017 – Dan Sia: Working as a Cruise Ship Drummer
Originally from Quesnel British Columbia, Dan Sia has just finished his 11th year as full time cruise ship drum set player and multi percussionist. What started as an audition over the phone 11 years ago, Dan’s work on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has tested his skills at adapting to almost every style of music imaginable. This includes drumming for musicals like Mama Mia, Chicago: The Musical and Hairspay as well as big band and combo playing. Not only is sight reading a must while backing up guest artists on the ships, Dan must be able to cover all the styles mentioned as well as Latin and pop styles. Most recently Dan was the featured drummer in a show called Sonic Odyssey with a 20 minute drum solo. Since our interview, Dan has moved back home to Las Vegas with the hope to put his many skills to the test in the Vegas strip. Click here for pictures.
This interview was conducted on April 23rd 20