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Nathan VanDame

Hit The Lights


With MEINL since:



October 25, 1981

Zodiac Sign:


Place of birth:

Rochester, NY

Currently living in:

Easton, PA

Favorite MEINL cymbal:

Byzance Traditional Medium Ride 24"

Drumming since:


Car that you currently drive:

My girlfriends 2004 Toyota Corolla

Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:

I love snowboarding almost as much as drumming.

Favorite Food:


Favorite Drink:

Arnold Palmer Iced Tea


Jason Smay (Los Straightjackets) when I was super young.

Highlight of your career so far:

Touring with some of my favorite bands in Australia & Japan.

Drumming strengths:

I think a good strength of mine is that I'm so hard on myself when it comes to playing prefect. Its something that has helped better all aspects of my playing over the years. I also like to hit really hard which takes out my aggression and makes me more laid back...haha.  

Drumming means to me:

Drumming has consumed my life for the last 20 years. I wouldn't be the person I am or met the people/friends I have if it wasn't a part of my everyday life.  

Advice for up and coming drummers:

Make sure you start practicing early to a click track as it will be a huge help in the future. Also just jam to records you love and have fun because that's what drumming should be.  

How would you describe yourself:

I love to work hard for the things I want and love, but I try to have a fun along the way.  

When I look back on my life one day, I would like to be able to say:

I have no regrets touring the world. I've been able to play to some of the greatest fans in the world and see some of the most amazing countries.