Bud Smith

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I was born in 1984 and grew up in Oshawa, Ontario for a few years and then moved to Toronto, Ontario around the same time I started drumming (17 years old). I got into metal music somewhere around the year 2001 with Pantera as my main ” Eye Opener” to Metal.

I try not to limit myself to playing only 1 style of music, but ultimately Metal is my number 1 preference for jamming, writing, recording and performing. Some of my current main drumming influences are, Matt Halpern, Alex Rudinger, Anup Sastry and Thomas Lang just to name a few…

I feel fortunate to have found such a strong passion for Music and a positive outlet for my creativity. I encourage everyone to give music a try. I tried it and I found the 1 thing that makes me feel happy and complete in life.

Bud Smith Interview:

SDM: When did you start playing drums?

Bud: Around the age of 17 years old.

SDM: Do you play in a school band or any drum corps?

Bud: Unfortunately I have not.

SDM: Have you ever taken any lessons?

Bud: I’ve never taken drum lessons.

SDM: Who are your top 5 influences?

Bud: Currently: Alex Rudinger, Anup Sastry, Matt Halpern, Navene Koperweis and Danny Carey.

SDM: Assuming that influences doesn’t mean favorites, who are your favorites?

Bud: First off, I gotta give major credits to the main man Buddy Rich. I’m also a fan of Mike Mangini, Virgil Donati, Marco Minnemann, Bobby Jarzombek, Thomas Haake, among many others.

SDM: Let us know 5 CD’s that are in your current rotation


  • All Shall Perish – The price of Existence
  • Fallen Legion – The Archives
  • Thy Art is Murder – HATE
  • iWrestledAbearOnce – Hail Mary
  • SikTh –  Death of a Dead Day

SDM: Do you practice any specific rudiments or combo’s regularly?

Bud: Yes. I work on and practice standard drum rudiments, however I dont spend as much time on them as I should.


SDM: What is your favorite part of your drum kit?

Bud: It’s hard to pick just 1. My 14X8 Maple snare drum made by Mapex is def a fav of mine. I’m a huge fan of my Tama Double Speedcobra pedals also. Roland kick triggers and roland Modules are also fav parts of my kit.

SDM: If you could give one piece of advice to younger drummers, it would be…

Bud: Practice practice practice!

SDM: Who gave the best live performance you’ve ever seen?

Bud: Dimebag and Vinnie Paul (even though it was Damage Plan at the time). It was the night before Dime`s senseless murder. I watched Dimebag play his last full show. How can you beat that, right?

SDM: If you had to stop drumming, what else do you want to do with your life?

Bud: I’d likely pick up another instrument, or get more into recording and producing Music.

Drum-cam Links:

All Shall Perish play-along:

187 – Challenge Accepted Drum-cam :

Mixed short clip vid: