Robert Pratola

Artist Information

Hometown

West Orange, NJ

Favorite Artists

Carter Beauford, Thomas Pridgen, Dennis Chambers, Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, plus a little bit of Matt Greiner and Michael “Moose” Thomas

Favorite Place Travelled

Miami, FL

Band Name

March Of The Mannequins

Website

www.facebook.com/MarchOfTheMannequins, and www.MOTMmusic.com

Genre

Alternative Hard Rock

Pre-Show Rituals

Before any show I play you won’t find me in the venue. If by chance you do, it’ll be in the green room periodically. I don’t like to watch other bands before I play. I like to be clear and focused on putting on one hell of a show, so I prefer to hear no music before our set.

What I Do For Fun

Music (what a surprise), longboarding, fixing / building Mustangs, building guitars

Setup

Sizes

22” diameter by 20” deep kick – 8-ply Maple
12” diameter by 8” deep rack tom – 8-ply Maple
16” diameter by 14” deep floor tom – 8-ply Maple
18” diameter by 15” deep floor tom – 8-ply Maple
14” diameter by 6.5” deep snare – black nickel over brass (Ludwig Black Magic)
14” diameter by 7” deep Savior Custom Snare (details coming soon)

Biography

I’m 25 years old (as of 2011) and drumming is genetically ingrained in me. My father, (Robert Pratola, Sr.) is a master drummer who has been doing this professionally since before I was even a thought. Nowadays he spends most of his drum-related time teaching drums and music performance professionally – now you know who taught me and where I got it from. Besides my father (whose main stylistic influences were Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Don Brewer and Carl Palmer), my biggest influences are Carter Beauford, Thomas Pridgen, Dennis Chambers, Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, plus a little bit of Matt Greiner and Michael “Moose” Thomas.

From the age of “just able to stand up” my father had me beating on the pad sets and keeping time. As I got older, I took it more seriously, and when I say “older” I mean 6 years old. That’s right, when I was 6 years old I moved into the driver’s seat as the drummer at a local church where I was raised, and did that until I was in my early teens. Not only was that an invaluable experience for the fact that it had me interacting with other musicians live on stage 3 times per week, but it also deleted nervousness (or “stage fright” as some musicians call it) from my personality permanently. The more people I can play in front of, the more comfortable I am.

From the age of 13 I’ve been in bands, including: Rock (VP-1, Just Passing Through), Jazz (high school), Metal (untitled), Indie (Tourmaline), RapCore (Myndset), and Alternative (Relix, Step Outside, No Outlet, March Of The Mannequins). The current project is March Of The Mannequins. I’ve had the pleasure of playing venues all over, including a PLETHORA of venues in NYC because I live a stone’s throw away in Jersey. On top of that I’ve done studio session work at studios such as Estate Studios, Institute of Audio Research Studios NYC and White Heat Recording Studios.

It’s easy to see that this is my passion. This is what I do, what I know and what I love. I’m taking this God-given talent to the stars so be on the lookout for Rob Pratola in the near future… You’ll be hearing about him ;-)

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