John Tate is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. He has lived and performed across North America with musicians who have performed with such diverse and internationally recognized acts as ... Taylor Swift, Brett Eldredge, Randy Bachman, Colin James, Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Honeymoon Suite, Alannah Myles, Dallas Smith and Aaron Pritchett, to name a few.
The Drummer -
Key influences - Peter Criss (Kiss), Nigel Olsson (Elton John), Steve Smith (Journey), Chris McHugh (Keith Urban) and Dean Castronovo (Journey)
A band will only ever be as good as it's foundation ... and I have always approached drumming from a foundation perspective. I am all about solid tempo, not over-playing and locking in with the bass player ... these 3 things are the core traits that truly define my technique.
As a singing drummer, the stability of my playing becomes all that much more important. Whether its lead or backup vocal; I studied very closely, how guys like Peter Criss (Kiss), Dean Castronovo (Journey), Don Henley (Eagles) and Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) ... approached that particular art. "Don't sacrifice the groove for the vocal, don't sacrifice the vocal for the groove".
The Guitar player -
Key Influences - Ace Frehley (Kiss), Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Paul Kosoff (Free), Keith Urban and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
"I'm a blues based guitar player who grew out of the influence of the players from the'60s & '70's and to a lesser extent, the '80's. I much prefer playing 15 notes, instead of 50 and keeping a solid riff moving, throughout a song".
My current 'live' set up is a 4-piece Pearl Masters Custom Maple drum set in Lime Sparkle Fade (22, 13 & 16) with a Pearl Eric Singer Signature Maple snare drum in Silver Sparkle (10-ply, 6.5 x 14), Sabian cymbals (Paragon ride, AA crashes & HHX hats), Vater (5A wood tip) sticks, Aquarian, Evans & Remo heads.
My current 'live' rig utilizes Gibson, Orville and Ibanez guitars, strung with 9-46 gauge strings, Traynor amps and picks with DigiTech, Dunlop, Shure, Snark and Visual Sound/TrueTone processing, Yorkville cables and stands, DiMarzio pickups and Levy's straps.