Glenn Kotche Video Endorses Unique ProMark Stick
What Glen Kotche calls his dream stick is actually an innovation he's been working on with ProMark for the past couple of years. And, it's featured in a new video from the company.
The ProMark Active Wave 570 is a hickory stick that features two innovations: the Wave Handle and ActiveGrip. The latter is a heat-activated coating that gets tackiers when a player's hands heat up and start to sweat. According to Kotche, he's a drummer who sweats a lot as he plays, and he was holding his stick too tight as a result. With the ActiveGrip he can be more relaxed and hold the stick with less tension.
The WaveHandle is a contoured handle that provides a comfortable place for all fingers and also improves the grip. The combination of the two features is great for drummers who need the help. The rest of the 570 is tailored to Kotche's needs. It's a long stick at 16 ¾" and has an acorn tip which he likes for cymbal articulation. And, it's a durable design. He says in two years of testing he's yet to break a stick. Cue the video.
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The Young Drummer of the Year competition is coming back for 2016
The renowned event shines a light on the finest drummers aged 16 and under, with past competitors including the likes of Dexter Hercules (Rita Ora), Paul Stanley Mckenzie (Gorillaz Sound System), Jen Ledger (Skillet), Brad Webb (Jamie Cullum) and Emily Dolan Davies (Bryan Ferry/The Darkness).Think you've got what it takes? To enter drummers must send a two-minute solo drum performance with a completed entry form which can be found at Young Drummer Of The Year.
Entries must be made between 1 October and 15 November. All drummers must be 16 years or younger on 7 February 2016.
Enter To Win Five Finger Death Punch Giveaway
Earlier this year, heavy metalheads Five Finger Death Punch announced they'd be heading back to the studio to record a new album. Flash forward to May 2, 2015, when they revealed the title of said album as Got Your Six, with a release date of August 28, 2015. After launching a preview of their single, "Jekyll and Hyde" (now at #4 on the Active Rock charts) in a special video message, FFDP leaked dates of a co-headling North American tour with Papa Roach, accompanied by In This Moment and From Ashes to New. The album release date has since been extended by a week, for a final drop on September 4, 2015.
Drummer Jeremy Spencer said of the new album in an interview, "I'm digging it, man. It's actually more brutal, with more extreme dynamics. There are some really mellow parts and then some really brutal parts. So we're running the whole gamut of sounds."
In tandem with the Got Your Six album release, FFDP is teaming up with DRUM! for an EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY including:
1. A signed drumhead bundle
2. Jeremy's Vater sticks
3. A copy of FFDP's Got Your Six
Want to win this Five Finger Death Punch giveaway? Enter HERE.
Sabian Announces 2015 PASIC Scholarship Winner
Sabian congratulates Liam Robbins of St. Johns, Newfoundland, winner of the 2015 SABIAN/PASIC Scholarship! In his second year at Memorial University, the fluently- bilingual Liam has won a number of academic awards and is also a former Canada Games athlete.
Liam has been playing percussion and drum set for over eight years, has studied piano and voice, and at a young age also played the cello with the Suzuki program. He found his love for percussion through the Gower Community Band at the age of eleven and has been playing and performing with them ever since. He has also played in the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the MUN wind ensemble and the MUN percussion ensemble known as the Scruncheons.
In addition to percussion, Liam enjoys rowing, running and downhill skiing. He was chosen to represent Newfoundland at the 2013 Canada Games with the Newfoundland Rowing team. Liam was selected by a distinguished selection committee made up of PAS Members Dr. Jill Ball (Faculty of Music, Western University), D’Arcy Gray (Principal Timpanist & Percussionist, WePlayOn) and Dr. Nick Papador (Music Department, University of Windsor).
The Sabian/PASIC Scholarship offers full-time Canadian Percussion majors the opportunity to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In addition to the all-expenses-paid travel to PASIC, Liam will also receive a ticket to the PASIC Hall of Fame reception, a PASIC t-shirt and a 1-year membership to PAS.
Keep-A-Knockin: The Charles Connor Biography
Charles "Keep-A-Knockin" Connor’s bio is out and you should care. He was the original drummer for Little Richard and the man credited with the “Choo Choo Train” style of drumming that set the music world on fire in the mid-’50s. Little Richard (and, of course, Chuck Berry) elevated the blues song structure using the rhythms of early rock, creating a sound that blew a hole in the white-bread universe of American pop music. Those beats were the ones that set the stage for the British invasion of the Sixties, the blues revival, and the great rock acts of the ‘70s. They were all drawing inspiration from the backbeats and locomotive eighth-notes of Charles Connor.
Charles Connor’s story begins where American music does, in the ethno-cultural mix of New Orleans. His father was a merchant marine from Santo Domingo and his mother was born in Louisiana. He himself was born right in the French quarter in 1935. In those days even more than today it was the home of the Caribbean, Cajun and blues rhythms that provided the petri dish for modern jazz, blues, and rock & roll. While playing in 1953 a young Richard Penniman (aka Little Richard) heard him and thought he'd be the right drummer for Richard's next tour. In Connor's telling, Penniman pulled him to the train station and told him the sound of the train was the sound he wanted for his rhythms.
Charles tells his stories in straightforward and simple manner, but one that keeps you glued to the narrative. His recollections of learning sex (“My dreams of being a preacher ended that day”), brushes with white folks in the pre-civil right south, and experiencing show business success (and getting kissed by Jayne Mansfield), make this a read that any student of drumming history and early rock will want to know.
One of the greatest insights from the book is how profound opportunity was everywhere in those early days. Young Connor played with the legendary Professor Longhair when he was just 15. Soon he would be onstage with names like Champion Jack Dupree, and Smiley Lewis, Little Richard, and Sam Cooke and even James Brown. His contemporaries would be greats like his mentor Earl Palmer.
There is something profound that goes on at the beginning of a process that can never be recaptured later in the process. Whether you are starting a project, a school, a political movement, an institution, or a musical genre like rock ‘n’ roll what happens at the beginning is all about passion and energy. It’s ragged, but it’s exciting. It’s less organized than it will be as it matures, but there’s more opportunity. In the beginning, it’s all about creating something new. Later on, it also is about the money or practicalities. But in the beginning the new idea is pure. Imagine the excitement one must have felt to be a painter in 1870s Paris, or a novelist on the Left Bank in the 1920's. The same was true of the birth of this music in post-World War II America. That energy is what you feel in reading Charles’s story. It’s on every page of the book.
- Keep A Knockin: The Story Of A Legendary Drummer
- Charles Connor With Ziv Biton (foreword by Chad Smith)
- Waldorf Publishing, $29.95