DAVIDE “DAVE” DE ANGELI – BIO

Davide De Angeli starts studying percussion instruments at the age of 12 at the Musical Institute of San Marino Republic. In addition to drums he started studying timpani, marimba and vibes, but later he decide to focus mainly on drums.

In 2000, at the age of 18 he starts working in a musical instruments shop and backline rent based in the Republic of San Marino. Since then, he start going on the road working as Roadie / Drumtech with world renowned artists and at the same time managing the percussion department at the shop.

He has worked as drum tech and technical assistant for Queen, Deep Purple, James Brown, Chic & Nile Rodgers, Enrique Iglesias, Patti Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sting, Keith Emerson Band, Eric Burdon (Animals), Incognito, BB King, Sergio Mendez, Gilberto Gil, Roy Hargrove, Ian Anderson, Manà, Procol Harum, Linea 77 and many others.

Touring and working with different artists enriches his knowledge about drums and gears, as he has the chance to closely watch and test set-ups from many drummers in different stages, from theaters to stadiums, from clubs to and small venues.

He played with different rock and metal bands over the years and in 2008 he joined the Punkrock band Not4Wedding with which he toured around the country, opening live shows for bands such as Deep Purple, Good Charlotte, Frankie Hi-NRG, Meganoidi, Skiantos. He loves going back to the roots of musical instruments, so he starts looking back at the origins of the drums. He starts collecting vintage drums and studying how the shells used to be built: he literally falls in love with them.

He discovers a completely new world about shells construction: the woods, the edges, the hoops, so he finally has a 360° view of the drum.

In 2011 he studies with the American drummer Steve Pearson who helped him expand his musical knowledge and his language on the drums. That same year he jumps on a new professional challenge and he joins a swing band. In 2009 he starts a collaboration with UFIP Cymbals and in 2010 with Drum Art (snares and sticks) for which he design different products, in particular a drumstick model called 5AB Extreme in 2010 (which has laid the foundations for the Lele Melotti signature model) and the 85B Explosion in 2018. Thanks to their features, several top Italian players have chosen these drumsticks.

In 2013 he opens a YouTube channel called "YourDrumSound" and records an online streaming video tutorial called "How to reach your drum sound" in English language, the course is meant to deepen all the technical aspects of the drums.
In the meantime, his drum collection keeps growing and he acquires several classic and rare drums, often never seen in Italy (see rental section) and he decides to start renting them to recording studios, for tracking and sample sessions.

In 2018 all the experience gained on stage as tech, joined with his live performances as drummer, led him to record a video course which focus on the most discussed topic among drummers: tuning and drums choice.
The course explains the method that he has used on stage and in the studio for many years, using notes and musical intervals as reference point to reach the sound you need quickly and keep it consistent overtime. Thanks to these features, many professional and touring drummers are using this method.
In 2019 he design a snare drum for Drum Art called "Fat Boy" that instantly gains the attention of many drummers and drum shops at NAMM 2020, among them the well-known vintage expert Steve Maxwell.