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Erik Hargrove

Pro-Artist, Educator

Former Drummer of: James Brown & Bootsy Collins

Erik Hargrove is a seasoned professional musician with over 41 years of experience, during which time he

has earned a reputation as a world-class drummer and percussionist. He has performed on stages in six of

the seven continents, playing with some of the most iconic names in music.

One of Erik's most significant accomplishments was his seven-year tenure as a member of The Late Great

James Brown's band, where he shared the stage with musical legends such as Michael Jackson, Sting,

Slash, Lenny Kravitz, Pavarotti, Elton John, Victor Wooten, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, and Thomas


After Mr. Brown's passing, Erik teamed up with another living legend of funk, Mr. Bootsy Collins, for his "A

Tribute to James Brown" world tour. Erik has also collaborated with other notable artists, including

alternative rock band Sister Hazel and Thomas McClary, the founder, guitarist, and singer of The


In 2013, Erik was interviewed by Thailand's leading drum magazine, "DrumNote," which published some of

his drum set compositions. He was only the second foreigner ever to grace the magazine's cover. Erik later

reunited with Bootsy Collins's New Rubber Band in 2013-2015 and performed globally.

Erik's work with Will Robinson on the famed "Isan Project" has earned him high respect and admiration

among some of Thailand's most important people.

Aside from performing, Erik is passionate about sharing his expertise with aspiring drummers. In 2021, he

authored his first instructional book, "Control Your Drumming," which provides practical tips for improving

drumming skills.

MANAGEMENT: Will Robinson -

Erik's most recent performances have been with Asian pop stars David Tao, and he assisted JJ Lin in

launching his 20-year anniversary

Erik Hargrove
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