Uncommon Studios LA
"..Widely recognized as one of the greatest drummers of the
rock era both as a live and session drummer..." says The Rolling
Stone of Kenny
Aronoff whose drum solo appears on classics like John Mellencamp
song: "Jack and Diane"
Now, that we've got you humming, think of this. It's truly uncommon
to dominate the musical landscape of both live and session work
for a solid three decades.
Meet studio ambassador and uncommon drummer Kenny Aronoff. Today,
Aronoff continues to play in some of the world's legendary studios,
Arenas, 9000+ capacity concert halls, and on major TV shows like
the Super Bowl, Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Foundation, to name
It's a treat for us Angelinos to find Aronoff right here at home
playing intimate venues like The Lucy's, The Baked Potatoe or at
his own recording studio in North Hollywood called what else? Uncommon
John Legend and Alicia Keys
LA is located in the same building with Hollywood Studio Rentals.
This is where artists like John Fogerty, Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens,
Michael Landau, and many others store their prized gear. "Owner
Chris Johnson also owns Drum Paradise where I have a lot of my drums
stored for sessions. Chris and his team do cartage for all of us.
I took over John Shanks' room, and converted it into a practice
and recording studio," says Aronoff who keeps his choice 18
mics up there, ready to record all the time. "We ran a snake
from my room across the hall into a control room where I have my
BAE Pre ams and EQs, and other gear to make my sound amazing,"
"People either come to us with hard drives or send me files
through the internet. I make very very detailed charts of each song
before any one shows up so I am not waisting any time recording,"
With Peter Frampton, Keith Urban, Steve Lukather and John Mayer
has graced covers of many Drum Magazines for over 20 years and travelled
the TV show circuites to include: 2014 Beatles 50 Special, Ellen
DeGenerous, Grammys, David Letterman Show, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGenerous,
Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Austin City Limits, to
name a few.
He has toured with the likes of John Mellencamp, Bob Segere, Smashing
Pumpkins, John Fogerty, Joe Cocker, Melissa Etheridge, STYX,
The Jefferson Airplane, Goo Goo Dolls and and Richard Thompson.
Aronoff is one of four rotating drummers in Daryl Hall's house band
for his Live From Daryl's House webcast. As of 2011, Aronoff is
to jam with members of Chickenfoot and is confirmed to tour with
the band promoting their second album, temporarily filling in with
Chad Smith who is unable to participate in the tour due to commitments
with his main band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Aronoff
makes time for
drum clinics too!
on Jimmy kimmel Show
room is all wired by Mogami 2552 Cable With Neutrik connectors and
features a MTA 980 series console with API mods (32 Input 24 returns).
Recording engineer, Nathan Staley has his mixing board, protools
and other gear. Uncommon
Studios LA feature: Pro Tools|HD3 system with a Mac Pro Dual G5
2.0GHz 8G RAM; 3 Digidesign PCI Core - 1 Core 2 Accell; Pro Tools
HD 8.0.1 Software; Digidesign 192 i/o & 96 i/o AD - DA Converters.
Aronoff demonstrates how he interprets the groove and fills
on the song "Soap On A Rope," from Chickenfoot's eponymous
2009 debut album, originally recorded by Chad Smith.
Uncommon studios LA is a drum heaven filled with percussion instruments
that can only satisfy its master.
Studios LA features some of Aronoff's vintage Ludwig Snares and
special Zildjian cymbals. "My main drum kit is a Tama starclassic
maple that has been on many tours and sesssions with me.
I think the kit has aged well and become a combination of a vintage
and modern sounding drum kit," says Aronoff Kenny Aronoff main
drum kit sizes: 24"x16" kick, 10",12", 16"
and 18" Toms. He also has lots of vintage drums available.
is one of the world's most influential and
in-demand drummers. With a style of playing that combines power
and finesse, Kenny was named the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the #1
Studio Drummer for five consecutive years by the readers of Modern
Drummer Magazine, and in addition has played on over 30 Grammy-nominated
recordings. Some of the musicians Aronoff has played with include:
John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen,
Sting, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Sammy Hagar, Jon Bon
Jovi, Slash, Dave Grohl, Steven Tyler, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Chris
Cornell, Santana, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan,
Iggy Pop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alanis Morissette,
Avril Laavigne, Neil Dimaond, Celine Dion, Mick Jagger, Meatloaf,
Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones,
Alicia Keys, John Legend, Alice Cooper, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings,
Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Kid Rock, Garth Brooks, Rob
Thomas, Steve Windwood, Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Sheryl Crow, David
Crosby, Natashia Bedingfield, Nelly Furtado, Cyndi Lauper, Shelby
Lynne, Pat Monahan (Train), Shooter Jennings, Lucinda Williams,
Kris Kristopherson, Carroll King, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples,
Merle Haggard, to name only a few.
records when he's not on tour or doing sessions for signed and unsigned
artists or bands.
"I produced and played drums on for a new artist, Matt
Gold (above). Dave Bianco engineered with bass player Lee Sklar,
Tm Pierce on guitar and Kevin Savigar on synths. "Amazing players
they rock..," says Aronoff who can work with all kinds of budgets
at his place, at Uncommon Studios LA. Gold's album is due out Spring
Aronoff recently recorded 2 songs on Rod
Stewart's new cd, also he recorded for Brian Wilson, Trace Adkins,
new cd due out May 2014 and many others.
part of producing is taking a song, creating a vision with the artist
and then going after that vision by hiring the right musicians,
getting the right feel, sounds and performances from everyone."
with Yo Yo Ma at Kennedy Center Honors photo by Georgina
of creating a studio was to make it possible for artists who want
to work with me but have a smaller budget or have no record deals.
The music business has changed so much, I saw a need to adapt,"
says Aronoff who recently has toured with Chickenfoot and Joe Cocker.
photos by Jason Powell
Who has been
recording at Uncommon Studios LA?
Kill The Alarm, Kid Rock, Trace Adkins, Paul Gilbert, bodeans, Camryn,
Beverly, Skylar, Ryan Orway, Jon Guilesspie, Amanda McCoy, Bill
Bell, Setting Fires, The Moog, Paolo Preite, Jason Humphrey, Jessie
Blaze Snider, David Lane, Joe Floyd, Mark Moran, Max, Jason Sadites,
Paul Dexter, Steve Ouimette, Tidewater, Stone Glory, Velvet Saints,
John Kerr, Bruce Miller, Owen Campbell, Jason Wibur, Erik Bennett,
Fernando Laura, Adam Michaelson, Joe Sciacca, Johan Liljedahl, Keith
Cornella, Tragedy, Ron Armstrong, Jeau James, Karen Nash, Sticky
Fingers, Michael Smith, Tommy Korberg, Kerry Hotchkiss, to name
talk about Game-Changing
Moments we should all look
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