Patrick Kuhtze

Since Patrick Kuhtze began playing the drums in 1974 he hasn’t stopped since and is now one of New Zealand’s well-known drummers and an accomplished drum clinician.

Pat has worked all over the world, touring, recording, jamming or co-writing music with many local and international artists. Pat has backed artists such as Peter Urlich, Jordan Luck, Mark Hunter (Dragon), Ray Columbus, Anika Moa, Hollie Smith, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) and Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) to name only a few. He also worked as Billy T. James full time drummer for the last two years of Billy’s life. He has played in the backing band behind many television music shows, such as Stars in their Eyes, NZ Idol, NZ got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, X Factor and many more. Pat is currently co-writing with Eddie Rayner (Split Enz).

Pat is also an accomplished drum clinician, having performed with drummers such as Dennis Chambers during clinics. He gives back to the music community through educational clinics in schools.

Pat also has a company called Fridge Music Co Ltd, better known as Kuhtze Band, which deals in putting together bands for overseas events and functions.

Pat has endorsements from a number of the largest drum companies in the world, including Shure, QSC, SONOR, Roland, Zildjian Cymbal Co, Evans Drumheads, and NZ Rockshop.

And as if that isn’t enough, Pat is also an accomplished actor; his repertoire includes numerous TV series, commercials and a short film.

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  • KICK: BETA91A inside the kick drum
  • SNARE: BETA57A on top and a SM57 underneath
  • HI-HAT: BETA181 over the top
  • TOMS: BETA98AMP over the top of each
  • OVERHEADS: KSM32 over the ride and crash cymbals on both sides
  • MONITORS: Shure PSM900 system with SE846 or QSC K Series KSUB & K12
  • MIXER: TouchMix-16
  • KICK: BETA 52A at the entrance of the Porthole