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Brian Mantia is a drummer. He has played with bands like Primus and Guns N' Roses, and with other popular performers such as Buckethead and Tom Waits. A session drummer at practice A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... Primus is a rock band formed in California in the mid-1980s. ... Guns N Roses (GNR) is an American hard rock band that gained fame during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Buckethead Buckethead is the stage name of Brian Carroll, an avant-garde guitarist and composer. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...

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History

Drummer Brian “Brain" Mantia has played with some of rock's more cult/fringe artists (Praxis, Primus, Tom Waits, Buckethead, Godflesh), as well as more mainstream/renown ones (Guns N' Roses). Raised in the South Bay city of Cupertino, CA, Mantia became interested in such ‘groove heavy' artists as James Brown, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix early on, but it wasn't until he was 16 years old that Mantia began playing drums. Shortly thereafter, Mantia acquired the nickname “Brain" while playing in a high school concert band, due to his obsession with the complex Anthony Cirone book, "Portraits in Rhythm." Mantia continued to perfect his drumming skills, by studying at such music schools as the Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood. The mid ‘80s saw Mantia join the San Francisco Bay Area funk-rock band, the Limbomaniacs, who broke up later in the decade, but reformed to issue a lone full-length in 1990, Stinky Grooves. Praxis is the name of an ever-changing Bill Laswell musical project. ... Primus is a rock band formed in California in the mid-1980s. ... Godflesh was an industrial metal and noise rock band from Birmingham, England, formed in 1988 by Justin K. Broadrick (guitar, vocals, and programming) and G. C. Green (bass). ... Cali Mill Plaza (Cupertino City Center) is located on the intersection of Stevens Creek and De Anza Boulevards where the village of Westwood was established. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ... Led Zeppelin were an English rock band. ... James Marshall Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, innovator, and cultural icon. ... ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


From there, Mantia played with a variety of other outfits, including M.I.R.V. (Cosmodrome, Feeding Time on Monkey Island), MCM and the Monster (Collective Emotional Problems), and Tom Waits (Bone Machine), before co-forming the funk/experimental supergroup, Praxis. Included in the group were Parliament-Funkadelic veterans Bootsy Collins (bass) and Bernie Worrell (keyboards), as well as masked guitarist Buckethead and producer Bill Laswell -- resulting in countless releases throughout the ‘90s (including such standouts as Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis, Transmutation Live, and Warzsawa, among countless others). Mantia continued to work with Buckethead even outside of Praxis -- playing on such solo Buckethead albums as Giant Robot and Monsters and Robots. MCM can refer to: Mathematical Contest in Modeling, challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems. ... Bootsy Collins on the cover of Bootsys Rubber Bands Live in Louisville 1978 William Bootsy Collins (born October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a pioneering funk bassist, singer, and songwriter. ... Bernie Worrell Bernie Worrell (born April 19, 1944) is originally from Long Beach, New Jersey but grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. ... Buckethead Buckethead is the stage name of Brian Carroll, an avant-garde guitarist and composer. ... Bill Laswell (born February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Detroit, Michigan) is a prolific bassist, producer, and record label owner who has collaborated with hundreds of musicians all over the world. ...


The late ‘90s saw Mantia appear on releases by Godflesh (Songs of Love and Hate, Love and Hate in Dub), and longtime friends, Primus (whom Mantia was briefly a member of in 1989, before a broken foot led to his exit). His second go-around with Primus proved more fruitful, as Mantia toured extensively with the trio and played on such albums as The Brown Album, Rhinoplasty, and Anti-Pop. Already boasting quite an impressive musical resume, it was about to get even greater, as Axl Rose invited Mantia to join his overhauled version of Guns N' Roses (at the insistence of Buckethead, who was brought onboard as Slash's replacement). Mantia appeared with the group throughout sporadic live dates in 2001 (the Rock in Rio III Festival) and 2002 (the MTV Video Music Awards), while continuing to lay down tracks for the oft-delayed new Guns N' Roses studio release, Chinese Democracy." source: All Music Guide This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Guns N Roses (GNR) is an American hard rock band that gained fame during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...


Mantia appears on the song "Circles" on Brian Transeau's 2003 release Emotional Technology. BT holding a M-Audio Ozonic keyboard Brian Transeau (born Brian Wayne Transeau on October 4, 1971 in Rockville, Maryland) is an electronica musician who records under the stage name BT. When recording with other artists he has used the aliases Kaistar, Libra Dharma, Prana, Elastic Reality, Elastic Chakra, GTB... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Emotional Technology is the fourth album by electronica artist Brian Transeau, also known as BT. It features vocals by JC Chasez, Rose McGowan, and Transeau himself, among others. ...


As of June 2006, Brain is touring Europe with Guns N' Roses. On June 21, 2006 it was announced he was taking a short break from the GNR tour to spend time with his pregnant wife, who gave birth July 4th, 2006.


Equipment

Drums

26" x 14" Green Ludwig Vistalite Bass drum
14" x 5-1/2" Ludwig Vistalite Black Beauty snare
14" North Floor Tom
6" North Tom
13" x 9" Red Ludwig Vistalite Floor Tom
18" x 16" Amber Ludwig Vistalite


Percussion

6" Black LP Cowbell


Cymbals

Zildjian
13" A quickbeat hi hats
A Medium thin crash
8" EFX 1
16" A Medium crash
8" A splash
6" Zil-Bel
21" A Rock Ride
18" A China Low
The Zildjian logo as seen from the official website The Avedis Zildjian Company is the worlds largest manufacturer of cymbals and drum sticks and the oldest continuously operating company in the US. // History The first cymbals were formed in 1618 in Constantinople by one Avedis, who, while looking for...


Electronics

2 Technics SL-1210MKZ Turntables with an M44Gs stylus
Vestax PMCO5PRO DJMixer


Selected discography

With Primus

Primus is a rock band formed in California in the mid-1980s. ... The Brown Album is an album by alternative rock band Primus. ... It has been suggested that Rhinoplasty (Primus album) be merged into this article or section. ... Antipop is an album by Primus, released on October 19, 1999. ...

With Buckethead

  • Colma - 1998
  • Monsters and Robots - 1999
  • The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell - 2004

Colma is a small town in San Mateo County, California, at the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula next to Daly City and South San Francisco. ...

With Giant Robot

Giant Robot NTT is an album by the band Giant Robot led by guitarist Buckethead, the album was released in 1996. ...

With Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains

Les Claypool - Vocals, Bass Buckethead - Guitar Bernie Worrell - Keyboards Brian Brain Mantia - Drums // Biography Les Claypool, bassist of many bands, including Primus, collaborated with virtuoso guitarist Buckethead, funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell, and former Primus drummer Brain (Brian Mantia) under the name Colonel Claypools Bucket of Bernie Brains (a combination... The Big Eyeball in the Sky is a 2004 album by Colonel Claypools Bucket of Bernie Brains, distributed by the Prawn Song label. ...

With Guns N' Roses

Guns N Roses (GNR) is an American hard rock band that gained fame during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Chinese Democracy is a long-delayed album from Guns N Roses that remains in production with an expected release in Fall 2006. ...

External links

Guns N' Roses
Axl Rose | Dizzy Reed | Robin Finck | Tommy Stinson | Chris Pitman | Brian Mantia | Richard Fortus | Ron Thal
Former Members: Ole Beich | Rob Gardner | Tracii Guns | Steven Adler | Izzy Stradlin | Gilby Clarke | Slash | Matt Sorum | Duff McKagan | Josh Freese | Paul Tobias | Buckethead
Discography
Albums: Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide | Appetite for Destruction | G N' R Lies | Use Your Illusion I | Use Your Illusion II | The Spaghetti Incident? | Use Your Illusion | Live Era: '87-'93 | Greatest Hits | Chinese Democracy
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Adler's Appetite | LA Guns | Neurotic Outsiders | Nine Inch Nails | Primus | Slash's Snakepit | The Replacements | Velvet Revolver
Primus
Les Claypool | Larry LaLonde | Tim Alexander
Brian Mantia | Todd Huth | Jay Lane | Bob Cock
Discography
Albums/EPs: Suck on This | Frizzle Fry | Sailing the Seas of Cheese | Miscellaneous Debris | Pork Soda | Tales from the Punchbowl | Brown Album | Rhinoplasty | Antipop | Promo de Fromage | Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People | Hallucino-Genetics, Live 2004
Songs: "John the Fisherman" | "Too Many Puppies" | "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" | "Tommy the Cat" | "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers" | "My Name Is Mud" | "DMV" | "Mr. Krinkle" | "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" | "Southbound Pachyderm" | "Mrs. Blaileen" | "Shake Hands With Beef" | "Over the Falls" | "Lacquerhead"
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  Results from FactBites:
 
Brian Mantia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (576 words)
Raised in the South Bay city of Cupertino, CA, Mantia became interested in such ‘groove heavy' artists as James Brown, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix early on, but it wasn't until he was 16 years old that Mantia began playing drums.
Shortly thereafter, Mantia acquired the nickname “Brain" while playing in a high school concert band, due to his obsession with the complex Anthony Cirone book, "Portraits in Rhythm." Mantia continued to perfect his drumming skills, by studying at such music schools as the Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood.
The late ‘90s saw Mantia appear on releases by Godflesh (Songs of Love and Hate, Love and Hate in Dub), and longtime friends, Primus (whom Mantia was briefly a member of in 1989, before a broken foot led to his exit).
Brown Album - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (335 words)
Many avid Primus followers attribute their strong disliking of this album to the departure of drummer Tim Alexander, and the new introduction of Brian "Brain" Mantia.
Mantia is still a skilled drummer, with an amazing sense of rhythm and speedy movements, which is key to Primus's frantic and complicated tunes.
However, Mantia's drumming style is considerably more straight forward than Alexander's fast and finessy style.
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