Ilan Rubin (born July 7, 1988) is a Jewish American musician, best known for being drummer of industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails during their two last tours.[1]

Childhood and early life

Rubin began playing drums at the age of 8, when he discovered his father's 1968 Silver Sparkle Ludwig drum kit set up in the garage. After three months of "toying" with the kit, he had taught himself to play and was jamming with his older brothers and by the age of 9 was ready to play for F.o.N., a band that eventually would do three stints on the Vans Warped Tour, where, in addition to playing with F.o.N. Ilan would fill-in on drums with bands such as NOFX. In 1999, F.o.N. opened Woodstock on the "Emerging Artist Stage" and, as a result, 11-year-old Ilan gained entry into the Guiness Book of World Records as the youngest musician to ever play on a Woodstock stage. [2]

Still at the age of 11, he submitted a video to Modern Drummer Magazine, taken of him doing a solo during an F.o.N. performance, which was picked by the magazine as the winning entry in its "Best Undiscovered Drummer Under the Age of 18" contest. The winner of the 18-and-over category came from Argentina, and both drummers were invited to perform at the 2000 Modern Drummer Festival, by which time Ilan had turned 12. He has taken lessons from Blink-182's drummer Travis Barker and David Uosikkinen, drummer of famed 1980's band, The Hooters. He is also an accomplished guitarist and classical pianist.

Recording career

Prior to Lostprophets

Immediately prior to working with Lostprophets, Ilan was the drummer for the band Denver Harbor, which included his older brother, Aaron, as bassist, who had played guitar in F.o.N.; as well as 2 ex-members of the punk band Fenix*TX. Denver Harbor was dropped from their label 1 year after their only full length album, Scenic, was released in 2004 but not before the band did a few round-trip tours of the United States and one week in Japan with a re-united Fenix TX.


Ilan was the drummer for the Welsh band Lostprophets (although he is American). He replaced Mike Chiplin, founding member and original drummer, who quit the band in June 2005. Before finding Rubin, Lostprophets hired session drummer Josh Freese to record the tracks on Liberation Transmission. Then, after Ilan joined, he played the remaining two tracks on Liberation Transmission: "For All These Times Son, For All These Times" and "Everybody's Screaming!!!". The drummer on the demos for this period are unclear with all tracks, depending on the time the demos were made, potentially being recorded by either ex-drummer Mike Chiplin, frontman Ian Watkins (who occasionally plays drums in demos) or Ilan. Either Rubin or Freese may have recorded the B-Side, "Every Song", which comes from the album sessions. Rubin has, however, been touring with the band and appears in the videos for "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)", "A Town Called Hypocrisy", "Can't Catch Tomorrow (Good Shoes Won't Save You This Time)" and "4:AM Forever".

The New Regime

Ilan's first solo album, under the pseudonym 'The New Regime' and called Coup, was recorded throughout 2007 and 2008 and released in November 2008. Since leaving Nine Inch Nails Ilan has been working on a second The New Regime record.

Nine Inch Nails

On November 15, 2008, Trent Reznor announced via that Ilan would be joining industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails as their drummer after the departure of Josh Freese in late 2008. Upon learning of his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, Reznor decided to scale the latest live incarnation of Nine Inch Nails down to a four-piece where Ilan plays piano, synths, and does vocals on a few songs. With the new line-up in place, the band would wave good-bye on a final tour that would span Australia, the U.S., Europe, and Asia between April and September 2009.


Denver Harbor

  • Extended Play (2003)
  • Scenic (2004)


  • Liberation Transmission (only drummed on "For All These Times Son, For All These Times" and "Everybody's Screaming!!!") (2006)
  • The Betrayed (2010)

The New Regime

  • Coup (2008)


External links

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Ilan Rubin. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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