Positive Drumming News Of The Week: June 3, 2015
Story: Drums, Not Drugs. A Romanian Death Metal Drummer does his part to fight heroin abuse and an HIV epidemic in that country.
Video: First takes are often best, even if they're rough. That was the case with "Sweet Child Of Mine" off of Appetite For Destruction, the biggest rock record of its day. Steven Adler, the former Gun 'N' Roses drummer discusses how that recording was made and how AA changed his life. It's all in a video edition of Inside Metal.
Video: Drummer Michael Cartellone (currently with Lynrd Skynrd, formerly with Damn Yankees) is a fine artist as well as a drummer. His latest gallery show is "The Four Davids."
Story: A look back: Levon Helm's Five Finest Moments with the band. One writer's perspective.
Photos (charity): Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers now devotes significant amounts of time to working with kids and school music programs. He was honored for his efforts in a Little Kids Rock ceremony at Facebook in Menlo Park, California.
Indiegogo Video: Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfeld is composing music for a proposed animated short series on the world's great cities. Portions of the proceeds will go to youth charities.
SJC Drums Reality Video. SJC Drums was the darling of the indy music scene. But profits have been harder to come by than accolades. In May the company was featured on "The Profit" TV show in the US. After a big cash investment, the founders and new managers are rebuilding the biz and building new lines of drums. It's good TV that goes behind the scenes of the drumset business.
SJC Pulled Back From The Brink
Edgy Drum Brand Featured On "The Profit" Reality Series
SJC Drums has been an iconic alternative music drum company with a reputation for snagging great endorsers from the indy scene. But profits have been harder to come by than accolades. In May of this year the company was featured on "The Profit" TV show in the US. After a big cash investment from Marcus Lemonis, the founders and new managers are rebuilding the biz and building new lines of drums. It's TV, but it's pretty good TV that goes behind the scenes of the drum set business.
Hal Leonard Publications Introduces Play-Along Books Duo
Hal Leonard Publications has just released two new play-along books from Slayer and Kiss. Readers can follow the drum notation, listen to the CD to hear how the drums should sound, then play along using the separate backing tracks. The lyrics are also included for quick reference. The audio CD is playable on any CD player, and also enhanced so PC & Mac users can adjust the recordings to any tempo without changing the pitch!
Hal Leonard Drum Play-Along Vol. 37
7 songs, including:
- Angel Of Death
- Dead Skin Mask
- Piece By Piece
- Raining Blood
- Seasons In Abyss
- South Of Heaven
HL00139861 / $17.99
Hal Leonard Drum Play-Along Vol. 39
- Calling Dr. Love
- Detroit Rock City
- I Was Made for Lovin' You
- Lick It Up
- Love Gun
- Rock and Roll All Nite
- Shout It Out Loud
HL00143937 / $16.99
Joe Bergamini Has Joined The Sabian Team
Sabian is pleased to announce that drummer/educator/author Joe Bergamini has joined the Sabian team as an education consultant. Bergamini's main focus will be the design, implementation, and maintenance of a new program aimed at drum teachers called the Sabian Education Network. This program will provide a community for drum teachers to obtain tools and exchange ideas to build their education and business skills. The community will consist of a special members-only website, as well as other online and physical events and programs.
"We are thrilled to welcome Joe to the Sabian team,” said Sabian Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stacey Montgomery-Clark. “Sabian has always been a company committed to education, but the new Sabian Education Network is taking things to an entirely new level
Drum teachers of all ages and levels can sign up for the program at Sabian.
Dreams Do Come True
The Custom Cymbal Program is accessed through the Impression Cymbals website at Impression Cymbals. Once there the user can begin building the B20 cymbal of their dreams. Users can choose among rides, crashes, hi-hats, splashes, China-types, bells, or something otherwise indefinable in sizes ranging from 6" to 24". Other options include: the cymbal’s profile, bell size and profile, hammering, lathing, and a host of possible finishes. Users also have the ability to upload audio examples of the cymbal they want and Impression’s master cymbal smith will make suggestions based on his analysis of the tracks. Once the final design and production schedule are approved, Impression will bang it out and deliver it to a local dealer within 60–90 days. Prices are based on size and complexity.
“This is so exciting for drummers“ Says Derek Zimmerman, President of ZimMusicInc. “Customers can totally find their voice or that sound in your head that you have yet to find. This program allows you to create that special cymbal.” Click here to go straight to Impression's Custom Cymbal Program page.