Chris Allan is a session drummer based in the south of England, recording for artists around the world from his studio between gigs and tours.
Born in the south of England in 1988, Chris was raised on his mum and uncles cassettes and records, showing his first interests in music sat in front of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert aged just 3 years old. Already obsessed with Cozy Powell and Roger Taylor, it was getting his first drum kit aged 9 when he began playing along to Queen, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden before finding influence in more experimental and technical music like The Mars Volta, Tool and SikTh, fused together with the in- demand groove of modern day rock & pop music, Chris really started to develop his own unique style and sound.
Chris' first paying session was aged 12, doing a short spell of theatre shows as part of the pit band for a production of Bugsy Malone and by 16 was playing the local pub circuit. Touring started at age 18 with his first professional band Shy of the Depth before joining UK metal outfit Malefice, signed to Metal Blade records. This began extensive UK and European tours with Devildriver, Arch Enemy, Anthrax, Testament and festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, System of a Down and Linkin Park. In 2014, Chris decided to step away from Malefice to work as a session drummer , following in the footsteps of his hero Cozy Powell.
Chris has since appeared on Scuzz TV, Kerrang!, Sky One, Radio 1, BBC 4 and you can even hear his drums while watching UEFA Champions league football. He has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe and has appeared on major label releases.
Some of Chris' personal highlights so far have been playing Download Festival at Donington Castle, cruising the Mediterranean on the Runaway with Jon Bon Jovi cruise, recording a session at the infamous Abbey Road studios and playing a tribute solo to Cozy Powell at his memorial plaque unveiling in 2016 to Cozy’s friends and colleagues.