Liam Schatz is an exciting young drummer who is splitting his time between Waterloo, his hometown, and Toronto, where he is completing his musical studies at York University. Already an in-demand rock and function drummer, Schatz is still cutting his teeth as a jazz musician and cannot wait to share his voice with the world.
Growing up in a musical family, Schatz was exposed early to various forms of music that would serve to inspire his future musical endeavours. He was eventually inspired to plays the drums while forming his first band with his cousins and his brother, Justin, at the age of eight. Schatz has been in numerous bands since. He is currently showcasing his electrifying skills with Alex Gage’s Flagship, a Toronto-based prog-rock outfit; Blight Brigade, a Toronto-based punk band, and The Edelweiss Trio, a Woodstock/Waterloo-based function band which retains a coveted spot playing at the Concorida Club (Kitchener) during Oktoberfest.
Schatz has studied with the likes of Adam Nussbaum, Mark Kelso, Will Kennedy, and Anthony Michelli. He is currently studying with Barry Romberg. Additionally, he has had the pleasure of performing with Steve Koven, Robin Habermehl and Dave Wiffen. He has performed at the Jazz Room (Waterloo) on various occasions, and has also performed at the Beaches Jazz Festival. In 2016, Liam was selected to participate in the Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band, which brings high school students from across Canada together to form an all-star band.
Schatz is currently putting the finishing touches on his first LP (recorded with Flagship), and is excited to release it in 2023.