Mad in the Hat

We're All Mad Here...


The vision for this project, “A Journey from the Mundane,” is rooted in the innovative use of the electric drum set. Using the electronic drum set as a multi-instrument music box, Mad in the Hat, a professional drummer, and the maestro of this 21st century reinterpretation of the dance music experience, has created a narrative show incorporating three different types of media—music, film, and live performance—that come together into a cinematic, narrative, musical trip. At the onset, the goal was to create a show that felt like a film in conjunction with a live electronic show. The Maestro’s multi-instrument music box brings forward a concordance of stimuli with each strike. With each strike, an evocation of images, lights, live remixes scaffolded on symphonic structures. 

“A Journey from the Mundane” is an exploration of one’s self, a passage from uncertainty to fulfillment—one that can be explored individually and together.


While the Maestro and Drummer, David Cannava, became a most sought after drummer in Denver, playing with top local bands and winning awards, his evolution as a musician was just beginning. As a YouTube sensation, hailed by his many fans as “the best drummer on YouTube” and repeatedly lauded for “syncopation at its finest,” he was contacted by Roland with an offer to become one of their featured artists. Cannava’s move to Los Angeles saw him working with Grammy Award winning musicians, scoring a number of Indie films, and contributing music to multiple award winning artists. As the musical director of SAARA, a Capitol records recording artist, Cannava developed and orchestrated a full live show that propelled her performance to another level and introduced her to a whole new audience. As one of Roland’s top artist’s he’s been called a forward thinking electronic drummer, his innovation driven by his classical training in percussion, acoustic drums, and hybrid drums. 

His numerous performances at legendary Hollywood Clubs, Avalon, the Viper Room, Sayers Club, and the many house parties and private events throughout Los Angeles, propelled the creation of MitH, where the Maestro and Drummer was truly born. Co-writing and producing all MitH music with multi-platinum producer, Jim Huff, and Grammy award winning pianist/songwriter, Dave Yaden, the Maestro and Drummer developed a system using a sample pad and an electronic drum set. The sample pad is set to initiate various combinations of vocals, strings, pianos, bass lines, and leads to live mix the music, which is accompanied by his simultaneously triggered lighting and visual aspects of the show. As the conductor of this living spectacle he controls the music, the lights, and the visual narrative. The Maestro brings music to life, brings his guests through the darkness and back into the light, forces each one of us to experience the self through the collective consciousness of this new event—in A Journey from the Mundane, he controls the experience. He is bringing live performance back to the stage, breaking up the monotony, creating the next step in the evolution of electronic music. 

The story Begins

“Deep from the dark underground of Los Angeles, Mad in the Hat comes to life. Characterized by his signature hat and unique musical performance, MitH is a showman, drummer and DJ. He brings together all aspects of electronic music, live performers, and a mesmerizing stage show unlike anything seen before. Watch just how far down the Rabbit Hole you can really go.”