Art Cruz was born and raised in Los Angeles California. At 12 years old he was taken to his first concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA to see family favourite, Carlos Santana. It was then and there that Art realised the sound of drums and percussion moved him. Art joined the South El Monte High School Drum line in the year 2004, with his own first band forming in 2005. This sparked a non stop drive for a drumming career. In 2008 he joined SoCal metal outfit Winds Of Plague. In 2012 he began playing with New York Legends, Prong. As of 2018, he has been behind the kit for grammy nominated metal band Lamb Of God.
Lamb Of God, Prong, Winds Of Plague
Most memorable Next-Level PerformancePlaying my first show sitting in with Lamb Of God. July 26, 2018 in Gilford, NH @ Bank Of New Hampshire Pavillon.
What Drives Your Creativity?Emotion. I play HARD and passionately. I'm also an emotional person who harnesses my negative energy, and turns it into a positive. I connect with fans onstage. I was in the pit as a kid, and i know how it feels to connect with a player on up there.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?VicFirth is the American Classic. Its the baseball cap of Drumming. Who wouldn't want to use something that changed the course of history.