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Pit Lee

Da Cruz

Born March 29th 1971 in Rheinfelden, Switzerland. Currently living in Bern, Switzerland. His first instrument was the trumpet, but he changed to the drums at the age of 12.

2 years later he had his first shows with a band, playing polka and waltztunes in the countryside. He took drumlessons (private and musicschool) for about 4 years before he started playing in all kind of bands, touring Europe and doing recordings. He was mostly interested in the heavier variations of rockmusic. In the electro-industrial group ''Swamp Terrorists'' he experimented with the setup, combining classic drumparts with electronic-pads and selfconstructed instruments made out of metalpieces and trigger microphones. With this group they released several albums worldwide, had television appereances (MTV, Japanese TV,...) and played at festivals and clubs in Europe, Japan and Brazil.

After this ''heavy phase'' he played with a variety of ''gentler'' groups, like ''Mich Gerber'', ''Ray Wilko'', ''Electric Blanket'' and for stage plays as well (directors Meret Matter, Matto Kämpf,...). Again he was partly combining the classic drumset with percussion elements. Some of the music was used for movies like ''Snow white'' or ''Das Geheimnis von Murk''.

The mainproject since 2008 is ''Da Cruz'' which added new aspects in his playing. The music is a mix between Brazilian, African and modern electronic dance music. Therefore a big variety of playing styles is requested. The last album was released worldwide and they play at major festivals like Jazzfest Wien, Womex Copenhagen, Frauenfeld and Gampel open air, Gurtenfestival, Montreux Jazzfestival, Paléo Festival Nyon and many more. Another highlight in his career are the recordings at the legendary studio ''Rancho de la luna'' in Joshua Tree/USA, where he worked with Dave Catching (Eagles of death metal, Queens of the stone age,..) on a forthcoming rock-album. The basic elements of Pit Lee's different setups are ''SQ² maple vintage'' drums.