Chris Dave was named one of the 100 greatest drummers of all time by Rolling Stone and has been round the world and back playing for and recording with some of music’s most established and iconic artists including: Adele, Maxwell, D’Angelo, Beyoncé, Lupe Fiasco and much more.
‘Chris Dave And The Drumhedz’ consists of world-renowned musicians that always alternate. The band has featured great musician as Miles Davis, Gary Thomas and sometimes special guests as Mos Def, Bilal or Beyoncé to name a few.
In 2018 Chris Dave And The Drumhedz released their self-tittle record including hits “Black Hole” and “Dat Feelin”
You already know the Drumhedz. You just don’t know that you know the Drumhedz. They’ve been playing on your favorite albums for years, setting the tone or keeping time at the best shows you’ve ever seen, making the young stars sound like legends and the legends sound like gods, quietly stacking Grammys without ever delivering an acceptance speech, and moving onto the next gig with the simple satisfaction of a job well done. They’re the session players and the road warriors, or, “Cats that were looked over, but they’re bad,” in the words of the Drumhedz bandleader Chris Dave, who’s drummed for everyone from Adele to Bieber and Dolly to D’Angelo. “They all have stories like mine.” Sure enough, the group’s self-titled debut LP showcases a family of musicians whose credits coil like ivy around nearly every pillar of modern sound, getting together to do things to music they couldn’t on anyone else’s project.
“I never knew what it was going to sound like when we all got together,” says Chris. “But I could picture it, like, ‘This album is gonna take place in a portal. You’re getting away from Earth, from all the bullshit. You’re safe, but now you’re in our world.'”
It’s a place without genre, where elements of funk, soul, gospel, hip-hop and jazz mix until they’re an indistinguishable surging mass of solid groove. But this isn’t a jam session and Chris isn’t much for solos. His compositions are like his drumming: precise but tweaked just so, syncopated to allow the merging of multiple ideas, and flexible enough to triumph in all manner of tunings. As for this interstellar world’s residents, well, how much time do you have? There are nearly 50 Drumhedz, including artists such as Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), Kebbi Williams (sax), Frank Moka (percussion), Daniel Crawford (keys), Cleo “Pookie” Sample (keys), Thaddaeus Tribbett (bass), ELZHI (lyricist), and Keyon Harrold (horn), to old familiars like James Poyser (the Roots), Stokley Williams (Mint Condition) and Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), to fresh guests like Anderson Paak, Bilal, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Phonte Coleman.