Justin Foley

Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage


Justin Foley has been playing drums since the age of 13. For ten years he played in the "jazz-metal" band “Red Tide”, recording two CDs, several demos, and performing throughout New England. During this time, Justin furthered his musical education at college, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Connecticut.  He continued his classical training at the Hartt School of Music, earning a Master of Music in Percussion Performance.

Justin then joined the band “Blood Has Been Shed”, toured the U.S. for the first time, and recorded the bands third release “Spirals”. He simultaneously performed in various CT symphony orchestras, most notably the Waterbury and New Britain CT Symphonies, and was an accompanist for several modern dance classes.

In 2003, Justin joined Killswitch Engage and was promptly heard on the bands 2004 release “The End Of Heartache”, with the title track earning the band a Grammy nomination and the album becoming the band’s first gold record.

KsE has since toured the world, playing Ozzfest and the Warped tours to name a few. In 2006, Justin’s variety in his musical background, in particular with frame drums and marimba, was featured on the compilation Drum Nation Volume 3.

2013 mrked the release of the bands nlatest album "Disarm the Descent" that was widely appreciated from fans, critics around the globe.

Justins strength is his consistent rock drumming, that is spiced with lots of dynamics & groove.

He plays a Yamaha Maple Absolute kit in with a 20” Bass Drum and 12” & 16” Toms.

Artist Information

Justin Foley

Killswitch Engage


Justin & his Yamaha Maple Absolute kit

Instrument

Absolute Hybrid Maple

Absolute Hybrid Maple

The answer to the question is drums that give you the sound you need, whenever you need it.
Tonal requirements vary among drummers, differ with dynamics, and change, from band to band, song to song, moment to moment. With the Absolute Hybrid Series drums, Yamaha has succeeded in addressing this, with a drum set that possesses an extraordinary degree of expressive power, allowing drummers to pursue a level of expression that perhaps they've not experience before in their other drums. These drums offer a wide dynamic range that allows them to respond accurately to each and every stroke, and follow changes in dynamics, nuance, and touch, letting you play what you want to play.

HS1200

HS1200

Direct link and 3 double braced legs.

DFP9500C

DFP9500C

Double foot pedal version of FP9500C

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