Chris Flueck

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"Swiss Chris"
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Drummer - Funk Fusion, R&B

Bands: John Legend, Kanye West

Drumsticks: Regal Tip

Originally from Switzerland, "Swiss Chris" Flueck earned his Bachelor's Degree in Performance from the Berklee School of Music in Boston. After gaining his paper at Dante Agostini in Switzerland (certificate in Contemporary Music), he further studied at the Drummer's Collective in New York. Swiss has also studied with diverse teachers like Bob Moses, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Kim Plainfield, Casey Scheuerell, Kenwood Dennard, Joe Morello, Jim Chapin and last but not least, the Drum Doctor Dom Famularo!

Swiss Chris is currently working as an in demand session drummer and Music Director in New York; he also played with Gloria Gaynor on her 2009 South and North American tour. Prior to that Swiss finished a successful four years as the Music Director and Drummer for five time Grammy winner, John Legend, and is now building his own career with a forthcoming album to be released Internationally as well as finishing his book, Sticking With Swiss Chris. Swiss is also actively involved with his S.W.I.S.S. (Saving With Instruments, Samples and Soundz) Organization, dedicated to healing and educating people with musical instruments as well as to help in the spread of communication through music for betterment of the world.

Swiss Chris recently fin­ished a suc­cess­ful four years as the Music Direc­tor and Drum­mer for five time Grammy win­ner, John Leg­end, and is now build­ing his own career with a forth­com­ing album to be released Inter­na­tion­ally as well as fin­ish­ing his book, Stick­ing With Swiss. Swiss is also actively involved with his S.W.I.S.S. (Sav­ing With Instru­ments, Sam­ples and Soundz) Orga­ni­za­tion, ded­i­cated to heal­ing and edu­cat­ing peo­ple with musi­cal instru­ments as well as to help in the spread of com­mu­ni­ca­tion through music for bet­ter­ment of the world.

Dur­ing 2006–2008, for John’s “Once Again” album, Swiss con­tributed his tal­ents and did 2 US tours, 2 Euro­pean tours, and 1 Asian tour. With the release of John Legend’s “Get Lifted” album, Swiss played on 3 US tours, 3 Euro­pean tours, 2 Aus­tralian tours and tours in New Zealand and Japan and worked with artists like Sir Elton John, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Com­mon, Wyclef Jean, Miss Lau­ren Hill, DJ Dummy and DJ A-Trak.

Swiss Chris was also the Musi­cal Director/Drummer for the Home School Records/ Bailey’s spon­sored Tour 2008 and video fea­tur­ing “Estelle” Fanta Swaray. He is cur­rently work­ing with the Live Hip Hop Groups “The Real Live Show,” “Zimbwe Legit,” Mazzi with S.O.U.L. Pur­pose and his own Group “The Dream Team One” (Swiss Chris Freestyle Shows).

Swiss Chris is star­ring in the Hip-hop/Rock Video with Talib Kweli’s group, Idle War­ship on the track ”Black Snake Moan.” He also recently recorded with the world famous drum­mer Billy Cob­ham, DMC and Chuck D. from Pub­lic Enemy.

Swiss formed a 501c3 Non-For-Profit orga­ni­za­tion called S.W.I.S.S. (Sav­ing with Instru­ments, Sam­ples and Soundz) in 2007. He has already directed and played mul­ti­ple local New York shows.

Com­ing to New York via Boston, Swiss started work­ing with a local Funkband lead by the Jew­ish James Brown, “Milo Z. He also started work­ing with Hip Hop Old School Leg­ends like Chubb Rock, Char­lie Brown from the Lead­ers of the New School, Slick Rick, Grand­mas­ter Caz, the Rock Steady Crew and DJ Johnny Juice from Pub­lic Enemy.

While in the States, Swiss Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Per­for­mance from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass­a­chu­setts. He fur­ther stud­ied at the Drummer’s Col­lec­tive in New York after gain­ing his paper at Dante Agos­tini in Switzer­land (cer­tifi­cate in Con­tem­po­rary Music). He received mul­ti­ple awards and hon­ors as a march­ing band field drum­mer, big band and con­tem­po­rary jazz drum­mer as well as earn­ing a human­i­tar­ian award from his home­land Switzerland.

He has been on BET in a fea­tured per­for­mance as the musi­cal director/drummer for the Ed Gor­don Show with the Last Poets, Jes­sica Care Moore and Mums from the Hit HBO show OZ. Swiss per­formed and/or recorded with con­scious MC’s like Mos Def, Dead Prez, Acro­batic, Afura and Milano.

Swiss was the musi­cal direc­tor and house drum­mer for the leg­endary Lyri­cist Lounge. He worked for mul­ti­ple fundraiser and char­ity events with the polit­i­cal activist group Earth­driver. He’s played at Madi­son Square Gar­den for a Mumia Abu Jamal Ben­e­fit (with a All-star cast).

He was also the musi­cal director/drummer/programmer for Mex­i­cano 777 (fea­tur­ing KRS One and Mad Lion) and Bazaar Royal (MTV appear­ance). He toured East­ern and West­ern Europe with the leg­endary James ‘Blood’ Ulmer (Blues/Jazz). He per­formed at the Apollo The­ater with Billy Cox (Jimmy Hen­drix, Band of Gyp­sies) and Ladell Mclin, Jes­sica Care Moore and Imani Uzuri and Burnt Sugar.

Tele­vi­sion appear­ances included: MTVs Video Music Awards, The Soul Train Music Awards, The Nobel Peace Prize Award Cer­e­mony at Oslo, Jamaican and Trinidad Fes­ti­vals, DTV Royal Albert Hall Show, ITunes Yahoo and Ver­i­zon Pro­mo­tional Tours, Tyra Banks, Ellen, The View, Jimmy Kim­mel, David Let­ter­man, Conan O’Brian, Oprah, Good Morn­ing Amer­ica, MTV Music Awards Japan, VH1 Super­bowl Pepsi Smash and The CBS Early Show, Jay Leno, BET Gospel, Cus­tom Con­cert Oxy­gen Net­work, MTV and Grammy Appear­ances in the US, Europe and MTV Africa, and the Vibe Fes­ti­val with Com­mon and Kayne West.

Swiss Chris endorses Yamaha Drums and Elec­tron­ics, Sabian Cym­bals, Regal Tip Sticks (ex-Vic Firth), Aquar­ian Drum­heads, Hansen­futz Footpedals, Alesis/Akai Elec­tron­ics, CAT Mics, Apple, Able­ton and Pro­peller­head Software.

"Swiss Chris" Flueck Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 11.

0796-0797 "Swiss Chris" Flueck - used signature model Vic Firth drumsticks.
0785-0786 "Swiss Chris" Flueck - new, autographed signature model Regal Tip drumsticks.
0787-0788 "Swiss Chris" Flueck - used signature model Regal Tip drumsticks.