A native of San Francisco, Andre Custodio began playing drums at age 11, thanks to the encouragement of his mentor next door, Karl Perazzo (timbale player for Santana). Perazzo became his first percussion teacher and introduced him to the rhythms of Cuba. Shortly afterwards, Custodio landed his first gig playing congas on a nationally syndicated television at KRON-TV 4 (San Francisco) for a children's television program that featured a kid band. As a teenager, Andre played congas in his father's cover-rock band, playing small clubs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, thereby beginning his extensive involvement in the Bay Area music scene.
He furthered his music education at City College of San Francisco, and studied drums privately with Bob Danielson (Beach Blanket Babylon) and Mat Marucci (Berkeley Jazz School). Equally comfortable playing jazz, hardcore punk, soft rock or free experimental improv, Custodio's drumming draws from a myriad of influences without genre boundaries. He is in demand as a performer and improviser, working with the Valerie Mih Trio, Eddie Gale, Rent Romus, David Slusser and The Splatter Trio, among others. He has several critically acclaimed independent recordings to his credit as a sideman, including those with Ernesto Diaz-Infante, LX Rudis, Tri-Cornered Tent Show and Say Bok Gwai. In addition to his work as a drummer, he has developed recordings and performances in experimental electronics under the moniker Nihil Communication.