Christian Nativo is a freelance drummer, drum teacher, music industry coach and motivational speaker based in Melbourne, Australia. Having commenced drum lessons at 10 years old, Christian quickly developed an obsession with drumming, and by 13 years old, was receiving prestigious drumming awards in national drumming competitions right up to when he was 16. He then knew that he wanted to continue his music education journey, and completed his VCE Solo Music course at 17 years old.
At 18 years of age, Christian commenced studies at The Victorian College of the Arts (Improvisation) in 2006, regularly performing in Jazz quartets and big bands. Throughout his university studies, Christian was playing in many original bands playing Jazz right through to Extreme Death Metal. This enabled him to hone in on his unique blend of power, energy, dynamics and groove. At 19 years of age, Christian was also giving drum lessons, playing in original bands touring all around Australia and doing studio sessions.
Christian has since toured Australia, New Zealand and Europe with the Australian band Vanishing Point (2007 – 2014) supporting international bands – Iron Maiden, Dragonforce, Joe Satriani, Helloween and Sonata Arctica. Christian has also toured Japan (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016) with Melbourne based female fronted alternative/grunge band Lucy’s Crown. The band has two albums released in Japan (“All in Lace” and “Coloured Rain” available through GrindHouse Records) which both feature Christian on drums (recorded with Lindsay Gravina of Birdland Studios)
Christian now performs with a number of corporate cover bands and original bands both in Melbourne and all around Australia. One of Christian’s main national touring positions since 2016 is with the tribute band “Bjorn Again” performing the hits of ABBA. Bjorn Again have been performing for 33 years and have now toured over 100 countries worldwide, staging concerts at Wembley, The Sydney Opera House and The Royal Albert Hall to name a few (www.bjornagain.com.au)
Christian’s drum teaching appointments at various Secondary Schools as well as owning his own music schools (Principal drum instructor @ Melbourne Drumming Academy and Managing Director @ Melbourne Music Academy) keep him connected to the grass roots of music education which he is very passionate about. Christian is also available for recording sessions (both in his home studio and on location in Melbourne).
Christian also operates an online Music Industry Coaching service and travels around Victoria visiting Secondary Schools as a motivational speaker delivering an immersive and engaging presentation to VCE/ VET Music students to help prepare them with usable, real-world knowledge that they can implement towards their journey into the Australian Music Industry.
Christian is an endorsee of Pearl drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drum skins, Big Fat Snare Drum, Cympad and Porter & Davies.
Christian on YouTube