Chris Johnson

"Be ready!" Yamaha Drum Artist Chris Johnson



Chris Johnson Chris Johnson was one of the last 70’s babies born in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in his fathers church in South Central where he found his love for music.

Drums came the easiest for him and so clinging to it he was able to play only in church at a young age. Marching band, Jazz Band, and other school clubs were also a aid in the development of his craft.

Chris is now working, playing, and touring with Motown Legend Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, J-Lo.

He has also played and toured with Seal, Patti LaBelle, Mya, Heather Headley, Anastacia, and could be seen playing at his home church in LA when home off the road.

Chris plays Yamaha Live Custom Drums, that give him punch and defined low-end sound that help him cut through on the big stages and arenas, performing on 2 of the biggest gigs out there.


Live Custom series is designed with a greater focus on playing in live situations using 1.2mm oak plies that are 10% thicker than those used on our Oak Custom drums. Bass drum shells are comprised of eight-ply designs while tom, floor tom, and snare shells are constructed with six. The Live Custom delivers a sound with greater strength and depth, provides rich expressive power that exceeds your imagination, and features hardware designed with some new, innovative ideas that delivers incredible stability and reliability even in the demanding environment of the stage. Oak's sound is clear and well defined with a powerful low-end that shakes your soul. On stage, and in the studio as well, Live Custom delivers a fat, rich tone with awe-inspiring presence.

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Aluminum 14" x 5.5"

Absolute Hybrid Maple

The answer to the question is drums that give you the sound you need, whenever you need it.Tonal requirements vary among drummers, differ with dynamics, and change, from band to band, song to song, moment to moment. With the Absolute Hybrid Series drums, Yamaha has succeeded in addressing this, with a drum set that possesses an extraordinary degree of expressive power, allowing drummers to pursue a level of expression that perhaps they've not experience before in their other drums. These drums offer a wide dynamic range that allows them to respond accurately to each and every stroke, and follow changes in dynamics, nuance, and touch, letting you play what you want to play.

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The basic HEXRACKII set consists of two legs and is fully compatible with Yamaha System Hardware.Compared to a typical hardware setup, the HEXRACKII uses less space and reduces floor clutter produced by stand legs, etc., around the kit. The system’s pipes and racks are made from aluminum, which makes the system lighter, transport and setup easier. And with a wide variety of optional clamps available, the rack system offers great expandability.


Attached to the hoop of bass drum on an acoustic drums and transmit a trigger signal to the trigger module.


Attached to the rim on an acoustic drums (Snare / TomTom /Floor Tom) and transmit a trigger signal to the trigger module.


High-Quality Drum sounds and other instruments' sounds are coming by hitting the pads. In addition, you can record MIDI data when you connected it to a computer.