Jonathan Mover a.k.a. "Mover" is a Grammy-award winning American drummer who has worked with a number of artists including Aretha Franklin, Fuel, Alice Cooper, Shakira, Julian Lennon, GTR, Everlast, The Tubes, Mick Jagger, Steve Howe, Peter Frampton, Oleander, Celine Dion, Elton John, Stuart Hamm, They Might Be Giants, Frank Gambale, Mike Oldfield, Steve Hackett, Jared James Nichols, Marillion, Beastie Boys, Joe Satriani, Joe Lynn Turner, Dave Koz, Jan Hammer, Jimmy Barnes, Saigon Kick, Alan Friedman, Bernardo Lanzetti (of PFM - Premiata Forneria Marconi), Five For Fighting and others. He covers rock, soul, R&B, heavy metal, jazz fusion, funk, punk, rap, hip hop and pop.
As an engineer and/or producer, Mover has worked with Shakira, Flo Rida, Brett Scallions, Rick Ross, Fuel, Carnival Divine, Celine Dion and French guitarist Rudy Roberts among others, as well as being the engineer and sound editor on Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup.
Early life and career
Mover was raised in the Boston area and began playing drums at age thirteen. Primarily self-taught, he studied early on with Donn Carr and briefly attended Berklee College of Music until seeking out private study with Gary Chaffee before moving to London.
Shortly after arriving in London, Mover joined the neo-progressive rock band Marillion in September 1983. He auditioned and got the role on the Wednesday, flew to Germany on the Thursday, and without rehearsals, performed on the Friday with the band. They then headed straight to Rockfield Studios in Wales to write and record material for their second studio album, Fugazi. Having become the band's fourth drummer since the beginning of the year, within a month he had left the band due to open hostility toward him from lead singer Fish, who disliked him and his technical abilities. Mover received a writing credit for the single "Punch and Judy".
After leaving Marillion, Mover teamed up with Steve Hackett, formerly of Genesis, and Steve Howe, formerly of Yes, to start the supergroup known as GTR. The trio then recruited lead singer Max Bacon and bassist Phil Spalding. After one successful record and tour, Hackett quit the band, followed by Mover, since his allegiance was to Hackett. Not long after, having played a one-off gig with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, Mover accepted the offer to continue work with Satriani on several records and tours, and made the move back to The States after nine years in London, settling in New York City.
He lived part-time in Moscow during the four-year period of 1989–1993, producing, recording and performing with a variety of Russian artists.
On TV and radio, Mover can be heard on jingles for Xarelto, Cialis, Viagra, Pepsi, Coke, Pizza Hut, Applebees, RC, Mug Root Beer, HBO, Chevy, GM and the Olympics, to name a few.
Although Mover works primarily in the studio, he has also toured with The Tubes, replacing their drummer Prairie Prince when Prince is busy touring with Todd Rundgren.
In June 2012, on two days' notice, Mover replaced Alice Cooper's injured drummer, reuniting with Cooper for his U.S.-Canadian summer tour with Iron Maiden and Cooper's headline tour of Europe. Mover was quoted, "Reuniting with Alice was wonderful and the tour was one of the most enjoyable ever. What's better than playing 18 holes of golf every morning and "Halo Of Flies" every night, with a legendary golfer and artist all in one?!"
Mover now resides in Los Angeles.
Mover also owns, publishes and is Editor-In-Chief of Drumhead. The magazine separates itself from the other drum/percussion magazines by being a multi-media package of Mover's design and concept. Each issue includes a downloadable audio CD, containing music to listen and play along to, private lessons from some of the world's top players and audio reviews/previews. The CD also corresponds to an extensive website which includes all of the lessons in video format. Mover conducts many of the interviews, making for a much more personal and true portrayal of the life and career of the featured artist. Steve Gadd, Bill Bruford, Andy Newmark, Simon Phillips, Barriemore Barlow, Steve Smith, Manu Katché, Horacio Hernandez, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Kenny Aronoff, Dave Weckl, Stephen Perkins, Tommy Lee and Jim Keltner are only a handful that Mover has interviewed.
Swing House Studios L.A.
Mover is co-owner, along with Phil Jaurigui, of Swing House Studios Los Angeles, a 22,000 square foot music multiplex in Atwater Village which houses a state-of-the-art recording studio (complete with Mover's Skyline gear, including his custom Neve VR60 console), 8 producer suites, 2 pro sound stages, several rehearsal rooms, equipment showroom, backline gear rental, cartage, storage, event production & management, artist-relations division, artist management, instrument/equipment sales, music industry offices, distribution and more... Dave Stewart, Dwight Yoakam, The Jacksons, The Hollywood Vampires featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, Tokio Hotel, The Cult, Ministry, Butch Vig, Garbage, Tove Lo and Anthrax are just a few recent clients.
Skyline Studios NYC
From 1995 to 2012, Mover owned and operated Skyline Recording Studios in New York, which played host to a variety of artists, including Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Patti Smith, Avril Lavigne, Shakira, Dudu Fisher, Jake Shimabukuro, Flo Rida, Gov't Mule, David Byrne, Jessica Simpson, Fuel, Natasha Bedingfield, Mariah Carey, Kazumi Watanabe, Wu-Tang Clan, Madonna, The B-52's and David Bowie.
einstein was Mover's side project, which gave him the opportunity to compose, play various instruments, produce and engineer. He released two critically acclaimed discs entitled einstein won and einstein too, the latter includes guest performances by Trey Gunn of King Crimson, Derek Sherinian of Planet X, Jens Johansson of Stratovarius and Jani Mangini of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
For a complete listing, see his website.