Rod has a wide spectrum of professional music industry experience, knowledge from being a professional drummer to founding Castle Gate Entertainment and KingMac Productions.
Originally started on guitar until the guitar shop went out of businessJ His brother owned a drum pad and sticks that gained Rod’s attention. He realized at the age 7 that drumming is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
His journey began playing in concert, jazz and marching bands from elementary through high school. Since then playing professionally in clubs, studios, concerts and on national TV.
Some of his major influences are John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Terri Bozzio and Larry Mullen.
His main focus and approach to playing and writing to his bands songs are to enhance the tune and give it dynamics and energy that song deserves. He has always been a pocket and groove drummer that makes sure the tempos are played exactly as the song was written. He has mastered playing to a click or backing track.
Stage always feels like home, in addition to a serious attitude and drumming, Rod loves to ham it up on stage with his enthusiastic personality.
He founded Castle Gate Entertainment and booked mostly original acts throughout New England. Some of those bands were Ben Orr, Missing Persons, Chuck, Avatar Blue, Farrenheit, Beetlejuice, etc.
In addition, Rod started King Mac Productions, they supported young and upcoming artist in the Pop/Hip Hop genre. He worked with Hip Hop group ID3. ID3 ended up touring with Hillary Duff.
Rod specializes in Rock, Alternative Rock, Pop, Progressive Rock, Funk and Country.
Oceanus Studio, Baker Street, Down Town Studios, Newbury Sound, Sound Design Studios, Q Division, Normandy Sound, Black Beard, Wellspring Studio, East Side Studios, Woolly Mammoth Sound.
Bands / Style:
Chris Moreno – Pop Rock with an edge.
Infinity – Progressive Rock
Members Only – Pop rock
Paul Edward Band – Main Stream rock
Video aired on V66 and MTV “Allies”
Joey Ammo – Pop / Techno pop
Video aired on MTV “Janey Watches“
The band move on to forming Bird Brain.
Joey Ammo wrote the hit Youth of America for the movie “Scream.”
Mike Livingston – Neil Diamond Tribute Band and Original Pop Band
V2 – Theatrical U2 Tribute Band
Rock Fish – Rock Cover Band
Natalie Turgeon Band
Limelight Music Best Country band 2014
Cider Magazine – Best Country Artist
City of Dayle – Pop
Rod McCarthy’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rod.mccarthy.5