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Marco Minnemann
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Marco Minnemann in Aarhus, Denmark 2016
Background information
Born 24 December 1970 (1970-12-24) (age 50)
Hannover, West Germany (now Germany)
Genres
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, engineer, producer
Instruments Drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, organ, percussion
Associated acts The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Necrophagist, Kreator, Joe Satriani, The Mute Gods, Paul Gilbert, Plini, The Sea Within, In Continuum, Dewa Budjana, Alex Lifeson, Tony Levin, Jordan Rudess, Mike Keneally, Trey Gunn, UKZ, Guthrie Govan, H-Blockx

Marco Minnemann is a German drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in San Diego, California.

Career

Marco Minnemann has released over a dozen solo albums as drummer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist, and performed on over 100 studio albums with dozens of artists and groups. Minnemann was a member of the German funk-metal crossover band Freaky Fukin Weirdoz; has performed and recorded with German rock band H-Blockx and Grammy-nominated English musician Steven Wilson; is the drummer for The Mute Gods, a trio led by Nick Beggs of British new wave band Kajagoogoo; and has performed with Joe Satriani since 2013. Minnemann appeared on the cover of the June 2007 issue of Modern Drummer, with the magazine writing that "he has been instrumental in developing the advanced concept of complex interdependence", a drum technique allowing him to play varying patterns with each of his feet and hands.

In 2006, Minnemann recorded a 51-minute live drum solo that served as the basis for his Normalizer Two project, in which he shared the track with several musicians and asked that they each write and record their own work accompanying the composition. A number of the resulting recordings were released as duo albums, including Trey Gunn's Modulator, Alex Machacek's 24 Tales, and Mike Keneally's Evidence of Humanity.

In late 2017, Minnemann joined international prog-rock rock supergroup The Sea Within and appears on their 2018 debut. Formed by Swedish guitarist and singer-songwriter Roine Stolt, the band also features bassist Jonas Reingold, guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw, and keyboardist Tom Brislin.

Minnemann is a member of instrumental rock power trio The Aristocrats, playing alongside Guthrie Govan and Bryan Beller. In 2019, the group released their fourth studio album, You know what...?.

In 2020, Minnemann and collaborator Randy McStine formed McStine & Minnemann. The duo released two albums that year: the self-titled McStine & Minnemann and McStine & Minnemann II.

Minnemann was featured as a voice actor in the second season of the Titmouse-animated series Metalocalypse. The episode, which also featured Mike Patton of Faith No More, aired on Adult Swim in 2008.

Books

  • Ultimate Play Along Drum Trax.
  • Extreme Interdependence: Drumming Beyond Independence (With Audio CD) – Nov 2001
  • Maximum Minnemann 2006

DVDs

  • Marco Minnemann: Live in L.A. – October 2007
  • Extreme Drumming - 2003
  • The Marco Show - 2006

Discography

Solo

  • The Green Mindbomb (1998)
  • Comfortably Homeless (1999)
  • Orchids (2002)
  • Broken Orange (2003)
  • Normalizer (2003)
  • Mieze (2004)
  • Contraire de la chanson (2006)
  • Housewifedogandtwokids (2007)
  • A Mouth of God (2008)
  • Catspoon (2009)
  • Normalizer 2 (2010)
  • Evil Smiles Of Beauty/Sound Of Crime (2012)
  • Symbolic Fox (featuring Guthrie Govan) (2012)
  • EEPS (2014)
  • Celebration (2015)
  • Above The Roses (2016)
  • Schattenspiel (2016)
  • Borrego (feat. Alex Lifeson and Joe Satriani) (2017)
  • My Sister (feat. Alex Lifeson) (2019)

with Mario Brinkmann and Fabio Trentini

  • Disarmed (2005)

with Minnemann/Brinkmann/Trentini/Zimmer

  • Play the Police (2007)

with The Aristocrats

  • The Aristocrats (2011)
  • BOING! We'll Do It Live (2012)
  • Culture Clash (2013)
  • Live In Osaka (2014)
  • Tres Caballeros (2015)
  • You Know What...? (2019)

with The Mute Gods

  • Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (2016)
  • Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth (2017)
  • Atheists And Believers (2019)

with Trey Gunn

  • Modulator (2010)

with Mike Henderson

  • The Veneer of Logic (2013)

with Illegal Aliens

  • Thickness (1996)
  • Red Alibis (1997)
  • Time (1998)
  • International Telephone (2000)
  • Swine Songs - Best Of (2006)

with Mike Keneally

  • Evidence of Humanity (2010)

with Tony Levin and Jordan Rudess

  • Levin Minnemann Rudess - 2013
  • From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess - 2016

with Minnemann/Brinkmann

  • Motor (2002)
  • The Shining (2010)

with Phi Yaan-Zek with Marco Minnemann

  • Dance with the Anima (2010)
  • Deeper with the Anima (2012)

with Plini

  • The End of Everything (2015)

with Shiloh Sheray

  • S+M (2011)

with U-Z Project

  • Ultimate Zero Tour (2011)

with The Sea Within

  • The Sea Within (2018)

with Randy McStine

  • McStine and Minnemann (2020)
  • McStine and Minnemann II (2020)

Selected recordings with other artists

1990s

  • FFW - "Senseless Wonder" (1992)
  • FFW - "Mao Mak Maa" feat. Nina Hagen (1993)
  • FFW - "Culture Shock" (1995)
  • FFW - "Hula" (1997)
  • Keilerkopf - "Keilerkopf" (1998)
  • H-Blockx - "Fly Eyes" (1998)

2000s

  • Paul Gilbert - "Burning Organ" (2000)
  • Wolfgang Schmid "Special Kick" (2001)
  • Wolfgang Schmid "A Swift Kick" (2002)
  • Paddy Kelly (2002)
  • Nena - "feat. Nena" (2003)
  • Paul Gilbert - "Spaceship One" (2004)
  • Paul Gilbert - "Spaceship One Live" DVD (2005)
  • Mario Brinkmann - "Engineer" (2007)
  • Illogicist - "The Insight Eye" - (2007)
  • Necrophagist - Summer Slaughter Tour Live DVD (2008)
  • Ephel Duath - "Through My Dog's Eyes" (2008)
  • Mike Keneally - "Scambot" (2009)
  • UKZ - "Radiation" EP (2009)
  • Dr. Zoltan Øbelisk – Why I Am So Wise, Why I Am So Clever, and Why I Write Such Good Songs (2009)

2010s

  • Tony MacAlpine (2011)
  • Musical Mind Meld (w Jordan Rudess and Daniel Jakubovic)
  • Mike Keneally/Andy Partridge - Wingbeat Fantastic (2011)
  • Steven Wilson – Catalog / Preserve / Amass - Live (2012)
  • Steven Wilson - Get all you Deserve - DVD/Blu-ray (2012)
  • Paul Cusick - "P'dice" (2011)
  • Forward Shapes - "Legacy" (2012)
  • U.K. Live (with Eddie Jobson, John Wetton), DVD, 2CD (2012)
  • Sylencer – "A Lethal Dose of Truth" (2012) - (Guest Drummer on "Wired in the Blood")
  • Psyaxis – Black Dawn Rising (2012)
  • Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories) (2013)
  • Aaron Ruimy/Marco Minnemann – "A Few Minor Modifications" (2013)
  • Matte Henderson with Marco Minnemann - "The Veneer Of Logic" (2013)
  • Ephel Duath - Hemmed by Light, Shaped by Darkness (2013)
  • Mike Keneally - You Must be This Tall (2013)
  • Steven Wilson - Drive Home, Blu-ray/DVD (2013)
  • Nathan Frost - Synecron (2013)
  • The Hushdown - Radio (2014)
  • Syndone - "Odysseas" (2014)
  • At War With Self - Circadian Rhythm Disorder (2015)
  • Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015)
  • Joe Satriani - Shockwave Supernova (2015)
  • Amadeus Awad - Death Is Just A Feeling (2015)
  • Mike Keneally - Scambot 2
  • Steven Wilson - Transience (2015)
  • Steven Wilson - 4½ (2016)
  • Pitts Minnemann Project - The Psychic Planetarium (2016)
  • Dewa Budjana - Mahandini (2018)
  • Alberto Rigoni - EvoRevolution (2019)
  • Jordan Rudess - Wired For Madness (2019)
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