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Ilan Rubin (born July 7, 1988) is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. He is known primarily for playing drums with bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, and Angels & Airwaves.[1] He also has his own solo project called The New Regime.

Ilan Rubin
Angels&Airwaves Hansaring 04 Ilan Rubin.jpg
Rubin in 2012
Background information
Born (1988-07-07) July 7, 1988 (age 31)
OriginBonita, California, United States
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1997–present
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Rubin was raised in Bonita, California. He began playing drums at the age of eight, 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.[2] By age nine, he was ready to play for F.o.N., a band that eventually would do three stints on the Vans Warped Tour, where Rubin would also fill in on drums for bands such as NOFX. In 1999, F.o.N. opened Woodstock '99 on the Emerging Artist Stage; as a result, 11-year-old Rubin gained entry into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest musician to ever play on a Woodstock stage.[3]

Shortly thereafter, Rubin submitted a video to Modern Drummer Magazine 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 Rubin had turned 12. He has taken lessons from Blink-182's drummer Travis Barker and The Hooters' drummer David Uosikkinen.

Recording careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Immediately prior to working with Lostprophets, Rubin 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 one 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.

Lostprophets (2006–2008)Edit

Rubin (right) performing with Lostprophets at the Leeds Festival 2007.

Rubin was the drummer for the Welsh band Lostprophets (although he is American). He replaced Mike Chiplin, founding member and original drummer, who left the band in 2005 to pursue other musical opportunities. Before finding Rubin, Lostprophets hired session drummer Josh Freese to record the tracks on Liberation Transmission. Then, after Rubin 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 former drummer Mike Chiplin, frontman Ian Watkins (who occasionally plays drums in demos) or Rubin. Either Rubin or Freese may have recorded the B-Side, "Every Song", which comes from the album sessions. Rubin, however, toured from 2006-2008 with the band and appeared 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". He left the band in late 2008 but not before he tracked all of the drums and helped pen some of the music on the band's fourth studio release The Betrayed.

The New Regime (2007–present)Edit

Rubin's first solo album, under the pseudonym 'The New Regime', called Coup, was recorded throughout 2007 and 2008 and released in November 2008. While touring with Nine Inch Nails and following the conclusion of the Wave Goodbye Tour Rubin worked on his second album, Speak Through The White Noise, which was released in April 2011.[4] Prior to this, Ilan released a free single titled 'Remission Of Guilt' through his website. It has been confirmed that this track will not be on the new album. in 2011 he went on Tour with Taking Back Sunday as an opening act. As June 2012 he is recording his third solo record. So far, drums, violin, guitar and bass has been recorded along with vocals.

Nine Inch Nails (2009–present)Edit

Rubin performs with Nine Inch Nails in Santa Barbara, California, 2009

On November 15, 2008, Trent Reznor announced via the Nine Inch Nails website that Rubin 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 Rubin contributed keyboards and percussion. The new lineup played the final Nine Inch Nails tour dubbed the "Wave Goodbye" tour, starting in Australia and New Zealand, then North America, continuing to Europe and Asia before returning to the U.S. for a final set of dates in smaller venues. During the last show at the Wiltern theatre, Reznor discussed the band's future, including new recordings featuring the current live band.

In February 2013, Reznor announced the return of Nine Inch Nails and revealed tour details. He also revealed that the new lineup of the band included Rubin, Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, as well as returning member Alessandro Cortini.[5]

Angels & Airwaves (2011–present)Edit

In 2011, Rubin joined Angels & Airwaves, replacing drummer Atom Willard.[6] Although, every other member had left the band by 2014, Rubin remained partnered with founder and leader Tom DeLonge and the duo released the album The Dream Walker in December 2014, sharing songwriting and instrumental duties. Prior to guitarist David Kennedy’s return to the band in 2018, DeLonge and Rubin released two more EPs as a duo (...Of Nightmares in 2015 and Chasing Shadows in 2016, respectively).

Paramore (2012–2013)Edit

On June 28, 2012 Paramore confirmed Rubin would drum on their fourth album, via Twitter,[7] Tumblr and Facebook,[8] though he didn't join as an official member of the band. Rubin recorded all the drums on their self-titled album.


Rubin is widely associated with Q drum company, from whom he plays a signature custom kit, and generally plays a simple setup comprising a bass drum, one or two rack toms, two floor toms, and a snare drum. He also plays Remo drumheads, Vater drumsticks, and Zildjian cymbals:

Setup for Nine Inch Nails:

15" K light hi-hats

20" A custom projection ride or 20" K crash/ride or 21" K crash/ride (used as crash)

21" A sweet ride (used as crash)

24" K light ride

20" A custom china

21" K crash/ride (on occasion)

With Lostprophets:

15" K light hi-hats

18" Z3 medium crash

20" A custom crash

20" A custom projection ride

21" A sweet ride

24" K light ride

20" A custom china


The New Regime live line upEdit

  • Ilan Rubin: vocals, piano, guitar
  • Danny Rubin: bass, vocals
  • Hayden Scott: drums (Trevor Faris, a local drummer, is filling in for him)


Denver Harbor
  • Liberation Transmission (only drummed on "For All These Times Son, For All These Times" and "Everybody's Screaming!!!") (2006)
  • The Betrayed (2010)
  • Weapons (2012) (only on four bonus tracks produced by John Feldmann, recorded 2007)
The New Regime
  • "Eleanor Rigby" (The Beatles cover) (2007)
  • Coup (2008)
  • "Remission Of Guilt" (2010)
  • Speak Through The White Noise (2011)
  • Exhibit A (EP) (2013)
  • Exhibit B (2015)
Angels & Airwaves
Nine Inch Nails


  1. ^ "Lostprophets drummer to join Nine Inch Nails full-time". NME. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  2. ^ Payne, Chris (March 30, 2015). "Nine Inch Nails Drummer Ilan Rubin's The New Regime Premieres Exhibit B Album". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Youngest Performer Ever to Play Woodstock Takes to the AMP3.COM Emerging Artist Stage". 1999-07-16. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  4. ^ Allen, Jay (October 25, 2013). "New Angels & Airwaves Drummer is Local Phenom is Ilan Rubin". San Diego Reader.
  5. ^ Phillips, Amy (February 25, 2013). "Trent Reznor Announces the Return of Nine Inch Nails: Extensive Touring for 2013 and 2014". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Angels & Airwaves Announce New Album". Female First. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  7. ^ "Paramore confirm album four drummer". Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  8. ^ "Muppet photograph". Retrieved 2014-07-22.

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