Damian Corniola was christened into the world of drums at 15 months and at the tender age of 4, performed with The Drumtek Junior Ensemble at the 1993 Ultimate Drummer’s Day.
He went on to astound attendees at the Australian International Music Show in 1994, 1995 and 1997 with exhilarating displays of independence, groove and maturity beyond his years. It was his innate ability to cross seamlessly between rock and jazz which brought Damian to the attention of Ken, Michael and Joey and made him the natural drummer for TASTE.
At 10, Damian released the top-selling instructional video, INSPIRATIONS – a world 1ST.
He signed to Sabian and Vater drumsticks as the youngest endorsee in Australia.
Damian also won Australia’s Best Up & Coming Drummer Competition Junior title in 1997, Intermediate title in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and at the tender age of 16 won the open category. He still holds the record of being the youngest drummer in OZ to win the open competition at 16 and all three prestigious national categories.
Damian has always had a high regard for TASTE’s original drummer Virgil Donati and was a big fan of the TASTE albums.
After a rigorous audition process Damian was elated to be chosen as the new Taste drummer from over ten of the best drummers in Australia.
Joey Amenta said “You’d be amazed who auditioned for the gig but Damian was the obvious choice for me”.
Damian’s technical prowess and love of heavy rock made him an obvious choice for Taste.
“These are exciting times for Taste” Michael Tortoni commented, “His cross between rock and jazz has given the three of us a new direction performance wise and we can’t wait to get on the road and show off Damian to the world”
Post by Ken Murdoch, TASTE
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“Read What The Press Has To Say About TASTE”
“The story of TASTE is a legend from the lost pages of Australian rock’n’roll: the meteoric rise and fall of a mid’70s glam-rock quartet with a fiery reputation among such lofty peers as AC/DC, Queen, Suzie Quatro and the Sweet. But history can wait. Fast forward 40 years and Life On Earth is a document of rare craft reunited with newfound passion. An album for our times.”Michael Dwyer
“Thunderous epic sound driven by songs written from thought provoking stories and clearly not made to appease a record company. Everytime I listen to ‘Life On Earth’ I feel like I am witnessing a huge rock operatic spectacular on a giant theatrical stage. It’s sure to leave a great Taste in your ears…”Neil Bartlett
“If Queen & Metallica Had a bastard baby it would be called TASTE”Brian Mannix
“Unlike other classic rock projects, TASTE are the real deal, and their groovy vibe feels just as at home in the post-modern dystopia of the film clip as it would at the grassy countryside of Woodstock. Where other bands of their ilk today may find themselves lost to nostalgia or faded by the plethora of modern recording processes, TASTE strut the tightrope with confidence and poise that does their legacy justice.”Jordan Sibberas
“In the 70s there were no radio networks, no Internet and no 24-hour music television. Bands made their name by where they toured and lifted their profile city by city until the songs made the radio. Taste in the 21st century is one tough rock band.”Paul Cashmere
“Seventies Style lofty ambition – with warts and all attitude!”Rolling Stone
“A breath of fresh air in a stale and somewhat contrived Rock market.”Rob Manser
“Queen meets Zeppelin, with just the right amount of Spinal Tap.”Jeff Jenkins
“They Rock nice and hard!”Dylan Lewis