Corky Gainsford is a drummer, producer, singer, songwriter, and artist from Las Vegas, NV. His drive, dedication, creativity, and tireless work ethic have helped him forge a unique path in the music and entertainment industry.
Corky is most well-known for his drumming abilities in OTHERWISE (Century Media / Sony Records) and the internationally-acclaimed Blue Man Group. As a singer/songwriter, however, Corky recently signed a multi-album record deal with Century Media / Sony Records for his band Code Red Riot. Following in the footsteps of other drummer-turned-singers, such as Dave Grohl and Sully Erna, Corky is currently recording this band’s debut album, slated for release in early-2018.
HISTORY WITH OTHERWISE:
OTHERWISE was plucked from obscurity in 2011, after Corky produced, co-wrote, mixed “Soldiers,” acclaimed as “the first song by an unsigned band to reach #1 in the history of satellite radio” on Sirius/XM Octane. That milestone led directly to the band signing a multi-album record contract with Century Media / Sony Records. Once released commercially, “Soldiers” became the highest-selling debut rock single in 2012, and it continues to be an anthem for military personnel around the world to this day.
As a managing member of OTHERWISE, Corky co-wrote and drummed on two full-length albums, True Love Never Dies and Peace At All Costs, earning five Top 20 Singles on Active Rock radio, four consecutive #1 Singles on Sirius/XM Octane, and selling over 80,000 albums worldwide.
Corky also produced and engineered OTHERWISE’s critically-acclaimed acoustic EP, Enjoy The Pain. The EP was recorded primarily while the band was on tour, and included a mellowed-out, classical-sounding cover of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell,” which received airplay on radio stations nationwide. Corky also produced and mixed two B-Sides for the OTHERWISE catalog, “Soldiers (Acoustic Version)” and a cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” which also received radio airplay nationwide.
HISTORY WITH BLUE MAN GROUP:
In BLUE MAN GROUP, Corky has performed as a drummer/percussionist for over a decade, primarily performing in their Las Vegas production (currently at the Luxor). He was also the lead drum kit player on The Complex Rock Tour, which performed in amphitheaters and arenas throughout the United States and Canada, and was filmed for the Quadruple (4x) Platinum-selling DVD release titled “Blue Man Group: The Complex Rock Tour Live!” Corky also appeared on several television performances with Blue Man Group, including The Tonight Show (3x), Last Call with Carson Daly, America’s Got Talent, and the Latin Grammy Awards (collaboration with Ricky Martin). He is also a featured performer on their albums “Live At The Venetian” and “Three.”
OTHER MUSICAL INTERESTS:
As a drummer, Corky has become well-known for his ability to learn new music quickly, think on his feet, and adapt to a number of unique musical situations. This reputation afforded him a plethora of unique opportunities, including high-profile corporate gigs and session recordings for many independent artists in the rock, pop, and country genres.
Corky’s passion for music has constantly contributed to his knack for writing and producing it. He has had songs placed in major motion pictures (The Stepfather), won songwriting competitions on IndabaMusic.com, and received accolades and awards in remix contests for Linkin Park, Marcy Playground and Weezer.
Before moving to Las Vegas, Corky earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music, Science and Technology at Stanford University (focusing on music theory, recording, and production). He also worked as the college’s concert promoter, where he booked and promoted shows with Beck, Ben Harper, David Spade, Violent Femmes, Cake, and more. Together, these experiences offered him a broad introduction into the music industry, both creatively and business-wise.
To work with Corky on any upcoming tours or studio recordings, please reach out to him through the contact page on this site.
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