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Dwayne Cardoso

At about the age of 3, Dwayne started to play the guitar and the piano, soon followed by the trumpet. In high school, he took part in several national big band competitions. During one competition, Dwayne received an honourable mention for rewriting a trumpet solo that was being judged by the actual composer of the piece. The composer ended up keeping his new part along with the sheet music on which Dwayne wrote the new line, changing the song forever.

Even so, Dwayne never fully settled into piano or trumpet. At age 14, he received his first drum set and fell in love. Throughout his teens, he would spend hours every day playing along with any album he could get his hands on, regardless of genre.

Over the years since, Dwayne has played countless shows with multiple bands, both writing originals and playing cover songs.

In a never-ending quest for the perfect sound, Dwayne created a completely custom digital/acoustic hybrid drum kit to play with Shoemaker Levee that fits his unique playing style, which is entirely self-taught.

Dwayne’s musical inspirations come from varied genres. Some of hisĀ favourite artists include Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Muse, The Killers, Our Lady Peace, The Tea Party, Eminem, and Tupac.