solo artist / independent
Grant is one of the forerunners in the industry, forever pushing the limits and conﬁnes of music and leading cutting edge, creative and unconventional drumming. His approach deﬁes stereotypical drum set methodologies with his innovative and enthralling solo drum set compositions. He uses all four limbs both individually and as a collective to present multi-timbral soundscapes, deﬁning the drum set as a contemporary solo instrument for the world stage.
Through his determination, Grant has developed powerful and modern drum set solo performances, which have captivated audiences wherever he goes. Grant’s dynamic one-man show is a reﬂection of his infatuation with the drums, which has seen him tour and perform as an international artist at many concert halls across the globe. Not only does Grant attack the boundaries of a solo performer, he also pushes the restrictions of his instrument to create ground-breaking ingenious works. Grant’s sell out performances have also been trumped with feature presentations on countless radio stations and television programs. These high accolades have also been received for Grant’s DVD Live @ The Tivoli – The Ofﬁcial Bootleg and his CD’s Primal Instinct and Dogboy, for which he has received exceptional reviews from around the world.
Grant’s instrument is as unique as his creative musical attributes. His one of a kind custom drum-set is valued at over $75,000 and takes his team two hours to assemble. The drum-set consists of almost eighty pieces with 26 drums, 34 cymbals, and 18 foot pedals, prompting comments on the kit looking ‘more like an artistic sculpture than an instrument’, as the Morning Bulletin published.
The extensive skills of Grant Collins go beyond his abilities to create and use such an intense drum set. He has a Doctorate of Music in composition and performance, which has supported his international growth and reputation. He is also a passionate and highly skilled educator. His active involvement with the Queensland Arts Council and Education Queensland has delivered some of the highest quality educational workshops in schools throughout Queensland and Australia. He has also done many workshops, clinics and artist in residencies around the world at schools, music academy’s and universities.