Sheldon Reed

Sheldon Reed

Haley Reinhart, Balto, Great Vacation

Sheldon Reed has given his life to the drums - in 2017, they saved his. On the drive home from a late night gig in Los Angeles, a drunk driver broadsided his motorcycle. His cymbal bag shielded the impact and although his bike was totaled, he walked away unharmed.

Born in Houston, Shell grew up playing alongside older musicians in the citys contemporary gospel scene. By 15 he was performing multiple services every Sunday to church congregations numbering in the thousands. During this formative period, he studied jazz at Houstons renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and proceeded on to Berklee College of Music, where he completed his B.M. in Music Business Management and Professional Music with a Drumset Principle.

A dedicated student of a broad spectrum of drumming styles, Shells voice on the instrument took shape - a dense, powerful, crisp touch - an achingly deep, consistent pocket - thoughtful, intuitive deployment of negative space, and the capability for blinding speed in the extreme. Drawing on his upbringing in Gospel, 00s Neo-Soul, and Straight ahead Jazz he applied those rudiments as he pursued other styles and adapted to new gigs, incorporating elements of rock, pop, indie, and folk drumming into his tool-kit. His philosophy demands total immersion and authenticity in any given style the the gig demands, but his sound is unmistakable.

Now based in LA, Shell works relentlessly, both in town and on the road. In the past several years, hes toured North America and Europe with Haley Reinhart (Pop), Gothic Tropic (Indie Rock), Balto (Rock), Doe Paoro (alt-Pop), Lucy & La Mer (Indie-Folk), and others. An in-demand session player, hes appeared on recordings and viral videos with artists from Kurt Hugo Schneider (American music producer & filmmaker) to Postmodern Jukebox, and is a featured performer on USC music chair Ron McCurdys Langston Hughes Project.

Shell endorses Canopus Drums, Zildjan Cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    First time I played at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Balto, a band I'm in opened up for this Canadian Blues artist. The crowd was packed, the energy was contagious and the sound just felt so good on stage. It was just crazy to think that not only some of my favorite musicians and artist played here but that some of my favorite and most legendary recordings were recorded here too!!! I think that gave us all the fire we needed to blow the roof off haha
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    Everything! Whether it be from music, life or even nature. I try and draw inspiration from all things.
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    Because they are well crafted, well balanced tools. Most importantly they're comfortable and feel great in my hands!