Swiss Chris


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Swiss Chris is an in-demand first-call session drummer/music director.
He recently worked
with the legendary Gloria Gaynor doing TV appearances and touring for
the 30th anniversary
“I Will Survive” promo. Swiss is well-known for his work as musical
director and drummer for
the nine-time GRAMMY® winner John Legend, with whom he worked for four
years. He is now concentrating on his own solo career with a
forthcoming album. Swiss is also actively involved with his charitable
organization, S.W.I.S.S. (Saving With Instruments, Samples and
Soundz), dedicated to healing, education, and promoting communication
through music for the betterment of the world.
During his tenure with John Legend, Swiss’s unique style was exposed
to worldwide audiences—he performed all over the world with numerous
tours both in the U.S. and abroad. Swiss performed
on John Legend’s first two albums, Get Lifted (three GRAMMYs) and Once
Again (two GRAMMYs). In detail, Swiss played on the GRAMMY
Award-winning hit “So High” (Get Lifted) and on the hit single “Save
Room” (Once Again). In addition to that, he recorded on the John
Legend “So High” (Cloud 9 remix) featuring Miss Lauryn Hill.
Also, two classic DVDs were recorded: John Legend: Live at the House
of Blues and John Legend: Live from Philadelphia.
While working with John Legend, Swiss Chris had the pleasure of being
able to work with artists like Sir Elton John, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg,
India Ire, Common, Wyclef Jean, DJ Dummy, DJ A-Trak, Corinne Bailey
Rae, and many more.
Swiss Chris was also the musical director/drummer for the HomeSchool
Records/Bailey’s sponsored Tour 2008 and video featuring “Estelle”
Fanta Swaray.
Swiss is currently working with Ladell McLin, the Afro hip-hop group
Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew, Zimbabwe Legit, Mazzi with S.O.U.L.
Purpose, and his own group, The Dream Team One (Swiss Chris Freestyle
Swiss Chris stars in the hip-hop/rock video with Talib Kweli’s group,
Idle Warship, on the track “Black Snake Moan.”
He also recently recorded with the world famous drummer Billy Cobham,
DMC, and Chuck D. from Public Enemy.
Coming to New York via Boston, Swiss worked with a local funk band led
by the Jewish James Brown, Milo Z. He also worked with hip-hop old
school legends like Chubb Rock, Charlie Brown from Leaders of the New
School, Slick Rick, Grandmaster Caz, the Rock Steady Crew, and DJ
Johnny Juice from Public Enemy.
While in the States, Swiss Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in
performance from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
He further studied at Drummers Collective in New York. He received
multiple awards and honors as a marching band field drummer, and as a
big band and contemporary jazz drummer in Switzerland.
Swiss has studied with diverse teachers such as Bob Moses, Marvin
“Smitty” Smith, Kim Plainfield, Frank Katz, Ian Froman, Ron Savage,
Casey Scheuerell, Kenwood Dennard, Skip Hadden, Joe Morello, Jim
Chapin, and last but not least, the Drumdoctor Dom Famularo.
Swiss has been on BET in a featured performance as the musical
director/drummer for the “Ed Gordon Show” with the Last Poets, Jessica
Care Moore, and Mums from the hit HBO show “Oz.” Swiss performed
and/or recorded with conscious MCs like Mos Def, Dead Prez, Acrobatic,
Afu-Ra, and Milano.
Swiss was the musical director and house drummer for the legendary
Lyricist Lounge. He worked for multiple fundraisers and charity events
with the political activist group Earthdriver, and performed at
Madison Square Garden for a Mumia Abu-Jamal Benefit.
Swiss Chris was also the musical director/drummer/programmer for
Mexicano 777 (featuring KRS-One and Mad Lion) and Bazaar Royale (MTV
appearance). He toured Eastern and Western Europe with the legendary
James “Blood” Ulmer. He performed at the Apollo Theater with Billy Cox
(Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsys) and Ladell McLin, Jessica Care Moore,
and Imani Uzuri with Burnt Sugar.
Television appearances included MTV’s “Video Music Awards,” “The Soul
Train Music Awards,” The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony at Oslo,
Jamaican, and Trinidad Festivals, DTV “Royal Albert Hall Show,”
iTunes, Yahoo, and Verizon Promotional Tours, “The Tyra Banks Show,”
“Ellen,” “The View,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Late Show with David
Letterman,” “Jools Holland’s BBC,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,”
“Oprah,” “Good Morning America,” “MTV Music Awards Japan,” “VH1 Super
Bowl Pepsi Smash,” and “The CBS Early Show,” “The Tonight Show with
Jay Leno,” “BET Gospel,” Oxygen Network’s “Custom Concert,” MTV and
GRAMMY appearances in the US, Europe, and MTV Africa, and the “Vibe
Festival” with Common and Kanye West.
Swiss Chris endorses Natal Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth
Drumsticks, Aquarian Drumheads, Roland, Hansenfutz Foot Pedals,
Alesis/Akai Electronics, CAT Mics, Apple, Ableton, and Propellerhead
Most recently, Swiss served as faculty member for Berklee’s Five-Week
Summer Performance Program, and performed at Musikmesse Frankfurt for
the Drum Company NATAL, at the World Beatbox Championship with Kenny
Muhammad and the legendary Rahzel, at the Apollo Soundstage Series,
and with legendary rap group Black Moon, Delmar Brown World Pop
Experience, and legendary bassist Doug Wimbish.
The Swiss Chris Modern Drum School (Swiss Chris 777 LLC) is located in
New York City. For more information about private instruction, visit
Swiss Chris
Drummer/ Music Director/ Book Author