Eric Alberto-Lopez, known to the world as Ape Drums, is a Houston-born, Miami-based producer, DJ, and musician.
His signature sound mixing caribbean & latin inspired riddims with a big room sensibility has led Ape to be one of the most in demand DJs on the festival scene, regularly traveling the world to perform for hundreds of thousands of fans a year at festivals such as Mysteryland, HARD, SXSW, & ADE. As a producer, Ape Drums has collaborated with everyone from Lil Uzi Vert to Major Lazer and as a remixer has been called upon to remix songs from a wide range of genres and artists including Alunageorge, Sean Paul, & Yellow Claw. Ape’s first single, Bashment, took the dance world by storm in 2014 with it’s unique fusion of electronic and dancehall sounds. The track set a course not just for Ape Drums but for the genre as a whole, cementing Ape Drums as a tastemaker in the electronic music scene. By the time legendary director Spike Jonze selected Ape Drums’ song, Mutant Brain, to be featured in his worldwide Kenzo campaign in 2016, it was apparent that the Ape Drums sound was not only slowly taking over the dance genre, but steadily making its way to the forefront of popular music. The song reached the #2 spot on the Spotify Global Viral chart and was released worldwide by Interscope Records. After the worldwide success of Mutant Brain, Ape released singles, Ghost via Spinnin’ and Deva via Mad Decent. He launched his first Vegas residency and toured through 2017 and 2018.