The Chaz Man is an American solo artist who is multi-talented, equally successful in the music and art industries. A singer, drummer and percussionist. He writes his own music and plays all drum parts, vocals and some bass parts. He is an artist and photographer and is known for his fine details in his paintings. He is known as a bodypaint artist who has bodypainted for the Playboy Mansion several times and bodypainted Khloe Kardashian.
As a solo artist, Chaz has been performing live shows for over 20 years. Performing at high end private events, concert venues, festivals and many beach events in the Los Angeles area. With his live events he is supporting his latest albums. Currently he planning to release 2 new albums later in 2020; Vengeance and Misfit. These 2 new albums will mark his 6th and 7th studio album release. With every album his music is submitted to the Grammy awards for a possible Grammy nomination. Each album shows his growth, passion and creativity in the pursuit of musical excellence.
In 2005 at the NAMM show Chaz won “The Worlds Fastest Drummer.” A high profile competition in which it opened many doors for him with endorsements, being in magazines such as Modern Drummer and Drum! He appeared on my TV shows around the world from this competition. As a solo recording artist, he has independently recorded 3 CD’s; Burning Rage, Dominate and Exotic. . Songs from Exotic were on the radio, which opened doors for him to perform in larger venues and increase sales of his music on iTunes, Spotify and iheart Radio.
His music is beat driven with powerful drumming with great musical influential styles of; rock, funk, latin, techno, reggage and hip-hop. The drumming shows what Chaz can do on the drums. Syncopated beats, double bass, fast chops and impeccable timing with a heavy influence of polyrhythms. The songs are to make yo dance to his funk/rock influenced drumming. You hear a conviction in his voice that makes the listener to appreciate his lyric writing and singing ability. When you listen to the songs, “Waiting For the Cake to Bake and Keep Me Buried for example, you will hear the influences of Rock, Hip Hop and Latin styles as driving forces in his original style.
While he has a long list of influences, Chaz is primarily influenced by Michael Jackson, Prince, Santana, Marc Anthony, Whitesnake and The Dave Matthews Band.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA and he is the oldest out of 4. He started the affair with music at a young age for fun and then as a teenager his music and art was his own passionate expression to escape the oppression from being held captive in a controlled home environment and to stay safe from the bad influences of the ghetto. As a kid music just wasn’t an outlet for fun. For Chaz it was and STILL is a lifestyle - an identiy - was to survive for someone who doesn’t fit in to the normal “ways” of society.
The Chaz Man attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and to refine and polish his art and photography skills. This is where he also started to make and join bands and created his own powerful image and sound. Once he graduated from the AIP, he went on to again polish his skills and attended The Berklee College of Music. While Berklee was an amazing experience, back in Pittsburgh a new band was forming and he joined the band along with then girlfriend, singer/songwriter Kelly Burgos and they called themselves, “Divercity.” The band ultimately along with Kelly Burgos kicked Chaz out-due to his ability to “outshine everyone else in the band” with his unconventional style. Their jealousy was the cancer of the band but the catalyst for Chaz to take things to the next level.
He re-focused himself again teaching himself to sing (he never was a singer before the band) and made a choice to record his own music and now came from behind the drums to become a front man. After struggling in Pittsburgh as a musician and artist it was time to pack up and move to Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles he immediately got work playing music primarily live events that his agents would send him out on and then he found his, “Holy Grail,” the NAMM show in which it lead him to major auditions, better paying gigs and learning to market and promote himself. For years he would crash celebrity parties, go to events to network in lieu of promoting his music to get work and possibility of getting a record contract.
Chaz is passionate about music and loves to share what he has learned. When he is not performing live, he does drum clinics at colleges and schools in which he breaks down beats, gives examples of how to become a better musician and shares a wealth of knowledge to help everyone attending to make better career and personal choices in their own personal lives.