“The first time I laid a stick on an Istanbul Mehmet cymbal, I knew a change was in order. There was a brightness and projection I had been missing and perhaps didn't even know it. I had to have a set of these things! Being a bit all over the place musically, I needed versatility. Mike and Nick took an afternoon and let me hit everything they had ....Everything was so damn impressive! I'm currently playing the best cymbal set up I've ever had and am proud to be a part of this great team and family.”
Christian Tanna holds down the throne for Toronto Psych-rock band I Mother Earth. The band, formed alongside his brother Jag in 1991 has been pushing boundaries both on their eclectic jammy recorded efforts as well as their epic extended live shows...sometimes going 3 hours plus at it! The brothers' early influences, ranging wildly from Santana, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Jane's Addiction and Van Morrison, would continuously pop up in all of their work, even to this day.
Christian and his brother got things rolling in their parents basement as young high-schoolers and never looked back. After arriving in Toronto, Ontario with not much but their instruments...the brothers began their search for players in the gritty Toronto club scene of the late 80's and early 90's. Settling on a strong lineup, the band began performing club shows, first selling out smaller clubs and then quickly clubs with 1200 people showing up consistently. The band was a bit of an anomaly in Toronto's rather hot scene at the time, often employing a Latin percussionist and artists painting murals while they played.
Major labels took notice with a bidding war to sign IME and the band inks a worldwide deal with Capitol Records...after only 12 shows. `Dig', IME's first album was released in 1993 and went to gold status. Scenery and Fish the band's follow up was released in 1996 and quickly went triple platinum, plunging the band into mainstream elite status.
I Mother Earth continued pushing their boundaries and honouring their influences with boyhood guitar hero Alex Lifeson of Rush making an appearance on the song `Like A Girl' and the latin percussion which they pushed in their early club days remaining on both Dig and Scenery and Fish (percussion great Luis Conte performed on both albums) and is a huge part of their sound to this day... Obviously a couple of Santana fans in the band.