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Jade McKinon

Jack Parow

"Sonor is such a great brand to represent. I absolutely love my Essential Force S-Drive and the team are awesome to work with!"

- Jade McKinon -

I am a 28 year old female drummer and have been playing for 12 years now.

I spent the greater part of 12 years focusing on personal style, experimenting with different genres and techniques, so I could be considered an all round session drummer, both Live and in Studio. During the years of being a self taught drummer, I sessioned for Groups / Artists such as: Chix With Stix, Josie Field, Melanie Lowe, The Sick-Leaves, Evolver, Broadway Screamer and Monark.

2010 - Present: Live Drummer for Jack Parow. Through my career with Jack, I have had the privilege of opening up for Billy Talent (OppiKoppi 2010) and Bullet For My Valentine (OppiKoppi 2012). Festivals such as Pukkelpop 2010 (Belgium) and Lowlands 2010 (Holland), saw us on the bill with: The Prodigy, Limp Bizkit, White Lies, The Kooks etc. 

2013 - Opening Act for Snoop Dogg on his South African Tour

2014 - Opening Act for Eminem on his South African Rapture Tour

TOURED: Holland, Belgium, Russia, UK, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, South Africa - Countrywide.

INFLUENCES: My most influential drummer is Marco Minnemann. Other influences include: Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band), Tommy Igoe (Session), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Thomas Noonan (36 Crazy Fists), Steve Judd (Karnivool), Riley Breckenridge (Thrice), Daniel Svensson (Inflames), Hilary Jones (Session), Gene Krupa (Session), Steve Gadd (Session), Terry Bozzio (Zappa), Akira Jimbo (Casiopea), Jojo Mayer (Nerve/Session), Leo Crabtree (The Prodigy), Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion / Tenacious D), and Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theatre).

In 2012, I completed a Full Time Drum Course through Andre Luke, in Johannesburg, South Africa.