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Anthony Dio  

Anthony Dio (b. 1979) is a Filipino professional drummer, known for his playing with R&B/hip-hop group K24/7 and recently with progressive band fuseboxx. He is also a session musician who has performed with several notable artists and groups. Currently, he is the drummer of the Diamond Soul Siren Nina, and a mainstay of The 3rd Avenue, the Philippines’ premier wedding band.

Anthony Dio became interested in drumming and began playing at age 13, when he was a freshman high school student in La Salle Greenhills. He got his first set of drums as a Christmas present from his parents in 1992. He is mainly self-taught, learning by watching and listening to drummers on TV and radio, playing along to songs, and reading Modern Drummer magazines.

Rock music was his first love. He was first influenced by the rock, alternative and grunge drummers of the 90’s and the classic rock drummers of the 70’s. Some of his early drumming influences include John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden), Jimmy Chamberlin (The Smashing Pumpkins), Dave Abbruzzese and Dave Kruzen (both from Pearl Jam).

Later, he discovered progressive rock music, which significantly contributed to his growth and development as a drummer. His early progressive drumming influences include Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche), Tim Alexander (Primus), and his greatest drumming hero of all time, Neil Peart (Rush).

Entering college, Anthony Dio joined the DLSU Pops Orchestra, where he was exposed to a wide range of musical styles. Once a pure rocker, he was molded into a more versatile and more musical drummer. During these years, he discovered the drumming styles of contemporary world-class drummers such as Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Tony Williams, Carter Beauford, Simon Phillips, and his greatest influence in groove and feel, Jeff Porcaro.

In 1998, he began playing professionally, juggling his time performing on gigs, studying, and fulfilling obligations with the DLSU Pops. Some of his early professional gigs are with show bands Pose/Raspberry Surprise (1998-2000), The Grind (2000), and Prime Council (2001-2002).

In 2002, after graduating from DLS-College of St. Benilde with an Industrial Design degree, Anthony Dio pursued a full-time career as a professional musician. That year, he joined the versatile pop band 7th Soul, where he kept himself busy playing on bar gigs and events, touring, and developing his drumming.

In 2004, he joined K24/7, which was timely due to his growing interest in R&B and hip-hop drumming during this period. K24/7 frequently performed back to back with South Border, one of the Philippines’ most successful pop/R&B bands. K24/7 recorded and released the album “New Era” in 2009.

With K24/7, Anthony Dio earned a reputation for being a drummer with a strong sense of groove and feel. During this period, he also began establishing himself as a session drummer, allowing him to further grow musically and show his versatility by performing for different artists and groups with varying musical styles.

Anthony Dio left K24/7 in 2013, then was invited to join fuseboxx. With his brief stint with the 4-piece progressive group, he has come full circle, bringing him back to the progressive musical styles he loved and intensely studied. His recent progressive influences include Danny Carey (Tool) and Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree).

Though mostly self-taught throughout his drumming life, Anthony Dio took drum lessons from two of the Philippines’ top drummers. He studied with jazz/fusion master Mar Dizon in 2002, and with all-around super drummer Michael Alba in 2010 and 2012.

Currently, Anthony Dio is keeping himself busy playing on a variety of gigs, whether sessioning for renowned artists like Nina or playing at corporate events and weddings with 3rd Avenue. He also teaches drums during his spare time, and runs a custom cake business with his wife Anna.

Anthony Dio still aspires and perseveres to have a fruitful musical career while continuously learning and improving his drumming, integrating groove and feel with his progressive roots.

Drumming Influences:

Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Jeff Porcaro, Tony Williams, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Danny Car

ey, Gavin Harrison, Simon Phillips, Tim Alexander, Carter Beauford, Jimmy Chamberlin, Matt Cameron, Michael Alba, Mar Dizon, Benjie Mendez, Junjun Regalado.

Artists and groups Anthony Dio has performed with:

K24/7, fuseboxx, Nina, The 3rd Avenue, Noel Cabangon, Christian Bautista, Karylle, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Basti Artadi, Davey Langit, Lara Maigue, Solenn Heussaff, Lovi Poe, Sabrina, Roselle Nava, Jimmy Bondoc, Sabado Boys, Pido, Malik, Aliya Parcs, Vince Alaras, Jed Madela, Eric Santos, Angeline Quinto, Junji Arias, Zendee, Samantha Felizco, Klarisse De Guzman, Janice Javier, Bradley Holmes, Juan Karlos Labajo, Darren Espanto, The Voice Kids PH (Season 1 Finalists), Rodjun Cruz, JC De Vera, Rivermaya, Shamrock, The Sauce, U-Turn, Crib, Saia, H2O, Fairground, Surreal, Fair Warning, Surreli Jazz Ensemble, Working Stiff, Sound Salad, Uno Ritmo, Soul Brothers, DaCapo, Phase 90, 7th Soul, Prime Council, The Grind, Pose, Raspberry Surprise, Ringo Marquez, DLSU Pops Orchestra, Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Bread Of Life Ministries.

Recording Credits:

  • K24/7 – New Era (Red Cow Music, 2009). Tracks: “Sweetest Thing”, “Don’t Ever Let Go”, “Your Smile”, and “Pangako”.
  • “Lost” by Robin Nievera, from the album “Are You Listening?” (Christian contemporary album, produced by: Bebo Bharwani, 2010).
  • Hit Productions – Alaska Aces “Discipline” TV Commercial (Arranger: Mike Villegas, 2010).
  • “Sa Sabsaban” – fuseboxx, featuring Noel Cabangon and Anima Choir, 2014.
  • “Happy Truck Pilipinas” Theme Song – TV5, 2016.
  • “You With Me” Original Soundtrack (Arranger: Gerard Lao, 2017). Tracks: “Kahit Saglit”, “Sana Ako Pa Rin”, and “Fallin”.