Axxis / Subsignal / Independent
As a versatile Allrounder you can see/hear Dirk Brand performing on many international Drum-Festivals and working with famous Artists like Charlie Mariano (Jazz Saxophon Legend), Deborah Watson (R&B), Geoff Downes und John Wetton (Asia), Gloria Gaynor, Catherina Valente, Gitte Henning, Gregor Hilden, Michael
Holm, Olaf Henning, Meri Voskania, Marianne Rosenberg, Kristina Bach, Florian Silbereisen, Marianne&Michael, Orchester Werner Tauber, on international Ballroom Dance Competion with Orchester Nightflight, Orchester Wolf Hartmann, Luftwaffen Musikkorps der Bundeswehr, Sascha Klaar, Sydney Youngblood, Thomas Blug (Fender Strat King), George Whitehorn (Procol Harum), TV Band Martin Ernst Allstars, USA Blues Legend Kal David (BB King), Go Music All Stars, Samantha Smith (USA), Ron Jackson,Jerry Donahue (Helecasters), Bruno Nunes (Brazil), Al Copley (Blues Brothers) and famous german Metalgroup Axxis (playing at the World famous Wacken Open Air, Bang your Head, Masters of Rock (CZ), Firefest (England) and many more festivals all over the world. With Belgium Dance Supergroup Milk Inc. he is playing at some of the biggest Dance Festivals around! This work included a collaboration with Megastars like SEAL or A-ha!
In China and Japan he played with Marty Friedman from Megadeath and Japanese Keyboard wizard Tatsuya Nishiwaki!
In 2015 he joined the famous german Prog-Rock Group "Subsignal" and recorded their highly acclaimed album "The beacons of Somewhere, Sometime" and „La Muerta"! This album was No. 1 at many international Radiostations and nominated for best Prog-Rock Album in 2015 & 2018 by many Music Newspapers and Genre Specific Radiostations! With Subsignal he is playing heavily in Europe and supporting Bands like Spocks Beard, Dream Theather or Aristotcrats.
With extraordinaire Keyboarder Delmar Brown (Miles Davis, Sting) he played 2011-2013 on many World-Pop Festivals. Touring with the Goethe Institute for the german government he played in Israel, France und Russia. As an on demand Drummer he played many Musicals like "Evita", "Linie 1", „Feet of the Flames" or "Hair" to name a few.
Dirk Brand is author of the high acclaimed drumbooks "1000 Faces of Drum Styles", "Future Drumming", "Chartreading" and "Pocket Rhythms for Drums" and also a DVD "A Band Concept". The book "1000 Faces of Drum Styles" has been also translated into Chinese in 2011. He is writing for the German Drum magazine „Drums&Percussion" a monthly column about „Electronic and Hybrid Drumming" and Double bass Drum Playing!
He is performing his wide style of different drumming skills on Drum Festivals in many countries like, Tam-Tam Festival (France), (Warsaw Drum Festival Poland), Drums&Percussion Paderborn (Germany), Le Bag Show (France), India, Vietnam, Singapore, Music Russia, Music Fair Norway, Music China, Malysia, Dresdner Drum Festival (Germany), Drummer Meeting Koblenz (Germany) and many more along Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Simon Phillips, Vinnie Colaiuta, Aaron Spears, Benny Greb, Gerorge Koljas just to name a few etc.!
As an international Clinician and Product Specialist he is demonstrating and performing all over the World. Dirk Brand is working together with Pearl Drums and their Electronic Systems like e/MERGE and MIMIC Pro, Sabian Cymbals , Ahead Drum bags and Vic Firth Drumsticks.
For 8 years he has been a member of the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster and from 2009 he is the Drum Department Head of the Rock-, Jazz-, Pop-, Academy called short RPJam in Gießen close to Frankfurt.