Journey's Alternative Press Music Awards Fueled by Monster Energy
Should I listen to music next Monday? Or watch the Republican convention? Choices, choices?
The Alternative Music world gets a shot in the arm July 18th when the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy (yes, that is the whole name!) takes place at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, just down the road from the political doings in Cleveland. The APMAs as they are known will be broadcast live on the Amazon Music Twitch channel. You can view it at Amazon Music and at APMAs starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Monday, July 18. Not only will there be some great music, but the APMAs promise to be a punk convention alternative to the Republican Convention.Viewing Instructions
To watch the APMAs, go to APMAs for complete viewing instructions. To watch on your TV, download the Twitch app from your TV's app store. Open the Twitch app and search for “amazonmusic.” To watch on your mobile phone, tablet or computer, go to Amazon Music on Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m. ET. The Twitch platform is viewable on both iPhone and Android devices. You can also watch the APMAs via the Twitch platforms on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Chromecast, Fire TV and Nvidia Shield.
“Collaborating with an influential and ground-breaking company like Amazon on the official live stream for the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards is going to amplify our show unlike ever before,” said Mike Shea, founder and CEO of Alternative Press. “Since our first meeting, the Amazon team has shown a deep understanding of the Altpress community, so being able to work together with them, as well as our friends at Twitch, Monster and Journeys, packs a powerhouse of a punch. Now music fans worldwide will be able to view the AP Music Awards as all the excitement unfolds in real time.”What A Lineup
The event, which also features educational events and panels has a terrific lineup headed by hosts Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of All-Time Low. The special guest appearances include Andy Black, Neck Deep & Friends, Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens, Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Bradley Walden of Emarosa, Quinn Allman of VadaWave (formerly of the Used), Mikey Way formerly of My Chemical Romance and Electric Century, John Feldmann of Goldfinger, Christian Coma of Black Veil Brides, Jon Langston, Derek DiScanio of State Champs, Will Gould of Creeper, Jayden Seeley of With Confidence and Alex Costello of ROAM. These newly announced performers join headliners A Day To Remember and previously announced performers BABYMETAL, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Dashboard Confessional, Good Charlotte, Yellowcard, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind, Of Mice & Men, Papa Roach, Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive, Machine Gun Kelly, Issues, The Maine, Mayday Parade, Beartooth, MAX, Eddy Brewerton of Moose Blood and Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire. This year’s Icon Award, presented by Equal Vision Records/MerchNOW, will be awarded to platinum-selling rock legend Marilyn Manson.
Dunnett’s Astute Sense of Rhythm Earns Him ITA’s 2016 Titanium Applications Development Award
Musician, designer and innovator Ronn Dunnett is the recipient of the 2016 International Titanium Association’s (ITA) Application Development Award. The award lauds Dunnett for his development of a precision titanium snare drum shell.
Members of the ITA’s executive board will present Dunnett with the award at the 32nd annual international conference and exhibition sponsored and organized by the ITA, which will be held Sept. 25-28 at the J. W. Marriott Desert Ridge Golf Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.
“This is my Grammy award, my Oscar, my Nobel peace prize,” an exuberant Dunnett said.
Dunnett, 54, grew up in the prairie town of Regina, Saskatchewan, just north of the Montana state border line, and eventually relocated to the Pacific Northwest region of Vancouver, Canada. His love for music and the drums took shape during his high school years. As a teenager he was self-taught and quickly learned he had a gift for music. He also developed an aptitude for tinkering with his drum gear.
In 1989, Dunnett and his wife, Christina, relocated in Australia. He worked as a photo lab technician commuted to work by riding a bike. He purchased a mountain bike and was intrigued by its light weight. During one of his commutes, a bar end accidentally became detached from the bike, hitting the concrete and making an unusual sound. Upon examining the component, Dunnett learned it was made of very thin titanium.
He and his wife returned to the Vancouver area in early 1991, but he kept thinking about the titanium bar end and the distinctive sound that it made. “I wondered what it would be like to make a drum shell out of titanium.” He learned that a Boeing warehouse in nearby Seattle housed titanium scrap from its aerospace operations. He purchased titanium sheets and began to brainstorm. Dunnett did work in his own “factory” (a one-car garage), sought out a metal fabricator and, through a trial and error process, created a viable titanium snare drum shell prototype.
After several prototypes, Dunnett created a titanium snare drum, which he shared with his cousin Kurt Dahle, a renowned Canadian rock drummer. Dahle had a recording session in early 1992 and used the titanium snare in his drum set. Dahle called Dunnett after the recording session. “Can you make one of those titanium drum shells for me?” Dahle requested. “Oh, and by the way, the studio wants one, the producer wants one and the recording engineer wants one.”
Dunnett has worked with and created “limited edition” titanium drums for major instrument builders such as DW Drums, Ludwig, GMS and others. As for describing titanium’s sonic properties when used as a drum shell, Dunnett said the metal creates an almost gong-like sound wave. In addition, titanium, as a drum shell material, eliminates the “organic weirdness” typically associated with wooden drum shells, according to Dunnett. Dunnett.com provides technical details on the “Dunnett Classic” titanium drum shell properties.
Introducing Elements With Nick Mason And Veronica Bellino
Elements is a new high-impact stage show built around percussion. It features the drumming of Nick Mason, a standout with Street Drum Corps and other productions, and ex-Jeff Beck drummer Veronica Bellino, also known for her work with Carmine Appice's SLAMM, Rob Balducci, DMC, and others. The production is inspired by the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. It features lots of spectacular drumming, of course, but also visual effects created by a variety of aerial and pyrotechnic stunts.
The Melodic Snare Drummer: A Rudimental Approach To Melodic Phrasing.
The Melodic Snare Drummer: A Rudimental Approach To Melodic Phrasing
By Ron Tierno
This new book by teacher Ron Tierno promises to spice up your playing and solos by employing rudiments to play melodies and melodic solos to songs, rather than playing a strict drum part. The material is aimed at intermediate to pro drummers who want to advance their skills.
The author says he began playing embellishing drum parts by playing the melody when he was searching for better practice material as a young pro in New York. He would write rudimental solos that went along with drum parts to songs from the '70s, such as funk and smooth jazz. that he was using as practice material. He would then transcribe his solos and use them as practice material. Over the years he had friends and acquaintances request copies of these works and incorporate them into their own practice routines. This was the genesis of the book.
Playing melodic solos definitely gives you some interesting practice material as well as the chance to work on incorporating rudimental skills into new formats. N can play the solos following the sheet music and have the option of playing along with pre-recorded tracks by legendary jazz guitarist George Benson. You can use inexpensive tempo-reducing apps to play the music at slower speeds to improve practice. Available at Amazon and other retailers as well as the author's web site.
Sheila E Plays Custom DW Prince Tribute Kit At BET Awards
Drummer/percussionist Sheila E played a one-of-a-kind DW custom kit as part of a special musical celebration honoring Prince at the BET Awards, June 26th at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. As a personal tribute to the Prince, Sheila E played a stunning gloss white drumset and matching timbales crafted in DW’s California Custom Shop and hand painted with Prince’s iconic “symbol” accented with multi-colored butterflies and finished with gold hardware. The art for the drums was inspired by Sheila E.’s recently inked tattoo commemorating the life of the multi-talented artist who passed away on April 21st.
“My instrument is the portal into which I pour my heart and soul. It allows me to express what I am feeling. This Sunday, I have the opportunity to share with the world so many of the emotions that I, and many others, have experienced in these past weeks since Prince’s passing. It will be part of our healing process and another step on the road that lies ahead.” – Sheila E.
Sheila E.’s electric performance of a medley of Prince classics including, “Erotic City,” “America” and “Baby I’m a Star” closed the evening’s award ceremony which also featured tributes from The Roots, Janelle Monae, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson among others.