Noted for his extreme independence and incredible technique, drummer/producer Thomas Lang is widely considered to be one of the best drummers in the world today – and one of the most technically proficient drummers of all time
A native of Vienna/Austria, Thomas took up drumming at the age of 5. In addition to lessons at local music schools and years of private tuition, Thomas was formally educated at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. After leaving the conservatory, Lang began working professionally – working his way through the European Pop, Rock and Jazz scenes.
A founding member of the progressive, heavy metal trio stOrk, Lang has played with John Wetton(UK, King Crimson), Paul Gilbert, Robert Fripp, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple),Tina Turner, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson, Sugababes, Paul Gilbert, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton), Victoria Beckham, Ronan Keating, Steve Hackett, Boyzone, 911, Falco, Nina Hagen, Steve Jones, Mick Jones (the Clash), The Commodores, George Michael, Doogie White (Rainbow), Bill Liesegang, GiannaNannini, Sertab Erener, Vienna Art Orchestra, Bonnie Tyler, Save the Robots and stOrk among others. Lang’s 1995 solo release, “Mediator” topped the charts in Europe and garnered rave reviews for its innovative Jazz/Dance/ProgRock sound.
Thomas has performed at every major international drum festival and has toured the world many times over as a sideman as well as solo performer. Thomas has appeared everywhere from “Top of the Pops” to the Eurovision Song contest, from sold-out football stadiums to the Modern Drummer Festival.
Lang’s original practice regime eventually became the basis for his 2-part series of instructional videos, “Ultimatives Schlagzeug I & II” which were originally released in 1995. Due to overwhelming demand, these videos were re-released on DVD in 2004 by Hudson Music (www.hudsonmusic.com).
In 2003 Lang released the multi award-winning instructional DVD and book “Creative Control” which was an instant hit with drummers and drum teachers around the world. His highly anticipated follow-up DVD and book, "Creative Coordination; Advanced Foot Technique" (www.halleonard.com) was released in November of 2006. This groundbreaking DVD has also won worldwide awards and andmarks a milestone in modern high-end drumming concepts and technique.
In 2009, Lang launched the “Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp.” This touring educational experience allows students to enjoy an intense, hands-on drumming experience in which they drum alongside Lang for eight hours per day. The TLDBC has been hosted in such various global locations as New York, Los Angeles, Berlin,Vienna, Melbourne and London among other locations. In 2012, Lang debuted his “Big Drum Bonanza” -- a 5-day drumming event featuring some of the world’s best drummers.
Thomas Lang endorses DW drums and pedals, Meinl cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Remo drum heads, Roland electronics, Gibraltar hardware, Hardcase road cases, Puresound snarewires, Bigfoot beaters, Hansenfutz practice pedals, E-pad and Audix microphones.
1999, 2001: Beststudio drummer (Rhythm magazine)
2002: Best pop drummer, Best all-around drummer (Rhythm magazine)
2002: Best drummer(Drums and Percussion magazine)
2003: Best clinician (Modern Drummer magazine)
2004: Best DVD, Best clinician runner up, Best drummer runner-up (Modern Drummer magazine)
2004: Best DVD, Best new signature product, Best drummer (Drummer magazine). Best studio drummer (Rhythm magazine). Best recorded drum performance (Sticks magazine)
2005: Best pop drummer, Best Clinician, Best Solo Drum performance (Rhythm magazine). BestDVD, Best all around drummer, Best drum event (Drummer magazine)
Best drum clinician(DRUM! Magazine) Best drumming video/DVD (Drum! Magazine)
2006: Best DVD, Best drummer (Rhythm magazine)
2007: Best DVD, Best drummer (Rhythm magazine, Modern drummer magazine)
Aurora Gold Award 2007 (Best Video Production)
Best Clinician 2007 (Modern Drummer magazine)
Best Clinician 2008 (Modern Drummer Magazine)
Best Clinician 2008 (Drum! Magazine).