Influences: Abba, Bon Jovi, Stonesour, Hollywood Undead, Oasis, Kid Rock, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Genesis, Queen, Alter Bridge, Led Zeppelin, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Elton John, Tony Williams
Greg “Rozzy” Ison has been playing drums since he was 12 years old. He joined his first band not long after and quickly developed a passion for playing live. Greg took a Popular Music Performance degree at BIMM London, (formerly Drumtech) in order to further his dream of becoming a professional drummer. An invitation to join a band quickly followed and he has now been touring internationally and across the UK for nearly two decades.
Greg is a quarter of one of the UK’s hardest working rock bands, New Device. Greg enjoys extensively touring the UK and being a professional recording artist with the band.
Since the release of their debut album ‘Takin' Over’ in 2009, he has made appearances at many of the major UK festivals, including Download, Sonisphere and High Voltage and has toured extensively supporting such bands as rock legends Bon Jovi, Bullet For My Valentine, Gun, Heavens Basement, Europe and Backyard Babies.
Their first two studio albums received rave reviews by magazines including Metal Hammer, Rock Sound and Classic Rock. Greg has also received national radio airplay with New Device on BBC1 Radio Rock Show, XFM and Kerrang! Radio.
‘Strung Out’, the latest single from their EP ‘Devils On The Run’, recently shot straight into the Scuzz TV video chart and is now on regular rotation on Kerrang! TV.
Greg has also been headhunted by Management Companies to play in music videos, including electro pop and for other session work.
Greg is currently on tour with two ABBA tribute bands, ‘Thank ABBA For The Music’ playing to sell out theatre audiences across UK, and ‘Swede Dreamz’ most recently playing a unique show to the staff of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle!
Alongside touring life and his various other projects, Greg has been teaching drums privately for the past 13 years, educating pupils of all ages from beginner to advanced levels. He has taught many grade exams whilst accomplishing Grade 8 Trinity/Guildhall syllabus Drum Kit himself.
In his spare time, Greg is also pursuing his interest in marching snare drum and has achieved Grade 5 Trinity/Guildhall syllabus in this discipline.
Greg would like to thank Mapex, Paiste, Protection Racket, Roland and Vic Firth for their continued support.