Dre Energy

331 – Dre Energy (Cirque du Soleil) From broke and busted to international clinician

Andre Boyd, aka Dre Energy, is man of resolve. Known for his work with Cirque du Soleil, Dre transformed himself into one of the most respected and in-demand clinicians in the world. Boyd’s story of barely having enough money to fly to NYC for the Cirque audition to where he’s at now (and where’s he’s going) is both inspiring and informative for anyone who doubts that hard work and dedication are the keys to success.

Dre Energy talks about:

  • How he got into playing drums
  • Being in a low point in his career
  • The leap of faith he took auditioning for Cirque du Soleil
  • How he almost lost the gig immediately after he got it
  • The truth about endorsements
  • Why you need a supportive partner
  • Much more

Resources / People / Links mentioned:

Dre Energy plays:

  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Vic Firth Sticks
  • Aquarian Drumheads
  • Dixon Drums
  • Roland Electronics
  • Kickport
  • Ableton
  • Gator Cases
  • Akai Professional
  • PreSonus Mixers

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