Erik Truelove is often recognized as the title holder of the “World’s Most Accurate Drummer,” four times over, but those are not his only accomplishments. He is also a skilled professional who believes that keeping solid time is the most important contribution a drummer can make to music.
A natural musician, Truelove was only 10 when he began performing on trumpet in junior and senior high school concert and marching bands. At 15, he bought his first drum set and taught himself, playing by ear. He’s been performing ever since and has seriously expanded his knowledge of drumming through countless drum clinics, videos and books.
Over the last few decades, he has been found touring with bands internationally, in a Nashville recording studio or on the eclectic Fourth Avenue in Tucson performing with local bands. Also a drummer for hire, Truelove has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Germany, Austria and Mexico.
In January of 2008, 2007 and 2006 Truelove took home the “World’s Most Accurate Drummer" title at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. In addition, he earned the same title at the Drum Corp. International World finals in August of 2007, competing against thousands of other drummers . Those accolades led to a national sponsorship with Onboard Research Corp., the company who developed The Beatnik, a “rhythmic analyzer” product that combines a traditional drum pad with a computerized metronome. Erik helped OnBoard Research to develop their instructional DVD for the Beatnik Analyzer as well. Erik Truelove endorses Soultone Cymbals and Silverfox Drumsticks.
In 2011, after teaching for over a decade from his home studio, Truelove founded the Drum & Drummer School of Music. Now enterig its fourth year, the school has been continually thriving. Truelove spends much of his time improving the business and developing the curriculum that makes D&D a truly one-of-a-kind experience for its students and customers.
Truelove plans to take his unique and very effective style of music education to a world-wide audience very soon, with the completion of the Audio/Video production studio inside Drum & Drummer School of Music.
Erik still manages to find time to perform with various bands, and record and produce several projects in other recording studios around the state of Arizona.
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