Madhu Siddappa is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. His parents immigrated from India and settled in Atlanta, GA where he was born and raised. His older brother provided musical inspiration by convincing their parents to purchase a drum set from the local music store; a no-name, 8-piece blue sparkle kit worthy of copping Stuart Copeland grooves that boomed throughout the house daily. The self-explorations behind his brother’s kit soon lead to after-school jam sessions fueled by the rumblings of Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy…perhaps to the dismay of his concert band instructors. But, amidst the medical journals that filled his family’s bookshelves at home, Madhu envisioned a rich musical life ahead that defied his family’s wildest dreams.
His studies at the University of Michigan ranged from a B.A. in Economics to private tutelage under heralded Detroit-based jazz drummer Gerald Cleaver. After moving to NYC in 1998, he graduated from the Drummers Collective studying under legend Mike Clark and eventually built a 15 year career as a freelance drummer working with diverse musical acts such as Trevor Hall, Pimps of Joytime, Dub Is A Weapon, Mobius Collective, Noble Society, Super Hi-Fi, Brian Jackson, Bambara Drum & Dance Ensemble, Matisyahu & Lauryn Hill. The breadth of his performance experience sparks an innovative, unorthodox approach to producing beats for visual media scoring and sound design.