My passion is making music.
Drawing early influence from rock icons like Peart, Bonham and Baker, growing up with fusion-era pioneers like Weckl, Gadd, Vinnie & DC, to today's genre-bending artists like Questlove, Mark Guiliana, Ash Soan and Chris Dave: my playing style is a hybrid of these years of studying drummers and applying pieces to my own playing.
As a certified ProTools 110 level operator and graduate of The College of Saint Rose’s Music Production program, in addition to working on dozens of sessions, I am
qualified and proficient with engineering and producing your session. I currently produce out of Modern Day Studios, where I also teach private lessons Mon-Wed.
I currently live and work out of downtown Albany, New York and available for hire for gigs, sessions and remote sessions. If you'd like to know more about me, check out my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Location: Upstate New York
What I Do: Produce, Drum, Teacher
Owner of: Enstrumental.co
Highlight Gigs: SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Monster Energy Tour, multiple national tours.
My gear selection matches my diverse playing style -- with gear ranging from vintage, warm sound of walnut drums to that punchy sound of today, made by brand new high-end Maple and mixed wood hybrid shells.
Pair this with a versatile cymbal collection, diverse snare collection, sampled electronics and countless percussion options, I can get any sound you or the song calls for.
"Here the light fades up onto the rest of the band. They’re definitely not a mechanized backing track, either. They’re personable. They’re human. Instead of being “the band,” for a solo artist, the whole group works as a cohesive unit to bring an emotional element to the music.
This is reminiscent of Mirk’s previous endeavors. The soulful element of this album appears especially in tracks like “Turn Me On"... the album also contains some of Grind’s driving rock beats – provided by Stephen Struss."
"Grind" was my first full-length with Mirk. The drums on the album are all live, played in our studio then heavily edited, effected, sampled and sometimes looped to recreate the feel of a classic sampled hip-hop album, but with unlimited source material and grooves. The end result are some very unique sounding drums. Credits and thanks to executive producer and singer at large, Josh Mirsky!
Leftovers from the Atomic Microwave (2012)
In the distant past, people used to get together with musical instruments and good pizza do something known simply as "record breh". This is the last know "album" made in this fashion.
Submitted (and approved!) as the final project for friend and talented Long Island bassist Ryan DiPietrantonio, LftAM features weird noises and funny song names, but mostly the phrase "I don't care, just play something cool!"
Spanish Ricky (Unreleased)
"Who's Ricky Spanish?"
When I am playing drums, driving a car or paying my taxes, I'm known as Stephen Struss. But behind an MPC or Macbook Pro, call me Ricky Spanish. (Riiiicky Spaaaanish)
"Crowd Surf" by Mirk. Featured on "Run" (2015)
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