Gil Sharone has established himself as one of the hottest up and coming drummers on the scene today. His approach and philosophy to drumming has been inspiring and influential to players of all levels and musical backgrounds. Being an extremely versatile player has landed him gigs with much respected acts such as Fishbone, Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, HR of Bad Brains, Eek-A-Mouse, and many more.
Gil Sharone was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA on June 2, 1978 and began playing the drums when he was thirteen years old. At that same time, Gil's twin brother Rani, started playing the bass and guitar. The two brothers knew right away that music was not going to be a hobby, but their calling in life. With very supportive parents and a natural ability to play, Gil and Rani excelled quickly on their instruments.
Gil Sharone grew up a self taught player without any formal schooling. Although he was lucky to have some valuable mentors guide him in the right direction, most of Gil's training was through watching and listening. Gil has become proficient in numerous styles of music including rock, reggae, traditional ska, funk, jazz, fusion, metal, hip-hop and everything in between.
At age 19, Gil Sharone's versatility, feel, chops and energy landed him a gig with Fishbone... one of his favorite bands and biggest influences. This opportunity opened a lot of doors for Gil and also gave him the chance to play with members of Funkadelic, Miles Davis' group and of course, Fishbone!
When Gil Sharone was 21, he received a phone call from Philip "Fish" Fisher (Fishbone, Justin Timberlake), asking if he'd like to sub for him playing with Dave Wakeling of the English Beat. Gil took the gig and ended up playing with Dave for almost 3 years.
During the years of touring on and off with Dave Wakeling, playing dates with reggae legend, Eek-A-Mouse, HR of Bad Brains and other accomplished musicians... Gil was always working with his brother Rani on their own projects. These projects evolved into the band, Stolen Babies.
Currently, Gil Sharone plays in Stolen babies. The band is building a strong grassroots following and creating a buzz with their talent, fresh sound and intense live energy. They will be releasing their debut video and full length record in early 2006.
Besides Stolen Babies, Gil is committed to passing on his knowledge and love for the drums. He has performed as a headliner at the 5th annual Cape Breton International Drum Festival with Marco Minnemann, Dom Famularo, Will Kennedy, Billy Ward and other world class drummers.
Gil Sharone has also done clinics for Musicians Institute (P.I.T.) and various music stores. Gil's clinics are sponsored by Orange County Drums, Sabian, Pro-Mark, Remo and DW.