Gorilla Tophat Bio


Introducing kick ass new Canadian band; Gorilla Tophat.  

No samples were used in the making of Unnatural Habitat! Everything you hear was played by GT or one of our collab Artists.

Bogged down by the repetitive and conforming nature of today's music we tried to bring back some old school concepts and mix it up fresh with our bass driven style. 

Buckle your seat belts and listen to our newly released album 'Unnatural Habitat' for some groovy foot stomping goodness.  Thanks Eh!

Gorilla Tophat is proudly Canadian coming out of South Western Ontario and was created by two former members of CWS; Bassist Alex Deuzeman (Bass/Guitar) and Front Man Jacob Snow (Vocals/Piano).   

Our music is bringing back the smooth, soulful magic of Funk and mixing in a little Rock, Jazz and Pop.  Overall we are defined by infinitely groovy bass lines and thought provoking lyrics, complimented with horns, piano, percussion, rock & funk vocals.  

Our influences are widespread and include Artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, 311, Big Wreck and Third Eye Blind. 

We are also very fortunate to have had the opportunity to bring you collaborations with the following talented Artists:

Katisse Buckingham 

Katisse has performed and/or recorded with Yellowjackets, Prince, Billy Childs, Dr. Dre, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Andy Summers, Zawinul Legacy Band, Airto & Flora Purim, LA Guitar Quartet, Brian Auger, Amos Lee, Strunz & Farah, Colin Hay, Poncho Sanchez, Don Grusin, Lionel Richie, Pete Yorn, and Vanessa Paradis, among many others. He has played on numerous films including the "Jazz Flute" scene for the Will Ferrell film, Anchorman- The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the Golden Globe winning score to the Robert Redford film, All Is Lost, and is a featured soloist on the Universal Pictures animated film, Minions. 

Brian Doherty 

As co-founder of Big Wreck, he has been signed to Atlantic, Warner Canada and, currently, Anthem Records. He has co-written and played on all four Big Wreck albums. He played guitar, mandolin, lap steel and sang background vocals on the Big Wreck classics. He has toured extensively with the Canadian Platinum Record winning Big Wreck throughout North America. In the last few years, the band has recieved Juno Award nominations for Rock Album of the Year! 

Kevin Cadogan 

Signed to Elektra Records in 1996 as "Third Eye Blind", Kevin Cadogan went on to write and record several top ten hits including "How's it going to Be," "Jumper" and "Losing a Whole Year". As the primary guitarist for Third Eye Blind from 1993-2000, Kevin was nominated for three CMA awards for Outstanding Guitarist, recorded two multi-platinum albums and was honored with numerous BMI music awards. 

Tom Teasley 

Tom has just been awarded the Drummie Award by Drum! Magazine for 2016 World Percussionist of the Year. He was also awarded first runner-up for Percussion Clinician of the Year!  Tom was just nominated by WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) for 2015 World Music Instrumentalist of the Year. His recent CD, Dreams of India was also nominated for World Music Recording. Tom was also just nominated for his 5th Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design for his work with Constellation Theatre's production of The Fire and the Rain!


WINNER of a Akademia Music Award for Best Funk Fusion Album!

Two IMA nominations:
Best Album for Unnatural Habitat in the Funk/Fusion/Jam category and Best Song for Conscience Clean in the Funk/Fusion/Jam category.