"Wikidrummer" Inspires "Wikisinger"
You may remember a video floating around the internet, titled "The Wikidrummer," in which drummer Julien Audigier performs a solo in several different locations, showcasing how the drum kit sounds depending on where it is played.
With more than 1.5 million views, the video inspired the creators to make a similar version with a singer. Locations for this acapella video include inside a cathedral, on a roof, in a gymnasium, outside in the woods, and even in an attic, to name a few. The differences in acoustics make for a more-than-interesting experiment and sound.
Wikidrummers.com is already putting together a second "Wikidrummer" video to be shot in the U.S., just in time for the worldwide launch of their new website.
PMC Announces Board Appointment Of Zildjian's Sarah Hagan
The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) recently announced drummer and former teacher, Sarah Hagan, as the newest addition to its Advisory Board. Hagan's resumé includes Zildjian's Marketing & Events Coordinator, before her promotions to Artist Relations Manager, and then Director of Artist Relations, managing Zildjian's AR teams in Boston, LA, and Europe.
PMC Co-Executive Director Karl Dustman commented, "We are most fortuante to have Sarah join the advisory board in the marketing-promotions leadership position. Sarah will be overseeing our updated Playdrums.com website content and concentrating on further growth of the Percussion In Schools program through her acces to many qualified program facilitators nationwide. We look forward to her long-term contributions to the PMC."
27th Annual Guitar Center Drum-Off
Guitar Center's Drum-Off, the world's premier drum competition, is now launching its 27th annual search for the next, great, undiscovered drummer. Developed to inspire and support aspiring musicians, the program has developed into a highly-respected and sought-after launching pad for a professional drumming career. Past Drum-Off winners have gone on to play with Prince and Beyoncé (Cora Coleman-Dunham), The Mars Volta and Trash Talk (Thomas Pridgen), Jay-Z (Tony Royster Jr.) and many more.
Starting today, drummers can sign-up for Guitar Center's Drum-Off at any of the retailer's locations nationwide. Free and open to drummers across the country, entrants will compete for a chance to win a career-launching grand prize package valued at over $45,000 including cash, gear, endorsement deals, and more.
Guitar Center's Drum-Off Grand Prize Winner Will Receive:
• $25,000 Cash
• Roland TD-30KV Electronic Drum Kit and the SPD-SX
• High-End Drum Kit by DW, Tama, Pearl, Gretsch or Yamaha (Winner's Choice)
• Full set up of drum sticks, cymbals, and drumheads (Winner's Choice)
• Endorsement Deals from the top drum manufacturers (Winner's Choice)
• VIP Experience at NAMM 2016
• Studio Time at Converse Rubber Tracks
• Feature in a Guitar Center Buyer's Guide
How The Competition Works:
Guitar Center's Drum-Off begins with store preliminary competitions at 251 select Guitar Center locations nationwide. Contestants will be judged on a three minute performance, and one winner from each store finals competition will be chosen to move up to the quarter finals, followed by semi-finals at five store locations. Five winners chosen at the semi-finals will then convene at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA, to compete for the grand prize in Guitar Center's Drum Off finals on January 16, 2016, in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. For more information on rules and regulations please visit: http://guitarcenter.com/drumoff
Guitar Center Drum-Off is presented by: Roland, Yamaha, Meinl, Remo, Pearl, Vic Firth, DW, LP, Gretsch, Zildjian, Evans, Promark, Sabian, Tama, Drum Channel, GoPro, and Modern Drummer.
Maya Tuttle Uses Vater's Heartbeater Sticks
After 7 years of junior and high school marching band, Maya moved from her San Francisco Bay Area roots down to southern California for college. It was there she met fellow musicians Adam Castilla, Kollin Johannsen and Justin Wagner, forming The Colourist, in which both Tuttle and Castilla serve as lead vocalists.
Their full-length album, "The Colourist", was released on March 25, 2014. The Colourist headlined a near-sold out national tour that Spring, ending that run with a performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. Maya Tuttle is now using the Vater Heartbeater model.
Fun Fact: On February 21, 2014, Maya was named #4 of “22 Kickass Lady Drummers Who Are The Definition of Cool” by Buzzfeed.
Legendary Stick Maker Vic Firth Passes Away At 85
We were saddened today to hear of the passing of Everett "Vic" Firth, the percussionist whose name is synonomous with his stick company.
Vic Firth was a singularly talented individual in the drumstick business, and in many other areas of life. He started on cornet and later moved on to drums. By the age of sixteen he led his own big band. A few years later in his twenties he became the youngest principal percussionist ever of the Boston Symphony, while also moonlighting as a big-game African safari guide. He followed that by becoming a successful investment adviser and art gallery owner, while still holding down his prestigious percussion chair. And, along the way he built the biggest drumstick company in the world. Many people would be happy with one of Vic's accomplishments, but he was larger than life.
Vic didn't just run a drumstick company. He was a walking encyclopedia of drumsticks. If you toured his factory in Maine with him you'd learn that he was intimately familiar with everything that went on there. He knew the names and the children's names of all 150 employees and he seemingly could look at a machine from twenty feet away and tell if it was working correctly. He put the same focus on all aspects of the business, from artist relations and marketing, to sales and distribution.
Never Mind The Rock Stars, Here's Vic Firth
Though he was world-famous as a concert percussionist he was even more famous as the face of his stick company. When he was at PASIC shows [an event put on by the Percussive Arts Society], surrounded by famous artists, kids would line up to get Vic's autograph. Everyone knew the name Vic Firth and the tag line "A Perfect Pair," which summed up his lifelong quest in stickmaking. The story that Vic often told was that as a young musician he dropped a handful of sticks on the floor and realized that they all had different pitches. He ultimately began making sticks, aiming for those that were balanced in weight, pitch, and other attributes...a perfect pair.
He'll be remembered as a colorful musician and leader, and great friend, mentor, and competitor to many in the music business. The family has decided to have a private ceremony in the near future. DRUM! sends its condolences to his daughters, Kelly and Tracy and family, co-workers, and friends around the world.