Short Biography

Brad Wilk was born on September 5th 1968, in Portland, Oregon, USA. He moved around a lot as a child and lived among other places in Chicago, Illinois. Eventually, he settled in California.He played along to records and took lessons. Brad decided to make a career for himself as a drummer, placed an advertisement in a newspaper seeking a band who was not afraid to make unique music.

He later received a call from Tom Morello, an undiscovered guiatrist with whom Brad would go on to play in two legendary bands: Rage Against The Machine along with bassist Tim Commerford and rapper Zach de la Rocha and Audioslave . Brad enjoys many artists including Black Sabbath, Leonard Cohen, MC5, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Gene Krupa, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. Brad is a Buddhist and is seen by many as very grounded and compassionate. His father passed away while Brad was touring with Rage Against The Machine on the 1994 Lollapalooza ticket. He has said that witnessing how material wealth corrupted his father made him value the simple things in life.

While on tour in 1996, a 28 year old Brad Wilk was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after complaining of blurred vision, frequent urination, and feeling “off.” Since then, both his brother and sister have been diagnosed with the disease as well, but this has never stopped Brad from living the life he always has. In December of 2005, Brad Wilk married his longtime girlfriend Selene Vigil, a former punk band vocalist. Together they live in Los Angeles, California and have two children, Luka and Alex.

Community causes are a priority in Brad’s life as well. Audioslave liked to give back by donating portions of their tour proceeds to different charitable organizations. Brad himself has raised and donated about $12,000 for the Orange County chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.