Hello.
I am a drummer & designer from
New York.

Gear.

My gear selection matches my diverse playing style. With gear ranging from vintage, warm sound of acrylic drums to that punchy sound of today; made by brand new high-end Maple and mixed wood hybrid shells.

Pair this with an eclectic cymbal collection, diverse snare collection, sampled electronics and countless percussion options, I can get any sound you or the song calls for.  My gear is also rent-able for studio and live use.

About Me.

 

I love making music, but my passion is playing the drums.

 

Drawing early influence from rock gods like Peart, Bonham and Ringo, transitioning through chops-heavy legends like Weckl, Chambers & Royster Jr, leading to groove players like Questlove, Garibadi, Deitch, Jordan 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, I am qualified and proficient with recording software, methods and styles of recording and mixing / mastering. I've worked both as an artist and/or producer on a variety of sessions, a few of which are available for listen below.

 

I currently live in downtown Albany, New York and manage an office and 2,500 sqft rehearsal/studio/teaching space in Troy, New York. If you'd like to know more, check out my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Quick Bio

Age:  26

Years Playing:  12

Styles: Funk, hip-hop, soul, rock

Owner of:  Enstrumental.co

Plays For:  Girl Blue, Rob Boss, Thump Gospel & Mr. Cheeks of the Lost Boyz.
Previously with MIRK.

Highlight Gigs: SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Monster Energy Tour

Portfolio.

Mirk
Run  (2015)

 

"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."

Mirk
Grind  (2012)

 

"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!

RDCFO
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!"

Ricky Spanish
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)

 

Live Setup.
DW Collectors Series FinishPly - 100% Maple
Sabian Cast Cymbals
Eleectronics & Everything Else
Blue Glass Glitter with Chrome Hardware

22x18 Kick - Evans EMADII Clear / Custom Resonate Head by Elysium Classics.
(w/ internal Shure Beta 52 on a Kelly Shu internal Kick Mount, MAY Air Vent Adapter)
20x14 Kick - Evans EMAD II Clear / DW Reso
(w/ internal Shure Beta 52 on a Kelly Shu internal Kick Mount, MAY Air Vent Adapter)
10x7 Rack Tom -Evans G2 Clear / Evans G1 Reso
12x8 Rack Tom - Evans G2 Clear / Evans G1 Reso
14x14 Floor Tom - Evans G2 Clear / Evans G1 Reso
16x14 Floor Tom - Evans EMADI Clear Kick Head / Evans EQ3 Kick Reso
All toms equipped with DW Diecast Hoops

14x6 Trick Custom Snare - Aluminum Shell, Evans HD Dry / Evans Hazy Reso
14x6.5 Ludwig LM402
16" Hats: 16" HH Sound Conrol Crash over 16" HHXevoution O-Zone Crash
14" Hand Hammered Manhattan Jazz Groove Hats
21" HHX Groove Ride (Used as a Crash)
22" Hand Hammered Jazz Ride
20" Hand Hammered Jazz Ride (Used as a Crash)
21" HHX Evolution Ride (Used as a Crash)
Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
Porter & Davies BC-2 Tactile Drum Monitor
Shure SCL-4 In-Ears + Wireless Transmitter
DW 9000 Pedals and Hardware
Evans Drumheads
SKB Roto-X Molded Tour Cases
Vic Firth 2B Drumsticks, Natural Tip
Puresound Snare Drum Wires
Studio Setup A.
Pearl Reference Series - Mixed Wood Shell Kit
Purple Craze with Chrome Hardware

20x16 Kick - Evans EMADII Clear / Pearl Reference Reso
(w/ Kickport)
8x7 Rack Tom - Evans G2 / Evans G1 Reso
10x8 Rack Tom - Evans G2 / Evans G1 Reso
12x9 Rack Tom - Evans G2 / Evans G1 Reso
14x14 Floor Tom - Evans G2 / Evans G1 Reso
16x16 Floor Tom - Evans G2 / Evans G1 Reso)


13x6.5 Matching Reference Snare - 20 Ply Maple + Birch - Evans HD Dry / Evans Hazy Reso
14x5.5 Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Snare - Red Glass - Evans HD Dry / Evans Hazy 300 Reso
Sabian Cast Cymbals
Sabian 12” AA Mini Hats
Sabian 13” HHXevoution Dave Weckl Hi-Hats
Sabian 14” AAX Stage Hats
Sabian 21” Hand Hammered Raw Bell Dry Ride
Sabian 16” Hand Hammered Sound Control Crash
Sabian 16” HHXevoution Dave Weckl Crash
Sabian 16” HHXevoution Dave Weckl O-Zone Crash
Sabian 16” AAX Stage Crash
Sabian 17” AAXplosion Crash
Sabian 18” AAXplosion Crash (X2)
Sabian 20” AAXplosion Crash
Sabian 19” AA Metal-X Crash
Sabian 06” AAX Splash
Sabian 07” HHXevoution Dave Weckl Splash
Sabian 08” AAX Splash
Sabian 10” Hand Hammered Splash
Sabian 10” AAX Splash
Sabian 10” HHX Splash
Sabian 13” AA El Sabor Salsa Splash
Sabian 18” Signature John Blackwell Jr. Jia China
Sabian 14” AA Clock-tagon
Eleectronics & Everything Else
Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
Porter & Davies BC-2 Tactile Drum Monitor
Shure SCL-4 In-Ears + Wireless Transmitter
DW 9000 Pedals (not pictured)
Pearl ICON Series 4-sided Drum Rack
SKB Roto-X Molded Tour Cases
Vic Firth 2B Drumsticks, Natural Tip
Puresound Snare Drum Wires
Studio Setup B.
Ludwig Vistalite (1976) - Acrylic Shell Kit
Clear Acrylic with Chrome Hardware

22x16 Kick - Remo Powerstroke 3 / Ludwig Script Reso
12x8 Rack Tom (Not Used) - Remo Pinstripe / Remo Ambassador
13x9 Rack Tom - Remo Pinstripe / Remo Ambassador
16x16 Floor Tom -Remo Pinstripe / Remo Ambassador


14x6.5 Ludwig Supra Chrome over Brass 402 Snare, Chrome Finish w/ Chrome Hardware - Remo Ambassador / Remo Ambassador
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