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Breadmonkey 05-14-2009 07:43 PM

Travis Orbin
Did a search of the drummers forum and nothin' came up for this guy so here goes:

Anyone heard of this guy? He was a member of Periphery (http://www.myspace.com/periphery) and is now a member of Sky Eats Airplane (http://www.myspace.com/skyeatsairplane).

Have to say his playing is mind-blowing. His double kick work is unbelievably tight and he really constructs every part he plays (lots of transcribing parts which makes it easier for mere mortals to follow what he's doing in these two bands). I have to say, I way prefer his Periphery stuff but that's not to take away from S.E.A who are awesome as well.

Check out his kit setup, right out of Mike Mangini's book by the looks of thinks. Check this vid out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cAlRjO1oSw

^^^I was completely sickened by the near constant changes between left and right hand lead. Incredible! Also, have to put in a word for his tasty use of ghost notes preceeding accents in a lot of his grooves (particularly Icarus Lives) The guy is a genius!

JT1 05-20-2009 12:37 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
Yo dude yeah i know Travis Orbin, i bet most people on this forum who read this are going who is that? Man he is one of the sickest drummers i have ever heard by far, he could put most pro drummers to shame. He has such a mathematical understanding of polyrhythms and rudiments that it boggles the mind. I am a huge Periphery fan and was saddened to see him leave but he is one of the best that i have ever heard without a shadow of a doubt.

Breadmonkey 05-23-2009 01:22 AM

Re: Travis Orbin
Am trying his kit setup (sort of, no cable hats) and man it is tricky as hell to get around but working movement around the kit, odd time sigs and double pedal stuff at the same time on that setup is damn good practice

taiwright 02-10-2010 11:26 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
Got to play with Travis in Ft. Worth, Tx on my past tour. Stand up guy and the best drummer I've ever seen!!!!!

Sky Eats Airplane transcriptions.


JoeLackey 02-18-2010 07:17 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
Travis is better than 3/4 of the guys who grace the Modern Drummer stage. When you hear him, you hear something that you haven't heard before. A walking metronome, he is. For sure the most underrated drummer of our time.

Khaine88 05-19-2010 03:19 AM

Re: Travis Orbin
he is amazing, and have you guys checked all his youtube session stuff, he's a very versatile drummer aswell as just generally being insane, and being totally ambidextrous cant be too bad :D

Jivi 05-19-2010 12:32 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
He's been my biggest source of inspiration for a couple of months now. He's also been kind enough to answer a few questions over twitter. I have read music and studied theory for almost a decade now and I still don't know how he comes up with some of his work.

Arrold 05-20-2010 08:34 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
Travis just posted new videos of Sky Eats Airplane's "The Contour" and "Motion Sickness."


My biggest influence, without a doubt. He inspired me to get myself a right hi hat. :)

Tsonic Tsunami 06-15-2010 11:47 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
Yes, Travis Orbin is very, very, very, very, very Good! Did I happen to mention that he's very Good?

Tsonic Tsunami 07-12-2010 06:28 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
Check out Travis on the new Cyclamen recordings. Tracking footage and full drumset transcript. I think this guy is a real game changer. Enjoy ! And if you are going to attempt
the performance, Good Luck !




Knubs 09-01-2010 06:44 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
Travis Orbin is by far my favorite drummer. Check out his stuff on the new SEA EP


theindian 09-02-2010 04:52 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
I like the way he uses the dual hi-hat set-up. It fits the songs & doesn't seem too flashy or uneccessary. Sometimes complex foot patterns detract from the overall song but his parts usually seem to groove right along.

LukeSnyder 09-02-2010 05:12 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
I'm definitely a big fan of Travis, he's inspired me to look at drumming in a completely different way, at least from a technical standpoint. His setup and playing has opened new in my mind, and sure as heck makes me want to practice more, haha!

Knubs 09-09-2010 08:09 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
Just for some contrast to some of the stuff already posted:


This vid is a bit more funky/grovey and goes to show just how versatile a drummer Travis Orbin really is.

uniin 09-10-2010 11:59 AM

Re: Travis Orbin
i have one of his shirts :)

he's also one of the reasons why i actually practice.

jivadayadasa 11-21-2010 03:43 PM

Re: Travis Orbin
Hey, I am so grateful to be on this forum - without which I would not have found Travis Orbin.

Now when people say "Travis is the best!" - I'll know for sure they ain't talkin' 'bout Barker - LOL

I have been playing open-handed for almost a year now and this is inspiration for a lifetime - Thanks!

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