Daniel "Danimal" Hogan III - Signature Artist
"The best stick in the industry. Takes a hit like no other. Durable, and easy on the wallet"
Dan known as ``Danimal`` was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in September of 1968. As a young kid he moved around a lot to several states, so music kept him at peace with the new starts in new places. Being a heavy hitting drummer and loving to get crazy on stage while rockin out is how her earned his nickname, Danimal, which was chosen by friends & fans. Dan loves to play and perform and put on a great show. At the age of 9 is when his interests in playing the drums became a reality. His Stepdad played several instruments and one day he set up a stand with a cymbal on it and mounted a tambourine to it next to his piano. As his step dad started to play the piano, Dan played along on the tambourine and cymbal with his stepdad and loved every minute of it. "I remember it like it was yesterday", Dan says. "We played ``roll out the barrel`` and ``Dina won't you blow your horn``-- songs I`ll never forget."
On Dan`s 10th birthday, while living in San Jose, CA. he got his first drum set. It was a 3-piece, red sparkle-finished Ludwig drum set. Being a self-taught drummer and having a gift of learning to play with his ears, feeling the music, and playing from his heart, Dan would play records of all styles of music and play along with the songs for hours every day. His determination and drive continued as he began listening and playing along to his biggest influences like Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Tommy Aldridge, Rod Morganstein, Tommy Lee, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Terry Bozzio, Scott Rockinfield, just to name a few. All through Jr. High & High school, he played in different school bands, eager to learn everything he could while still being a self-taught drummer and never learning how to read music.
At the age of 15, Dan got his first taste of being on stage and playing in his first club while living in California. After that night, the dream became clear-- it`s what he was meant to do. At the age of 17, now living in Boyertown, pa, Dan started his first originals band with some close high school friends and called the band Trust. While writing songs and playing all the local clubs the bands passion became a reality and they went into their first professional recording studio working with a producer and recorded their first album.With over 40 years of experience and being a versatile player, but also a true Rocker at heart, Danimal has played in some great cover & original bands. Some of those great bands just to name a few were Trust, Last Call, Wicked Sins, Dirty Mary, Stir Crazy, Cranked and currently playing in MAXX 22. The love for writing and recording is still a major passion that still burns in his soul. "I`ve played clubs big and small & along with national acts and every show means so much to me and i`m thankful that i get to share my passion for playing the drums with everyone who comes out. With my versatile style and energy that never stops, It`s a passion i`ll never lose or give up. It`s just what i`m meant to do. My love of performing, playing shows, writing, recording, meeting people at shows, and watching people have fun is why i still love playing today. It`s my drug."