John "Lil John" Roberts Featured



One of the most sought after Jazz and R & B Drummers of his generation, John "Lil John" Roberts has maintained his status in the industry as the ultimate heartbeat. A native of Philadelphia, John quickly became noted as a child prodigy, playing alongside Christian McBride and Joey Defranceso at the age of 16.
   John's formal studies began in 1991 when he was awarded a full scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. John studied at Berklee for two years where he then left to further pursue his touring career starting with R&B and Hip Hop artist Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (Will Smith). Afterwards he went on to tour with Dionne Farris, Xscape, Monica, The Goodie Mob, and Joi and soon after that was called to fill the shoes of drummer Jonathan Moffet touring with Janet Jackson at the very early age of 23. John completed three successful tours with Janet Jackson that opened the doors to a whole new world of opportunities.
   John is using the DTX MULTI-12, the DTX900M Drum Trigger Module and DTX-PADS from his electronic kit as part of his HYBRID KIT setup with Janet Jackson right now on her Unbreakable Tour 2015.
GEAR: DTX900M, DTX-MULTI 12, DTX-PADS
QUOTE: "I'm loving how the Yamaha DTX Multipad is working along with the brain of the DTX900M Module synced with my electronic kit and drum triggers. It's the perfect marriage for what I'm doing on tour with Janet Jackson right now. I'm using all the samples from her hit records and have been playing them live since 1994! Thanks Yamaha for a great electronic drum system!" - Lil' John Roberts
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