Rodney Caylor
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Rodney Caylor

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Rodney Caylor's performing credits include a list of know names. From performing on tour with Monty Colvin of the Galactic Cowboys (his solo project); to Atlantic recording artist Banshee frontman, Tommy Lee Flood; recording on instrumental rock guitarist Lonnie West's two albums; performing live in the Horde Festival in Wally Ingram's Drum Circle; recording for pop-rock songwriter/producer Marty Cheyka; and performing on publicity DVDs and commericals for the Sport Car Club of America.


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It's strange that the music industry is filled with stupid jokes about drummers when rock and roll music is completely dependent upon the beat. "I believe to be a truly great rock drummer," claims Rodney Caylor, "you have to truly love the music. Music is about rhythm, beat, and backbeat and that's what drumming is supposed to be about." The Kansas City native has been performing live and on record with everyone from local metal bands to classic rock cover bands and major label recording artists. "All I want to do is play," Caylor explains. "I love music and I love performing, and for me that's what it's all about."

From the age of seven until he was eighteen, Rodney studied drumming, finalizing his formal education at the Music Tech College of St. Paul, MN. In private instruction with some of the rock world's standout sticks men, Gordy Knudtson of Steve Miller Band, Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta, Ray Luzier of David Lee Roth's band and Army of Anyone, Jay Schellen of Hurrican, and most notable Michael Bland (Prince, Soul Asylum) and Andy Gangadeen (Spice Girls & Jeff Beck). "I flew all around the place to study with these guys," Caylor explains, "because I've always believed that if you want to become the best at something you've got to seek out the best in that field to learn what they did." In addition to their unique and special drumming techniques; "Troy Luccketta and Michael Bland especially have this unbelieveable drive and execution you won't find in a lot of players. It's an attitude but doesn't interfere with technique," he says. Caylor also learned that the more successful drummers are they are very shrewd businessmen.

As much as Caylor believes he is a true musical artist, he also realizes that to make it in this competitive business you have to have a sense of how to conduct yourself professionally. To that end, Caylor claims that he makes sure to stay on top of the new music coming out as well as to some up and coming local acts. To promote himself and his abilities as a touring or recording drummer, he has put together his own DVD which not only includes demonstrations of his drumming style and skill, but endorsements from some very successful drummers he's learned from. Along with the DVD Rodney has put together a "Capabilities Presentation" package that he is mailing to artist managers, musical directors and A&R reps at the labels. He has also opened up his own website, "All I want is an opportunity to work in this business," Rodney explains. "I'm a high energy performer and I believe that I bring an impact to any artist I perform with in addition to my sense of responsibility and reliability."

Rodney is always looking for the next gig and next lesson. "Music lasts for centuries, because it is always evolving and I believe to be a true musician, my drumming must continue to evolve.

Rodney Caylor is a drummer that can fit almost any music project out there. He is currently seeking work on tour or in the studio.

---Laura Kaufman