Give The Drummer Some!
Travis Barker will kick off his new performance dubbed “Give the Drummer Some” at Hyde, a club within the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Tuesday, August 18. According to the resort, Barker is the first artist to launch an official residency at the club. Through “Give the Drummer Some,” Barker will blend beats and genres as a one-man-band dominating the drums and the DJ booth. Barker will employ his unique mix of DJing and live drumming. According to Las Vegas Weekly, “the show will find Barker behind a complex rig that includes a cocktail drum kit, electronic drums and DJ gear. The illuminated setup will change color with the beat.” Barker says it’s really difficult. “It’s busier than any other set I have.”
“There are three things I love: Drumming, DJing and Vegas,” said Barker in a release. “I am stoked to be able to perform in Vegas on a regular basis and I look forward to my residency at Hyde.”
Ticket info is available via Hyde’s website.
“Give the Drummer Some” Residency Dates:
- August 18, 2015
- September 5, 2015
- November 3, 2015
- January 2, 2016
- February 20, 2016
- March 19, 2016
Portuguese Drummer Sets Guinness World Record
The Guinness Book Of Records has officially recognized Portuguese drummer Carlos Santos as the king of marathon drumming. Last November he played for 133 hours and 3 minutes continuously, breaking the previous record by 10 hours.
He broke three records in Castelo Branco, Portugal, playing drums for five and half days. Previously the record was held by an Indonesian drummer who had played for more than 125 hours.
Hats off to Carlos.
"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.
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.