Born and raised in San Leandro, California, Brian Camara is a very versatile, creative, and relentlessly slamming drummer. He first picked up the drumsticks at age 13 and began lessons with bay area pro drummer William Woodley for several years. At 16 Brian was already gigging with numerous punk and metal bands in the bay area while remaining active in musical programs in high school such as marching band, winter percussion, and jazz band.
Upon high school graduation, Brian dove straight into the drum corp scene. He marched snare for the San Jose State University drumline as well as the Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp where he solidified his rudimental chops and toured the states.
In 2008 Brian was picked up by Oakland’s extreme metal group Antagony playing many shows all over California including a West Coast regional tour, which was soon followed with signing a record deal with Deep Send Records and putting out the full length debut album “Days of Night”. Shortly after that album was recorded he cut a demo for his own metal project with his high school friends; Prelude to Ruin.
In 2009 Brian relocated to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute where he became a much more well rounded, solid player by studying in depth different styles such as: rock, r&b, funk, jazz, be-bop, afro cuban, and brazilian music with world class teachers: Jeff Bowders, Jason Harnell, Andrew Megna, Gary Hess, Fred Dinkins, Ed Roscetti and Chuck Silverman. While in school Brian kept busy gigging around LA with thrash metal outfit Viscera. Upon graduating with an AA degree from Musicians Institute, Brian scored a gig touring with LA’s finest rockabilly band The Rocketz; a 6 week midwest tour and a 10 week full U.S. tour, displaying his chops and showmanship nationwide to the masses.
Brian currently resides back in the bay area where he keeps a busy schedule playing with different groups such as San Francisco’s Vudoo Chile blues trio, East Bay latin/reggae group Ruckatan, his own project; death metal band Prelude to Ruin, and also giving drum lessons on the side out of his pro studio in San Lorenzo. Check out some of his videos on youtube and watch out for this future upcoming drummer.
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