Quinton McCullum: New Blood

Quinton McCullum

AGE 14
GEAR Pearl and Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, custom-made snare drums, Evans heads, various sticks.
Contact myspace.com/quinton.stick1

Mississippi Gulf Coast–area drummer Quinton McCullum first turned heads at the 2008 Guitar Center Drum-Off, even though he was too young to officially enter. McCullum’s hard-fusion licks spliced with chunky pocket and tricky hat work were influenced by Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, and Tony Royster Jr., but mostly his dad, Quincy, who has played with everyone from Prince to B.B. King. McCallum drops inspired beats with gospel group Friends4Life and has done session work with gospel heavies The Williams Brothers, but McCullum’s goal is to be a versatile player who can work in any genre. In F4L track “Storm,” he steps lightly around the mid-song rap, effectively backlighting lyrics about Hurricane Katrina’s effect on his hometown. It’s the kind of sensitivity he learned following the example of his Dad: “He always said to pay attention to what the singer wanted. You basically want to step back and let them shine.”

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