CORKY GAINSFORD BIO
Corky Gainsford is a singer, songwriter, producer, drummer, 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 currently the singer and songwriter for CODE RED RIOT, who released their debut album ‘Mask’ worldwide on June 29, 2018 via Sony RED Music. Corky took on multiple roles in the creation of Mask, performing all the vocals, drums, bass, and rhythm guitar, while also co-producing the album alongside Shawn McGhee (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Papa Roach, Hellyeah). The album has received critical acclaim through a number of industry press outlets, and the first single “Living Low” can be heard regularly on Sirius/XM Octane.
Previous to Code Red Riot, Corky was well-known for his work as the drummer and managing member of OTHERWISE (Century Media Records) from 2010-2015. OTHERWISE was plucked from obscurity in 2011, after Corky produced, co-wrote, mixed, and played drums on “the first song by an unsigned band to reach #1 in the history of satellite radio” via Sirius/XM Octane. That milestone led directly to the band signing a multi-album record contract with Century Media Records.
OTHERWISE released two full-length albums, titled True Love Never Dies and Peace At All Costs, which included five Top 20 singles on Active Rock radio, and four consecutive singles that reached #1 on Sirius/XM Octane. They sold over 80,000 albums worldwide, with their highest charting album reaching #49 on the Billboard Charts. Their song “Soldiers” was the highest-selling debut rock single in 2012, which Corky co-produced and co-engineered.
Additionally, OTHERWISE released a digital-only, critically-acclaimed acoustic EP in 2013 titled Enjoy The Pain, which Corky produced and engineered primarily while the band was on tour (in addition to his songwriting and drumming contributions). This EP included a mellowed-out, classical-sounding cover of “Rebel Yell,” which received airplay on several radio stations nationwide. Corky also produced and mixed two B-Sides for the OTHERWISE catalog, “Rolling In The Deep” and “Soldiers (Acoustic Version).”
When he’s not on tour with CODE RED RIOT, Corky lives in Las Vegas and performs as an independent drummer in a myriad of shows, including the Blue Man Group, Raiding The Rock Vault, Tenors of Rock, 80’s Station, and more.
EARLY CAREER HISTORY (2001-2010)
Prior to his time in OTHERWISE and CODE RED RIOT, Corky was a drummer/percussionist in Blue Man Group for 10+ years. He primarily performed in their Las Vegas production, but he was also the lead drum kit player on The Complex Rock Tour in 2003, which performed in amphitheaters and arenas throughout the United States and Canada. This tour was also filmed for a Quadruple (4x) Platinum-selling DVD release, titled Blue Man Group: The Complex Rock Tour Live!
With Blue Man Group, Corky also appeared on several television performances, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (3x), Last Call with Carson Daly, America’s Got Talent, and the Latin Grammy Awards with Ricky Martin. He is also a featured performer on Blue Man Group’s Live At The Venetian recording (found on iTunes/Amazon).
While living in Las Vegas, Corky became 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, and received 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 campus’ concert promoter, where he booked, produced, and marketed shows by 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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