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* story

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One positive thing about growing up in an isolated city with extremely cold winters, is the motivation to spend a lot of time inside experimenting with music. I moved from Winnipeg when I was eighteen to study Jazz drumming at Capilano College in North Vancouver, and have since stayed in Vancouver, continuing to play and work with a wide variety of musical projects.

In the last few years I've really enjoyed co-writing with quite a few people, and have had many resulting songs featured on Film/TV soundtracks. One of my favorite songs, 'Fool's Gold', written with Adrienne Pierce, was twice featured on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. I've also recently had placements on, The Hills, Army Wives, Exs and Ohs, Make It or Break It, and Greek (to name a few). Some of the other fine people I've written with are, Becky Ninkovic and Stephen O'Shea (of You Say Party), Emily Jane, Motion Soundtrack, Lily Frost, Hannah Georgas, Eileen Roth, Marnie Mains, Ben Sigston, Carmen and Camille, Nat Jay, and my father, published poet and play-write, Patrick Friesen.

As a drummer I've gotten to perform and record with some pretty great people, in a wide variety of styles, including:

Marcy Playground, Issa (AKA Jane Siberry), Kelly Rowland (of Destiny's Child), Hannah Georgas, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Zolas, The Neversurprise, Motion Soundtrack, Adrienne Pierce, Lily Frost, Nat Jay, Winston, Rick Waines, Mark Berube, The Painted Birds, Christa Couture, David Blair, Stephen Hedley, Patrick Brealey, Eileen Rothe, Bocephus King, Justine Bennett, Mike Weterings, Andrew Allen, Chantel Upshaw, Ben Sigston & The Abramson Singers.

Some of the producers I've worked with are, Thom Russo (Audioslave, Johnny Cash), Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Jimmy Page), Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter, Kelly Rowland), Howard Redekopp (New Pornographers, Teagan and Sara), Vince Jones (Alanis Morissette, Dave Gahan), Bill Bell (Jason Mraz, Tara MacLean), Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas), Mathew Yelton (Pixies, Frank Black), John Ellis (Barney Bentall,


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Jane Siberry), Winston Hauschild (Hey Ocean!, Hannah Georgas), Shawn Cole (You Say Party! We Say Die!, Bend Sinister), Hipjoint Productions (Kresha Turner), and, Futcher (The Be Good Tanyas, Lillix). I have also regularly performed in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival with such artists as Bruno Hubert, Steve Fisk, Gord Grdina, and George McFetrich, as well as having recorded with Experimental Jazz artists Marilyn Lerner and Peggy Lee.

Basically, I love diversity and the challenge of making something new. I'm available for regular work in and around Vancouver, BC, for both studio, live, and/or co-writing, but would also be open to out-of-town and/or touring opportunities with the right project.

One thing I've become quite excited about is, the idea of collaborating with artists anywhere in the world using online file transfers. Check out the ftp recording page to find out more.