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Anthony Friedli Percussion/Drum Freestyle

Who is FriedAnt?

Who is FriedAnt?
Anthony Friedli (FriedAnt) is a musician, producer, and concert/event producer from the Chicagoland area. He is endorsed by Soultone Cymbals.


Generally, you will always find live music at a FriedAnt event; however, no two events are ever the same! The primary genres within them can range from hip-hop, to funk, metal, various forms of EDM, hardcore, folk, acoustic, jazz and everything in between. You may even sometimes find more than one of these genres within the same show! You can also expect to see one or more different forms of entertainment and/or performances at a FriedAnt event, that may include but are not limited to, live painters, flow artists, dancers, non-traditional performers, light shows, contests, games and more.

Kanye West - Use This Gospel (Drum Cover by Anthony Friedli)



Crystal Quest is a weekend long gemstones, arts, music and camping festival organized by FriedAnt, HamilStone, Graves Party Army, and a few other collaborators. The festival consists of multiple genres of music ranging from funk, to jam, hiphop, electronic, experimental and more. It also includes live visual artists, various types of flow art performances (fire-spinners, LED, etc), light shows, plus various types of vendors, workshops, and more.

The first Crystal Quest took place July 4th - 7th, 2019; The second Crystal Quest is in planning, and will take place July 3rd - 6th, 2020.

You can find more information on Crystal Quest at



Anthony Friedli is a 25-year-old musician, producer, and event producer from the Chicagoland area. He is a co-coordinator of "Crystal Quest: Gems, Art, Music & Camping Festival", he is the host and founder of a weekly "Open Jam Night" in Cary, IL, he is a freelance studio and fill-in musician (primarily drummer), and he throws concerts of various types independently around the Chicagoland area.

  • Multi-Instrumentalist: 
    • Drums/Percussion (20 years)
    • Guitar (10+ years)
    • Piano (10+ years)
  • Event Production / Management Experience
  • Festival Productions / Promotion Experience
  • Online Marketing Experience
  • Promotions Management / Street Team Management Experience
  • Understanding of Music Theory
  • Experience with teaching private drum lessons
  • Experienced in working with DAWs
  • Audio Recording Experience
  • Touring Experience
  • Licensed Chicago Street Performer
  • Video Directing
  • Website Design

Independent Highlights:
  • January 2020: Featured band for an "Our Revolution" event, with speeches by State Senator Robert Peters and Alderman Andre Vasquez @ the House of Blues, Chicago
  • August 2019: Started a weekly "Open Jam Night" that ran for over a year, but ended due to the rise of COVID-19.
  • July 2019: Co-hosted and managed the first ever "Crystal Quest: Music, Arts, Gemstones and Camping Festival" 
  • April 2019: Hosted the first official FriedAnt Production
  • March 2019: Featured talent / sound effects drummer in "CPW Presents: 'We Don't Play Fight': A play with actors and live pro wrestling"
  • July 2018: 2nd Place Winner in the 20th Annual Heat Strokes Drum Contest
  • September 2016: 1st Place Winner at two locations in the 27th Annual Guitar Center Drum-Off
  • April 2013: Won 1st Place at the Rise Records Battle of the Bands w/ The Levitated

Private Instruction:
  • 2004-2008: Steve Fagiano (; Accomplished independent drummer, percussion director, educator, and drum corps instructor

Has performed and/or played drums with bands such as:
  • Whüzy (09/2019-Present)
  • Portals (tour fill-in 2016)
  • Gravemind (01/2014-07/2016):
  • I Killed Everyone (Pavement Entertainment) (02/2013-01/2014):
  • The Levitated (01/2011-02/2015):
  • Light of the Architect (Age 15)
  • The Brotherhood (Age 14-15)
  • Paradigm Shift (Age 14)

Institutional Ensembles / Jazz Bands / Marching Bands / Drumlines:
  • William Fremd High School (2011-2012): 
    • Marching Band (snare)
    • Drumline (snare)
    • Wind Ensemble (percussion)
  • Crystal Lake South High School (2009-2011): 
    • Marching Band (snare), Drumline (snare)
    • Wind Ensemble (percussion)
    • Jazz Band (drummer)
  • “Classic Drumline” @ McHenry County College (2007-2010)(snare) 
  • Lundahl Middle School (2006-2009): 
    • Wind Ensemble (percussion)
    • “Monday Night Jazz Ensemble” (drummer)

[Some] Releases (Drums):
  • “Nothing What You Used To Be” (Re-done) Single (via Open Door Records)
  • “With The Wind Came The Rain” EP (via Open Door Records)
    • Home Is...
    • ...Where We Leave You
    • With The Wind Came The Rain
    • Orchid
    • Doubts
  • “Angels With Dirty Faces (Sum 41 Cover)” Single (via Open Door Records)
  • “ASAU // GRVMND” Split EP (Released on 7” vinyl)(via Open Door Records)
    • Clockwork
    • Nothing What You Used To Be
  • “Scripture of Wolves” Single
  • “Reflect//Resolve” EP 
    • Leviathan
    • Definition of Imperfection
    • Prolonging
    • Dearly Beloved
    • Delikatny
The Levitated:
  • “Weapon Eyes” Single (2015)
  • “Progress/Process” Single (2014)
  • “Plunga” Single (2012; 16 years old)
  • Self Titled EP (2011; 15 years old)
    • ...And the Desperate Rise
    • Abrading All Doubt
    • Antipathy
    • Dynamic Ascension
    • Famine
    • Now
    • Terrorize the Catalyst
    • Will You Tip It Over?
The Brotherhood:
  • "In Our Own Worlds" Single (2011; 15 years old)
  • "Promises" Single (2011; 15 years old)
Paradigm Shift:
  • Self Titled EP (2010; 14 years old)
    • Light It Up
    • Lost Control
    • Searching
    • Force of Gravity
    • Through Diamond Clouds