Brian “Beatdown” Kelly – Born in Sacramento, California, Brian “Beatdown” Kelly lives and breathes by the sound of a kick drum. Beatdown lives the rhythm of life through his heart pounding grooves and heavy hitting double bass displayed in his playing of hard rock and heavy metal styles.
Growing up in California and being exposed to the likes of Metallica, Motley Crue, Sepultura, Suicidal Tendencies and more. Beatdown picked up the sticks at the age of 15 and unleashed a fury inside him that led him on this journey of professional drumming! By age 16 he had already begun playing his first public gigs and from there the sheer excitement he had for performing just exploded!
Coming up in the music scene and being influenced by the best in the industry from the likes of Lars Ulrich, Dave Lombardo, Igor Cavalera, Danny Carey and more, Beatdown continues to push himself to the limits and beyond. His aggressive playing style coupled with the personal demands he places on himself each and every time he sits behind his kit is unsurpassed and highly respected by his band mates and fellow musicians.
Currently playing with California powerhouse White Knuckle Riot, Beatdown has shared the stage throughout his career with notable bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Hed PE, Bullets For My Valentine, Seether, Misfits, and many others. Brian could not be more excited about the road ahead.
Endorsements from Coldcock Whiskey, Rich Sticks, Rock n Roll Energy Drinks and Rock Hard Live TV, Beatdown had this to say about playing with Rich Sticks.
“The personal experience in dealing with Josh at Rich Sticks, surpassed any and all expectations I had. The attention to detail in the customization of my sticks was dead on! Josh Mimms defines the title Artist Relations, as he is very detail oriented and specific. I have never played a better pair of sticks that have the durability and dependability I need. The longevity of these sticks is unbelievable. Im blown away! My playing is stronger and I have so much confidence in my sticks making it through every show without fail. I recommend to any drummer to invest in your skill, invest in Rich Sticks!”