USA Progressive Metal Rock

Aaron Harris

Aaron Harris is an American drummer, who is best known for his career with Los Angeles, California-based post-metal band Isis. He was with the band from its inception in 1997 to its dissolution in 2010. Since Isis' demise, Harris has become increasingly involved in the technical side of music. He served as a drum tech and moved towards production, mixing and recording.

His early experience in drumming came from his father, who was also a drummer. Harris would play along to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and The Police. He has reached his current level of proficiency without any lessons or formal training. He has, however, received some tuition with the tabla, from Aloke Dutta, at the recommendation of Tool's Danny Carey. Melvins and Neurosis are also direct influences on his and Isis' sound. He cites Bill Bruford as an influence on his later material, having been introduced to his work through Danny Carey while on tour.

Harris' first band was in a band named Loga, which he joined whilst in high school. The band members gave him a cassette of Melvins to emulate the style of their drummer, Dale Crover. His material, he says, “changed my life [...] it really shaped me into a whole new drummer.”

Since Isis split in 2010, Harris has moved towards the technical side of music. This shift has encompassed stints as a drum tech for Tool and Deftones, as well as production, recording and mixing credits for a number of musical projects. Alongside former Isis members Jeff Caxide and Bryant Clifford Meyer, he announced in May 2011 that he has plans to form a new band.

In April 2012 it was announced that Harris had joined Chino Moreno of Deftones, along with former bandmates Jeff Caxide and Clifford Meyer, in a side project by the name of Palms. Their first album is slated for release in 2012.