"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.
Sick Drummer Magazine Joins EMN
SickDrummerMagazine.com, a leading web site and magazine for metal and hard rock drumming info and videos, has joined the Enter Music Network (EMN), the world's only ad network for drummers. Phil Hood, Publisher of DRUM! and Director of the EMN says, "We previously had worked a little with Sick Drummer but are excited to have the possibility of connecting all our advertisers to their unique audience. They constitute one of the most active groups of drumming product buyers."
Sickdrummermagazine.com, which bills itself as "The World's Premier Extreme Drumming Source" was founded by Ian MacDonald in 2009. It features live video shot on location, news, features, and promotions of interest to metal drummers. It is anticipated that the addition of Sick Drummer Magazine traffic will enable the Enter Music Network to grow an additional 20 percent in 2015-16.
About Enter Music Network
Enter Music Network is the world's only ad network for drummers. Ads placed on the network run on popular sites such as Drumchannel.com, Onlinedrummer.com, SickDrummerMagazine.com, Drummagazine.com, Drummercafe.com, and others. The network was started by DRUM! Magazine in 2010.
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.