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.
Your Check-In Experience Will No Longer Be The Same.
Ibiza is one of the places in the world where music is undoubtedly the star. Paiste exclusively collaborated with the exterior design of the building by tastefully hanging their cymbals which really ties everything together. Incredible events have happened here such as Bob Marley´s concert in 1979, the premiere of Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé´s anthem “Barcelona”, the place where Mike Oldfield wrote Tubular Bells III, the Ibiza hippy parties in the 70´s, the trance raves in lost coves or the marathon sets from the best DJs in the world. Ibiza inspires and lives music in a special way, and this is reflected in Santos Dorado Suites.
Your check-in experience will no longer be the same. From now on you will always want your hotel reception to have a bar next to a swimming pool with a cocktail by the sea. This is Santos Dorado Suites, the continuation of the Santos Ibiza project, with larger suites and top quality facilities whilst following the musical line and Rock & Roll spirit of Santos.
“Love Me Tender”, the legendary Elvis Presley song, will be just one of names given to the suites in Santos Dorado, paying tribute to records that have been certified gold. The suites are spacious and taken care of to the minimum detail; featuring refrigerators and Marshall sound system, a bar where your Ibizan adventure will begin, king size beds to rest after dancing and a lounge overlooking the sea where you can go with the flow. These suites are for larger than life characters.
Sheila E. Scraps Dance Album To Honor Prince
After recieving the tragic news of Prince passing away, ex-fiance Sheila E. put her newest dance album on hold and decided to produce an album dedicated to Prince instead. The couple has worked together on previous Prince albums and Sheila E. provided percussion duties on recent Prince tours.“I decided to write a whole new album. And it feels right … It’s actually been a part of my healing now, trying to figure out what I was going to play and what would be okay to make sure I would get through it. But it’s going to be fun.”
For those who can't wait to hear the new album honoring Prince, you are in luck! Sheila’s new single “Girl Meets Boy” will be released the day after she participates in the upcoming Prince tribute at the BET Awards.
American Recorder Distributes RMV
American Recorder Technologies Inc., is now the exclusive distributor of RMV Drumheads in North America. RMV is based in Brazil and is the leading manufacturer of drumheads in South America.
RMV Drumheads are completely crimped to the aluminum rim, not glued. This sure-grip system allows for ideal resonance and superior durability, ensuring these drumheads simply will not pull out of their rims. The precisely formed hoops provide a perfect fit every time, helping drums stay in tune. RMV offers a full line of single and multi-ply drumheads both in clear and with proprietary coatings.
Bedson Drum Co. Transports Drum Lugs Into The 21st Century
We've come to a point in the drumming community where traditional drum lugs are considered the industry standard for tensioning drum heads to a shell. If its not broke why fix it? Seattle startup Bedson Drum Co. decided to go against the grain and introduce a new concept for acoustic drumming called "Dialtune," a system that replaces traditional lugs and tension rods.
The Dialtune system ensures even tuning across the surface of any drumhead, with a unique cable and pulley system which according to Bedson Drum Co. founder Bryan Bedson came from "scrap parts from Home Depot" and proved the system worked "beautifully." The ease of use and consistency of Dialtune drums allow for optimal tuning to be achieved effortlessly, resulting in better resonance and consistent sound regardless of the shell materials or drumhead types used. Replacement of the tension rods allows the drumhead to be removed and replaced quickly and with minimal effort, letting drummers spend more time playing and less time tuning or replacing heads. The cable and pulley system would apply even tension to a drumhead, while allowing a drummer to raise or lower the pitch of the drum at a single point. The final product is set to debut in Nashville.NAMM Booth 104