Gunnar Olsen

Drummer // Production

LIVE:

BIG DATA, MOTHER FEATHER, THE EXIT, MIIKE SNOW, FISCHERSPOONER, FIVE FOR FIGHTING, CHAIRLIFT, OLGA BELL, RYAN STAR, ANDREW WYATT, ASOBI SEKSU, EARL GREYHOUND, RX BANDITS, FIRES OF ROME, KEZIAH JONES

STUDIO:

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, GOO GOO DOLLS, PHILLIP PHILLIPS, FIVE FOR FIGHTING, GAVIN DEGRAW, A GREAT BIG WORLD, MICHAEL FRANTI, THE UNLIKELY CANDIDATES, SHAKIRA, ANDREW MCMAHON, JOHN LEGEND, CAMILA CABELLO, THE FRAY, O.A.R. SPOEK MATHAMBO


bio:

Gunnar Olsen is a professional drummer and producer, born and raised in New York City. He began making a name for himself drumming with The Exit, a power trio from Brooklyn, that he co-founded.  In 2004, the band signed to Wind-up Records, and toured the world opening for bands such as Muse and 311.  He quickly became known for his hard hitting, improvisational approach to Rock / Pop drumming. In a review of the band’s album ‘Home For An Island’ Modern Drummer magazine said: “Gunnar's instinct might be toward aggression, but his patience, good ears, and ability to balance heaviness with cathartic tension and release ensure that the mix is never muddy”

 

Since 2014, Gunnar has been touring with electronic artist Big Data, adding dynamic live drumming to the band’s self described ‘Paranoid electronic pop music’.  Big Data collaborates with artists such as Kimbra, Jamie Lidell, and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. Following the success of their song “Dangerous” - which hit number 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart, Gunnar and the band have made several national television appearances, and toured the U.S. on their own headlining tour.  Gunnar is also a founding member of New York band MOTHER FEATHER, whose sound is a blitzkrieg of Pop, Cock Rock, and Glam. The band has been hailed locally for their live performance.

 

As a producer, Gunnar recently released his first solo instrumental EP entitled "When Will Today Be Tomorrow". It features guest collaborators such as, Alan Wilkis (Big Data), Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, TV on the Radio, Iron and Wine) and Steve Jess Borth II (CHLLNGR, Spoek Mathambo). Gunnar has also produced music for The Goo Goo Dolls, Olga Bell, and is a major contributor to YouTube's Audio Library - which features over 50 commissioned songs of his.

 

Currently Gunnar is becoming one of New York’s most in demand studio session drummers. He’s been featured on the platinum selling release for artist Phillip Phillips ‘The World From The Side of the Moon’, and has recorded for Bruce Springsteen, Goo Goo Dolls, John Legend, Gavin DeGraw, Shakira, A Great Big World, O.A.R., Five For Fighting, and The Fray amongst others. 

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