Oliver Taylor Hawkins (born on February 17, 1972 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters.
Prior to joining the band in 1997, he was the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette on her Jagged Little Pill tour, as well as the drummer in a short-lived experimental band called Sylvia. His cousin,Kevin Harrell (student of Ole Miss) introduced him to Dave Grohl,after camping with him for several weeks in the Ozarks. Hawkins would eventually become the drummer for Grohl's band, the Foo Fighters. Taylor started a band named Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in which he plays drums and sings. His spare time is spent creating more music in the 1970s' cover band Chevy Metal with Achim Dangerfield and Wiley Hodgden.
Hawkins has said that his drumming has been influenced by Roger Taylor of Queen and Stewart Copeland of The Police. He was voted "Best Rock Drummer" in 2005 by UK drumming magazine, Rhythm.
At Live Earth in 2007, Hawkins was part of SOS Allstars with Roger Taylor of Queen and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Hawkins also recorded the drums on Coheed and Cambria's 4th album, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow.