Stephen Perkins was born in Los Angeles in 1967 and picked up his first pair of drumsticks at the age of 8. He recalls that his first public drum performance was at his bar mitzvah in 1980 in front of family and friends. It wasn’t for nothing because he was able to buy his first first drum set with his bar mitzvah gift money. During high school Stephen’s bands played shows at legendary clubs on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip including The Troubadour, The Whiskey A Go Go and The Roxy.
In the summer of 1985 Stephen started a band called Jane’s Addition with Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Eric Avery. In 1988, Jane’s signed a 7-record deal with Warner Bros. Records, released “Nothing Shocking” and was nominated for a Grammy® Award. The group’s 1990 album “Ritual de la Habitual” received 2 Grammy nominations and provided the foundation for the creation of the Lollapalooza music festival.
Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s Stephen formed/played in several independent projects, including Infectious Grooves, Porno For Pyros and Banyan— later reuniting with Jane’s Addition for records and shows, as well. During this period he also toured and recorded with Tommy Lee and Methods Of Mayhem, Panic Channel, Strays, Hell Ride, Tabitha, Summer Moon and Drop The Needle. His session work included tracks with Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rancid, Rage Against The Machine, Love and Rockets, Cheryl Crow, Jewel, Dhani Harrison and many more
Known for incorporating world percussion and “found” instruments into his drumming, Stephen has appeared in many drum clinics, master classes and festivals, not to mention hosting the Guitar Center Drum-Off for several years. His newest project is a musical and theatrical experience called THINK EXP that is described as an immersive audio & visual journey.
A devoted father to his son, Stephen loves drumming, dogs, riding bikes, hanging-out outside and enjoying the sunshine.