ABOUT John Macaluso
NY born drummer John Macaluso has recorded over 200 albums and toured worldwide as a session drummer, recording artist, teacher, clinician, and producer. He has a platinum record, as well as three gold records to his credit. John has played with some of the world’s best-known artists in many different genres of music, spanning from speed metal to rap.
John has taught around the world in schools, institutes, and colleges for over 35+ years. He provides private lessons, drum clinics, and masterclasses in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. His original drumming style, mixing linear drumming with deep pocket hard rock, has made him a highly sought-after drum clinician around the globe. Clinics have been a specialty for John who has been traveling from school to school spreading his style for the last two decades. In the last 2 years, he has been doing most clinics and seminars online.
Macaluso wrote, produced, and played drums on his solo album The Radio Waves Goodbye, by John Macaluso & Union Radio. The record features James LaBrie, singer of Dream Theater, and Mike DiMeo, singer of Riot, as well as guitarists Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and Marco Sfogli (PFM) and master keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij, plus other well-known players.
John has recorded multiple movie soundtracks including David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" starring Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern. John had a cameo appearance in the film as well, while also recording the soundtrack with the band Powermad. The film won 1st place at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 1989. Other films include "Dad," starring Jack Lemmon, "The Beatle Fan," and more.
Macaluso currently lives in Italy and is about to release his second book on Linear Drumming titled "United Sounds of Separation." He has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine multiple times and has also been a writer for the magazine, as well as many other drum magazines.