Ron Thaler

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Ron Thaler
Thaler at Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, 2010.JPG
Background information
Birth nameRon (Rony) Thaler
Also known asBlondie Boy[1]
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, entrepreneur, spatial sound pioneer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
Years active1988–present
LabelsJVC, Virgin, EMI, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Epic, Sony, Arista, J, Island/Def Jam, Capitol, EFA, OMD/Universal, Hotwire
Associated actsThe Led Zep Project w/Dweezil Zappa, Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, Kelly Saint Patrick, Lana Del Rey, Jason Yudoff, Sarah McLachlan, Project Grand Slam, John Legend, David Guetta, Traum Diggs, Taj Mahal

Ron Thaler is a record producer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and spatial sound pioneer. He is credited on over 450 albums, 43 billion streams, and 11 #1 Billboard hits.[2]

Thaler is best known by fans as the drummer on Alicia Keys' double Grammy-award-winning No One, and as a character and bandmember on NBC TV’s primetime series Lipstick Jungle. [1] Thaler has produced artists for Sony, Warner, UMG and other labels, receiving three Producer-of-the-Year Grammy nominations and eleven Artist Grammy ballot nominations,[3][4] . He has provided business development, project management, and oversight to labels on new artist initiatives, and has spent time touring and backing many recording artists as a sideman, recording studio drummer & multi-instrumentalist.[2]

Thaler is active in music licensing, publishing and synchronization, through his three firms RTP Music (Canada),[2] Soda Box Music LLC (offices in New York USA and Florence Italy),[5] and Concorde Music Agency SAS based in Bogota Colombia.[6] Thaler is an artist-in-residence and visiting professor at The Collective (New York City),[7] 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.

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.[8] He 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.[8]

A graduate of the University of British Columbia,[9] Thaler released an instructional program for drummers called Phraseology And Individuality On The Drumset,[10] and has appeared as a performer and keynote speaker at international AR/VR/MR(XR) technology conferences, music and gaming expos, synchronization forums, drum festivals and music colleges.


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.[1] 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.[9] In his late teens, Thaler moved to Vancouver, Canada[11] and toured with electronica band Moev in support of their release Yeah Whatever (Nettwerk/Atlantic Records) which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard and Rolling Stone music charts, also appearing on three other albums with the group, In and Out (Rebel Records/SPV), Alibis (Nettwerk/Atlantic Records), and the compilation Brave New Waves (CBC/RCA). Thaler worked as in-house drummer and percussionist for various emerging artists on Nettwerk Records, Arista, Sony/ATV, Warner Canada and Atlantic Records,[12] recording at Mushroom Studios, Greenhouse, The Armoury, Little Mountain Sound, and Curryhouse Studio.[13] Thaler recorded with Sarah McLachlan (Arista Records) on her follow-up to Touch , and performed with Ultramarine (Rough Trade/Sire), Mark Hasselbach (Smooth), and Ian McDougall (Concord).[11]

The Evolution of Blondie Boy[edit]

Thaler with Willie Nelson performing at the 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida

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.[12] 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.[14]

As a touring drummer, studio drummer and multi-instrumentalist Thaler has appeared on 450+ recordings, having recorded and performed with Dweezil Zappa, DJ Logic, Bethany Joy Lenz, Taylor Dayne, Sophie B. Hawkins, Jonathan Robbins, Taj Mahal, Moby, Gwen Stefani, Simaku, John Legend, David Guetta, Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, Ashlee Simpson, Mercedes Ferrer, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Judie Tzuke, Yoko Ono, Diana Krall, Mike Stern, Rufus Reid, and Hiram Bullock. In 2004, producer Arif Mardin exclaimed "...Blondie Boy..." upon Ron's arrival to a recording session (in reference to Eli Wallach calling Clint Eastwood's gun-for-hire character "...Blondie..." in the movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly),[15] and the professional name stuck.

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, Robbie Dupree, Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple) and members of Orleans as part of the 2011 All Star Rock Tour.

Thaler has appeared on CTV's Canada AM,[16] City TV's Out There with Melissa DiMarco,[17] NBC TV's The Ellen DeGeneres Show,[18] TV1[19] and TV3[20] New Zealand, Lounge Radio Budapest,[21] Muzic 'N Me Radio (Australia),[15] England's Hot 102.7,[14] CBC TV,[22] MTV[23] and MuchMusic,[24] and has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine,[25] JazzTimes,[26] Jazziz,[27] Talking Drums,[28] France's L'Est Republicain,[29] New York Times,[30] Pulse Magazine,[31] Canadian Musician Magazine,[32] Batteur Magazine,[33] Australia's DrumScene,[34] Drums Etc.,[35] Le Délit Magazine,[3] Rip It Up,[36] Experience Hendrix Magazine,[37] Drum!,[38] NewsBeat, and others. Thaler was also featured in the hardcover book "Sticks "N Skins" [1] about drummers from around the globe.

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).[39] 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,[13] for helping him develop "sonic landscapes... (that are) equal parts analog confection and digital sweetening",[3] 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".[30]

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,[36] 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 albums The Led Zep Project w/Dweezil Zappa's Jazzed & Confused, 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.[8] SoundSphere Studios is focussed on the creation of 360° immersive music and it's capture, and CineSphere and product Lysten360[40] 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.[8]

Lipstick Jungle[edit]

Thaler with Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Lindsey Price and PGS members on the set of NBC's Lipstick Jungle.

Thaler appeared on NBC TV's Lipstick Jungle,[41] a primetime series about New York City socialites with Brooke Shields, Andrew McCarty, Lindsey Price and Kim Raver. He played the drummer in character Shane Healy's (Paul Blackthorne) music band. Thaler had a speaking role as himself, and performed music from Project Grand Slam's Play (see "Producing Career")[42] along with the band, who served as Shane's on-camera band. The show aired for two seasons before being cancelled in 2010.

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.[33]

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.[34]

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.[38]

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),[43] 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),[7] 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 also delivered 500+ drumming clinics, seminars and educational workshops internationally.[9] He has shared festival stages with leading drum figures Dennis Chambers, Steve Smith, Virgil Donati, Thomas Lang, Giovanni Hidalgo, Johnny Rabb, Mike Portnoy, John Blackwell, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Anton Fig, Ignacio Berroa, Jojo Mayer, Jimmy Degrasso, and Vera Figueiredo.[11] He has performed at The 1996 Montreal DrumFest,[25] The 2003 TUDW Ultimate Drummers Weekend International Drum Festival (Australia),[34] The 2004 KOSA Drum Festival (solo performance and trio performance with drummers Johnny Rabb and Steve Smith),[34] The 2006 Fort Myers Drum Festival,[11] The 2010 Victoria International Drum Festival,[9] The 2010 National Association of Music Manufacturers (NAMM) International Music Fair,[11] The MIDEM Music Conference in Cannes France,[38] The 2011 CMW Music Conference in Toronto Canada,[38] The 1998 Music West International Music Conference in Vancouver,[32] The 2004 Paris Zebrock Music Festival,[12] at Drummer's Collective New York City,[38] Music Academy International (France),[35] University of Victoria,[12] University of British Columbia,[32] Music Arts Academy (Geneva, Switzerland),[12] SAE College (Auckland New Zealand, Barcelona Spain),[38] Prime Music Academy (Wellington, New Zealand),[38] and others. Thaler has been featured on Drumeo TV,[28] and on four segments for the Daddario/Evans Educational Webcast Series.[14]

In 1998, Thaler released an instructional drumming video called Phraseology And Individuality On The Drumset.[10] 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.[35]

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

Film & Television[edit]

Thaler has participated on Film and TV projects as a soundtrack composer, music supervisor and sound-design content developer. In 1993, Ron teamed up with Envy Productions on music jingles for The Cartoon Network, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, ESPN, MTV, and Bravo. In 1994, Thaler created music production/publishing company RT Type Music & RT Type Publishing (RTTM), and secured music placements for his compositions and those of production clients on internationally syndicated TV programs including The OC (Fox), One Tree Hill (WB), Lipstick Jungle (NBC), Rodzinka (PLN), Laguna Beach (MTV), Sweet Sixteen (MTV) and Auckland Daze (TVNZ).[3] Thaler has composed music for films Tilt, Sex Chronicles, Monster-In-Law, Three Vignettes, La Tropical, Bright, All Summer Long, and Contact. Thaler continues to be active in music licensing and synchronization, through his three firms RT Type Music (Canada),[2] Soda Box Music LLC (offices in New York USA and Florence Italy),[5] and Concorde Music Agency SAS based in Bogota Colombia,[6] with placements on The History Channel, Spike TV, TLC, Discovery, BRAVO, NatGeo, MSNBC, PBS, FOX, The WB, The Travel Channel, E! Entertainment, Vice TV, NBC, Telemundo, Style Network, Animal Planet, Jergens, Six Flags, Bell Canada, MSG Sports, Logitech, The Nashville Predators (NHL), Barclay's Premier Football League (EPL), The New York Knicks (NBA), Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Toddlers and Tiaras, Real Housewives of Miami, Gator Boys, Alaska Wingmen, and Canada AM. Thaler has contributed executive production, logistics planning and storyboarding to music videos of several production clients, including Anita Prime's Serenade, La La La, Destiny and Live At Galatos DVD, Kelly Saint Patrick's Shame On You, Gareth Barker's Making of Hello World, and Traum Diggs' Off The Floor.

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
  • 15.6 million copies sold
  • #1 in sales in Xbox gaming franchise history
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
  • #3 on CMT Charts
  • Winner, Album of The Year 2016, BCMA (British Country Music Awards)
  • Winner, Horizon Artist of The Year 2016, BCMA (British Country Music Awards)
2015 Mark Edwards Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah 2.0 ME Classics
2015 Lana Del Rey Honeymoon - Music To Watch Boys To Interscope - Polydor
  • #1 in 5 countries
  • Certified Gold in 10 countries
  • Top-5 album in 22 countries
2014 David Guetta Dangerous, Listen album Parlaphone/Atlantic
  • #1 in 17 countries
  • Multi-Platinum certified in 6 countries, Gold in 5
2014 Elimotion Band Elimotion 1 TP
2014 Robert Miller Twenty Cakewalk Records
  • "Captain Of Her Heart" #5 for three weeks, AC Radio USA
2014 Eran Phillips The Beatles Lullaby Daddy Plays
2013 Jewel Let It Snow TFB
  • #1 Billboard
2013 John Legend Love In The Future - You & I Columbia
  • 2014 Grammy nominee for Best R&B Album
2013 Gareth Barker Hello World JRNE
2013 Martin Rybak Live For The Day MR Records
2012 Royal Canadians Lonely Whale RCR
  • "Album Of The Year" nominee VIMA 2013
2012 Project Grand Slam Spring Dance Cakewalk
  • #4 AC Radio, USA
2012 Isunray Balancing Act ISR
2012 Don Kimenker Tattered and True earBuzz
  • Grammy consideration
2012 Tatiana Moroz Tatiana TM
2012 Greg Merritt March Madness GMR
2011 Anita Prime Complicated (Smashmode & Blondie Boy Remix) Phull
  • #3 Billboard for 13 weeks, USA
2011 Anita Prime Destiny (Blondie Boy & Vince Harder Remix) Phull
  • #32 NZMusic Charts
2011 Anita Prime Destiny (video) Phull
  • Top 20 NZ J2/C4/NZMC
2011 Project Grand Slam He Ain't Heavy Cakewalk
  • #16 AC Radio, USA
2011 Lewis Copeland Roots Phull/SonyTree
  • Theme song for Nashville Predators NHL team
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
  • #8 JamBand National US Charts
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
  • #5 Billboard
2008 Alicia Keys As I Am: The Super Edition - No One J/RCA
  • Double Grammy winner in 2008
  • Double American Music Awards winner in 2008
  • #1 in 34 countries
  • #1 Billboard
  • 3 billion listeners worldwide
  • 8 million downloads
  • Multi-Platinum certified in 8 countries
2008 Jasper James Vibrator Thump
  • #2 Billboard Breakout Artist
2008 Project Grand Slam Play Cakewalk
  • #8 AC Radio, USA
  • 2009 Grammy Award nominee for "Best Pop Instrumental Performance"
  • 2009 Grammy Award nominee for "Best Instrumental Composition"
2008 Kelly Saint Patrick In The Margins KSPR/Hella Good
  • 2009 Grammy Award nominee for "Producer Of The Year"
  • 2009 Grammy Award nominee for "Best New Artist"
  • 2009 Grammy Award nominee for "Best Pop Vocal Performance"
  • 2009 Grammy Award nominee for "Record Of The Year"
2008 Gjorgi Now & Forever Ludwig Music
  • "Walk Away Renee" - two million singles sold
2008 Defibulators Skiptracers Soundtrack
2008 Strange Kids Superhero SK Music
2008 Project Grand Slam Captain of Her Heart Cakewalk
  • #11 AC Radio, USA
  • 2009 Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration Accompanying Vocalist"
2007 Alicia Keys As I Am - No One J/RCA
  • Double Grammy winner in 2008 "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" and "Best R&B Song"
  • Double American Music Awards winner in 2008 for "Best Pop/Rock Album" and "Best Soul/R&B Album"
  • #1 in 34 countries
  • #1 Billboard
  • 3 billion listeners worldwide
  • 8 million downloads
  • Multi-Platinum certified in 8 countries
2007 Jason Yudoff Tragic Hero JYE
  • 2008 Grammy Award nominee for "Producer Of The Year"
  • 2008 Grammy Award nominee for "Best New Artist"
  • 2008 Grammy Award nominee for "Album Of The Year"
  • "Tragic Hero" inducted into The Songwriter's Hall Of Fame in 2009
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
  • "Southside" Nominated for a Grammy
  • "Southside" Nominated for a Brit Award
  • Certified Platinum in 20 countries
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
  • Nominated for a Grammy for "Best Alternative Music Performance"
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
2000 Moby & Gwen Stefani Southside V2/Universal
  • Grammy nominee for "Best Alternative Music Performance"
  • Won VH1/Vogue Award
  • Won MTV Video Music Award
  • 12 million copies sold (Play album reissue)
1999 Moby Play V2/Universal
  • Grammy album nomination for "Best Alternative Music Performance"
  • 12 million copies sold
  • Certified Platinum in 20 countries
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
1996 Sarah McLachlan Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff Nettwerk
  • Double Grammy Nominee
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 Sarah McLachlan Just As I Thought Nettwerk/Arista
1991 Moev Alibis Rebel/SPV
1990 Moev Inside Out Nettwerk/Atlantic
  • #8 Billboard
  • #14 Rolling Stone



  • 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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