Dave Elitch


Dave Elitch is an American drummer and percussionist best known for his work with the Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band The Mars Volta. In addition to his work with The Mars Volta, Elitch has also collaborated with a number of other musical acts, including Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, and Marilyn Manson.

Born in Los Angeles, Elitch began playing drums at the age of six. He studied at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and was a member of the Musicians Institute Drum Program faculty for two years. He has also studied with noted drummers Matt Sorum, Dave Weckl, and Mike Portnoy.

Elitch has developed a unique style of drumming that is highly influenced by funk, jazz, and world music. He is known for his use of unusual time signatures, intricate rhythms, and syncopated grooves. He is also well-versed in electronic music and is able to create and manipulate beats with electronic drum pads.

Elitch has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious music festivals, including Coachella and Bonnaroo. He has also performed numerous other high-profile acts, including Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and System of a Down.

Elitch’s influence on modern music is evident in his work with The Mars Volta, which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. His innovative approach to drumming and appreciation for a wide range of musical styles has made him a sought-after collaborator. He continues to tour, record, and write music with a variety of artists and projects.

Elitch has also released two solo albums, ‘The Fourth Movement’ and ‘The Drum Chakra’, which showcase his talents as a drummer and composer. He is also active in the online drumming community, frequently uploading instructional videos and offering tips and advice to aspiring drummers. 

Elitch is also an active member of the Music Production & Engineering program at Los Angeles College of Music, where he teaches audio production and engineering courses. He is also a frequent lecturer at music industry seminars and conferences across the United States.

Elitch is an advocate for the use of modern technology in music production and is a firm believer in the power of collaboration in the creative process. He continues to push the boundaries of modern music and is an inspiration to aspiring musicians all over the world.