like the Bird, was released in 2019.[17][18]


  1. ^ "Musician/Producer Daniel Lanois and drummer Kyle Crane perform at The Drop". Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Show Review: Daniel Lanois Delivers Masterpiece Performance at The Crocodile". Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Whiplash". Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  4. ^ "2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: KEXP's Video Producers". Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Kyle Crane". Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Expert Advice: Insights from an Expert Session Player".
  7. ^ "Daniel Lanois Brings the Studio to the Stage".
  8. ^ "Whiplash". Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Kyle Crane USA". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Kyle Crane Interview - Drums With Oisín (MMTV)". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  11. ^ "2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: KEXP's Video Producers". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Daniel Lanois is pushing musical boundaries in 'a whole new direction'". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Our dear friend Kyle Crane was nominated for best up and coming drummer by modern drummer and you can vote here -". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Kyle Crane". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Sam Barsh Trio - Clydesdales and Castles (live in studio)". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Expert Advice: Insights from an Expert Session Player". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  17. ^ Kamp, Justin (December 19, 2018). "Daily Dose: Crane Like the Bird, 'Wishing Cap (feat. James Mercer)'".
  18. ^ Hilton, Robin (January 18, 2019). "New Music Friday For Jan. 18: 7 Albums You Should Hear Now".