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André Vard

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André Vard
André Vard live on drums.
Background information
GenresNu Metal, Rock Music, Jungle, Drum and bass, Electronic, Hip hop, Funk, Pop
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1996–present
LabelsKoronamusic
Associated actsKorona, Sonic Loops, A.C.I.M. Dancecrew
Websitewww.bionicsounds.com

André Vard (born on a November 9th) is a professional drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and sound designer based in Wiesbaden, Germany. He has worked and performed with artists such as Erick Decks, Kader Kesek (Megalomaniax), Randy Ponzio, Linkin Park, Pink, Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy and many others.

With his former band Korona he played at the Rock am Ring festival[1] in 2001, the Rock im Park festival[2], the Roskilde Festival[3] and other festivals, and as the opening act for some bands in the metal scene such as Ill Niño.

As a solo artist he performed at the Vienna Fashion Week, among others. His specialty, in the interplay of acoustic and electronic drums, is the dynamization of electronic drum sounds, as they are otherwise only generated by acoustic drums, but also in reverse, to make an acoustic drum set sound like an electronic drum kit.

Life[edit]

André Vard drummed on saucepans from an early age and still creates sounds with them today. He got his first drums at the age of 9 and he made his first public appearance with a school band. André Vard first acquired his skills in a drum project at his school at the time, then with a private drum teacher, where he learned basic exercises for the snare drum for a year. Later he briefly took part in workshops with the famous jazz drummer Janusz Maria Stefański and completed the master class at the Drummers Collective in New York City. But he is mainly a self-taught person. He has been making music professionally since 1996 and meanwhile also works in the studio as a sound designer, composer and music producer, among other things, for tv and film score, PC games as well as for other artists, bands and various companies. In addition, he develops his own sound projects, such as working with hip hop and street dance crews, for which he uses the noises generated by the dancers to develop individual sounds and then create drum beats and music from it. André Vard has also worked with the famous composer and musician Rolf Gehlhaar, with whom he had a deep friendship until Rolf’s death in 2019.

Discography[edit]

In 1996 the EP Da Phunk by the crossover / hip hop / funk band Funk-A-Tac was released. The solo projects United Beats Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and Short Cut Solos followed. In 2005, after several EPs, the band Korona released their debut album Beaking The Silence, from which some songs like Drying Out made it to number 1 in many popular internet charts.[4] André Vard is currently producing various songs and sounds for his multimedia project bionicsounds, which are also played on the radio.

Gear[edit]

André Vard plays a drum set combination of Spaun Drums (acoustic) and Roland V-Drums (electronic), cymbals from Sabian and / or Paiste, Factory Metal Percussion Cymbals, and the Demon Direct Drive pedal from Pearl, As an endorser of ICE STIX Germany[5] he has his own signature drum sticks.[6] He is also endorsed and supported by König & Meyer[7], Ableton, Cycling '74, Musik Meyer, Fischer Amps and Zaor.

Literature[edit]

  • STUZ – Studentenzeitung, 04/2004, Nr. 57, S. 36 (German)
  • Unclesally’s Magazine, 05/2005, Nr. 106, S. 90 (German)
  • FRITZ – Das Magazin, 05/2005, S. 22 (German)

References[edit]

  1. History Rock am Ring Website of the festival. Year 2001
  2. History Rock im Park Website of the festival. Year 2001
  3. Festival Guide 2001, S. 71, Intro Publishing
  4. Korona at BeSonic Website of the music streaming service. Year 2008
  5. List of ICE STIX Endorsers
  6. List of ICE STIX Signature Sticks
  7. List of K&M Endorsers (German)

External links[edit]


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