Ron Thaler

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Ron Thaler
Thaler at Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, 2010.JPG
Background information
Birth nameRon (Rony) Thaler
BornPetach-Tikvah, Israel
GenresRock, Pop, Americana, Folk, R&B, Funk, Jazz, Instrumental, World Music, Fusion
Occupation(s)Record producer, drummer & percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music arranger, educator
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
Years active1988–present
LabelsTP, Hotwire
Associated actsKelly Saint Patrick, Jason Yudoff, Project Grand Slam, Traum Diggs

Ron Thaler is a drummer, record producer, recording artist, and songwriter.

Thaler is best known as a touring/studio drummer, backing many recording artists as a sideman.

Thaler is active in music licensing, publishing and synchronization, through his three firms RTP Music (Canada),[1] Soda Box Music LLC (offices in New York USA and Florence Italy),[2] Thaler is an artist-in-residence and visiting professor at The Collective (New York City),[3] where he teaches music business, music production, the economics of music, music law & contracts, and networking principles, in addition to masterclasses in drum performance and studio recording techniques.


Early Years[edit]

Thaler at Rhythmbase in Glasgow Scotland for a drum clinic, 2008

Thaler was 11 years old when he first picked up drumsticks, after playing piano for three years.[4] He joined the high school jazz-band, and played his first professional shows at age 16 with jazz saxophonist Gordon Clements and with The Island Big Band.[5] In his late teens, Thaler moved to Vancouver, Canada[6] and toured with electronica band Moev in support of their release Yeah Whatever (Nettwerk Records). Thaler worked as in-house drummer and percussionist for various emerging artists on Nettwerk Records, Arista, Sony/ATV, Warner Canada and Atlantic Records,[7] recording at Mushroom Studios, Greenhouse, The Armoury, Little Mountain Sound, and Curryhouse Studio.[8] Thaler performed with Ultramarine (Rough Trade/Sire), Mark Hasselbach (Smooth), and Ian McDougall (Concord).[6]

In 1993, Thaler began recording at Envy Music House & Ludlow Productions on music jingles for the Cartoon Network, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and ESPN, and performed in Latin-jazz group Conosur along with Manolo Badrena and Al Di Meola, and with Paul Simon/soukous artist Dominic Kanza.[7] In 1994 Thaler recorded the east coast sessions for Arista Records artist Jonathan Robbins album "You Got Me", with drummers Jeff Porcaro and John Robinson tracking drums on the west coast sessions. Ron recorded drumset, percussion, and drum stool on the title track.[9]

As a touring drummer, studio drummer Thaler has performed with DJ Logic, Bethany Joy Lenz, Taylor Dayne, Sophie B. Hawkins, Jonathan Robbins, Taj Mahal, Simaku, Mercedes Ferrer, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Judie Tzuke, Yoko Ono, Rufus Reid, and Hiram Bullock.

Thaler performed with Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys, Hank Williams Jr. and 5th Of July at Alltel Stadium during the 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2011, Thaler toured the USA with Anita Prime, Joe Lynn Turner and members of Orleans as part of the 2011 All Star Rock Tour.

Thaler has appeared on CTV's Canada AM,[10] City TV's Out There with Melissa DiMarco,[11] TV1[12] and TV3[13] New Zealand, Lounge Radio Budapest,[14] Muzic 'N Me Radio (Australia),[15] England's Hot 102.7,[9] CBC TV,[16] feature performance with artist Moev, rebroadcast from Brave New Waves, Apr. 18, 1992. Retrieved September 29, 2014.</ref> and MuchMusic,[17] "NAMM 2013 in Photos", Jan. 28, 2013, and "Montreal Drumfest Roundup", May 1997. Retrieved September 29, 2014.</ref> JazzTimes,[18] Jazziz,[19] Talking Drums,[20] France's L'Est Republicain,[21] New York Times,[22] Pulse Magazine,[23] Canadian Musician Magazine,[24] Batteur Magazine,[25] Australia's DrumScene,[26] Drums Etc.,[27] Le Délit Magazine,[28] Rip It Up,[29] Experience Hendrix Magazine,[30] Drum!,[31]

Producing career[edit]

Thaler at Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, 2010

Thaler is a multi Grammy-Award nominated producer and arranger, and is a credited songwriter on Kelly Saint Patrick's In The Margins (2009 Grammy ballot for Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal, Producer of the Year), Project Grand Slam's Play (2009 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist, as well as nominations for Best Pop Instrumental Album and Producer of The Year), Jason Yudoff's Tragic Hero (2008 Grammy ballot for Best New Artist, Album of The Year, Producer of The Year), and also on Alicia Keys No One (2008 Double Grammy winner, #1 Billboard).[32] Thaler credits his time working with producers Phil Ramone, Matt Knobel, Frank Fillipetti, Jerry Wexler, Bruce Fairbairn, and Arif Mardin for teaching him the art of music production,[8] for helping him develop "sonic landscapes... (that are) equal parts analog confection and digital sweetening",[28] and for what the New York Times calls "a virtuosity that touches great depth, eliciting that special emotion from listeners well beyond the mere consideration of technical mastery".[22]

In 2010, Thaler produced and co-wrote Anita Prime's Destiny, Lewis Copeland Roots at Sony/Tree, Oh Hello's One Trick Pony, and Heavy Road's Everything Changed.

In 2011 Thaler produced and co-wrote Anita Prime's single Complicated reaching #3 on Billboard,[29] The Royal Canadians Lonely Whale, a VIMA Album-of-the-Year nominee, Mahavishnu Redefined's Timeless, and Isunray's Balancing Act.

In 2012, Thaler produced and co-wrote Gareth Barker's Hello World, and Project Grand Slam's Spring Dance (Cakewalk Records).

In 2013, Thaler produced Traum Diggs Major Journalism and Martin Rybak's Live For The Day.

In 2014, Thaler produced Darren Hodson & Southern Companion's 1000 Days Of Rain, Eran Phillips' The Beatles Lullaby, and produced and co-wrote several songs on Robert Miller's Twenty.

In 2015, Thaler produced Secondhand Habit's "Chinese Whispers" (Blackstream/Sony), Mark Edwards "Hallelujah Chorus 2.0", Dorothy Melody's "Walk On Water", Nate Jolley's "Love Apocalypto", and contributed vocal production to Joey Clarkson's single "Loving You Is Breaking Me" (37 Records).

In 2016 and 2017, Thaler produced The Run Dogs "The Run Dogs" (RD/MusicBus) as well as a version of Morrisey's "How Soon Is Now" with the band for an NBC/Universal film production, Yola Rage's "Sugar" (AMR/Warner), Andy Pratt's "It's Not The End Of The World" (Columbia Legacy), Kelly Saint Patrick's "Recover" (Willhemina/SBM), country star Amy Jack's "Don't Lose Your Soul Over It" (ESPN), and contributed to new tracks by Shy'm (Warner), Wyclef Jean (Universal), and Capcom's game platform "Dead Rising: 4".

In 2018, Thaler produced PuKa's "Higher" (6Ways), Amy Jack's "Who The Real Ones Are" (E3/Sony), and Perrenque Films "La Voz Magica De Edith" (PFI/ABC).

In 2019, Thaler produced PuKa's "Rabbit Hole" (6Ways), 12XPretty's "12XPretty" (6Ways), Amy Jack's "Dallas Till I Die" (E3/Sony), Danielle Thaler's "The Lady Of Brody", and Isa Ruiz's "Luna" (IRMusic/UMG).

Thaler has also produced Eric Hill's Second Sight, Elimotion's Elimotion 1, The True Story Band's "Grain" (EFA/JVC), Jeff Fiorello's Jeff Fiorello, Nika Brightn's Television, Amelia Terry's "Road Less Travelled", and others.[15]

360° Immersive Sound & Future Tech[edit]

Thaler is a pioneer in the field of 360° immersive sound and spatial music creation, having launched SoundSphere Studios, CineSphere, and Lysten 360 Sound Systems in 2017 with partner Steven Boardman.[33] SoundSphere Studios is focussed on the creation of 360° immersive music and its capture, and CineSphere and product Lysten360[34] provide spatial sound experiences for cineplex, auditorium, and other large scale environments. Thaler has directed educational initiatives in 360° sound at post-secondary facilities in North and South America, with curriculums focussed on industry transformations taking place in the worlds of spatial sound capture, music creation and 360° immersive sound transmission.[33]

Solo Projects[edit]

In 1994 Thaler began performing under his own name, showcasing his original compositions, and would record ...Works (TP Records/OMD) with jazz musicians Ray Anderson, Hiram Bullock, Rick Margitza, Rufus Reid, Adam Rogers, and Oskar Cartaya. The group performed at The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Vancouver Jazz Festival, The Zebrock Festival, and other venues in Canada and France.[25]

In 1997 Thaler formed "The True Story Band", with jazz musicians Mike Stern, Chris Clark, Ron Bertolet and Jeff Carney. Thaler toured "The True Story Band" through Europe, Canada and the USA in support of the group's two releases, 1997's Medium Rare Grounds (TP/Factor) and 1998's Grain (EFA/JVC).

In 2000 Thaler took to reworking the music of Led Zeppelin for an instrumental context. Thaler recorded Jazzed & Confused: The Led Zep Project (TP) in 2001. The album includes Led Zeppelin compositions "Kashmir", "Whole Lotta Love", "The Rain Song", "The Ocean", and "Dazed & Confused", and 25 musicians including guitarists Mike Stern and Dweezil Zappa, violinist Miri Ben Ari, turntablist DJ Logic, harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens, trombonist Dave Panichi, trumpeter Vinny Cutro, and flamenco vocalist and dancers Amparo and Racquel Heredia. The album is produced by Thaler and Goo Goo Dolls/Maroon 5 alumnus Michael Landolt.[26]

In 2008, Thaler formed the experimental music group Elimotion, with bassist Matt Garrison, turntablist DJ Logic and guitarist Elijah Steele. The group's first release, Elimotion 1, was recorded at Manhattan Center Studios NYC, and released in 2014.[31]

Seminars, Clinics & Masterclasses[edit]

Thaler is a frequent lecturer at international music industry, synchronization, and AR/VR conferences discussing topics such as music economics, networking, industry contracts and content synchronization issues. He has been a keynote speaker at: E3, Sync Summit (New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Barcelona, Prague),[35] Future Music Forum, South By Southwest, CMW, NAMM, BOMM, BAM, at university institutions including The Collective NYC (where he is also an artist-in-residence/visiting faculty member),[3] Music Academy International (France), Haberiana University (Bogota), Manhattan School of Music, The New School, UVIC, UBC, McGill University, The Sorbonne, Mainz Music College, SAE College, and Prime Music Academy in New Zealand.

Thaler has delivered many drumming clinics, seminars and educational workshops internationally. He has performed at The 1996 Montreal DrumFest,[36] The 2003 TUDW Ultimate Drummers Weekend International Drum Festival (Australia),[26] The 2004 KOSA Drum Festival (solo performance and trio performance with drummers Johnny Rabb and Steve Smith),[26] The 2006 Fort Myers Drum Festival,[6] The 2010 Victoria International Drum Festival,[5] The 2010 National Association of Music Manufacturers (NAMM) International Music Fair,[6] The MIDEM Music Conference in Cannes France,[31] The 2011 CMW Music Conference in Toronto Canada,[31] The 1998 Music West International Music Conference in Vancouver,[24] The 2004 Paris Zebrock Music Festival,[7] at Drummer's Collective New York City,[31] Music Academy International (France),[27] University of Victoria,[7] University of British Columbia,[24] Music Arts Academy (Geneva, Switzerland),[7] SAE College (Auckland New Zealand, Barcelona Spain),[31] Prime Music Academy (Wellington, New Zealand),[31] and others. Thaler has been featured on Drumeo TV,[20] and on four segments for the Daddario/Evans Educational Webcast Series.[9]

In 1998, Thaler released an instructional drumming video called Phraseology And Individuality On The Drumset.[37] The video was voted one of the "Top 25 Must-Have Instructional Drumming Videos of All Time" by readers of France's Batteur Magazine in 2007.[27]

In 2015, Thaler was invited to The Collective music school in New York City as an "Artist-In-Residence", as a visiting educator of Studio Drumming, Music Production, and Music Business & Industry.

Film & Television[edit]

In 2003, Thaler worked on the low-budget independent, Canadian short film project "Tilt" as a soundtrack composer.[38]

Discography (selected)[edit]

With Anita Prime, All Star Rock Tour, Opera House, Toronto, 2011
Date Artist Title Label Certifications
2019 Amy Jack Dallas Till I Die E3/Sony
2019 12XPretty 12XPretty 6Ways
2019 Isa Ruiz Luna IRMusic/UMG
2018 Perenque Films La Vox Magica De Edith PFI/ABC
2018 Amy Jack Who The Real Ones Are E3/Sony
2018 PuKa Higher 6Ways
2017 Shy'm Heros Warner
  • #6 on French Album Charts (SNEP)
2017 Run Dogs How Soon Is Now NBC/Universal
2017 Amy Jack Don't Lose Your Soul Over It AJMusic/ESPN
2017 Yola Rage Sugar AMR/Warner
2016 Run Dogs Run Dogs RD/MusicBus
2016 Capcom Gaming Dead Rising: 4 Capcom
2016 Kelly Saint Patrick Recover Wilhelmina/SBM
2016 Andy Pratt It's Not The End Of The World Columbia Legacy
2015 Traum Diggs Major Journalism 623 Records
2015 Secondhand Habit Chinese Whispers Blackstream/Sony
2015 Young Kazh featuring Mobb Deep Destiny YKZ
2015 Darren Hodson and Southern Companion 1000 Days of Rain Streets/Universal
2015 Mark Edwards Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah 2.0 ME Classics
2014 Elimotion Band Elimotion 1 TP
2014 Robert Miller Twenty Cakewalk Records
2014 Eran Phillips The Beatles Lullaby Daddy Plays
2013 Gareth Barker Hello World JRNE
2013 Martin Rybak Live For The Day MR Records
2012 Royal Canadians Lonely Whale RCR
2012 Project Grand Slam Spring Dance Cakewalk
2012 Isunray Balancing Act ISR
2012 Don Kimenker Tattered and True earBuzz
2012 Tatiana Moroz Tatiana TM
2012 Greg Merritt March Madness GMR
2011 Anita Prime Complicated (Smashmode & Blondie Boy Remix) Phull
2011 Anita Prime Destiny (Blondie Boy & Vince Harder Remix) Phull
2011 Anita Prime Destiny (video) Phull
2011 Project Grand Slam He Ain't Heavy Cakewalk
2011 Lewis Copeland Roots Phull/SonyTree
2011 Various Mahavishnu Redefined: A Tribute To John MacLaughlin Abtract Logix
2010 Anita Prime Destiny Phull
2010 Anita Prime La La La (video) Phull
  • Winner "Video Of The Year" at LAMA Los Angeles Music Awards 2011
2010 Lizzy Mercier Descloux Bustin Out - New Wave to New Beat Year Zero
2010 Greg Merritt Everything Changed GMR
2010 Lynn Verlayne Drifter PopStar/LV Music
2009 Anita Prime Serenade TP
2009 Stephanie Macpherson To You SM
2009 Greg Merritt Heavy Road GMR
2009 Jasper James Chanel Thump
2008 Jasper James Vibrator Thump
2008 Project Grand Slam Play Cakewalk
2008 Kelly Saint Patrick In The Margins KSPR/Hella Good
2008 Gjorgi Now & Forever Ludwig Music
2008 Defibulators Skiptracers Soundtrack
2008 Strange Kids Superhero SK Music
2008 Project Grand Slam Captain of Her Heart Cakewalk
2007 Jason Yudoff Tragic Hero JYE
2007 Eric Hill Second Sight Hidden Drive
2007 Jeff Fiorello City Sessions New York (video) Vivid
2007 Kacie Sheik Anthem Blue
2007 Moby Go, The Very Best Of Moby Universal
2007 Jeffrey Wilgus Signature JW Records
2006 Brythonwen Solus Pagan
2006 Simaku Echoes of Iliria Reincarnate
2006 The Unperson Queen's Decade Coldleaf
2006 Jeff Fiorello Jeff Fiorello Vivid
2006 Rob Thomas & Kacie Sheik Katrina Blue/Universal
2006 Kirsten DeHaan Under The Richter Scale SirLady Records
2005 5th Of July No Surprise July Records
2005 Stephen Patrick Grunion Run Hit Road/MTV
  • "Purple & Red" theme music on "The OC" (NBC)
2005 Emiko City Sessions New York Comcast/YTV
2003 Kaleta Kaleta Jaa KMP
2003 Lizzy Mercier Descloux Mutant Disco EZ/Polydor
2003 Tennyson & Keiser PJazz Project PopJazz Records
2002 Bethany Joy Lenz Preincarnate Sony/Epic
2001 Bill Tonsaker 5 Bucks A Lick Brouhaha
2000 Guitar Talk First Come First Serve w/Joe Pass, Chuck Loeb & Barry Finnerty EFA/JVC
2000 The Led Zep Project with Dweezil Zappa Jazzed & Confused TP
1998 True Story Band Grain Hotwire/JVC
1998 Ron Thaler Phraseology & Individuality On The Drumset Editions PDG
1997 True Story Band Medium Rare Grounds TP/Factor
1995 Jonathan Robbins You Got Me Arista
1995 Moev Brave New Waves CBC/RCA
1994 Ron Thaler Works TP/OMD/Universal
1993 Lizzy Mercier Descloux T'As L'Air Polydor
1991 Moev Alibis Rebel/SPV



  • 16"x20" Bass Drum
  • 12"x14" Tom Tom
  • 8"x8" Tom Tom
  • 10"x10" Tom Tom
  • 10"x12" Tom Tom
  • 11"x13" Tom Tom
  • 5"x14" Wood Snare or Brass Snare

Cymbals: SABIAN

  • Chinese: 16" HH China, 8" Pro China Splash, under 8" HH China Kang Brilliant, 12" AAX Mini China Brilliant
  • Hihat: 13" AAX Studio Hihats Brilliant, 8" HH Splash, 13" AAX Stage Hihats
  • Crash: 14" AAX Studio Crash Brilliant, 14" AAX Dark Crash, 15" AAX Studio Crash Brilliant
  • Splash: 6" HH Splash Brilliant, 8" HH Splash Brilliant, 8" AA China Splash Brilliant
  • Ride: 20" AAX Dry Ride or 21" Calhoun Ride
  • Effects Cymbals: 8" CD Cymbal Disc, 10" Glennie's Garbage, 10" Calhoun Alien Disc, 7"/8"/9" Radia Cymbals

Drumsticks: VIC FIRTH

  • Ron Thaler Signature model


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