Andy Stochansky Biography

Canada. Best known as the drummer for Ani DiFranco’s band from the early to late 90s (as well as session work for other renowned artists), Stochansky is also a multi-instrumentalist and solo artist, specializing in a mainstream form of singer-songwriter folk rock. Stochansky was a teenage disc jockey at one of Toronto’s leading college radio stations, while studying both music and film at the Ontario College of Art and Design (he also composed the music for his own films around this time). When he began to receive enticing offers to play drums with other musicians, Stochansky put his solo interests on hold and played and/or recorded with artists such as the Indigo Girls, Janis Ian, Jane Siberry, and Jonathan Richman among others. It was his tenure with DiFranco that proved to the most fruitful and long lasting however, appearing on recordings such as 1993’s Puddle Dive, 1995’s Not A Pretty Girl, 1997’s Living In Clip, and 1999’s Up Up Up Up Up Up. Stochansky tested the waters in 1995, with his solo debut, While You Slept, but did not embark on a full-time solo career until 1999, with the release of the highly acclaimed Radio Fusebox. Stochansky made his major label recording debut in 2003 with Five Star Motel.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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