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Jimmy D'Anda was born and raised in Boyle Heights, CA and began playing drums at the age of 13. He created a daily drum-regimen for himself in his make-shift music room which also doubled as his bedroom. Over the next few years, Jimmy played in bands around East L.A. and the Sunset Strip honing in on his chops until, one day, he was summoned to audition for the band BulletBoys which was later signed to Warner Bros.
Jimmy and the band released 3 records with Warner Bros., they were featured on the Wayne’s World soundtrack and toured the world with the likes of Cheap Trick, Ozzy, Bon Jovi, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, Living Colour, Tesla, Cinderella, Poison and Winger. BulletBoys songs and videos are still played on outlets such as: VH-1, Sirius-XM radio, Last.fm, iLike, Yahoo Music, AOL, Pandora, Rhapsody and Music Choice. Their songs can be heard in several films and tv shows most recently: Beerfest and King of the Hill.
Jimmy was the chosen drummer to perform in a commercial for Jameson Irish Whiskey which was filmed in London and shown all around the globe. The commercial was directed by Jonas Akerlund who directed the movie Spun and videos for Madonna, U2, Prodigy, Metallica and Smashing Pumpkins. Jimmy also performed on the 8th annual Michael Douglas and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament airing nationwide on NBC and broadcast to millions.
Over the years, Jimmy has recorded or toured with artists such as Lithium (whose songs were featured in the film Waking Up Dead), George Lynch and his band Lynch Mob, guitar virtuoso Greg Marra and is currently playing with Jani Lane from Warrant as well as Mike Starr from Alice In Chains. When Jimmy is not on the road he has a residency gig at the Gaslamp in Long Beach performing with The Thuggs featuring members of Offspring and Damage. He also gigs with his friends who comprise the group Team Noize which features players from Alice Cooper, Lit and the Offspring.
In addition to live gigs, Jimmy works in his home studio writing and recording songs for film and television. He has a master recording agreement with EMI Music Publishing where EMI has Jimmy re-record new and updated versions of selected songs from their catalog. As well, Jimmy wrote and recorded the trailer for the independent film Mexican Bloodbath.
Jimmy endorses: DW Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and Aquarian drum heads