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 it's 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 this particular art form".
"Don't sacrifice the groove for the vocal and 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 prefer to use 15 notes instead of 50 and keep a solid riff moving throughout a song. It's an old-school approach, but as a wise man once said ... It ain't broke, so don't fix it".
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 with DigiTech, Dunlop, Shure, Snark and Visual Sound/TrueTone effects and signal processing. Yorkville cables and stands, DiMarzio pickups and Levy's straps.