Brayden Tabakian is a 18-year-old drummer, musician, and aspiring artist based out of Missouri, USA. Alongside music, Brayden is a model for The Society, a high-end modeling and fashion agency based out of New York City, and he most recently modeled for the global brand GAP in their GAP Summer 2021 campaign. Brayden first started playing drums when he was 13 years old, and is now officially sponsored by SJC Drums, Zildjian, and Vic Firth, which are the most popular drum and cymbal brands in the world, after signing endorsement deals with them this past year. Brayden started gaining national recognition on TikTok in the summer of 2020 with his “grass skirt chase” remix with his buddy Cort. He now has a following of 950K followers on TikTok and 210K followers on Instagram, and is rapidly growing. Moreover, a devoted Christian, Brayden got saved when he was 6 years old, and to this day is following God’s path.
On May 17th, Brayden was born in Denver, Colorado and lived there for only a few months until moving to Arkansas. He lived in Arkansas for several years up until he was 13 when he then moved back to Denver. This was around the time where he had gotten his first drum set and was learning how to play. It did not take long for Brayden to realize that his passion for drumming was something he wanted to make into a career, as he became inspired to pursue music. Brayden didn’t grow up in a musical family and had no prior knowledge about music before taking on something like the drums. His main inspirations initially were his friends that he grew up with that had been into music, however, later on he began to explore Youtube and found an endless amount of videos to learn from that have influenced Brayden the way he plays drums now.
Brayden’s music style ranges from many different genres. He first began playing to bands like Twenty One Pilots and Imagine Dragons, but as the years went by, he became very fascinated with Trap music and other genres like indie, pop punk, electronic, etc. He believes that drums have interested him so much overtime because of the power it provides to songs and more generally in music as a whole. Drums, unlike any other instrument, give him energy and freedom to be physical and aggressive, thus allowing him to really feel the beats and rhythms that he is playing.
Brayden does not have a specific favorite artist, however he has taken a ton of inspiration from drummers like Matt Mcguire, Travis Barker, and Luke holland. He also takes significant inspiration from singers and bands such as Maverick City Worship, Hillsong, The Neighborhood, 21 Pilots and many more. As an aspiring musician and artist, Brayden dedicates endless hours to pursue his dreams and is committed to being better everyday. He studies, learns, practices, trains, develops, and grows, incrementally, 1% a day, and for that reason, he is improving and becoming more popular. Brayden’s goals are to officially start his band and release his first album. His dream is to eventually perform at shows and go on tours. Brayden also continues to grow his network and make connections within the music industry, while inspiring his fans and the world with his drumming.
Brayden’s latest project is forming his band with his friend and partner Ethan “Tanisako” Rupp, as they are working together on a couple singles this summer. The plan is to officially launch their duo band, and release their first singles within the next couple of months.
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