5 Drummerszone artists - Chris "Swiss Chris" Flueck

Chris "Swiss Chris" Flueck
Switzerland, United States
Chris Flueck is best known as Swiss Chris, perhaps hip-hop’s ultimate drumming showman. A master of twirling and showmanship, New York’s Swiss Chris' resume proceeds him, his style is unmatched, and he's always looking to turn it up a notch.

Swiss Chris has a resume that includes such hip-hop heavyweights as: DMX, Slick Rick, Mos Def, DJ Scribble, Busta Rhymes, KRS-One and many more. He's been featured on MTV, BET, and many tours including the Lyricist’s Lounge Tour and The Brand New Rhythm.

Chris Flueck is also an award winning graduate of the Berklee School of Music, and studied at the Drummer's Collective in New York. He also studied with Joe Morello, Jim Chapin, Jack Dejohnette, Steve Smith, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Bob Moses, Kenwood Dennard.

You can currently catch him with a number of Def Jam artists in the New York City area.

Dur­ing 2006–2008, for John’s 'Once Again' album, Swiss Chris 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.

Swiss Chris 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 Chris 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 Chris 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 Flueck 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.

Swiss Chris has 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 Drum­doc­tor Dom Famularo.

Swiss Chris 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 Chris 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).

Swiss Chris Flueck 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.
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