Hello!
I am a drummer
& producer
from New York.

About Me.

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.

 

 

Quick Bio

Age:  27

Location:  Upstate New York

What I Do:  Produce, Drum, Teacher

Owner of:  Enstrumental.co

Plays For:  The Sea The SeaRob Boss, Thump Gospel & Mr. Cheeks of the Lost Boyz.
Previously with MIRK.

Highlight Gigs: SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Monster Energy Tour,  multiple national tours.

Gear.

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.

My gear is also available to rent for studio and live use.

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
(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 Coated / Evans G1 Reso
12x8 Rack Tom - Evans G2 Coated / Evans G1 Reso
14x14 Floor Tom - Evans G2 Coated / Evans G1 Reso
16x14 Floor Tom - Evans G2 Coated / Evans G1 Reso

All toms equipped with DW Diecast Hoops

14x6.5 Ludwig Black Beauty
14x6.5 Ludwig LM402
13x6 DW EDGE Brass + Maple
14x6 Trick Custom Snare - Aluminum Shell
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
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.
George Way Drum Co. - 2017 Walnut
Walnut Shells, Chrome Single Lug Hardware

24x14 Kick - Evans EMAD II Coated / Custom DrumArt Reso
13x9 Rack Tom - Evans Calftone / Evans G1 Clear
16x16 Floor Tom - Evans Calftone / Evans G1 Clear


14x6.5 Ludwig Black Beauty w/ Tube Lugs - Evans HD Dry / Evans Reso Snare
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