|Bryan Mantia Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||February 4, 1963|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
Bryan Mantia is an American contemporary rock drummer and composer who is known for having worked with several bands such as Primus, Guns N’ Roses, Praxis, and Godflesh. Some of the projects that he has been a part of include Mule Variations, Transmutation, Warszawa, Transmutation Live, Songs of Love and Hate, The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell, The Big Eyeball in the Sky, Chinese Democracy, Living on Another Frequency, and Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards.
Bryan Kei Mantia
Cupertino, Santa Clara County, California, United States
Bryan Mantia studied at San Jose State University located in San Jose, California and received an associate’s degree. Later, he got enrolled at the Musicians Institute, a for-profit college of contemporary music located in Los Angeles, California, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree.
Contemporary Rock Drummer, Composer
Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Funk
Drums, Percussion, Turntables
As a member of Praxis, he released his music via Subharmonic and Axiom.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (White and Asian)
Bryan Mantia is of Italian-American descent on his father’s side and has Japanese-American ancestry on his mother’s side.
- Deep-set eyes
- Sports a goatee
Bryan Mantia Facts
- He was nicknamed ‘Brain’ by the members of his high school concert band because Bryan Mantia used to obsessively study of the drum book Portraits in Rhythm.
- Growing up, he used to listen to music by artists like James Brown, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. This helped shape his musical interests and influenced him to pursue a career in the art form.
- He started playing the drums when he was around 16 years old.
- While studying at the Musicians Institute, Bryan Mantia became a member of the local funk-rock band named the Limbomaniacs (which would later become a part of the electronic band, Ben Wa).
- He joined the funk metal band, Primus, in 1989 but was forced to pull out of the band due to a foot injury.
- Bryan Mantia rejoined Primus in 1996 and worked on its albums and extended plays like Brown Album, Rhinoplasty, and Antipop.
- The 5th studio album, Brown Album, by Primus was released on July 8, 1997, and it comprised of songs such as Shake Hands with Beef, Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread, and The Chastising of Renegade. The album was also placed at number #21 in the Billboard 200 chart.
- He has been friends with the multi-instrumental musician, Buckethead, and the two were also members of the experimental rock project, Praxis, alongside Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, and Bootsy Collins.
- As a member of Praxis, Bryan Mantia worked on albums like Transmutation, Sacrifist, and Metatron.
- Transmutation was the first album released by Praxis in 1992 and it included tracks like Animal Behavior, Seven Laws of Woo, and Dead Man Walking.
- He also worked alongside Buckethead on his solo pursuits that included albums such as Monsters and Robots, Colma, The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell, and Bucketheadland 2.
- It was Buckethead who recommended him to Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses and Bryan Mantia eventually joined the influential group in March 2000.
- His work with Guns N’ Roses includes their 6th studio album, Chinese Democracy, which was released on November 23, 2008, by Black Frog and Geffen Records.
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