Heavy-hitting drummer for Cellar Darling (since 2016), former drummer for Swiss metal heavyweights Eluveitie (2004-2016). Playing professionally since the age of 18, Merlin Sutter has toured over 50 countries on 6 continents, has recorded numerous albums entering official charts around the world (including a #1 album in Switzerland), and has won a 2014 Swiss Music Award for Best Live Act. With his current band Cellar Darling, Merlin continues to record and tour the world, while exploring the boundaries of progressive rock and metal.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceIn Greece a few years a go, an obscure, tiny basement venue filled way over capacity. Sweat was literally dripping off the ceiling, the crowd was spilling onto the stage, the encore ended with a band member falling butt-first into the drum kit.
What Drives Your Creativity?Finding myself 'in the zone' hours into a session.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?Because they are hands-down the best sticks in the world. I've always wanted to play Vic Firth, and on my very first North American tour 11 years ago (my third tour ever) I got to sign an endorsement deal and even met Vic himself. That moment stuck with me.