Thomas Lang

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Thomas Lang
Thomas Lang Performing Live at Drum Channel, California 2018.jpg
Thomas Lang Performing Live at Drum Channel, California 2018
Background information
Born (1967-08-05) 5 August 1967 (age 50)
Vienna, Austria
Genres Instrumental rock, pop, jazz fusion, progressive rock, heavy metal, avant-garde metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1985–present
Associated acts stOrk, John Wetton, Vienna Art Orchestra, Falco

Thomas Lang (German: [ˈtoːmas laŋ] (About this sound listen); born 5 August 1967) is an Austrian drummer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer. He is the founding member of the Los Angeles-based progressive/avant garde metal band stOrk and is known for his international session work on a wide variety of genres such as rock, pop, jazz, and heavy metal with artists such as Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams and Sugababes, among many others.

Peter Wildoer described Lang as a "drummer's drummer",[1] and Mike Portnoy cited Lang as a drummer he "can't replicate".[2]


Thomas Lang’s Drum Workshop MCD left side pedals.jpg

Lang was born in Vienna. He took up drumming at age five. In addition to lessons at local music schools and years of private tuition, he was classically trained at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. After leaving the conservatory in 1985, Lang began working professionally, working his way through the European pop, rock and jazz scenes. As a session musician he played for artists such as John Wetton, Robert Fripp, Glenn Hughes, Peter Gabriel, Asia, Nik Kershaw, Tina Turner, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson, Sugababes, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Ronan Keating, Steve Hackett, 911, Boyzone, Falco, Nina Hagen, Steve Jones, Mick Jones, the Commodores, George Michael, Doogie White, B*Witched, Gianna Nannini, Lighthouse Family, Westlife, Kylie Minogue, the Blockheads, Sertab Erener, Vienna Art Orchestra, Bonnie Tyler, Nadine Beiler, and Paul Gilbert. In 1995 Lang released his debut solo project, Mediator, which topped the charts in Europe and garnered positive reviews.[3]

In 2009, Lang launched the Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp, a multi-day touring, educational drumming experience that he hosted in various locations around the world including London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Austria and Finland among others. In 2012, Lang debuted the five-day, multi-drummer festival which has featured various guest artists including Virgil Donati, Stanton Moore, Chris Coleman, Dave Elitch, Kenny Aronoff, George Kollias and Jeff Hamilton among others. He was one of the seven drummers who auditioned to replace Mike Portnoy in Dream Theater but lost to Mike Mangini.[4]

Thomas has been an endorser of DW Drums since 2009. He uses Meinl Cymbals, including his own signature Fast Hi Hats, Generation X Filter Chinas, Custom Classics Super Stack and an array of Generation X crash cymbals. He has a Vic Firth signature drumstick. He also endorses Remo drumheads, Roland V-Drums, Ahead Armour Cases, Puresound Snare Wires and Audix Microphones.

Lang also plays keyboards, bass and guitar.

Selected Discography[edit]

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  • Thomas Lang – Mediator (1995)
  • John WettonLive at the Progfest L.A. (1997)
  • Thomas Lang – Creative Control (2003)
  • Thomas Lang – Creative Coordination (2006)
  • Thomas Lang – Something Along Those Lines (2007)
  • B*WitchedJump Up Jump Down Live
  • Willi Langer – Colours of the Octopus
  • Willi Langer – Signs of Life
  • Billy Liesegang – No Strings Attached
  • Vienna Art OrchestraSongs and other Adventures
  • Vienna Art Orchestra – Art and Fun
  • John Wetton – Arkangel
  • John Wetton – Live in Tokyo
  • John Wetton – Live in Argentina
  • stOrkstOrk (2011)
  • Paul GilbertVibrato (2012)
  • stOrk – Broken Pieces (2014)
  • Bastian – Among My Giants (2015)
  • Eric Gillette – The Great Unknown (2016)
  • Paul Gilbert - I Can Destroy (2016)
  • Ostura - The Room (2018)

2018 Equipment[edit]

Drum Workshop Maple Mahogany in Solid Black Lacquer Custom finish with Black Nickel hardware and LUX leather bass drum hoops.


  • 1× 24″ × 14″ , Bass Drum
  • 1× 20″ × 16″ , Gong Drum
  • 1× 14″ × 14″ , Snom
  • 1× 10″ × 5″ ,0 10+6 Maple Snare Drum on STM Suspension Mount
  • 1× 12″ × 6.5″ Snare Drum
  • 1× 10″ × 5,5″ MT1055 Snare Drum
  • 4x 6” Maple Rata Toms (sometimes substituted for Design Series Piccolo Toms)


  • 1× MCD Double Bass Drum Pedal
  • 2× MCD Hi Hat (no legs)
  • 1× 5000 series Snare Drum Stand
  • 4× 9000 series Boom Cymbal Stands
  • 1× 9000 series Drum Throne with 15” seat
  • 1× X Hat with clamp
  • 2× Boom cymbal holders & Multi Clamps
  • 1× Meinl 18” Percussion Table
  • 1× TL Custom DW Rata Tom/Pedal rack
  • 1x DWSM2141X Hi Hat to Bass Drum Clamp


  • Remo Emperor Clear on Snare Drums & Snom
  • Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear on Bass Drum
  • Remo Emperor Clear or CS Dot Clear on Rata Toms
  • DW Coated Clear on Gong Drum


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  • 1999: Best Studio Drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2001: Best Studio Drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2002: Best Pop Drummer, Best all-around drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2002: Best Drummer (Drums and Percussion magazine)
  • 2003: Best Clinician (Modern Drummer magazine)
  • 2004: Best DVD, Best clinician runner up, Best drummer runner-up (Modern Drummer magazine)
  • 2004: Best DVD, Best new signature product, Best drummer (Drummer magazine). Best studio drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2004: Best Recorded Drum Performance (Sticks magazine)
  • 2005: Best Pop Drummer, Best Clinician, Best Solo Drum Performance (Rhythm magazine).
  • 2005: Best DVD, Best All Around drummer, Best Drum Event (Drummer magazine)
  • 2005: Best Drum Clinician, Best Drumming Video/DVD (Drum! Magazine)
  • 2006: Best DVD, Best drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2007: Best DVD, Best drummer (Rhythm magazine, Modern drummer magazine)
  • 2007: Aurora Gold Award (Best Video Production)
  • 2007: Best Clinician (Modern Drummer magazine)
  • 2008: Best Clinician (Modern Drummer Magazine)
  • 2008: Best Clinician (Drum! Magazine)


  1. ^ "DARKANE's PETER WILDOER Talks About Auditioning For DREAM THEATER". May 2, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ Bosso, Joe (June 23, 2010). "Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy answers your questions". MusicRadar. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Lang". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Dream Theater Unveils Identities of Seven Drummers That Auditioned to Replace Mike Portnoy". April 25, 2011. Retrieved 2017-12-09.

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