Ash Pearson

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Ash Pearson is the drummer of Vancouver, BC heavy metal band 3 Inches of Blood (2007–present), and was formerly in Angel Grinder and Sound of Swarm. He is passionate about music and drumming and loves sharing this with fans by offering personalized drum workshops and touring with 3 Inches of Blood.


Pearson was born (1986-01-26) January 26, 1986 (age 36), in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. His formative musical years were mostly spent in front of the jukebox and television, singing and dancing just about anything, from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, to Little Richard, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder.

Pearson moved with his family to BC in 1994 where he spent about 5 years in Go-Ju-Ryu martial arts, as well as acting in various commercials.

Pearson started playing the drums at age 12. His first drum set, a silver sparkle Pearl export series kit, was sold to him by Daniel Adair, now the drummer of Nickelback.

With only a few lessons in the beginning, Ash mostly taught himself to play from hours of playing along to albums, lots listening and obsession. His first ‘performance’ ever was in his high school gym at age of 15, playing ‘Sic’ from Slipknot by memory. It was enough to get the live performance thrill.

Pearson met Ryan Dyck in 2002 and started the metal band Angel Grinder, playing dozens of live shows and recording 2 records over a period of 3 years. Ryan left, but with the rest of his band mates, Ash went onto make Sound of the Swarm, where he got to assert himself more in a writing role. He wrote and arranged songs on guitar, on top of other contributions.

In May 2007, Pearson did an audition for the Dillinger Escape Plan, after flying down to attend two John Zorn concerts. He ended up driving down to New Jersey to jam with members of Dillinger Escape Plan right before their recording session for Ire Works with Gil Sharone.

A few months later in December 2007, Shane Clark from 3 Inches of Blood got in touch with Pearson to come audition for a tour shortly after the departure of their previous drummer. Initially only supposed to be with 3 Inches on their 2 month tour as main support for the Black Dahlia Murder, Pearson continued on with the band to the next tour, then another, with eventual acceptance as a permanent member.

Pearson sites Neil Peart, Tomas Haake, Gene Hoglan, Dave Witte, Billy Rymer, James Brown (and his drummers), Danny Carey, Matt Cameron, John Zorn, and Zappa (and his drummers) as his biggest influences.

Ash Pearson Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 2.

0171 Ash Pearson - concert used, Vic Firth signature model drumstick, 3 Inches of Blood.