On July 13th, 2013, Tom Grosset successfully set a new Guinness World Record with 1,208 single strokes in 60 seconds to become the World’s Fastest Drummer. This record was previously held by Mike Mangini with 1,203 single strokes, set in 2005. After breaking the Guinness World Record, Grosset was featured in TIME Magazine, Modern Drummer Magazine, Canadian Musician Magazine, The Sunday Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Huffington Post, The Discovery Channel, CNN, FOX, BBC, Global, CBC, CTV, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star as well as many others.
Grammy award-winning film and television composers, Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe, and Grammy-nominated composer, Junkie XL, have taken close notice to Grosset and his YouTube videos. Since 2009, Grosset has been creating online video content that features his drumming over top of movie and game soundtracks, accumulating over 6.4 million views.
In June 2013, Grosset released a drum cover of the “Man of Steel” soundtrack, which was then recognized and shared by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL. This was a huge accomplishment to have the composers for the film acknowledge his work, making him one to watch in the future. The Huffington Post produced an article showcasing the video as well, allowing him reach a much broader audience with his work. Since then, Junkie XL has frequently shared Grosset’s video content with his followers including ‘Run All Night’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.
This also sparked the attention of Lorne Balfe who was extremely impressed with his videos for ‘Terminator Genisys’ and ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’.
His Hollywood minute did not end there. In March 2015, during the success of the Oscar-winning film, 'Whiplash', Grosset caught national attention for broadcasting a drum-off challenge to the film's lead actor, Miles Teller. Several news networks including CBC, CTV's Canada's AM, Indie88 radio and other online media quickly published articles on the story which lead to a response from the actor himself. Despite the enthusiasm from a local Toronto music charity and exciting reactions from the media, Miles Teller declined to participate in the challenge.
Google reached out to Tom Grosset to include him in their new advertising campaign in September 2014. Grosset collaborated with Google’s initiative which was highlighting the functionality of the Google search app by placing contextual queries around New York City to peak people’s curiosity and inspire them to engage with their environment. The “OK Google, who is the fastest drummer in the world?” query installation was located at “Pianos”, a music bar on 158 Ludlow in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City.
The Japanese pop band DISH// had their drummer challenge Tom's world record at a live concert!
The Science Museum of Virginia have installed a new Speed Exhibit for 2016 that features Tom Grosset's world record-breaking video.
The world record has also sparked interest from author and director of the Science Institute and Musician-in-Residence at St. John's College, Peter Pesic. His book, "Polyphonic Minds - Music of the Hemispheres", examines how the mind understands the crucial aspect of simultaneous sounds in music.
Discovery Channel has featured Tom Grosset on their network twice. In April 2014, Grosset earned himself an appearance on a Discovery television program called Daily Planet. The segment featured “The Top 10 Fastest Things On The Planet” and Grosset was ranked as number 1 on the list. A year later, April 2015, Grosset made another appearance on a segment called “Forces of Nature” in which the Discovery team took a much closer look into what Tom’s hands were doing at those high speeds. Click on the 2 images below to watch the Discovery Channel clips.
Following his graduation from Humber College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in June 2013, Tom Grosset performed for an audience of 3,000 people at the Toronto International Student Festival in September which was a showcase of the talents of a few hand selected students within the city. Outside of making videos for his online audience, Grosset also teaches students ranging in age from 6-54 at a well known percussion store and performs at various events around the city. A notable event for him was a special jazz photography event where he was fortunate enough to play with JUNO award-winning artists Joe Sealy and Paul Novotny.