Isaac Temple – Growing up in Gilmanton, New Hampshire all I had was music. The earliest thing I remember was getting a pair of drumsticks at the age of seven. From then it was history. I fell in love. I got hooked into drumming when I went to my first concert, which was Green Day. As soon as the show ended, I knew that was what I wanted to do.
I got my first drum set at age eight and played every day. The same year I took private lessons with a guy named Gordy Gourlay and didn’t stop taking them until my freshman year of college. He introduced me to Led Zeppelin, Yes, Rush, Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Frank Zappa, and all of the greatest musicians. By junior year in high school I knew I wanted to go to college for music. My goal was to play with as many great musicians as I could and do what I love. I made it into the New England Music Festival and was hooked, that was the first time I got to play with good musicians. My private instructor, Gordy, talked about Berklee College of Music, so I took a tour and was obsessed!
I ended up taking jazz lessons with another instructor named Jared Steer my senior year of high school, which helped because I was never into jazz music, theory, the educational side of music, and I never played jazz. Senior year I ended up doing my first session at The Recording Co-op in Gilford, NH and ended up meeting the pianist of Slightly Stoopid, Paul Wolstencroft. I also auditioned at Berklee and made it in within several weeks between that session. I’ve been in Berklee a year and a half and I am loving every moment. I’ve been blessed to play at the biggest bars in Boston and meet some amazing people and join different bands. Over the summer break of 2015 I was fortunate enough to work backstage at the Bank of NH Pavilion working with bands such as Luke Bryan, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Def Leppard, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, and much more. I also got to travel to Nashville for a week and experience the scene down there and meet some up and coming artists.
Back at Berklee I’ve joined a hip/hop soul band called Emma Doo from France, a funk band out of New Hampshire called The Amazing hot sauce experiment, a blues/pop band out of Berklee, Ty Mares and friends, and a couple more experimental rock bands that are in the making. I was just in the studio with one of Elton John’s producers recording a new ep with Ty Mares and friends and was also in the studio with Emma Doo recording a cover song. Right now I’m looking forward to furthering my education at Berklee College of Music and to keep playing music. I’m studying with Henrique De Almedia learning some intense afro-cuban/ Brazilian music and drumbeats. I’m also continuing to learn about the music business, and working on my Music Production and Engineering minor.