Corky Gainsford is a drummer, producer, 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 work with OTHERWISE, where he was the drummer and managing member 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. That milestone led directly to the band signing a multi-album record contract with Century Media Records (now Another Century).
OTHERWISE released two full-length albums, titled True Love Never Dies and Peace At All Costs, which included 5 Top 20 singles on the Active Rock radio charts, and 4 consecutive singles that reached #1 on Sirius/XM ™s Octane channel. 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), both of which can be found on iTunes. Rolling In The Deep still receives airplay on several radio stations nationwide.
In December 2015, musical differences and personality conflicts prompted Corky to leave OTHERWISE and pursue other interests.
Corky currently lives in Las Vegas and performs as an independent drummer in a myriad of shows, including the Blue Man Group production at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. He is also recording new music with a Top Secret project… More info on this coming soon.
EARLY CAREER HISTORY (2001-2010)
Prior to his time in OTHERWISE, 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 (3x), Last Call with Carson Daly, America ™s Got Talent, and the Latin Grammy Awards. He is also a featured performer on their Live At The Venetian recording.
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 (earning him a publishing contract with Banshee Music), and achieved Honorable Mention accolades 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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