Tom Grosset is a professional musician, originally from the UK, and a Humber music graduate. He discovered jazz improvisation in high school and during that time he developed the fundamentals for conveying musical expression. In doing so, it also gave him drumming abilities that would reach record-breaking status as the world's fastest drummer years later. On July 13th, 2013, one of Tom's lifelong music heroes, Bernard Purdie, witnessed the record and personally congratulated him on this feat.
Tom has been featured on many international media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, TIME Magazine, Modern Drummer Magazine, Canadian Musician Magazine, The Independent, CNN, The Huffington Post, BBC and The Discovery Channel. Other news outlets include Global, CBC, CTV, The Toronto Sun, and The Toronto Star.
Grosset has a variety of content, most notably the videos he produces that feature drums specifically for film soundtracks. His online content has reached over 7 million views and has garnered attention from Grammy-award winning film and television composers.
Google collaborated with Tom in an advertising campaign in September 2014. This Google initiative was a way to highlight 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 Science Channel took a close look at Tom's technique at breaking the world record.
The Japanese pop band DISH// had their drummer challenge Tom's world record at a live concert!
The Science Museum of Virginia installed an exhibit in May, 2016 that features Tom Grosset's world record-breaking video alongside Kobe Bryant and Michael Phelps' achievements.
Peter Pesic (author and director of the Science Institute and Musician-in-Residence at St. John's College) put together a publication that examines how the mind understands the crucial aspect of simultaneous sounds in music. Grosset's technical achievement was included in the book — read more about it here!
Discovery Channel has had Tom Grosset on their network twice. In April 2014, Grosset made 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 earned 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.
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. From music festivals to school workshops, Tom focuses on the basic principles of time, sound and feel each time he sits down at the kit; this philosophy led to the creation of his musical approach.