Yamaha Offers DTX Courses In The UK
Drummers in the UK have a chance to see Yamaha Music Europe (UK demonstrate its electronic drum range and showcase new products for 2015 at a series of events throughout the UK in November and December.
Led by Yamaha UK’s DTX Demonstrator Simon Edgoose, the sessions are aimed at providing an overview of the full potential of Yamaha’s DTX electronic drum range including the new DTX582 kit, DTXM-12 Multi Pad drum machine and the apps for iOS devices.
During the one-hour sessions he will highlight all of the new features with performances and advice, followed by hands-on sessions with personal one-to-one advice from the drummer.
At the heart of the new DTX502 Series is the all-new, redesigned, re-engineered, and re-voiced DTX502 Drum Trigger Module, which delivers brand new rock, jazz and electronic kits and include real Yamaha Acoustic Drum Samples. USB connectivity allows it to be easily interfaced with computers, apps and its internal memory can store samples or songs from Yamaha Music Soft. Complementing the DTX502 series are the pads themselves either the DTX Pads or the newly designed rubber pads both designed to provide a soft feel and wider dynamic range.
You can see Simon demonstrate the range here.
- Tues 3rd Nov – Academy of Sound, Stoke on Trent (6pm onwards)
- Weds 4th Nov – Manchester Drum, Manchester (6pm onwards)
- Thurs 5th Nov – Drum Shop, Gateshead, Newcastle (6pm onwards)
- Sat 7th Nov – PMT Birmingham (10am – 4pm)
- Sat 14th Nov – Wembley Drum, London (10am – 6pm)
- Sun 15th Nov – PMT Bristol (All day 11am – 5pm)
- Tues 17th Nov – Bonners, Eastbourne (6pm onwards)
- Sat 28th Nov – Absolute Music, Poole (10am – 6pm)
- Sat 5th Dec – Yamaha Music London, London (10am – 6pm)
Shannon Larkin Welcomes Roadie For A Day Grand Prizewinner
“Drum Roadie for a Day” grand prize winner Fatima Brown received a prize box of complimentary items and accessories from an assortment of the PMC Membership firms supporting the IDM annual campaign. Drummer Shannon Larkin of Godsmack provided the celebrity autograph on the one-of-a-kind cymbal, provided by Sabian.
October 10th marked the conclusion to the Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) 2015 International Drum Month promotion with grand prize winner Fatima "Zohra" Brown meeting drummer extraordinaire Shannon Larkin of Godsmack at the Rock Allegiance Festival, in Chester, PA.
Contest winner Fatima "Zohra" Brown is a 26-year-old drummer from Herndon, VA and has been drumming for 15 years. She won the International Drum Month (IDM) “Drum Roadie for a Day” grand prize and an all-access backstage experience by submitting her entry through the PMC's online entry process, connected with the participating percussion retailers during the May month-long campaign. She was chosen from over 350 entries, making this years’ IDM contest the most successful ever.
Using banner ads, social media, and Google AdWords, the PMC targeted a variety of young, diverse audiences interested in drumming as a creative and healthy alternative lifestyle activity. The PMC engaged potential drummers on PlayDrums.com to find a participating local music store or drum shop with the life-size Shannon Larkin “Hit It Like You Mean It” standup to attract entries for the IDM “Drum Roadie for a Day” grand prize.
“The International Drum Month campaign and ‘Drum Roadie for a Day’ grand prize received tremendous interest and support from the entire percussion industry,” says PMC Executive Director Karl Dustman. “We doubled the number of participating retailers nationwide. Thousands of grand prize entries were processed and more than 100,000 social media impressions were recorded. This is the most successful International Drum Month campaign of the organization’s 20-year history.”
The new International Drum Month “Drum Roadie for a Day” promotion reaches beyond the music industry through targeted Internet marketing to create excitement for drums and drumming, while driving new drummer-customers to local music stores or drum shops.
Special thanks to Yamaha Drums coordination team of Dave Jewel, Greg Crane, and Tom Griffin for arranging this Shannon Larkin Artist backstage experience. Larkin is considered one of rock music’s most energetic and talented drummers on an international scale.
“Drum Roadie for a Day” grand prize winner Fatima Brown backstage for sound check. Yamaha’s Tom Griffin is on the left pictured with Shannon’s drum tech Jeff St. Hillaire (a.k.a. Fro). Fatima got a shot at playing Shannon’s kit.
For more on the Percussion Marketing Council visit http://www.playdrums.com.
A Drumming Experiment
Professor Phil Moriarity at The University of Nottingham is crowdsourcing a physics graduate project analyzing the physics and art of drumming. The original paper authored by Elsa Rasanen is titled: Fluctuations of Hi-Hat Timing & Dynamics in a Virtuoso Drum Track of Popular Music Recordings analyzes Joe Pocaro's (genius) playing on Michael McDonald's "I Keep Forgetting." Now they are extending the scope of their analysis to include other players and styles and are crowdsourcing for videos from other drummers to add to the project.
The next song/artist they are analyzing in comparison to "I Keep Forgetting" is, "Tom Sawyer" by Rush. The good professor would like you to submit a video or audio track of your approach to the tune. You might get famous, and you get to contribute to science.
Mapex brings back their highly successful “Mars Free Tom”
Mapex brings back their “MARS FREE TOM” consumer promotion in time for the 4th quarter. Customers who purchase any Mars 4, 5 or 6pc Shell Pack from an authorized Mapex Dealer during the promotion period will receive at no charge an 8”or a 10” matching tom pack. This pack includes the matching 8” x 7” or 10” x 7” tom, a TH687S adjustable tom clamp and the AC910 mounting clamp. Customers can claim their free tom at the point of purchase. The customer doesn’t need to fill out any forms or paperwork…Mapex made this super-simple.
The Mars Series Shell Packs offer shallow depth 100% Birch shells complete with the new SONIClear™ Bearing Edge. The new award winning SONIClear ™ bearing edge increases contact between the drumhead and shell and allows the head to sit flat on the edge. This produces a stronger and more centered pitch and makes the drums remarkably easy to tune. The SONIClear™ Bearing Edge enables players to get a great sound even without much tuning experience.
Funk Pioneer Smokey Johnson Passes
New Orleans giant Smokey Johnson, an influential drummer in funk and r&b, passed away October 6, 2015 at the age of 78. Johnson is well known for his years recording with legendary pianist Fats Domino in the 1950s and '60s. He also is known for his 1967 collaboration with producer Wardell Quezergue on "It Ain't My Fault." The song, which kicks off with second line rhythms and introduced a new style to drummers everywhere, has been covered endlessly by brass bands in New Orleans (Ed Note: see our Spotify playlist of covers below). Johnson's light touch on the top of the kit, and insistent bass drum rhythms, left an indelible mark on the history of drumming.
Prior to working with Domino, Johnson--who grew up playing trombone before switching to drums--was active with bandleader Dave Bartholomew's rhythm-and-blues band, and worked as a first-call session player. He was also active in the local jazz scene after his time with Domino.
A musical tribute to Johnson will be held Friday, October 15, 2015 at Charbonnet Family Services Funeral Home from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday.
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