Chad Sylva

Chad Sylva

Chad Sylva was born in San Jose, California. His parents (father was also a drummer) gave him a small drum set for his 4th birthday (which was destroyed days later under the influence of watching Keith Moon). By 6 years old, Chad was playing theme songs from the TV shows of the day for family members and sitting in for occasional weddings with his dads band, along with performing in talent shows at school. After hearing Neal Peart’s drum solo on “YYZ” from Rush’s Exit…Stage Left album, Chad’s interest in drums was galvanized. By 6th grade he took band class at school learning to read and perform in Marching band and sat in with the middle school stage band for a jazz competition, winning an outstanding performance award. Bands such as Missing Persons, Journey and The Pretenders were constantly playing through out the house…

Growing up listening to Prog Rock giants such as Yes, ELP and Rush, it shaped his interest in odd times and flamboyant drumming. In high school he concentrated on performance, tympani and percussion (along with a heavy listening dose of King Crimson and Metal!). While studying music in college, Chad started performing in orchestra pits of the theater, along with drumming at church, where he went on a music tour in Australia, performing on an electric drum kit. Later he began playing with the acoustic band Corduroy Bloom, recording the album “Unbending” with them. By then he had discovered the brilliance of drummers Vinnie Colaiuta, Gary Husband and Stewart Copeland.

After getting married in 1999, Chad and wife Deborah (from Corduroy Bloom) moved to Nashville to further study drums and meet and woodshed with some of the world’s best musicians. He started playing at local church (getting a thorough education in gospel music and performance) and regional touring bands, along with getting some session work on various projects. The bands varied from Blues to Pop, Electronica to Southern Rock and Acoustic to Jazz, widening his abilities and respect for the different styles of music. At the same time, he took interest Congas and hand percussion, along with the recording process and opened his own studio in Franklin, TN (The Noise Factory), recording drums for various projects and artists. His co-founded the band Newcastle All-Stars with up and coming musicians Lee Francis and Kery Greene, playing Jazz/Fusion in some of Nashville’s legendary clubs. Other bands he performed in include Jessica Dawn, The Oilvia Dunkle Trio (with amazing bassist Jon von Boehm), Dillon Dixon, Top Gun and Southern Hauler.

Almost 10 years later, it was time to come back home to California, but not after touring countries such as India and China (performing to crowds up to 30,000 people). Retuning to the Golden State in mid 2009, Chad relocated to Napa and dove right back into the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. After a northwest tour with the jam band Los Tikilyches from Mexico, he started performing with pianist/vocalist Ziva Hadar and various other bands. After meeting guitar player Doug Ott (from the prog-rock band Enchant), the floodgates opened and Chad started and performing with some of the Bay’s great musicians and bands. Chad’s current bands include Honey Circuit (Dance/Party Band), Stung (The ultimate tribute to The Police) as well as Ziva and Napa band Davies Dukes, along with the occasional guest appearance in other groups). He also teaches drums when time permits…

While in Nashville, Chad meet drummer Jeremy Warren, who introduced him to Silverfox Drumsticks and Soultone Cymbals. A year later, Chad also became an endorser for Soultone. Attracted to the individual character, response and tone of the cymbals, which is very different from the impersonal and mass-produced cymbals that saturate the market. “It has been a great relationship working with Iki and the staff at Soultone. The old-world craftsmanship, sonic range and beauty of the cymbals is simply stunning!”