ADAM HAY - BIO

"Adam Hay is awesome! PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE! If I could take lessons from him I would." Paul Bostaph (SLAYER)

Born in 1976, Adam Hay is a freelance drummer/drum teacher living in Canada, having played well over 1,800 dates since the early/mid 1990s all over the US and Canada with Quintuple Platinum selling artist Chantal Kreviazuk (Sony/2x Juno Winner/3x Nominee), multiple Diamond (million) selling artist Raine Maida (Sony/Our Lady Peace/4x Juno Winner), Sarah Slean (Warner/Juno Nominee), Justin Rutledge (Six Shooter, Juno Nominee), Martina Sorbara (Mercury/Dragonette, Juno Nominee and Winner), Royal Wood (Dead Daisy/Six Shooter/ Juno Nominee), Patricia O'Callaghan (EMI), John Barrowman (Sony UK), Filipina diva Sharon Cuneta (Sony Philippines), KC Concepcion (Sony Philippines), Jeff Healey (George Harrison/multiple award winner), Dr. Draw, Luisito Orbegoso (Montreal Jazzfest Grand Prix winner), Cindy Gomez, George Koeller (Peter Gabriel/Bruce Cockburn/Dizzy Gillespie), Alexis Baro (David Foster/Paul Schaffer/Tom Jones) Lesley Barber (composer for Film/TV), Jay Danley (award winner), Sonia Lee (first violinist with Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 6 years/Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Kevin Fox (Celine Dion, Justin Bieber), The Mercenaries, MOKOMOKAI, Gregory Hoskins, Leahy, Eric Schenkman (The Spin Doctors) and hundreds more. He has also recorded with producer David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Rush).

Adam has appeared everywhere from live National TV in front of millions of people (MTV, CTV's Canada AM, City TV's Breakfast Television, CBC, Rogers TV, Mike Bullard on CTV, etc) and live radio shows, award ceremonies, TV and Radio commercials as a jingle artist, sold out theaters and festivals, music videos, national TV Season launch parties, many full length albums, record company showcases in the USA and Canada, minuscule cafeterias, to downtown sidewalks as a busker earlier on.

His session drumming has turned up on TV and Film Soundtracks including the Farrelly Brothers film 'Fever Pitch', the HBO series 'Regenesis', the CBC series 'This is Wonderland', the CTV movie 'Playing House', the film 'The End of Silence', the Warner Music Canada soundtrack to the Food Network's 'The Surreal Gourmet', 'Gray's Anatomy', the Shaw Festival, BBC's 'Being Human', most recently, the CBC series 'Cracked', a BBC Film, Ford Trucks, Zellers, Sprint, and Molson.

Producers he's worked with include: David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Rush), Ian Blurton (legendary Canadian producer/musician), Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Brian Moncarz (Our Lady Peace), Matt DeMatteo (Danko Jones, Big Wreck), Mike Langford (Hawksley Workman, Jeff Martin of The Tea Party, Sloan), James Paul, Royal Wood, Steve Gadsden, Clive Desmond, Ed Zaski, Dave Misener, Justin Rutledge, Lesley Barber ('Manchester By The Sea'), Dave Clarke.

Adam has done over 200 sessions, written 11 books (3 non-fiction), made two documentaries, written 2 drum books, interviewed 53 pro drummers, organized a portrait of 98 pro drummers, toured Canada 3 times, played 18 trips in USA. He's engineered 57 sessions and 12 records as an assistant in post-audio. He's studied drumming in West Africa and Cuba and with several legendary Canadian teachers. He's done 2 solo records. He's worked as a record producer doing rumba, punk-pop, improvisations with Bartosz Hadala, and roots/singer-songwriter projects. He's led meditations using huge gongs. He's travelled to Latin America 5 times, West Africa, and Europe.

Some artists Adam has been billed alongside on tour throughout the U.S. and Canada include My Morning Jacket, Sarah Harmer, Hawksley Workman, The Proclaimers, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Dan Bern, Moxy Fruvous, Andy Stochansky (Ani DiFranco), Danny Michel, Starling, Dahmnait Doyle (Shaye), The Waifs, Pedestrian, Jeff Healey, Baaba Maal, Gord Downie, Matthew Good, Luke Doucet, Ron Hawkins, Ivana Santilli, Lindy, Melissa McClelland, Spirit of the West, Big Wreck, The Sadies, and plenty others.

He's been a session/live freelance drummer since 1994 and is a highly sought after private drum teacher (by hundreds of students of all levels and all ages, including award-winning pro drummers), having given over 7,000 drum lessons since 1998, and loving every minute. At one point Adam was teaching over 50 students in one-on-one lessons over four days. He's currently an independent teacher with a focus on training and coaching and will forever remain a student.

Some people Adam has studied with: John Cheeseman (Berklee College of Music), Jesse Capon (Berklee College of Music), David James (Humber), Daniel Barnes (Banff School of the Arts), Darren Sherer (The New Deal), Luis Orbegoso (winner of the Grand Prix de Jazz, Montreal Jazzfest), Blair Martin (Master of Cuban Percussion), Cam Warrack (Metal Drumming Master), David Wood (Crescent School), Michael Beauclerc (Yamaha/Vic Firth/Sabian clinician, Champion Rudimentary Drummer), the legendary Al Cross (Big Sugar, Jane Sibbery), Daniel Rodriguez (in Havana, Cuba), Mike Sloski, Ilios Steryannis (Berklee).

He has a degree in Philosophy. He's worked as an editor and on motorcycle rallies and on film sets.

Adam Hay plays Vic Firth sticks exclusively and was accepted into Vic Firth's Education Program as an endorser in March 2009. He endorses Evans Drumheads and plays Yamaha Drums. He received a gold record in 2007 from the Chantal Kreviazuk camp for extensive work as her touring drummer. He was featured in The Black Page Magazine in September 2010 for the cover story.

Some other folks Adam has had the honour of playing with: Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors), Rich Brown, Alberto Alberto, Maury Lafoy (Jann Arden/Ron Sexsmith/Colin James), Kurt Swinghammer, Rae Spoon, Kat Goldman, Carlos Morgan (Juno Winner), Chris Gale, David Matheson (Ron Sexsmith/Juno winner), Bazil Donovan (Blue Rodeo), David Baxter, John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards), Andrew Aldridge (Luke Doucet), KC Roberts, Murray Foster (Great Big Sea), Tim Bovacanti (Randy Bachman/Ron Sexsmith), Evaristo Machado, Stacey Earle, Pedrito Martinez (Sting), The Weekend, Five Star Trailer Park, Hilary Weaver, Bartosz Hadala, Elena Kaperlaris, Chris Gale, Justin Abedin (Canadian Idol), Nick and Rob Bruce of Slik Toxik (multiple award winners), Ian De Sousa.