Born in Rosario, Argentina, Gus Moratinos was drawn to the drums at the early age of six. After studying with big band drummer Jack Sweet, he began playing professionally and as been for over 35 years starting with the Broadway musical “Godspell” at age 13. By 14 he had already played the Hollywood Palladium with the rock band “Powerage”. In the Spring of 1980, he and Dennis Churchill-Dries formed “White Sister” and spent the next two years playing the Hollywood club circuit as one of the most popular melodic rock acts of that era opening and playing alongside bands such as Quiet Riot, Xciter/Dokken, 707 and later Motley Crue and Ratt. He continued his studies in the late 80's at the prestigious Grove School of Music studying under Brian Conte and Chuck Silverman where he received a degree in Latin drumming and percussion.
Over the years, Gus has worked with such diverse artists as Duff McKagan(Guns & Roses, Velvet Revolver), Steve Jones(Sex Pistols), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter(Steely Dan, The Doobie Bros), Randy Rhoads, Corey Feldman, Maxine Nightingale & John Parr and has collaborated with members of The Doors, America, Eddie Money, WAR and Allan Holdsworth. Gus is currently working with these top Orange and Los Angeles County bands:
Audio Bomb: 80's to current Dance/Rock
Project M: Old school Funk & Disco
The Barcodes: Classic Rock
The Breakaways: Vintage 60's Surf
The Whisky Shooters: Modern Country
Continental Jazz Quartet: Bebop & Latin Jazz
Gary Brandon/Radioux City: Original Funk/Rock
Gus was born with Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT) disease. Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, or CMT, is a group of inherited disorders that affect the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. CMT is just one kind of neuropathy (also called peripheral neuropathy), meaning simply that the peripheral nerves are damaged.
CMT affects 1 in 2500 people in the U.S. Although this has been a challenge, it has not stopped him from playing drums for over 40 years!!!
Gus joined and has been a proud endorser of Soultone Cymbals since January of 2014. “The sounds I hear from my Soultone cymbals are unlike any others and believe me, I've tried them all”. Soultone are the best hands down!”.
Funk/Classic Rock Set-Up:
20" Vintage Ride
17" Vintage Crash
16" Custom Crash
15" Vintage Crash
11" Vintage Splash
14" Custom Hi Hats
21" Extreme Ride
18" Custom Crash
18" Iki Levy Signature Custom Crash
17" Custom Brilliant RA Crash
16" Extreme Hi Hats
8" Custom Brilliant "Meytal" Splash
20" Custom Flat Ride
19" Natural Crash/Ride
12" Custom Brilliant Hi Hats