Hi guys, my name is Eric Boudreault, I was born in a small town called Alma in Canada. Growing up as an only child, I was taught how important values such as work, perseverance and determination are. If you want something, you must work for it.
I first discovered the drums when I was only three years old. I became curious about music at an early age. I received his first drum kit at the age of five and I joined a band at ten. Positive energy and attitude paid off at an early age. Which gave me the confidence to knock at the doors of drum companies and music bands. The drums were more significant for me than just a back beat instrument. I was already creating new organic & original beats.
If you are familiar with music magazines, I appear in many different drum magazines and newspapers: Modern drummer, Drums etc…, DRUM! & Many more.
In 1999, my first real chance of proving myself came up when I was selected to be part of the Yamaha Rising stars showcase at the Montreal Drum Fest. My playing was starting to be noticed by other drummers and by the music industry.
After graduating from Alma college of music in drums/percussions performances and from the Montreal Concordia University in Jazz drumset performances, the real word was opened for me. I become one of the busiest international touring Canadian drummers…with 18 years on the road and more than 5000 shows with different projects.
I quickly Joined Cavalia (equestrian show) for the creation of the thier first tourig show. A brilliant music composed by Michel Cusson, the show performed across the USA and Canada for years. I ended the contract after four years of travelling and more than 700 shows. I also have been part of the second Cavalia production, Odysseo since with more than 1700 shows in my pocket.
Despite the wild music industry and unpredictable salary, I managed to stay quiet and focused on my work. Concerned with his credibility on the market, I called drum companies for support and endorsement. I became one of the rare Quebec, Canadian drummers to be endorsed by Remo drumheads, Paiste cymbals, Vater drumsticks, Dorado Pads, Lp Percussions and DW Drums (Drum Workshop).
In 2006 my nu-jazz band, Inizio, first album of his jazz band Waza was released in stores. Featuring Alex Acuna, John Patitucci, John Beasley, Michel Donato and Ronal Di Lauro, the album is a blend of new & complex drum patterns. Waza was also invited to perform at the Montreal Jazz Fest in 2008 and at the NAMM Show in California in 2011.
In the previous years, I was giving master classes across Canada and United States, I produced albums, in 2011 I was invited in Los Angeles for the Drum Channel Experience. Since then, I am part of the DC roosters. I also be one of the main features of the 20th Montreal Drum Fest Anniversary in 2012. I played on many different Major Tv shows like Jay Leno, KTLA Morning, E-talk,Today NBC news, FOX5 morning show Los Angeles, FOX San Diego, KGW Portland, Star king (South Korea), Dans l’univers…, Montreal-Quebec, Salut Bonjour, Musimax, Musique plus & Much music, L.A. Morning, CityTv Toronto, CHCH tv and many others, just for name it a few…
In 2006, I was thrilled to start my drum company Battam Drum co. with the famous logo circle, triangle, and square. I built a few drumsets and snares for drummers around Canada. In 2008, the name changed for Elements percussions and the company also did an add-on with a booking musicians management.
I started to work with the rock & roll circus Les Parfaits Inconnus in 2007 with more than 300 shows all around the world. In 2008, he joined the biggest percussions school in Canada Samajam with more than 400 shows and team building. Since November 2012, you can get my drum book, DRUMMING LANGUAGE. I am very proud of that accomplishment. The book was a long process and hard work. A second book is on the way for 2021, keep your eyes open.
I like to be part of the drummer community so that’s why I was the Spokesperson / Host and artistic director for the Quebec City (Province of Quebec, Canada, Drum festival), “Capitale Drumfest”, produced by ”La Boite à Musiciens” editions 2014 & 2015. This opportunity has been an amazing contribution to the world drumming communities and Canadian drummers’ community.
On the side of my drumming career, I became the head of the musician’s casting department at Samajam Production 2016-2018. In 2019 I was touring for Cirque du Soleil on their show Blue man group, AXEL, Under the Same sky and XMAS. I was part of the new creation from Lune Rouge Entertainment (Guy Lalibeté), PY1 touring in North america in this new concept pyramide shape theater. I was part of the new Cavalia concept show, illumi editions 2019 and 2020.
In 2020, I received 3 music performances honorary degrees from CAM escuela de Música CDMX, Gmartel Universidad and El Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Mexico. I was the first drummer to give a masterclass in the Conservatorio a world renown and prestigious institution. I always wanted to share to the drummer community. I invite you to discover my new and original educative concept ”One minute or less Drum lessons”.
I am part of the encyclopedia of the best drummers in the world by the Stick and Skins. My new project, Drumfills kafé, keeps me connected to all my musicians’ friends from all around the world. I am the founder, artistic director, and host of this concept webcast-podcast-online magazine.
Adaptative lessons, very fun, for any levels ;) come say hi !!!
Bachelor - Concordia university
- Alma college of music
Cirque du Soleil
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