Ilejay Arin

Name Arin Ilejay
Birth date
Country USA
City Unknown

Arin Ilejay (born February 17, 1988 ) is a drummer who is currently playing for the American metal band Avenged Sevenfold as their new supporting drummer. He is also the former drummer for the American metalcore band Confide.

Richard Arin Ilejay was born in Ventura, California to Ric Ilejay, of American, Filipino and Mexican descent, and Charlotte Tuttle, of American, Dutch and German descent. Both of Arin's parents have musical backgrounds. Arin's dad is a professional guitar player and his mother a gospel singer. Arin started playing drums at the age of nine. Arin learned funk, jazz, rock and Latin jazz at a very young age with his dad. Playing in Top 40 bands, jazz/rock bands and playing with his friends in Christian rock bands taught Arin versatility. Arin's only other formal training was with the Palmdale High School drumline under musical director Wesley Willis.

In January 2011, the Avenged Sevenfold released the following statement regarding Ilejay's relationship with the band,

"We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano recommended Arin Ilejay. We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have,"

Ilejay took over for founding Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who temporarily stepped in for original Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan who died in December 2009. It is currently unknown if his position within the band will be permanent, although he has stated he's enjoying life with the band.

Arin is currently endorsed by DW drums.

Earlier in 2011, Arin recorded Avenged Sevenfold's latest single; "Not Ready to Die," which featured on Call of Duty: Black Ops zombie map "Call of the Dead".

Discography :

With Confide :

Shout the Truth (2008)
Shout the Truth (re-issue) (2009) (remastered his old drum recordings)

With Avenged Sevenfold :

Not Ready to Die (2011) - Single from "Call of the Dead" albums