"Brandon has a very deep pocket and terrific feel" - Michelle Malone
Hailing from eastern North Carolina, Brandon Faulkner started young , aspiring to build a reputation in comparison to the world’s most influential and in demand drummers; Kenny Aronoff, John Bonham, and Tommy Lee. With a powerful style he focuses on being the strong backbeat splashed with the perfect amount of flare to define his subtle shine in the music. Brandon remains a young inspired drummer willing to admit that no matter how accomplished you become, you can never stop learning from the success or errors of other esteemed professionals.
Picking up his first set of sticks at age 7, Brandon developed his skill through self-teaching and performed with local music acts and the college show troupe The Troubadours, which had their annual Christmas show showcased on regional television from 1990-1994. Upon moving to Atlanta, he pursued a more formal education in the highly acclaimed state of the art drum program at the Atlanta Institute of Music. Here he received training from AIM instructor and nationally acclaimed drummer for pop group TLC, Tom Knight. With encouragement from this new mentor and friend, Brandon’s career as a remarkable new talent began. His early performing years are highlighted working with Keni Thomas and Cornbread, a band that opened for well known artists such as Dexter Freebish, Train and many others while headlining throughout the southeast. Later performances included included work with Soundevice, a band comprised of previous members from Stereomud, Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. In the early part of 2001, Brandon joined by Andrew Shives, formerly of Warner Bros recording artist Cool for August, put together their own inspirations and formed PAPERSTREET, an original rock band that marked a defining period in Brandon’s life. For 6 years, he handled the management and booking duties for the band, both at various local venues as well as on tour throughout the Southeast. The band released its first album, Everything’s Alright in late 2005 on the independent label Rock International.
Over the years his reputation as a flexible drummer able to learn the original work of a fellow musician and his ability to play or quickly improvise a wide range of popular covers, lead to many guest performances for local artists including, R&B artist Francine Reed and future country superstar Zac Brown and an invitation from another AIM instructor Carl Culpepper, to join Perris Records recording artist Mad Margritt. Prior to his start, Mad Margritt had toured performing shows with Queensryche, Skid Row, Cinderella and Tesla along with playing to tens of thousands of people at the South Texas Rock Festival, San Antonio Rocking Summer Fest and Rocklahoma. During his time with Mad Margritt Brandon performed with the band opening for Firehouse, Candlebox and Saliva. With a notable mention in Issue no.19 of Rocknation magazine, the band officially released their latest Perris Records album Show No Mercy July of 2013.
Upon his departure from Mad Margritt in January 2014, Brandon put on a different hat and joined the classic country/southern rock tribute CONVOY. Spending the better part of 2014 with CONVOY, Brandon had the opportunity to be the first band to ever play in the College Football Hall of Fame. As the year came to an end, Brandon got the call to join Appetite For Destruction, a nationally touring tribute to Guns ’N’ Roses. Opening 2015 with shows at the House Of Blues in Houston and Dallas, Appetite regularly plays 500-2000 seat venues and packs them out. As well as touring with AFD, Brandon has joined forces with Nigel Dupree(son of Jackyl frontman Jesse James Dupree) to start a new project including South City Riot singer/guitarist James Attwell and PAPERSTREET band mate Andrew Shives on bass. The quartet is currently writing new material for a record and tour as well as playing Nigel’s back catalog.
As of 2016, Brandon has joined up with Joel Kosche(Collective Soul). Joel is finishing up his second record and is working out details for a supporting tour upon it's release.
With his ability to play various genres of music from rock, pop, funk, country, and blues; Brandon spends his free time motivating others through private instruction at Guitar Center in Alpharetta, GA. as well as working in his home studio where he works on drum tracks for up and coming artists and others. Even with his pursuit of new paths in the music industry, Brandon holds true to his one priority and joy of life, playing drums and motivating others.
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