Drummer Dusty Watson is the newest member of the Sonics. His big bass drum and machine gun snare rolls give the Sonics that bombastic sound reminiscent of Bob Bennett’s attack, which helped launch the band in the very beginning. Dusty’s approach to drumming is exactly what the Sonics are all about, pure rock and roll energy.The Sonics
grew up in Southern California and started taking drum lessons from Gerry Colapinto at age six. At the age of nine, he was a featured guest with the Corona High School Jazz Band, recording “A Hard Days Night” for a live album, just weeks after being introduced to his idol Gene Krupa.
Dusty recently released a surf drum instructional DVD entitled ‘Pounding Surf’ which is available now. He is working as Music Consultant with Greg Passmore from Passmore Labs and James Humann from Lucid Dreams on their 3D films including the recently released ‘Physics of Surfing’. Oh and yes, that is Dusty Watson playing ‘Wipe Out’ in the Disney film, ‘Surf’s Up’.
Here are some of the artists Dusty has worked with: The Sonics, Lita Ford, Dick Dale, Concrete Blonde, Agent Orange, The Supersuckers, Legs Diamond, Boo Yaa Tribe, The Surfaris, Slacktone, The Queers, Jimmy Wood, Marisabel, Neil Merryweather, Sherwood Ball, Rhino Bucket, Becky Barksdale, Kelley Hunt, The Stepmothers, Bloodhook, Lauren Ellis, Jon and the Nightriders, Sugartooth, Channel 3, Davie Allan and the Arrows…………..
Dusty Watson is known as the ‘King of Surf Drums’ having toured and recorded with many of the genre’s top players. Not just a surf drummer though, he has played in numerous bands in all styles of music.Aquarian Drumheads