e-drum expert / Axxis / Subsignal / Independent
As a versatile all-rounder you can see/hear Dirk Brand performing on many international Drum-Festivals and working with tons of famous international artists from all types of genres and music styles and all over the world. For instance as an official band member of famous German metal group Axxis he toured all over the world and played at famous Wacken Open Air, Bang Your Head, Masters of Rock (CZ), and many more festivals. With Belgium dance super group Milk Inc. he is playing at some of the biggest dance festivals around and collaborations with mega stars like SEAL or A-ha happened. And in China and Japan he played with Marty Friedman from Megadeath and Japanese Keyboard wizard Tatsuya Nishiwaki!
In 2015 he joined German prog-rock group "Subsignal" and recorded several highly acclaimed albums. Some albums were voted No.1 at many international genre specific radio stations and music magazines, and got nominated for best Prog-Rock Album in 2015 & 2018.
As an on-demand drummer he played also many musicals like "Evita", "Linie 1", „Feet of the Flames" or "Hair"… just to name a few.
Dirk Brand is author of highly acclaimed drum books "1000 Faces of Drum Styles", "Future Drumming", "Chart Reading" and "Pocket Rhythms for Drums" and also a DVD "A Band Concept". For German drum magazine „Drums&Percussion" he writes a monthly column about „Electronic and Hybrid Drumming" and “Double Bass Drum Playing”.
As an international clinician and product specialist he has demonstrated and performed all over the World, sharing his wide style of different drumming skills on tons of drum festivals, like: TamTam Festival (Spain), Warsaw Drum Festival (Poland), Drums&Percussion Paderborn (Germany), Bag’Show (France), India, Vietnam, Singapore, Music Russia, Music Fair Norway, Music China, Malaysia, Dresdner Drum Festival (Germany), Drummer Meeting Koblenz (Germany) and many many more.
Dirk Brand is also closely working together with Pearl Drums for their electronic systems, like: e/MERGE and MIMIC Pro.
For 8 years he has been a member of the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster and since 2009 he is the Drum Department Head of the Rock-, Jazz-, Pop-, Academy called short RPJam in Gießen close to Frankfurt.