VIC FIRTH ARTIST
Veronica Bellino is a New York native who has been on the rise as one of the industries hottest, young drummer/songwriters. Veronica has co-written and performed with the legendary DMC of Run DMC, found a national spotlight in The Game's "Red Nation" video, worked with LL Cool J as a member of his signed band, 13, conquered dozens of stages with drum-icon, Carmine Appice's SLAMM group, and worked with Living Legend, Jeff Beck as a live drummer and song collaborator.
Veronica found herself on the major circuit after joining Favored Nations Recording Artist, Rob Balducci's full time band. Promoting his record "The Color of Light," Veronica performed with Balducci from 2004 to 2007, participating in a UK tour with Richie Kotzen and US shows with Michael Schenker, Uli John Roth, Nuno Bettencourt, UFO, James Labrie, and Vernon Reid. In July 2006, the Rob Balducci band paired with label mate Dave Weiner (Steve Vai) for “A Night of Pure Guitar,” a week long tour of venues in Pittsburg, PA, Indianapolis, IN, Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Chicago, IL.
With receiving recognition from the legendary rock drummer, Carmine Appice, Veronica was accepted as a member of his dynamic, explosive, physical drum show called SLAMM!! Described as “Stomp on steroids,” Veronica joined Appice, along with 3 other eclectic drummers and a guitar player to make rock music out of everyday items, as well as drums. SLAMM was seen on ESPN by millions, in a music video that was shot for NASCAR. The Slammers were featured wailing on tires, tool boxes, air wrenches, and the hood of a race car!
In 2007, SLAMM performed 7 sold out shows at the Cutting Room in New York City, and 3 packed shows on New Years Eve at a 3000 seat performance center in Providence. In 2008, SLAMM performed at the Dunkin Donuts Civic Center along with Twisted Sister, Tesla, Winger, and many others for the Providence Station Family Fund. SLAMM member, Zoilo Ruiz, also recruited Veronica to perform with his dance and percussion troupe called Industrial Rhythm. Veronica performs at corporate events with Ruiz, along with others, for companies such as Cisco Systems, EZ-GO, Michelin Tires, and 3M.
In February 2009, Veronica began drumming for LL Cool J's Platinum Harvest recording artists, 13, illuminating the band's hip hop-rock sound with her sense of groove and musicianship. The group hit Platinum Sound Studios in New York City to record their debut album, and filmed a national commercial for LL Cool J's Sears clothing line. 13 laid the ground work for a new direction of rock and hip-hop, captivating audiences on stages such as the 2009 New York Marathon, with their fun spirited and energetic live show.
Upon moving to Los Angeles early in March 2011, Veronica began recording drum tracks for Stop Making Friends (NCIS actress/musician Pauley Perrette's band). She also collaborated on songs such as DMC's "Attention Please", featuring Perrette on vocals. She took part as the drummer in the music video for the song as well, which was featured on CBS show, The Insider, in November 2011. Following the release of "Attention Please", Veronica became DMC's permanent live drummer and backing vocalist in his 5 piece band. The band reinvents the classics of Run DMC while featuring DMC's rock-driven solo material at venues nationally and internationally.
In the summer of 2011, Veronica began working with legendary guitar player, Jeff Beck, as a drummer, collaborator, and vocalist. Beck discovered Veronica's drumming, and bucket percussion talents on YouTube, searching for "something different," and contacted her right away. Jeff took Veronica in the studio along with bassist, Rhonda Smith, to write and record a new record. Veronica's first show was at the Classic Rock Awards at The Roundhouse in London in November 2011. Beck received the Living Legend award, which was followed by a performance from Beck and band, with guest singers, Chrissie Hynde, and Joss Stone. In February 2012, Veronica accompanied Jeff on stage performing at the White House for the "Red, White and Blues" event in front of the President and guests.
Veronica's career continues to expand. Veronica embarks on a drum clinic collaboration with fellow drummer, Felipe Torres ( Davy Jones, Carmine Appice's SLAMM). The two perform drum duo's, and separate demonstrations at schools and music stores around the U.S., such as The Long Island Drum Center and The Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. In the fall of 2012, Veronica joins the all female band, Dollface, for a residency in Las Vegas. With explosive energy, the band wowed crowds 4 to 5 nights a week at Excalibur and Harrahs Casinos. After an 8 month run with Dollface, Veronica was contacted by multi platinum record producer, Matthew Hager, about joining Allison Iraheta's band, Halo Circus. Iraheta was the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. Veronica was blown away by the amazing voice and talent of Halo Circus and joined band. Under Manimal Vinyl, the band released their first single, "Gone", on October 8th, 2013.