Drum Set Mentor

Ron Thaler

“Explosive drumming and creative risk-taking” (Musician Magazine)
“A virtuosity that touches great depths, eliciting that special emotion from his listeners well beyond the mere consideration of his considerable technical wizardry” (New York Times)
“Exhaustively innovative and intelligent… big in-your-face drumset artistry” (Pulse Magazine)
“A most exceptional of players… touching on jazz, funk and European influences, sporting Steve Smith’s pulse, Dennis Chambers bombast, and an unmistakable improvisational streak akin to early Elvin Jones” (Modern Drummer)
“Tremendous performances that leave a lasting impression of his talent and particular approach to music” (Drums Etc., Canada)
“A fusion blizzard! And deep musical taste not just at the hands of studied techniques or metronomic rigors, but also the intuitive space that exists between the notes” (Batteur Magazine, France)
“(With Ron Thaler) emotions don’t lie, simplicity is just as relevant as complexity, and great musicality with fire proves that drummers are musicians first” (Drumscene, Australia)

A 3-time Grammy© & 11-time #1 Billboard© Drummer Producer Songwriter Music-Business Owner and Tech Entrepreneur, Ron “Blondie Boy” Thaler has been featured on more than 450 recordings, his drumming and musical collaborations heard upwards of 43 billion times with 7+ billion views. He has worked with Alicia Keys, Rob Thomas, Sophie B. Hawkins, Lana Del Rey, Moby, Taj Mahal, Debbie Gibson, Jewel, Gwen Stefani, Traum Diggs, Anita Prime, Darren Hodson & Southern Companion, Willie Nelson & Hank Williams Jr., David Guetta, Slash, John Legend, Bethany Joy Lenz, Sarah McLachlan, DJ Logic, Dweezil Zappa, Ashlee Simpson, Shy’m, Wyclef Jean, Mercedes Ferrer, Lizzy Mercier, Billy Ocean & Denise Pearson, Taylor Dayne, Al DiMeola, Mike Stern, Matt Garrison, Oz Noy, Rick Margitza, Rufus Reid, Hiram Bullock, 12XPretty and on the Capcom gaming franchise “Dead Rising 4”. Ron has two solo albums to his credit, “Works” (TP Records) and “Grain” (EFA/JVC). Ron also took to primetime TV where he appeared as an on-camera character on NBC TV’s “Lipstick Jungle” alongside Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Andrew McCarty.

Ron’s music production company RTP & his music publishing company RT Type Music are based out of New York City, as are 6Ways Records and Soda Box Music where he works in international business development, synchronization, and licensing activities with more than 500 syncs to his credit. Ron maintains recording facilities in Victoria, Paris, and New York, contributing to Sony/ATV, Warner, and UMG initiatives as a label producer, and in new artist project development and publishing consultancy.  Most recently, Ron has become visible in technology circles through his work in immersive 360 sound, benefitting film/tv/gaming platforms and the future of music-making through ownership of two spatial sound companies, SoundSphere® and Lysten360®.

Ron has conducted more than 750 master classes, clinics and workshops throughout Europe, North America, South America, Oceania and the North Pacific. He has been a featured headline performer at The Montreal International Drum Festival, The TUDW Ultimate Drummers Festival in Melbourne Australia, The Vancouver International Drum Festival, The Batteur International Drum Festival in Paris France, KOSA International Drum Festival (both as a solo mainstage performer and in a trio setting with Johnny Rabb and Steve Smith), and The Victoria International Drum Festival. In addition to appearances on Drumeo TV and segments for Evans Educational Webcast Series, Ron’s drumming is showcased in an instructional video entitled “Phraseology and Individuality on the Drumset” released in Europe on the Editions-Connections label. The video was voted as one of the “25 All-Time Must Have Drum Videos” in Batteur Magazine’s 2010 readers poll.

Ron has been featured in Modern Drummer, Digital Drummer, Drums Etc., Batteur Magazine, DrumScene, The New York Times, JazzTimes, L’Est Republicain, and others.  Ron is a voting member of the Grammy© Foundation and The Recording Academy, AFTRA (American Federation of Television & Radio Artists), AFM (American Federation of Musicians), NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences), SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada), CMRRA (The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd.), and ASCAP.

Ron is an endorser of Sabian Cymbals, Pearl Drums, Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks, HQ Percussion, Duallist Drumpedals, Rimriser, and CAD Microphones.

Ron is available for private lessons.
Please call (212) 741-0091 X104 or email us at [email protected] for information or to book your lesson.