Chad Monk - Signature Artist
"Scorpion Percussion is very durable, high-quality and ready to add some STING to my drum attack!!"
Chad started playing drums at age 5. He is self-taught and mostly plays by ear, but he can also read music. He learned a lot by watching his older brother, Duane play. By age 11, he started listening to Rock bands and had learned tunes like YYZ and Tom Sawyer. By age 13, he was playing in bands with friends and also started writing original music. His teenage years consisted of a mix of original and cover bands. Also at around age 13, he was concentrating on double bass exercises and sharpened his chops on early Heavy Metal like Dio, Judas Priest and Van Halen.. then getting more complex by studying note for note, beat for beat Drum Monsters like Alex Van Halen, Charlie Benante, Lars Ulrich, Mikkey Dee, Kirk Arrington and Ray Hartmann.
By age 16, Chad was playing in local bars. Of course, at a young age, Chad has had the dream of playing music for a living, recording albums and touring. After playing in several Metal bands around and after high school, Chad was given the opportunity to play in a Blues band which he says opened his musical mind and he has learned from other styles and genres. Chad has stated that even though Heavy Metal is his preferred genre to listen to and play, he can still learn from other styles. That is what he attributes to making himself an all around better drummer and musician and also along with every band and musician he has had the privilege to play with.He says that drums are like all other instruments in the fact that you are always learning and it's impossible to master in one lifetime.
Chad has played Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Chad is also a lyricist having written lyrics for many originals and also has contributed to writing and arranging original music. From 2015 to 2019 Chad was in the Metal band Viken and played shows with artists such as Blaze Bayley, Night Demon, David Ellefson, WRATH, Bullet Boys, Joe Lynn Turner and Doyle. Viken released their EP, Undead Rising which was mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer who has worked for Metal Blade Records for many years and produced/engineered such artists as Slayer, Trouble, Armored Saint and Corrosion Of Conformity just to name a few. The EP was also co-produced by Thom Hazaert. On April 15th, 2019 the Viken won the Akademia Music Award for Best Heavy Metal EP.In 2019 Chad was endorsed by Soultone Cymbals.
Chad is also involved in the Hoosier Drum Channel on YouTube. It’s a place where any drummer is welcome to submit a tribute/play-through video. The channel launched on May 1st 2021 and has videos submitted so far by Chad, his partner and Co-creator of the channel, Deron White along with a few local drum friends and has featured Jake Fromkin, drummer of Chicago thrash legends WRATH. As of January 2022, Chad joined Hard Rock band Goodnight Carnage and is looking forward to playing shows this year. And as of February 2022 Chad is proudly endorsed by Scorpion Percussion Drumsticks.