Sabian Announce Crescent Clinic Tour
This Summer and Fall, chances are good there’s a Crescent clinic coming to a Sabian Hand Select Cymbal Boutique near you. The Sabian Crescent Tour will include legends like Jeff Hamilton and Stanton Moore as they set off separately across America to present clinics in their respective cymbal lines, Hammertone and Stanton Moore. Drummers will be able to demo the new lines and discover why these handcrafted traditional instruments with built-in Sabian reliability, durability and quality have created such a buzz among discerning drummers everywhere.Jeff Hamilton Tour Dates
- August 15 – Columbus Pro Percussion, Columbus OH
- August 16 – Professional Drum Shop, Hollywood CA
- September 20 – Sim’s Music – Columbia SC
- September 21 – Fork’s Drum Closet – Nashville TN
- September 22 – Lone Star Percussion – Dallas TX
- September 23 – Memphis Drum Shop – Memphis TN
- August 16 – The Drum Shop – Portland ME
- August 17 – 247 Drums – Winchester MA
- August 19 – Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center – Wheaton MD
- August 29 – Moore Music – Evansville IN
- August 30 – Cascio Interstate Music – Milwaukee WI
- August 31 – Explorer’s Percussion – Kansas City MO
- September 7 – Drum Center of Portsmouth – Portsmouth NH
- September 8 – Steve Maxwell Drums- New York City NY
Johnny Craviotto Master Drum Builder Dies
The drumming world was shocked Saturday July 16, 2016 to hear of the death of master drum craftsman Johnny Craviotto. Johnny had a long career that began in San Francisco where he played drums in the early '70s with Neil Young, Ry Cooder, Moby Grape and other bands. By the late '70s he was repairing drums and began investigating building solid shell snare drums. First at a company called Select, and later at DW Drums and then at his own Craviotto Drum Company, Johnny developed a variety of designs and innovations that led his drums to be among the most revered instruments ever built. His many friendships in the music and vintage drum community will make him greatly missed by all of us who had a chance to know him.
David Victor of the Craviotto Drum Company released the following statement today. "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, mentor, and Master Craftsman, Johnny Craviotto. Johnny left us on July 15th, 2016.
"Johnny was, and always will be, the world’s finest drum craftsman. No one had his knowledge, his skill, and his passion for his craft. He created instruments of incredible sonic and visual beauty, and those instruments have graced stages, recording studios, and collections worldwide.
"Johnny's contribution to the world of drum building has been without equal and will continue to live on. We are truly fortunate that, as the heart and soul of the Craviotto Drum Company, Johnny was passionate about sharing his knowledge, honed over a lifetime, with his trusted colleagues and protégés at the Craviotto Drum Company.
"Johnny's innovation and expert craftsmanship characteristics will continue to be evident in each drum we build. The "Craviotto-way" will carry on. The musical gifts Johnny developed and shared over a lifetime devoted to his craft will live on. This living art is his legacy. Please continue to celebrate it with us."
Obilab's Cardboard Drum Kit
Obilab marries convenience and affordability with the cardboard DRUMKIT, an instrument that solves multiple problems that drummers face.
While drums are known for being expensive, loud, time-consuming to assemble, and almost impossible to carry around, the DRUMKIT provides a perfect solution. Measuring in at about four pounds, the kit is lightweight and portable — it can be assembled in two minutes and transported in a cool, handy backpack that doubles as a stool or hand drum. The rest of the kit includes a kick drum and pedal, a tom, a snare, a hi-hat or shaker, and a pair of bamboo drumsticks. Each of the drums is topped with fiberglass to make it sturdy enough to actually play.
The kit is ten times quieter than a traditional acoustic kit, but drummers may add a mic during a performance, or take advantage of an optional electronic module, linked to sensors on each drum that can be hooked up to amps. The kit is also eco-friendly, using less material and leaving a smaller carbon footprint.
The standard DRUMKIT starts at 119€ ($132) and has almost reached its funding goal on Kickstarter. For more information and to hear what the kit sounds like, click here.
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.