Victor Filonovich Appointed To Zildjian
The Avedis Zildjian Company has announced that Victor Filonovich has been appointed Category Manager for cymbals. Filonovich joins Zildjian from Latin Percussion and brings over 25+ years of experience working with artists, dealers, distributors and consumers on developing compelling drum/percussion products and successful sales programs.
Filonovich was recently the Global Director of Product Management for both Latin Percussion and Toca Percussion. He worked at LP for 24 years, managing and leading the development and implementation of numerous new products including 5 U.S. Patents. Prior to LP, Filonovich worked for Pearl Drums.
In his new role, Filonovich will have sizable responsibilities, managing the iconic brand's historic line of drum set, marching and orchestral cymbals.
Filonovich is an avid drummer, speaks fluent Russian and has relocated to Zildjian's headquarters in Norwell, Massachusetts from New Jersey.
2015 Baltic Drum Battle Winner Visits Paiste Factory in Nottwil
Marat Sayfutdinov from St. Petersburg, Russia not only won the 2015 Baltic Drum Battle but also a two days trip to Switzerland including a Factory Tour at Paiste & testing his skills at hand hammering.
Paiste said "It was a real pleasure to spend some quality time with Marat and show him, how much hand work & precision goes into each and every Paiste cymbal made in Nottwil."
Talk about a guy who earned it on the bandstand. A land trust linked to Max Weinberg, longtime drummer of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has bought Palm Beach home for $7.5 million.
Guitarist Neal Schon has nothing but justifiable praise for his returned-drummer Steve Smith, during a radio interview in Detroit. Smith, who is currently on the August 2016 DRUM! cover, and the band are touring with the Doobies and Dave Mason.
Have You Been There? Baroness drummer Sebastian Thompson is 44 years old and has never held a real job. He talks about what it's like economically to be totally committed to music on Music Radar. The band's amazing video for "Chlorine & Wine" including an excellent demonstration of Mr. Thompson's formidable skills, is below.
Dave Dudley's Drum Shop, the only one in Ottawa, Canada, is profiled on Reverb.com.
Last but not least Vintage Vinyl reports that Danny Smythe (top left of photo), founder and original drummer of the Boxtops passed away at the age of 67. The group was well-known for soul covers and their two-minute pièce de résistance "The Letter," which was nominated for two Grammys in 1967. Smythe left the group in '68 and became an illustrator. He played with the reformed band after 1996. The group's lead singer, Alex Chilton, went on to lead the group Big Star and become the original indie alternative music hero.
DRUM!'s Andy Ziker On Record
Okay, so occasionally we toot our own horn. Frequent contributor, author of many books, and teacher extraordinaire Andy Ziker is on a new single with his sometimes-band Jed's A Millionaire. In addition to recording Andy is also the author of some of our popular stories such as "10 Things Every Beginner Should Learn" or "15 Steps To Being A More Creative Drummer". So enjoy a few minute with the beautiful percussion stylings of Mr. Z.
Jed’s A Millionaire (JAM), with Drum! Magazine contributing writer Andy Ziker on drums, has released their latest single, “When You’re Down.” JAM got its start in the early 2000s in Phoenix, Arizona, and has opened for the likes of REO Speedwagon, Alice Cooper, Roger Clyne And The Peacemakers, and Missing Persons. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, JAM has played at several LA clubs, including the The Viper Room, The Mint, and Whisky A Go Go.
“When You’re Down” was recorded by producer Jim Kaufman (Opiate For The Masses, Helmet, Beware Of Darkness, Black Moods). The song is available for stream and purchase at the following sites:
Where To Get More JAM
Jed’s A Millionaire is: Shawn Harrington - Lead Vocals, Guitar; Jamie King – Electric Bass Guitar, Upright Bass; Aaron Ploechl – Lead Guitar, Vocals; Andy Ziker – Drums, Percussion.
Ginger Baker's DW Featured In Showtime Series “Roadies”
A striking DW Collector’s Series drum set featured on Cameron Crowe’s new Showtime series "Roadies" is more than just set dressing – it’s a piece of rock history. The cherry kit finished in Ivory Ebony exotic wood was handcrafted in DW’s California Custom Shop and outfitted with DW hardware and pedals expressly for legendary Cream drummer, Ginger Baker. Starring Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino, and produced by J.J. Abrams, Roadies chronicles the unpredictable world of rock-n-roll through the eyes of fictional arena-rockers Staten-House Band’s hardworking road crew as they tour the United States. Roadies airs Sunday nights on Showtime. For more information on DW drums, visit dwdrums.com