• Arin Ilejay

    Richard Arin Ilejay (born February 17, 1988) is an American musician. He is the current drummer of American Heavy Metal band Avenged Sevenfold, becoming an official member in 2013 after being a session and touring member for the band since 2011. He is also the former drummer of American metalcore band Confide.

    Richard Arin Ilejay, was born in Ventura, California to Ric Ilejay, of American, Filipino and Mexican descent, and Charlotte Tuttle, of American, Dutch and German descent. Both of Arin's parents have musical backgrounds. Arin's father is a professional guitar player and his mother a gospel singer. Arin started playing drums at the age of nine. Arin learned funk, jazz, rock and Latin jazz at a very young age with his dad. Playing in Top 40 bands, jazz/rock bands and playing with his friend Aaron Hertzfeld in rock bands taught Arin versatility. Arin's only other formal training was with the Palmdale High School drumline.

     

    Avenged Sevenfold                                              

    Arin Ilejay performing at Nova Rock Festival in 2014.

    In January 2011, Avenged Sevenfold released the following statement regarding Ilejay's relationship with the band:

    "We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano recommended Arin Ilejay. We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have."

     

    Ilejay took over for former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who temporarily stepped in after the death of Avenged Sevenfold's original drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan on December 28, 2009. He was featured on two singles subsequently released by the band: "Not Ready to Die," which was featured in the Call of Duty: Black Ops zombie map "Call of the Dead", and "Carry On," which was featured in the sequel Call of Duty: Black Ops II. On August 9, 2013, Ilejay played his first show as an official member of Avenged Sevenfold in Mashantuckt, CT at the Foxwoods casino, in advance of the release of his first album with the band, Hail to the King, which was released on August 27, 2013.

     

    Personal life                                                         

    Ilejay was married in August 2013, to Kimberly Andrade.

     

    Discography                                                        

    With Confide[edit]

    Shout the Truth (2008)

    Shout the Truth (re-issue) (2009)

    With Avenged Sevenfold[edit]

    Hail to the King (2013)


    Equipments                                                         

    DW Collector's Series Drums

    x2 22x20 kick drums

    10x8 toms

    12x9 toms

    13x10 toms

    14x11 toms

    16x16 floor toms

    18x16 floor toms

    14x6.5 Snare

    14x8 Snare

    Note that Arin sometimes uses a Gong Bass Drum.


    Hardware

    DW 9000 Pedals

    DW 9000 Hi Hats

    DW 9000 Cymbal Stands

    DW 9000 Rack

    Cymbals

    Zildjian A Custom series

    TRX Icon Stack

    Sabian Vault Chopper

    Zildjian ZXT Trashformer and Splash

    Note Ilejay used the Zildjian Z3 Series in the Hail to the King music video, but live he uses A Customs.

    Remo Drum Heads

    14' Powerstroke 77 (Snare)

    10' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Toms)

    12' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Toms)

    13' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Toms)

    14' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Toms)

    16' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Floor Toms)

    18' Clear Controlled Sound Black Dot (Floor Toms)

    22' Clear Powerstroke 3/Powerstroke 4 (Bass Drums)


    Drumsticks

    Signature ProMark Natural 5B Wood Tip

     


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