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Kevin Tutaj was five years old when he began hitting things with sticks, thanks largely to his father being a professional drummer himself. Growing up in a musical family, with his brother Ray taking to the guitar, inspiration was plentiful. By his teen years, Kevin’s friends would pile into the one third of his bedroom not filled with his 13-piece Mapex drum set and be treated to a near-perfect play-along performance of Rush’s “Moving Pictures” album. Soon he was playing in numerous local bands and appearing frequently on the local news and radio stations.
During the mid-80’s, Kevin met Raven, and joined Crystal Tears, a melodic, “Iron Maiden”-style metal band. Not able to find a singer, Crystal Tears wasn’t deterred from performing and played a few gigs instrumentally. These performances featured an extensive drum solo by Kevin, and solidified his reputation as one of the best drummers in town.
After graduating from Western High School in Las Vegas, Kevin went on to the Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California. This led to numerous gigs and jam sessions around the iconic landmarks of Hollywood, including the bachelor party of Guns & Roses bassist, Duff McKagan, where Kevin jammed with a who’s who of Hollywood Royalty.
In the early 90’s, Kevin returned to Las Vegas and began building on his name playing in several high-profile local bands, including a reunion with Raven in the second run of Crystal Tears. This 1995 line-up was able to find a singer in Jay Stone, along with Joey Laramore teaming up with Raven on dual lead guitar and Mike Wolf on bass.
Normally, a band has to play numerous backyard parties and small gigs before getting any attention. But the reputations that Crystal Tears carried with it prompted former Huntridge Theater owner, Richard Lenz, to put Crystal Tears on the bill opening up for L.A. Guns, in spite of the protests of the promoter involved who wanted a “more established” band.
The reunion was all too brief, however, and after a standing room only performance at Club Rock (now Boomer’s), the band split. Kevin went on to work with his brother, Raymond, in The World, and several other bands such as Liquid Skye, Fact Meets Fiction, and London Grey. These bands performed shows at the top venues in Vegas, including the House of Blues, The Hard Rock, Cashman Stadium, and the MGM Grand Arena.
Kevin was a finalist in Roland’s National V-Drum Competition in 2010, but was stymied by a loose hi-hat clutch, although he still finished in the top five.
In late 2011, Kevin was asked by Raven to team up with Danny Buss for a rhythm section of epic proportions in The Storm Project. Kevin and Raven have been considering a revival of some of the old Crystal Tears material, along with a flood of new ideas including Danny as well.
Kevin maintains his YouTube Channel, KTVegasDrummer which is full of videos of Kevin’s performances with various bands, as well as instructional and demonstration videos.