John Michael Cordes

Session Drummer / Producer

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Welcome to my page! You have come to the right place for a Prog/Metal drummer! I want to help you create, record and perform your awesome music! I am available for live drum tracks, programing, and live performances. I have experience recording in professional studios and touring both internationally and domestically for over a decade.

I began drumming when I was 14 years old for my high school band. Shortly after, I discovered heavy metal and have never looked back. My inspiration comes from bands such as DragonForce, Slayer, Dream Theater, and Opeth. Rehearsing their music and using it as a guide transformed me into the musician that I am today. I am able to confidently execute speed, power, control and odd time signatures.

As a senior in high school, I won the Outstanding Achievement award in Music Theory. In 2012, I was nominated for Best Heavy Metal act in the San Diego Music Awards. I have been featured in Rock Wired Magazine for being one of the best active rock drummers. A single from my current band, QUOR, held the number one spot for 5 weeks in the Battle Royale Video Countdown on The video for our single, "Let's Rise" was inducted into the Hall of Fame. QUOR has done multiple tours internationally across Asia, and domestically across the United States. I have performed at the music festival Rock-lahoma, and have performed in venues with 2,000+ attending.

I would love to have the opportunity to work with you! Please click the "Contact" button above to get in touch and let me know how I can help you.

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GenresSounds Like
  • DragonForce
  • Dream Theater
  • Lamb of God
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