Chuck Mauk


Chuck Mauk, has spent his life playing drums in the belly of America. He’s recorded in studios from Texas to Michigan and performed in clubs, arenas, and stink houses of every kind throughout the US and Europe. Chuck has contributed drum performances to recordings that have been used in both television and film. He is a drummer’s drummer, a bass player’s dream, and a studio engineer’s best friend. Over the years, Chuck has sat behind countless singers and guitar players, but has been in charge of every measure performed and recorded. His career illustrates an important point about popular music: whether it is big fat hard rock, slim americana, country, or some other genre concoction, big measures matter. And the musicians who understand that call on Chuck. His playing is born out of the Midwest flatlands. It is big, expansive, and open. It is solid and certain, without pretense or self-flattery. For years, he has reminded some of the best country, rock, and blues musicians in the Midwest that everything important about life exists in the downbeat. Chuck is endorsed by Los Cabos drumsticks, Stone Custom Drums, Kelly Shu and Sabian cymbals. Drummer HuDost, Ramy Essam, Marty Willson-Piper, Five Horse Johnson, All Hail Me, Pete Schlegel, Brooks Atwood.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is everything. It's my muse, my happiness, my frustration and my lifeblood. It's what I do. It's all i do.

What is your music dream?

Honestly, I am doing it. I am a full time drummer, engineer and producer. I am glad to say that music has allowed me to travel the world and to meet amazing people. I am currently drumming for Nashville's HuDost, Egypt's Ramy Essam as well as past tours with Five Horse Johnson, Brooks Atwood, Pete Schlegel and All Hail Me.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Donald Trump would be tried for hate crimes against humanity and sentenced to pick fruit in a field for the rest of his life.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Rockin' Robin by The Jackson 5.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

John Bonham, Matt Chamberlain, Ringo, Charlie Watts, Jim Keltner and some of my favorite drummers. I really love T Bone Burnett's produciton, Daniel Lanois, and Tucker Martine's production skills as well.

What inspires you to make music?

Anything and everything. Great Musicians. Great People. Great Music

What is the message you want to send with your music?

It was played with heart and soul.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I hope that the pocket and feel that I am playing is directly making butts shake.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It's a great time to be a musician. Fantastic recordings can be make without spending tons of money.

What do you think of Drooble?

I love any way that I can get in touch with musicians.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Playing in front of a crowd that isn't listening.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Sure. I go see local artists all the time. I also record them, mix and produce them. I am one of them!

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

an eye for a bigger picture.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

HuDost, Marty Willson Piper, Jeff Stewart, Ben Barefoot, Ashley Kelley, Pat Prouty, Gregg Leonard