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- Blurt: "Haley Allen Is Solid" · April 20, 2011
Influences: Kevin Fig, John Bonham, Steve Jordan, Cindy Blackman, J.J. Johnson, Chris Layton, Steve Gorman, Taylor Hawkins
22 years old in 2011, Haley Allen started playing drums at age nine. As alumnus of the Hollywood School of Rock, she says Kevin Fig (drummer for Extreme and Perry Farrell) showed her the ropes. Allen says she favors the John Bonham approach. Locally, she studied with Brian ‘Nucci’ Cantrell.
The Carlsbad resident has performed at venues such as the House of Blues and L.A.’s Viper Room. Current local bands include Sister Venus and Deverb, and she’s performed with the Good Bites band from L.A. and the Chris Leyva Band. Her goal? To earn a living playing music.
“My favorite thing to do in my spare time is to head down to the Kraken on Sunday nights in Cardiff and sit in with the Blues Brokers. They’re a band of seasoned older local musicians who play the style of music that’s in my blood. I love playing with them.”