Stephen Jude Mills

Band: Gene Loves Jezebel, Jack Russell's Great White

"I love the overall focus of Aquarian heads, whether on my vintage or modern drums. Great tone and easy to tune, right out of the box. Thanks, Roy, and everyone at Aquarian!"

Bio

Stephen is a Los Angeles-based, freelance drummer who started touring in 2015 with Jack Russell’s Great White. He also currently plays with Gene Loves Jezebel and fills in with Dilana (Rock Star: Supernova). Previously with BulletBoys, he toured the U.S. and Canada and was an integral part of the recording of their 2015 album “Elefanté,” to which he contributed drum tracks and co-wrote its title track with Marq Torien. Stephen has recently performed locally with Australian artist Nat Allison, and in the past, with Haim. His previous indie band, The Prix, toured nationally and released a self-titled album and an EP (“St. Domino”). Their first single, “It’s All In the Way That You Trip” was featured on KROQ as Jed the Fish’s “Catch Of the Day,” and they were also featured in Kevin Bronson’s “Buzz Bands” column in the L.A. Times.

A lifelong Ludwig drummer, Stephen has a weakness for vintage drums which he collects, restores, and more times than not, brings to the gig. In addition to Aquarian, he is an artist with Paiste cymbals, DrumTacs, Eccentric Systems, Gauger Percussion, and Beato Bags. He also uses Canopus snare wires, Drum Workshop pedals, Humes & Berg cases, and swears by Vater drumsticks.

Stephen has been in the studio with Mike Chapman (The Knack, Blondie, Sweet), Ryan Greene (NOFX, Fat Wreck Chords), and Dan Long (Ferraby Lionheart, The Jealous Girlfriends, The Henry Clay People); jammed with Emitt Rhodes; and performed live with Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), Dizzy Reed (Guns n’ Roses), Bryce Soderberg (Lifehouse/Komox), Jennifer Oberle (Five for Fighting/Vertical Horizon/Peter Asher), Eric Dover (Jellyfish/Imperial Drag/Slash/Alice Cooper), “Big Jim” Wheeler (Loggins & Messina), and more.

He lives in L.A. with his wife – a photographer – and their dogs, including a little beagle mix he named Ludwig. He offers private instruction and has worked with a number of students at Agoura Music, where he used to be a drum instructor.

Drumheads Preferences

Snare Batter:

Hi-Velocity or Triple Threat

Snare Resonant:

Classic Clear Snare Bottom

Tom Batter

Coated Response 2

Tom Resonant

Classic Clear

Kick Drum Batter

Coated Response 2

Kick Drum Resonant

Force II Gloss White

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