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New Zealand Artists

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Daniel grew up in a small rural town about an hour west of Invercargill called Orepuki. He grew a strong passion for drums and largely taught himself how to play after his father inspired him by playing along to Mercy Me’s “Almost There” album, along with various other Christian artists.

Daniel now lives in his wife Sarah’s home region on the Kapiti Coast, just north of Wellington, where he runs his own company called “Mr Watts Electrical.” He plays drums weekly for Kapiti Impact Church and his originals band “The AJ Crawshaw Band” as well as filling in for other local artists on occasion.

Daniel not only loves how Red cymbals sound, but also what the company stands for. He particularly loved being a part of a Red Drum Shed, where it wasn’t about “the best or the fastest drummer wins,” but rather...Let’s play drums together.
Daniel is looking forward to launching his YouTube channel in the coming months where he wants to help drummers learn some tips and tricks for playing live in general, but mostly teaching from his experience in church praise and worship, as well as filming worship song tutorials.


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George plays for internationally renowned New Zealand band The Butlers who have toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand soon to grace the stages of the USA.

Visit The Butlers Website and find out more about their amazing drummer!


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Shanon's passion for drums started in the gospel circles many years ago. Currently the Music Director for Sound of Destiny Waikato, Destiny Productions Waikato and The Strange Arrangement. Shanon has featured recording projects, tours and on national television in New Zealand. He's played in numerous bands and blessed to play in many locations around New Zealand. But the place Shanon loves playing the most is at Church. Shanon is stoked to join the Red whanau (family) and ready to continue impacting his community through music.



Sophia is an 18 year old self taught drummer based near Wellington in New Zealand. She started playing drums when she was 8 after Sophia’s father built her a drum kit out of cardboard boxes and pans. Sophia has been hooked on drumming ever since and absolutely loves music. Sophia started playing in church when she was 12 and now plays weekly for ARISE Church based in Wellington at the Kapiti campus. Sophia supports the heart behind Red Cymbals especially to promote positive mental health. Sophia is excited to work with Red and start working alongside other drummers that are passionate about the art of music as well as getting involved in some Red drum sheds in NZ.

Visit Sophia’s Instagram and give her a follow!



Matt is originally from Canada and lives in Dunedin New Zealand. He has been drumming for over 7 years yet has a wide musical palette which defy his 15 years. He is keen to pursue both sound engineering and drumming. He plays mainly jazz and funk music but also play a few other styles in the jazz and rock bands that he performs. Matt’s band came 1st in New Zealand in a country wide performance competition for live music and also came 2nd in the regional finals of Rock Quest (another country wide competition).

See more about Matt on Instagram




Ashley Pirie left his career as a chef in 2016 to open his own drum tutoring school in Taupo, NZ. He was 14 when he first picked up a pair of sticks, and he has been drumming his way around the world ever since. He started his journey as a bedroom musician playing mostly punk and metal. His parents were incredibly supportive, and they somehow survived his teenage pledge to practice as much (and as loudly) as he could. It wasn’t until he left home and joined a covers band that he started to branch out into other genres.

This then led him to an unexpected audition to play for one of New Zealand's most prominent Roots/reggae bands, “Cornerstone Roots”. They invited him to join their band, and he spent 5 years touring New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

Some of his career highlights include playing festivals such as Glastonbury and
Sziget. These days you’ll find him teaching the next generation of Kiwi musicians, and jamming with his wife for their original music project 'False Heights'.