International Songwriting Competition Reopens Submissions For December
In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, International Songwriting Competition is reopening submissions for one week only (December 15-22) for its annual Stocking Stuffer, and the fee is a discounted $25 per entry. All entries will also be automatically entered into the ISC 2015 competition. Songs may be submitted online via the ISC, Sonicbids, or Acceptd platforms or by mail. To enter, submit music to International Songwriting Competition.
International Songwriting Competition is dedicated to nurturing the talent of songwriters throughout the world and is the only competition in the world to offer such a high-profile panel of judges. The caliber of judges has always been a hallmark of the prestige and value of ISC. Entrants are offered the unprecedented opportunity to have their music heard by some of the most illustrious and influential recording artists and executives in todays music industry.
Previous International Songwriting Competition winners have included artists such as Vance Joy, Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more.
One lucky Stocking Stuffer entrant will win $1,000 in cash, 4000 Radio Airplay credits, promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, and an artist spotlight feature in their blog and newsletter reaching over 65K members. All entrants to the Stocking Stuffer promo will receive 100 free spins to a new or existing Radio Airplay account.
Additionally, all Stocking Stuffer entrants will be eligible to win the overall ISC prizes which include over $150,000 in cash (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash), merchandise, and services. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers.Categories include:
- AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
- AC (Adult Contemporary)
- Americana; Blues
- Children's Music
- Latin Music
- Lyrics Only
- Music Video
- Pop/Top 40
- World Music
Buddy Rich Alumni Band Play Along
With this first of-its-kind collection, drummers can now play Buddy Rich's charts with the Buddy Rich Alumni Band! Arguably known as the "world's greatest drummer" for his unique virtuoso technique, Buddy Rich has inspired legions of fans spanning generations and different genres of music. Now those fans can learn eight of his famous hits with Hal Leonard's new Buddy Rich - Drum Play-Along Volume 35.
With a blessing from Buddy's daughter Cathy, this collection features sound-alike audio recordings featuring Gregg Potter and the Buddy Rich Alumni Band. Drummers can follow the drum notation, listen to the audio to hear how the drums should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The lyrics are also included for quick reference. The collection features Playback+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.
Eight songs are featured in this volume, including: "Birdland," "Dancing Men," "Groovin' Hard," "Keep the Customer Satisfied," "Love for Sale," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," and "Nutville." The Drum Play-Along series features 36 titles. Please click here for a full series listing.
Sabian Hosts Events In Nashville & San Antonio
Continuing in its mission to assist drum teachers, the Sabian Education Network recently held events in Nashville, TN, and San Antonio, TX. Each event was led by SEN director Joe Bergamini and included a panel of education experts who shared information and ideas with the attendees.
The Nashville event was held October 27, 2015 and the panelists included business coach and former music industry executive Rick Drumm, Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo, international touring and recording artist Rich Redmond, and well-known Nashville educator Zig Wajler. The San Antonio, TX event was held November 14, 2015, during PASIC, and the panel consisted of Dom Famularo, PAS Drum-set Committee Chairman Eric C. Hughes, and veteran Austin-based teacher Nic Marcy.
The focus of these events is to provide concrete ideas for drum teachers to build and improve their teaching practices. Each event began with a presentation from Bergamini covering a wide array of issues for the teacher, followed by a detailed talk from each panelist on a topic of his own expertise. The events concluded with questions, discussion, networking, and a cymbal giveaway.
"The Sabian Education Network gathering at PASIC featured a fantastic panel and a great exchange of ideas amongst teachers. You can expect the same at all future events," said SEN member and Sabian artist/educator Jeremy Hummel. "If you are looking to improve in any area of your teaching business, these are 'must attend' events."
Sabian plans to stage more of these events in 2016, and invites drum educators to join SEN to take advantage of all the benefits of the program. Sen is open to all educators—from the private home studio teacher with a handful of students to a music school or educational institution—and provides a welcoming and inclusive forum for drum educators worldwide to exchange ideas and share skills. To join SEN, please visit www.sabian.com/joinsen.
Gon Bops Kicks Off 2016 With Killer Artist Roster
2015 was an amazing year for Gon Bops. In keeping with the company's dedication to both traditional and contemporary percussion, Gon Bops welcomed some truly amazing, established players this year, along with incredibly talented up & coming musicians. Here's a little bit about them, in no particular order...
Pablo Padin is arguably one of the most influential percussionists in Puerto Rico today and has performed and recorded with the greats of Latin music. He's the winner of 6 Latin Grammys and 2 American Grammy awards.
2015 was also the year that Gon Bops welcomed some fantastic, virtuoso Cuban percussionists. Gerald Piloto Baretto is one of the most respected & influential drummers in Cuba today. His band, Klimax features Jazzy accents and integrated Timba styles, making them unique.
Considered one of the world's great Congueros, Eliel Lazo now resides in Copenhagen, Denmark and performs with such greats as Michel Camilo, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
Another Latin Grammy-winner, Calixto Oviedo brings a very successful 38 year career to our roster. Known as one of the world's authorities of the Cuban Timba music style, Calixto has played for everyone from Arturo Sandoval to Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
Miami Sound Machine's percussionist Eduardo Rodriguez hails from Cuba and now resides in Florida, where he splits his busy schedule between the Sound Machine and mega Latin-Pop superstar, Chayanne.
GB also welcomed two young and highly anticipated Cuban-born drummers, Daniel Rodriguez & Elio Piedra. Both incredibly talented and ones we suggest watching closely.
Now in Los Angeles, Chilean born Christian Moraga joins our family, bringing a stunning ambidextrous approach to the traditional drum/percussion setup and his recent video post on Facebook received over 83,000 views!
Also in LA, Johnny Belisle plays with the Tarzana Band and states one of his career highlights as playing alongside Gon Bops' late, great David "La Mole" Ortiz.
From New York, Camilo Molina remains busy performing with Eddie Pamieri's orchestra…a young player on the rise.
Also from New York, considered one of the world's great Bongoceros, Jose Mangual Jr. comes to us with a long credit history including Herb Albert, Ruben Blades, Dizzy Gillespie and David Byrne.
Jotan Afanador - drummer for the immensely popular Bachata style artist, Romeo Santos, joins Gon Bops with a vast array of talent and versatility.
Last but certainly not least, one of the studio's great drummers, Jamie Oldaker now plays Gon Bops, bringing an amazing history of classic recordings to his credit. Including Eric Clapton's "Layla", "I Shot The Sheriff" and Bob Seger's "Turn The Page" to name just a few, Jamie's playing has been loved by millions for decades.
We look forward to another amazing year in 2016 – stay tuned!
Fab Four, Cheap Trick & News Of The Week
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced that estranged Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos will perform with the band at their induction ceremony next year. Bun has not played with the group since 2010.
Carlos said on his official Facebook page, “I’m happy to report that last Friday [Rock Hall executive] Joel Peresman…confirmed that all have agreed that the four of us will befeatured performers in Brooklyn on April 8th.” In related news, Cars drummer David Robinson says being snubbed by the Hall is no big deal. There's always next year.
DRUM! interviewed the band's current drummer, Daxx Nielsen, son of guitarist Rick Nielsen, last week.
Penny Lane Is In My Ears And In My Eyes. It's happened. The Beatles will be available on streaming services December 24, 2015, including Spotify, Tidal, and others. The band is perhaps the most well-known holdout from these services. No wonder, since the band's back catalog continues to sell. To date the Beatles have sold 2,303,500,000 albums since 1962 according to the Record Industry Association of America. That is one album for every three people alive on the planet today.
Speaking of classic bands. Jason Bonham hints that Led Zeppelin will play together again. Someday. Maybe. He hopes. Jason himself is very active, just finishing a Zeppelin Experience tour and soon headed out with Phil Collins.
Metal drummer Sebastian Thomson (of Baroness) could get kicked out of the metal-gear brotherhood due to the simplicity of his kit, but as he explains, the drum set needs shaking up and he's always doing something different.
As drummers we're lucky to have a cool religious Christmas arol in "The Little Drummer Boy." (Hats off to Katherine Kennicott Davis who wrote it.) No one sings "Little Guitarist Boy" or "Little Out -Of-Tune Lead Singer." But the Washington Post says it's the worst holiday song ever. Where do you stand?