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 the progressive experimental band called Sylvia which, after changing their name to ANYONE, went on to sign with ROADRUNNER records. His cousin, Kevin Harrell, 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.
He was voted "Best Rock Drummer" in 2005 by the UK drumming magazine Rhythm.
In 2004, Hawkins formed his own side-project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in which he plays drums and sings.