Aaron Harris is a drummer (Palms/Isis the band), producer and composer at Methodic Doubt Music.
His band Palms, with Chino Moreno (vocals), Clifford Meyer (guitar, synths) and Jeff Caxide (bass), released its first record in June 2013. The record, which Harris recorded and mixed, was widely praised by outlets including Pitchfork, Alternative Press and Decibel. Terrorizer called it, "just perfect. 5/5," and Under The Gun said, "one of the best releases you will experience in 2013."
Prior to Palms, Aaron made his mark in the heavy, experimental band Isis, which ultimately ushered in a new subgenre known as “post metal.” Isis’ albums — a unique combination of metal, hardcore and progressive rock — were consistently lauded by critics across the globe during the band’s 13-year run, earning an assortment of accolades, including multiple Billboard chart positions (Billboard 200, Heatseekers, Top Independent Albums) and coveted positions on various “best of” lists. A comprehensive list can be found at aaronharris-audio.com/awards-press.
Major drum publications such as Drum and Modern Drummer have featured in-depth articles about Aaron’s inventive and dynamic drumming. His “ability to shuffle rhythms, patterns, and phrases at any given moment ensures he’s an incredibly intriguing listen, even when the tracks aren’t clocking in at radio-friendly lengths,” writes Modern Drummer’s Waleed Rashidi. Aaron’s signature style has also earned him invitations to play live on stage with Jesu and Tool, and he’s been rewarded with professional endorsements from manufacturers including McDSP, Apogee, Sonor, Paiste, Evans, Heil and Vater.
Aaron’s musical philosophy is simple. Play from the heart and you’ll create a meaningful experience. It’s not that he doesn’t appreciate technique and flash; but when it comes to making music that really connects, it matters that it comes from the heart. “When I hear something that has a lot of emotion, a lot of really passionate groove to it, that you can tell they’re playing from their heart and from within themselves, that’s what does it for me,” he says.
He also applies this philosophy to his work as an audio engineer, which has been Aaron’s main focus since Isis disbanded in 2010. His recording discography includes production, recording and/or mixing credits for artists including Isis, Palms, Jakob, Pelican, Team Sleep, Puscifer, Crone, The Jezabels, Mental Architects, Sleep Lady, HUEY, Zozobra and more.
“Working with Aaron was an amazing experience for the whole band,” say the members of Mental Architects. “He really took the time to get the feel of the songs long before we even started to record. He has a really personal approach.”
Outside the studio, Harris continues to tour with his band Palms. He also drum techs for Danny Carey of Tool and Abe Cunningham of Deftones.
Aaron was born and raised in Bath, Maine, where he taught himself how to play drums on his dad’s kit when he was 11 years old. (Funny story: His 7th grade music teacher said he’d never make it as a musician.) He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog.
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