Paul Van Patten
Paul Van Patten was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. His parents were musically and artistically inclined; his Father hosted a syndicated Jazz radio program which aired for over 30 years on the East Coast. Paul began playing drums at age 4; being heavily influenced by his Dad, a prominent jazz drummer in New York, as well as by many of the great jazz artists his Dad knew. Paul graduated from artistically acclaimed Liverpool High School, where he excelled in all musical idioms, ranging from jazz and rock bands to percussion ensembles and symphonic orchestras.
He left Liverpool to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. where he earned his 4 year Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Performance with high honors in just over 2 years, by way of a Performance Scholarship. While at Berklee, he studied under Gary Chaffee, Ed Kaspik and Peter Magadini, as well as performed throughout the Boston area with Berklee faculty members, including prior members of the Buddy Rich Big Band. After Berklee, he worked throughout New York, performing live in a diverse range of musical idioms as well as professionally teaching drums and percussion at DeSantis Music and his own studios at Liverpool Records.
He relocated to Los Angeles in 1987 and was quickly recognized for his expertise with electronic drums and percussion, programming and sound design, as well as with live performance and studio recording. He worked as an advanced Drum & Percussion technician in association with Drum Paradise and Drum Doctors, and later launched his own Acoustic & Electronic Drum and Percussion consulting company, Furmann Sound, Inc.
Since 1987, Paul has been counted on for his expertise providing support for: Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Luis Conte, Jeff Porcaro, Ringo Starr, Kenny Aronoff, Dennis Chambers, JR Robinson, Tris Imboden, Myron Grombacher, John Molo, M.B. Gordy, Jim Keltner, Alex Acuna, Brad Dutz, Stan Lynch and Alvino Bennett.
Paul has worked in major studios and venues throughout Los Angeles, New York & Nashville for TV, Motion Picture, Album/CD and session work, MTV & MTV Video Awards, Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, NBC, ABC, CBS, 20th Century Fox, Fox/Universal, Paramount, Sony/Columbia/TriStar, Warner Bros., MGM, Universal Studios, Jay Leno Show, NBC Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Rochester Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center, Kodak Theatre, Greek Theatre, Irvine Amphitheatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Broadway Productions include: West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls and Damn Yankees.
His credits include contributions on 33 Platinum albums and 23 Grammy Award winning recordings, working with a multitude of major recording artists, including:
Michael Jackson, Madonna, Ringo Starr, Kenny Loggins, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Toto, Chicago, Carlos Santana, Don Henley, Michael McDonald, Doobie Bros., Whitney Houston, Bruce Hornsby, Pat Benatar, Quincy Jones, Harvey Mason, Four Play, Dave Grusin, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Stevie Nicks, Peter Frampton, Tom Petty, Stan Lynch, John Mellencamp, Howard Jones,
James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Eddie Money, Richard Marx, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow and the Wayne Naus Big Band. Alternate Mode products have been his controllers of choice and served throughout his career.
He also works as an internationally published, freelance Technical Writer and Product Specialist authoring product reviews and feature articles on acoustic and electronic/midi-based instruments, recording studio equipment and related accessories.
He has covered a wide range of products and applications, including: Alternate Mode, EMU, Akai, Alesis, Mackie, Kawai, Sennheiser Microphones, AKG Microphones, Shure Microphones, Latin Percussion, Simmons Drums, Roland, Drum Workshop, Yamaha, Ludwig Drums, Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Sabian Cymbals, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth, Remo drum heads and percussion products, Evans drum heads, Aquarian drum heads, Gibraltar hardware and Vaughncraft Percussion. His work has been published by Modern Drummer, Rhythm, Music Technology, Home & Studio Recording and Electronic Musician magazines as well as through Furmann Sound, Inc. His musical writing and arranging work is published through Alpha Bound Publishing and ASCAP.
He launched Furmann Custom Drums in 2006, employing his design of acoustic drums using stave, solid/steam bent and custom ply manufacturing processes; all with a focus on using responsibly harvested and reclaimed highly exotic woods imported from Africa, South America, the Yucatan Peninsula, Southeast Asia, Madagascar and Scandinavia.
He has incorporated Alternate Mode products as core components of his studio & live performance rigs since 1990 and endorses his own Furmann acoustic drums and Amedia cymbals.
He is currently developing his new hybrid acoustic/electronic percussion rigs which will utilize the Alternate Mode DITI as the core interface with altZONE FSR triggers. Amedia cymbals will also be an integral component.
Having been based in Los Angeles since 1987, he set up a second location in Nashville in 2014 and has also done the same in San Francisco in 2017. Much more planned.