Stefanie Eulinberg is only five feet tall, but she's a percussive powerhouse with the talent to silence the critics and stun the crowd with an in-your-face style of playing that amounts to a severe beating of "her boys," as she affectionately calls her kit.
But don't get Stefanie Eulinberg wrong because there's not a malicious bone in her body; only an outrageously funny way of looking at life as the drummer for one of the hottest artists on the scene today - Kid Rock. Enthusiastic, bubbly, smart, outspoken, funny, sassy, immeasurably gifted - you run out of adjectives when you try to describe the positive force that is Stefanie Eulinberg.
She is an impressive multi-instrumentalist who is making it big as the hard-hitting drummer for the self-proclaimed Bullgod of trailer trash, Kid Rock. Stroke by stroke Eulinberg challenges the boys on their own turf and knocks them off their throne with her own power playing.
Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, Eulinberg didn't want anything to do with the typical "girl" instruments. She chose the trombone until she realized that the slide was longer than she was, and then finally settled for the cornet. And although her mother claims she was a percussive virtuoso even as a small baby crawling on the floor and banging pots and pans, she didn't really pick up the drums until she spent a summer at the Percussion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles.
At the age of fisteen she was playing cruise ships, army bases... all over the USA. Listening to players like Jack DeJohnette, Dave Weckl and just about everyone else – “…anyone who can offer something different, I can learn from it…” she worked up the power and feel of her groove to the point where the likes of Rock simply couldn’t ignore the infectious vibe she put out with her playing and her personality. Her slammin’ style melds the funky feel of Sly Stone with the heavy metal stomp of Led Zepplin. With street-wise attitude and a soulful heart, multi-instrumentalist Stefanie attacks her grooves with a musical perspective that continually focuses and energizes the brutal power she kicks out.
Over time she carved out a niche as a chick drummer and as the guitarist/vocalist frontwoman of the punk-inflected rock group Puppy Steak. When the opportunity to audition for bad boy rock-rapper Kid Rock reared its porkpie-hatted head, she almost dismissed it out of hand. But DJ Swamp, a good friend and former bandmate, convinced her to give it a try. Well, she got the gig. And ever since Kid Rock gave her $500 to move all her belongings and her entire life to Detroit, she's been on a swift and wild ride to the top.
As a member of Twisted Brown Trucker, the band that helps define the Kid Rock sound, which is much more classic rock and rockabilly than you might imagine a largely "rap" band to be, Eulinberg provides much more than just the typical beat. She can also be heard as the vocalist when performing live and on any number of instruments when in the studio.
The band has been unbelievably busy, from the summer's Sanitarium tour with Metallica, through various award shows and recording sessions, to the group's current tour. We have been trying to catch up with Eulinberg for quite a while and finally nab her at home - albeit a bit sleepy after staying up late at DJ "Uncle" Kracker's show and rehearsing for the tour and recording. With her easy and infectious laugh and balls out, lay-it-on-the-line truthspeak about the way things are, she graciously gives us the real deal on her life inside a high profile rock band.