Drumming has changed. Once upon a time the art of drumming was about power and beauty in simplicity. While many drummers now focus on having a vast array of as many cymbals and drums, Kalen, instead, focuses on a simpler arsenal while making every cymbal and drum in his kit work for him.
Kalen Chase first sat down at a drum set in a small church in Duncan, Oklahoma when he was 12 years old. Moving back to his hometown El Reno, Oklahoma he began pestering his father about obtaining a drum set. After banging on tables, cabinets, and everything else he could bang on he was then approached with a proposition. Kalen, his father Chris and mother Terry came to the agreement that if he worked all summer and saved half of the money they would help with the remaining amount. The very day Kalen brought his first drum set home his brother Eric gave him Led Zeppelin’s first album and like many other drummers before him the first thirty seconds of Good Times Bad Times changed his life. Since then Kalen has focused his life on perfecting the art. He even worked his love for drums into his education, playing in Jazz, Concert and Marching band throughout high school. His love for drums has taken him to L.A. and his current home in Columbus, Ohio. Even from a young age Kalen was inspired by heavy hitting drummers of past years such as John Bonham, Dave Grohl and Tommy Lee.
The first thing many fans notice about Kalen’s kit is the extraordinary size of the individual drums. With a trio of 14”x12”, 16”x16” and 18”x16” toms all stacked around an unheard-of 28”x16” kick drum, the striking image of his drums is matched only by the power with which he strikes them.
Kalen Chase’s powerful drumming can be heard on Devil By Design’s EP Let The Devil Drive, (produced by Marty McCoy of Bobaflex and Joe Viers) Noise Auction's EP Nice Place to Visit (produced by Brett Hesla of Dark New Day), and Noies Auction's Broken Bruiesed and Battered on which he worked extensively with engineer Joe Veirs at Sonic Lounge Studios to capture his hard-hitting sound. He can also be heard and seen (in that order) live filling in many shows.
One thing is for sure, whether you hear him live or on a recording, just make sure you pay attention.
24" Ride "Custom Brilliant"
15" Hi Hats Custom Brilliant RA
19" China "Gospel"
19" Crash "Custom Brilliant"
18" Crash "Custom Brilliant"
20" Crash "Custom Brilliant"