Sakae Artist: Charlie Paxson

Charlie Paxson has toured and recorded with some of the world’s most acclaimed artists. James Blunt, Enrique Iglesias, Rickie Lee Jones, Anastacia, Tina Turner, Kyosuke Himuro (JP), Mylene Farmer (FR), Eliza (IT), Liz Phair, Colin Hay, Smash Mouth, Antonio Carmona (SP), Five for Fighting, Tom Rothrock, Everlast, The Format and Belinda Carlisle are among the bands and artists that have all relied on Charlie on the record or on the stage.

"I came to SAKAE because what matters most to me is the sound. It’s undeniable. I’ve played all three lines; The Almighty, Celestial and Trilogy. Each series has its own unique voice and feel. I know I can count on the drums both in the studio and live. After visiting the factory in Osaka, I was blown away to see that such a refined product is completely made by hand every step of the way from the shells to the lacquering process. Sakae Drums have been around for over 80 years. I can feel that legacy in the instrument."

Charlie Paxson

Charlie was born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles. He attended the Hamilton High School Academy of Music in Los Angeles and the Berklee College of music in Boston Massachusetts. When not playing drums, Charlie writes and produces music for himself and others.


Charlie's Set-Up

Almighty Series

Select, 6 ply North American Maple shells. Heavier lugs help to focus vibration and sound transmission to the shell edge. Cradle Mounting System for tone isolation.

  • 24 x 18 Bass drum
  • 13 x 9 Tom
  • 16 x 15 Floor tom
  • 18 x 15 Floor tom
  • 14 x 5.5 maple snare
  • 13 x 4 maple snare

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Suggested Listening

  • James Blunt
    Back to Bedlam

  • Rickie Lee Jones
    Balm in Gilead

  • The Format
    Interventions and Lullabies

  • Antonio Carmona
    De Noche

  • Sponge Bob Square Pants
    Sound Track

  • Tina Turner and Elisa
    Teach Me Again