Scott Reeder has been playing drums since 1979, recording and touring professionally since 1993 and teaching since 2003. He began showing an interest in drumming at the age of 5. He began taking snare drum lessons in his elementary school band at the age of 8, playing for a school year in the concert band. Recognizing his passion for the instrument, his instructor would meet him early before school 2 days a week for private instruction on the drum set. He soon would be immersed in jazz band and stage band accompaniment in school, as well as hours of practice learning the drum styles of Stewart Copeland, Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Eric Carr, Tommy Lee, Bill Stevenson, Nicko Mcbrain, Alan White, Vinnie Appice and any other drummer to come across the newly minted airwaves of a then fledgling MTV. In Junior High School and High School, Scott continued his music education in drumline and marching band, learning all of the rudiments and rolls that propel a powerful drum section while also studying music appreciation, composition and basic theory.
Graduating high school, Scott moved to Burbank, CA and briefly studied with Eric Singer (KISS/Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Tony Iommi) and Rick Steel. In late 1992 he met Mike Rosas and Aaron Sonnenberg to form the power trio SMILE. In 1993 they released their first 7 inch RESIN and began playing shows locally and amassing material for their first full length album MAQUEE released in the fall of 1994 on San Diego label CARGO/HEADHUNTER. The album was re-mastered and picked –up for re-release by Atlantic Records in the summer of 1994. They had modest radio hits on KROQ, KLOS and 91 X with songs such as STARING AT THE SUN and INSTANT BRAIN DAMAGE from their second album GIRL CRUSHES BOY, produced by Mark Trombino (BLINK 182,JIMMY EAT WORLD) SMILE shared the stage regionally and toured nationally and with bands such as No Doubt, Everclear, Deftones, Silverchair, ALL, Korn, Goo Goo Dolls, Rilo Kiley, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Guided By Voices, Blink-182 ,X, Phantom Planet. He also found time to play in songwriter/producer Chris Karn’s project DECCA TREE which released its debut album BATTLE OF LIFE in 2003 with Scott on the tracks BELONG and SHALLOW. The song BELONG was featured in ads for the show JERICO as well as HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and various other ad campaigns.
In 2001 Scott joined the band FU MANCHU to support their new release CALIFORNIA CROSSING. The ensuing tour took them to 17 countries worldwide over 6 months, from America to Canada, to Australia to Athens, Greece. The tour yielded the double live album GO FOR IT …LIVE! , recorded in Sweden, Los Angeles and Chicago. Scott was then asked and became an official endorser of LUDWIG DRUMS/SABIAN CYMBALS and EVANS DRUM HEADS, associations he still holds today. In summer 2003 they toured Europe in support of GO FOR IT …LIVE! playing to their largest crowd ever of 60,000 fans in Roskilde, Denmark .They then released the EP SOMETHING BEYOND as well and began work on material for a brand new studio album. It was also during this time that Scott took up his first drum students and he continues to teach 20 to 30 students a week in person in the Orange County CA area and online worldwide.
In 2004 they were asked by MONSTER GARAGE star and custom motorcycle maker Jesse James to do the music for his upcoming Discovery Channel movie MOTORCYCLE MANIA 3. They played live on an episode of MONSTER GARAGE before going in the studio to record START THE MACHINE. Live TV appearances on FOX ROCKS in San Diego and the song placement of MAKE THEM BELIEVE in the movie SUPERCROSS were highlights as well as a tour in the fall with CLUTCH and HIGH ON FIRE. They continued touring into summer of 2005, landing the opening slot of the CORROSION OF CONFORMITY tour. Scott was featured in a 2 full page feature in DRUM! MAGAZINE as well as reviews in MODERN DRUMMER. 2006 saw a productive year or writing and recording and the band released the new 4 song ep HUNG OUT TO DRY in December 2006. In late February 2007, FU MANCHU released WE MUST OBEY and set out on a year long 125 date tour of America and Europe. The music from WE MUST OBEY was used as the soundtrack to the new season of VIVA LA BAM , “JackAss” alumni Bam Margera’s reality show on MTV. During a late fall break in the tour, Scott found time to do a short tour with upcoming guitarist ORIANTHI, opening west coast dates for STEVE VAI. Just before the last leg of the WE MUST OBEY tour in Feburary 2008, FU MANCHU’s song MONGOOSE was used in the ad campaign for the new TOYOTA SEQUOIA. The ad campaign debuted on the 2008 Super Bowl before an estimated audience of 1.1 billion people and continued to run through the spring. After the tour, Scott became a contributing blogger to the online version of MODERN DRUMMER. The band was asked to play the 10th anniversary of MILK gallery in New York City in the summer of 2008. The party thrown by SPIN MAGAZINE was attended by Russell Simmons, Josh Hartnett, David Schwimmer among others and the band was also photographed for a new ad campaign for WAHOOS TACOS featured in the AUGUST 2008 issue of SPIN, as well pictures from the event that was attended by over 3000 people. In the fall of 2008, FU MANCHU began writing and pre production on a new album “SIGNS OF INFINITE POWER”set for October 2009 release. They toured America in the fall of 2009 and set to tour Europe in January/ February in 2010.
Scott played drums for Social Distortion, the legendary OC punk band on their first ever tour of South America in April 2010. He resumed touring with Fu Manchu in the late summer of 2010. He was in his first Ludwig endorser ad in the June issue of Modern Drummer.
In January of 2011, Scott and the rest of FU MANCHU started to tour the west coast on the recenty re-released IN SEARCH OF…album, the bands first release on Mammoth Records from 1996. In honor of the albums 15th Anniversary, the band played a handful of new and old songs and then the entire IN SEARCH OF album in its entirety. The tour took them through Europe in the Spring and then the east coast of America in the Fall of 2011.
The West Coast leg of the “In Search Of…15 years” tour wrapped up in January 2012 where it had started a year previously. In Spring 2012, Fu Manchu staged a triumphant return down under to New Zealand and Australia for the first time in a decade. Returning in May, they started work on a new album in the Summer Of 2012. Scott was featured on the new release by producer/ songwriter Chris Karn’s project Decca Tree on the “Wasp In Grass” ep. He also found time to play with Fallout: The Police Experience in summer shows, the prestigious tribute to the live shows of The Police, filling the shoes of regular drummer Mike Nieland, as well as those of regular sit ins such as Taylor Hawkins (FOO FIGHTERS), Marco Minneman and others. In the fall of 2012 Fu Manchu took a break from working on new material to launch THE ACTION IS EUROPE tour, coinciding with re-release of the 1997 Classic THE ACTION IS GO. Released by the band on their own AT THE DOJO label on handsome double gatefold multi-colored vinyl, the band played the entire album from start to finish from London to Warsaw and back before returning home to Southern California to play local shows and rest up before the US leg of the tour in March of 2013.
After returning from the US Leg of the Action Is Go reissue tour, FU MANCHU resumed writing for their 11th studio album in summer of 2013. They re-leased a song from those sessions in conjunction with car company Scion’s fall 2013 marketing campaign called “Robotic Invasion.”
This would be the first all new FU MANCHU music released in 5 years. The song was recorded by Andew Giacamukus of the band MOAB. In between writing and recording a new FU MANCHU record, Scott recorded drums in November 2013 for a project called SUN AND SAIL CLUB with Bob Balch, guitarist from FU MANCHU, and Scott Thomas Reeder (KYUSS, The Obsessed, Across The River, FIREBALL MINISTRY) The album was titled “Mannequin” and it fused progressive metal with vocoder robotic vocal treatments and was very well received. Another SUN AND SAIL CLUB release came out in 2015 with Tony Adolescent from the seminal punk OC Punk band The Adolescents on vocals entitled “ The Great White Dope”
FU MANCHU then entered the studio again with Andrew Giacamukus in February 2014 and laid down tracks for “Gigantoid”. The band self released the album on their own At The Dojo records at the end of April 2014, coinciding with a full US/CANADA tour to support it, earning them some of the best reviews of their career. The band continued the “Gigantoid Invasion” tour in Europe in the fall of 2014. They marked their 25th Anniversary in 2015 with a tour consisting of 2 sets, one being a live version of “ King Of The Road”. They fought the tour to Europe in 2016 and released a 7 inch cover of the Foghat classic “ SLOW RIDE” with a b side “ Future Transmitter” from the new album writing session. They played over 30 shows in 2016 and concentrated full time on finishing the new album sessions in 2017, entering the studio in July 2017 with a projected Fall 2017 release and tour.