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Ryan Colaco

Retronome, Vital Signs


With MEINL since:



May 12, 1978

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Drumming since:


Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:

Road-train truck driver probably

Favorite Food:

Anything home cooked actually!

Favorite Drink:

Fresh lime soda & beer


Mr. Jeffrey Pope

Highlight of your career so far:

From myself & a band’s viewpoint, 3 albums with Kryptos, sharing stage & meeting Iron Maiden. 2 German tours & playing in some amazing festivals there, AFM Record Label signing while with Kryptos.

Drumming strengths:

Both, open-handed as well as a cross-over player

Drumming means to me:

It’s a way of life & self-discovery!!  It’s a personal journey & yet, you can also share the vibe with an audience & bring a whole bunch of people together for a brief period of time, that’s quite fulfilling & exciting for all concerned!

Advice for up and coming drummers:

It’s important to develop very good “listening skills” all instruments you come across;  Through practice, establish a good connection with “the sound of the drums”, so you know what you want to say while playing;  Enjoy the practice behind the stage ‘cause that’ll reflect & show while you’re under the spotlight;  “Reinforce the basics” ‘cause there’s nothing like a strong foundation to make you feel & play like a drummer & feel comfortable & confident on the drums!  

How would you describe yourself:

Normal, for the most part, give or take a few marbles here & there!  

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

“Goodnight” with no regrets or unfinished business!!