Jordan Hastings – Powerful Solid Engine of Alexisonfire

Born in Burlington Jordan currently a drummer with the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. The group won a Juno award for a new group in 2005 and won a Juno prize in 2007. Hastings played with the band Say Yes since 2012. In 2016 Hastings stepped out in place for Aaron Solowoniuk in the band Billy Talent, recording drumming on their debut album Fear of Height.

Jordan Hastings is referred to as the rock-solid engine anchoring Canadian phenomenons Alexisonfire & Billy Talent. He is getting his first toy drum kit for Christmas when he was just 5 years old and started seriously playing drums at the age of 11. At a time, the 15 years old boy would commute from the suburbs of Burlington to downtown Toronto to play weeknight gigs with a punk band.

Jordan Hastings
Jordan Hastings

Jordan Hasting as Alexisonfire Drummer

Jordan Hastings was the engine that anchored American pioneer Alexisonfire. He was originally intended to be a temporary replacement but then became a full member after two months, with his first album with the band in 2006.

Alexisonfire is one of the leading alternative rock acts of the new millennium. The duo consists of guitarist and vocalist George Pettit and drummer John Collins. Collins joined the band in 2001 and the band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2004.

Alexisonfire has found a niche in the alternative scene, drawing strong comparisons to the Offspring, Foo Fighters, Incubus, and Nirvana, while also being compared to the Beastie Boys, The Offspring, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Alexisonfire is perhaps best known for their single “I Hate You (The Final Word)”, which was one of the most requested songs in the United States on the alternative rock radio station, KNAC, and was nominated for the “Best Single” award at the 2005 Kerrang! Awards.

Jordan Hastings Drumming Influence

He claimed that his drum influences included Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland, Matt Cameron, Abe Cunningham, and Dave Abbruzzese, but it was the love of hardcore and punk rock bands like Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, and 7 Seconds that really helped form his precise, hard-hitting style.

Jordan Hastings
Jordan Hastings Performing

Jordan also plays with a couple of hometown bands, he landed a gig as the drummer for popular Ontario punk outfit Jersey in 2001, a band that went on to enjoy major label success. During a period of extensive touring, the band crossed paths with Alexisonfire, struck up a friendship, and went on to tour together a number of times, When Jersey decided to call it quits in 2004, Jordan joined up with Alexisonfire and has been with the band ever since.

For his awesome skill, Hastings has been awarded Platinum and Gold certifications, several MuchMusic Video awards, and celebrated a #1 debut on the Top 200 Soundscan Chart with the album “Crisis”.

Jordan Hasting with Billy Talent

Jordan Hastings is not only the drummer of Alexisonfire, but he is also the drummer for two other Canadian bands in Billy Talent and Cunter. He used to be a full-time drummer in Billy Talent His experiences with band lead Benjamin Kowalewicz and the rest of Billy Talent changed the way he approaches work.

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Andrea is a music lover and an experienced drummer with more than 15 years of drumming with different bands and music projects, such as Seditius and Hermano & the Marines.

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