Thomas Lang

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Drummer, producer, songwriter and educator Thomas Lang, a native of Stockerau, Austria and took up drumming at the age of 5. In addition to lessons at local music schools and years of private tuition, he was classically trained at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. After leaving the conservatory in 1985, Lang began working professionally, working his way through the European pop, rock and jazz scenes.

As a session musician he has played for artists such as Falco, Paul Gilbert (Racer X/Mr. Big), John Wetton (Asia/King Crimson), Robert Fripp, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Peter Gabriel, Asia, Tina Turner, Robbie Wiliams, Kelly Clarkson, Sugababes, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Ronan Keating, Steve Hackett (Genesis), 911, Boyzone, Nina Hagen, Steve Jones, The Commodores, George Michael, Gianna Nannini, Kyle Minogue, Page Hamilton (Helmet), Bonnie Tyler and Marc Bonilla (Montrose) among others.

In 1995, Lang released his debut solo project, Mediator, which topped the charts in Europe and garnered positive reviews. He has since released multiple solo albums and collaborations including Save The Robots, Something Along Those Lines (2002), Yumaflex (2008), stOrk (2009), stOrk “Broken Pieces” (2013).

Lang’s original practice-regime eventually became the basis for his debut instructional videos Ultimatives Schlagzeug I & II which were originally released in 1995. These videos were re-released in 2004 by Hudson Music. In 2003, Lang released the best-selling instructional DVD and book “Creative Control” which received numerous awards. In November 2006 Lang released the award-winning DVD and book “Creative Coordination & Advanced Foot Techniques.” The DVD and book are based around multi-pedal orchestrations, independence, sheer power and advanced foot technique.

In 2007, Lang launched the Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp, a multi-day touring, educational drumming experience that he has hosted in various locations around the world including London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Austria, Australia, and Finland, among others. Lang has since taken this award-winning educational concept to 35 countries and has hosted more than 120 of these camps worldwide.

In 2011, Lang launched the annual Los Angeles-based camp “The Big Drum Bonanza” and started the “Big Drum Bonanza Theme Song Play-Along Contest”. "The Big Drum Bonanza" is a five-day, multi-drummer festival that has featured superstar guest artists including, Virgil Donati, Kenny Aronoff, Stanton Moore, Chris Coleman, Jeff Hamilton, Dave Elitch and George Kollias among others.

Thomas is a frequent guest tutor at universities, drum seminars and drum camps all over the world. Lang also owns an online drum school Thomas Lang's Drum Universe and is the president of the International Percussion Association (IPA) and co-founder of Nine Beats USA drum school which is set to launch in late 2019.

Lang also plays keyboards, bass and guitar.

In 2004, Lang completed the largest drum clinic tour the world had ever seen (220 clinics in 48 countries). Lang has appeared multiple times at the most prestigious drum festivals on the planet over the past 20 years, including the Modern Drummer Festival, Australia’s Ultimate Drummer’s Weekend, PASIC, DRUM Night, Laguna Beach Drum Fest, La Roja Drum Festival, The Meinl Drum Festival, The Ultimate Drum Experience, Seoul Drum Fest, Sacheon Drum Fest, Opole Drum Festival and in 2018, he was the first-ever drumset to headline the Vienna Conzerthaus.


  • 1999: Best Studio Drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2001: Best Studio Drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2002: Best Pop Drummer, Best all-around drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2002: Best Drummer (Drums and Percussion magazine)
  • 2003: Best Clinician (Modern Drummer magazine)
  • 2004: Best DVD, Best clinician runner up, Best drummer runner-up (Modern Drummer magazine)
  • 2004: Best DVD, Best new signature product, Best drummer (Drummer magazine)
  • 2004: Best Studio Drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2004: Best Recorded Drum Performance (Sticks magazine)
  • 2005: Best Pop Drummer, Best Clinician, Best Solo Drum Performance (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2005: Best DVD, Best All Around drummer, Best Drum Event (Drummer magazine)
  • 2005: Best DVD, Best All Around drummer, Best Drum Event (Drummer magazine)
  • 2006: Best DVD, Best drummer (Rhythm magazine)
  • 2007: Best DVD, Best drummer (Rhythm magazine, Modern drummer Magazine)
  • 2007: Aurora Gold Award (Best Video Production)
  • 2007: Best Clinician (Modern Drummer magazine)
  • 2008: Best Educator/Clinician (Modern Drummer Magazine)
  • 2008: Best Clinician (Drum! Magazine)
  • 2015: Best Educator/Clinician (Modern Drummer Magazine)
  • 2016: Best Educator/Clinician (Modern Drummer Magazine)
  • 2016: Best Drum Clinician/Educator (Rhythm Magazine)
  • 2016: Best Drum Clinician/Educator (Rhythm Magazine)
  • 2018: Best Educator/Clinician (Modern Drummer Magazine)


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