Gunnar Streuli is a drummer from Seattle, WA, and based in Nashville, TN. To quote Seattle artist Ayron Jones, of Ayron Jones and the Way, “he can groove, man.” Gunnar is comfortable playing in many different styles, including but not limited to: Pop, Country, Rock, Funk, Heavy Metal, Jazz, and others.
Drumming entered Gunnar’s life at the age of three when his parents found him playing a piano like a xylophone with a pair of wooden dowels. After he had broken twenty-three of the ivory keys, his parents drove him to a music store to find him an instrument. When he began playing with the various percussion instruments in the showroom, the decision was made.
Gunnar then began taking lessons from Jason Mcgerr, now Death Cab for Cutie’s drummer, at the Seattle Drum School of Music. From there, Gunnar was taught by S.D.S. owner, Steve Smith, but quickly became overwhelmed and lost focus for a few years.
Fast forwarding to high school, Gunnar joined the Bishop Blanchet High School jazz band and quickly fell in love with music again. In addition to playing at Bishop Blanchet, he found himself back at Seattle Drum School taking lessons from senior drum instructor, Mike Stone, to whom Gunnar credits an enormous amount of his abilities. He played jazz all four years in high school, as well as formed and led his own band until he graduated in 2017.
During his time in high school, while playing with various acts around the Seattle area, Gunnar was given the opportunity to play drums on Seattle funk group, Mason Turner and the Reign’s debut record, “Summer Man.” Also, behind the kit with his own high-energy metal project, Filament Wire, he recorded two records: An EP entitled “Shortage”, and a full length collection called “Powersurge,” both of which feature Gunnar playing heavier music. He stuck with both bands and kept busy until his time in Seattle ran out.
He was accepted into the Berklee College of Music in Boston and readily made the decision to attend. He studied under drumming legend, Tony “Thunder” Smith who previously toured for seventeen years with Lou Reed. Tony has given Gunnar a new sense of what it means to be a “professional” and how a drummer should go about playing music, especially for artists who frequently hire new players. One of the areas Gunnar and Tony focus on the most is playing in the pocket. Gunnar recognizes pocket as one of the most important aspects of drumming, because, “if music doesn’t groove, the people won’t move.” He takes all of Tony’s teachings very seriously and is frequently in the practice room perfecting technique, rhythm, and most of all, his pocket.
After a year of hard work and learning at Berklee, Gunnar decided the next, and best move for him, would be to take his knowledge south to Nashville, TN. Wanting to continue his schooling and eventually complete a degree in Music Business/Management, he is currently enrolled at Belmont University, and lives in Nashville full-time. He keeps busy gigging, practicing, recording videos, and working towards an eventual Bachelors of Business Administration from Belmont.
You can find examples of Gunnar’s playing on Spotify and iTunes on Mason Turner and the Reign’s album, “Summer Man”, and the soon to be released record from Filament Wire called “Powersurge”. You can also view his frequently updated Youtube page featuring several videos of Gunnar playing in many different styles and keep up with aspects of his personal life by following his Instagram page, @gunnarstreuli.