Brann Dailor

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Brann Dailor
Drummer - Heavy metal, progressive metal

Bands: Mastodon, Lethargy, Today Is the Day

Drumsticks: Vater

Brann Dailor (born (1975-04-19) April 19, 1975 (age 45) in Rochester, NY) is the drummer, lyricist and occasional vocalist of Mastodon (2000–present), a progressive metal band based in Atlanta, Georgia. Dailor was also a founding member of mathcore band Lethargy (1992–1999), and the progressive metal/funk band Gaylord and played with Today Is the Day (1999).

Personal life

Dailor was born into a musical family. His grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are all musicians. His mother and stepfather played in a band.

"My parents were hippies, but they were Frank Zappa hippies, you know? They were putting Miles Davis' on my headphones when I was two years old. I grew up listening to The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Close to the Edge by Yes, King Crimson's Red. All that stuff was jamming at my house at full volume all the time when I was a baby, along with Coltrane's Love Supreme, Stevie Wonder--Innervisions-- stuff like that. Constantly."

His sister, Skye, committed suicide at age 14. Her death served as an inspiration for Mastodon's fourth studio album, Crack the Skye. Although the album's story line involves the adventures of a paraplegic boy in Tsarist Russia, Dailor told Metal Hammer that many of the songs are fantasy narratives involving him saving his sister from death.

“My sister, Skye’s, suicide is something I’ve been dealing with for 20 years. I wanted to lift her up and put her name out there forever. It was the most deeply emotional moment of my life, and always with suicide there’s a lot of guilt that comes with it. The whole story is my metaphor for if I’d been able to come in and pick her up and save her from that situation...everybody experiences loss. At some point in your life you will lose someone near and dear to you and I’m lucky enough to have some kind of artistic platform to immortalize it, to have some kind of tribute. We owe it as artists to come from the deepest place possible; that’s art."

On limited edition box sets of Crack the Skye, a photo of Dailor's sister can be seen through a tunnel lithograph in the album art.

His fill-heavy drumming style is influenced by jazz and prog-rock, characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting).

Dailor is married to Susanne, who is the guitarist and singer of Lust, drummer of Catfight, and bassist of Tiger!Tiger!

Brann Dailor Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 3.

(1689) Brann Dailor - signature model Vater drumstick.
(xxxx) Brann Dailor - signature model Vater drumstick, Hold Me (not in collection yet).