In just few short years, Flavio Cirillo has gone from a pavement-pounding freelance Vancouver drummer to traveling the world over. The latest drummer for international recording artists Hail the Villain, Flavio has learned from the best. He has studied with “Hands Guru” John Fisher and “Drumbassador” Dom Famularo. He has hunkered down in the studio with the likes of Gene Hoglan and Josh Freese, and worked alongside production juggernauts Bob Rock, Mike Fraser, Randy Staub, Brian Howes and Gavin Brown. Flavio has always had a flat-out need to perfect his ability as a drummer and student of music, and it has paid off. His drive stems from a love of the instrument, a love of music, and a love of being creative. Flavio’s tour resume is also impressive. Highlights include playing the Download Festival in the UK, touring with Bif Naked across Canada, and touring North America with Art of Dying and Seether.
Q & A
BORN IN: New Westminster, BC
LIVES IN: Vancouver, BC
DRUMMING SINCE: 10 years old.
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT: Hannah Georgas, Crystal Shawanda, Kump, DiFillipo, Cirillo Trio
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Too many to List but here’s a few drumming influences: John Bonham , Stewart Copeland, Tony Williams, Steve Jordon, Matt Chamberlain, Steve Gadd, Jim Keltner, Phil Rudd, Phil Collins, Dave Grohl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Abe Laboriel Jr, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Cobb, Matt Johnson, Chad Smith, Josh Freese, David Sandsrtom, Matt Cameron and list goes on and on….
FAVORITE ALBUM PLAYED ON: I’m feeling really good about the last 2 years of work in Studio with various artists, but a cool latest recording I’m proud of is a LIVE iTunes Recording for Hannah’s latest record. That was fun and really captured some great moments live off the floor.
FAVORITE ALBUM DIDN’T PLAY ON: Grace, Jeff Buckley
CAREER HIGHLIGHT(S): Playing LIVE on TV at the 2013 JUNO’S with Hannah Georgas, playing two sold out shows in NYC at Madison Square Garden, playing to 40,000 people in Communist Vietnam. Pretty Surreal!
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 24” HHX Manhattan Jazz Ride or 20” Artisan Light Ride/Crash and a set of Custom HHX Legacy 17” Hats!