“Earthworks Audio opened up a whole new world for me and has inspired me to incorporate technology into my drumming, so now I’m on a mission to spread the word and share my talent with the world.”
-Anthony King on his DrumKit™ System
Anthony King was born in Monterey, California. He comes from a musical family and is the youngest of six children. Anthony’s father, Jesse Sr., was a drummer in New York in his youth and his mother, a New York native as well, was a vocalist and piano player. She was the director of the choir in the local C.O.G.I.C church in Seaside, California where Anthony grew up. As early as 3 years old, Anthony would sit on the piano bench in church as his mother would play and sing. His older brothers and sisters also played instruments, with his older brother David being the first influence in his life. What made this so special is that David is vision impaired and would often be led to the drums with both eyes patched. David had many funk bands in the mid 70′s and would let Anthony watch as he controlled the rehearsals with his groove.
Listening to the horn bands of that era, James Brown, CunFunkshun, Brass Construction, Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and the Average White Band, molded Anthony into listening to arrangement, dynamics and pocket. In the mid 70′s, Anthony’s father would take the family to the city parades where in 1979, the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps changed his life. A few years later, Anthony found himself auditioning for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps Drum Line. However, due to falling grades in school, his mother made the right decision to pull him away from that activity.
After high school, jazz fusion was an influence. Two very important recordings would change everything for Anthony; Road Games by Alan Holdsworth and Slow Motion by Andy Narrell. Both drummers on those records, Chad Wackerman and, now great friend, William Kennedy opened his approach to music and drumming.
Anthony has worked for Motown Records & Polygram International Records. He has toured with Rosie Gaine’s formerly of Prince, John Cortes Sextet and Edwin Hawkins, Grammy Award winning vocalist Tony Lindsay of Santana, Ms. Monet, vocalist of Tower of Power Larry Bragg, as well as alto saxophonist of TOP Tom Politzer and former trumpet player for TOP Mic Gillette, bassist Myron Dove and Doobie Brother bassist Skylark. Anthony was awarded two time Drummer of the Year of the Gospel Emmy Awards and in 1994, Anthony was voted the Best Unsigned Drummer in Northern California by BAM magazine readers pole.
Today, Anthony performs with Grammy Award winning vocalist Tony Lindsay (Santana, Dancing with the Stars), as well as Ms. Monet (Celine Dion, Dancing with the Stars). He also has his own band that tours and performs in Brazil once a year, where Anthony also gives his time to teach, mentor and encourage young children sponsored by the American Embassy and Bourbon Street Productions.
In Spring 2010 Anthony tracked the drums for his up-and-coming debut CD produced by close friend and wonderful guitarist, Mello Jr. This CD will feature all Earthworks Audio HD Microphones using Protools HD. The CD will also feature some of Brazil’s most talented young musicians, as well as some veteran musicians from Brazil with styles ranging from smooth jazz to rock fusion.
2011 Update for Anthony King:
September 29th & 30th, 2011 The Laguna Drum Festival in Torreon Coahula Mexico
I’m honored to have been invited to perform at this event that has hosted a number of world class drummers including: Heracio “el negro” Hernandez, Gordon Campbell, Derrek Roddy, Johnny Rabb, Derico Watson, Antonio Sanchez and this year I’ll be in the line up with Dave Weckl and Aquiles Prister.
October 12th – 23rd in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Bourbon Street Music Club with Grammy Award Winning Vocalist of Santana, Tony Lindsay.
Also in Brazil I will be finishing up my first solo CD as well as a studio performance DVD, I’ll be conducting a master class and recording with Brazilian Blues Artist, Amleto Barboni.