One element that characterized Blaine’s drum sound was the lower tuning he used, which became the standard drum sound on rock recordings. “I came along at a time when drummers tuned their drums real high in pitch—real tight,” Blaine said in an April 1981 Modern Drummer cover story. “A lot of that was for technique so they could get a lot of ‘bounce to the ounce,’ so to speak. I tuned drums down to a normal, mid-range. I worked for many singers who liked the sound of my drums. When I started in the studios, some engineers would say, ‘You better tighten those drums up,” but the producers would say, ‘Don’t tell him what to do. We’re going for a different sound here.’”
Blaine also expanded his kit beyond the standard four- or five-piece drumsets that everyone was using at the time. “My set had 12 drums, which no one had ever heard of,” Blaine told Modern Drummer. “It really was a major change, which makes me very proud. I wanted a full, bigger spectrum of sound to be able to do more with drums.” He worked with Howard Oliver to build a larger set, which was soon marketed by Ludwig as the Octaplus. One of many songs on which that kit was featured was “Cherokee People” by Paul Revere & the Raiders.
The recently established wholesaler/distributor, Cardinal Percussion, has acquired the Wuhan Cymbals and Gongs brand. Percussion’s Jim Bickley stated, “the entire Wuhan line will receive some exciting changes that will appeal to the needs and demands of today’s drummers.” In addition to their own brands, Attack Drum Heads, Cardinal Packaged Goods, Wuhan Cymbals & Gongs, Cardinal Percussion will also be carrying a multitude of other popular domestic brand names known to dealers and percussionists worldwide.
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I had once heard African drumming master Baba Olatunji say that the relationship to his djembe was a "trinity". The soul of the tree it was carved from, the spirit of the animal whose skin made the head, and Baba's heart in performing with it were a sacred triangle of sorts.
ATTACK DRUMHEADS is now under new ownership. A team of industry veterans led by Jim Bickley, former vice president of Universal Percussion; Robbie McFarland, general manager of Hubbard Music retail stores; and Mark Tirabassi, president of Mavi Inc. has launched a new wholesale company, Cardinal Percussion. In addition to relaunching, rebranding, and retooling Attack Drumheads, Cardinal Percussion will wholesale and distribute many of the drumming industry's most popular brands of accessories. Headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, Cardinal will also feature a complete line of Cardinal Percussion-branded small goods.
NEW ORLEANS (October 11, 2018) — The New Orleans Jazz Museum will debut a new exhibition, Drumsville!: Evolution of the New Orleans Beat. Launching on November 8, 2018, the exhibit will celebrate both the New Orleans Tricentennial and International Drum Month, along with the development of the drum kit in New Orleans and the ongoing evolution of rich local drumming traditions.
Rick Smith presented another successful vintage and custom drum show at The Sphinx Shriners Center in Newington, Connecticut. This years’ featured clinician’s were Gregg Bissonette and Richie Morales. Once again, both the clinics and dealer booths were jammed with drumming enthusiasts of all ages. It was standing room only in the auditorium for Gregg and Richie. Both of their presentations were educational, inspirational, and entertaining
Look for our interview with Ken Harck in the next issue of Not So Modern Drummer. Go to www.chicagodrum.com to see their beautiful snares and sets, as well as Slingerland original and replacement parts.
I am very pleased to announce that The St. Louis Drum Ambassadors will be hosting our very first Annual Drum Show and Swap meet this Fall! St. Louis is the perfect place for such an event due to our abundant local drumming community and the ever growing interest in drum collecting across the Midwest.
We already have several commitments from sellers, custom builders, and companies from across the country who will be there to spend the day with us. More details to come on other activities such as drum clinic info and kids drum battle. Please reserve the date and come join us this Fall in St. Louis to spend the day doing what we all love so much: talking, buying, selling, and playing drums!!!
Proceeds will be donated to Play It Forward STL!
Play it Forward is a St. Louis based program which began in 2006. Their mission - ensure each child in St. Louis is provided with the opportunity to discover his or her musical talents. This is done by encouraging people to donate usable musical instrument that they no longer use. These instruments are cleaned and repaired to a playable condition. The instruments are then distributed to underprivileged children and lower income school music programs that don't have them in their budget. You can visit their web site at www.playitforwardstl.org.
Spots are filling up quickly so please email me at email@example.com to reserve a booth or with any questions about the show.
Event Details: Location https://www.kokenartfactory.com/ Saturday 10/20/18 from 11a.m. to 5p.m. Vendors can load in the night before or the morning of event. Booth space sizes and prices are as follows: 8' x 8' $15 12' x 12' $25
FREE ADMISSION TO THE PUBLIC! Tables will be provided for each booth. Larger spaces can be arranged if needed. Great food will be available for you to enjoy while searching for that next awesome drum deal.
We invite you to belong to this new meeting place, WWW.DrumSellers.com. Drums Only. The "D-Bay" of Drums. No listing fees. 3.5% commission only if it sells. Individuals, retailers, drum builders, manufacturers are all welcome to sell. Please click on the link and browse around. We are just starting to please sign up as a seller and help us populate our community marketplace.
After organizing projects released under group names - Nuttree, Another Nuttree & BANN - in past years… Here’s the first one under Adam Nussbaum's own name - The LeadBelly Project w/ Steve Cardenas, Nate Radley & Ohad Talmor The CD was just released on February 23rd on Sunnyside Records http://sunnysidezone.com/album/the-lead-belly-project
Mickey Jones, drummer for Bob Dylan, Johnny Rivers, Trini Lopez, and The First Edition with Kenny Rogers…Passed away on February 7, 2018 after a long illness.
Mickey was also a prolific television actor, appearing on ‘Home Improvement’, ‘Baywatch’, ‘T.J. Hooker’, and ‘Justified’ – coupled with numerous Hollywood film roles. Jones also earned seventeen gold records during his extensive musical career.
“He’s a great jazz drummer—and he hasn’t lost any of the stuff that he brought from Oakland. So now he’s totally free to do both, and he does. The solo he played on the album Thrust, on the song “Actual Proof,” is one of the best drum solos on any of my albums. So many people have remarked about that solo, saying, ‘Incredible.’
Starting his career in the 1950s, Hal Blaine is best known as the drummer and founder of the legendary ‘Wrecking Crew’. He has recorded with numerous iconic artists such as Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, and many more. He lent his artistry to Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" productions, creating one of rock and roll's most recognizable beats. However, Blaine's talent does not stop at the conventional drum set. Some of his best-known songs include him drumming on water jugs for the Beach Boys' "Caroline, No" and dragging tire chains across a concrete floor for Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
Tris Imboden has announced he is leaving Chicago after more than 27 years due to family concerns. The band’s percussionist, Walfredo Reyes Jr. will take over as their new drummer. Tris, who replaced founding drummer Danny Seraphine in 1990, recently broke the news on his Facebook page.
“I wrote this book to help drummers explore an alternative way of thinking and grooving, and the book is for all drummers, since it runs the gamut from simple to complex, regardless of their musical style”.
George Lawrence of Not So Modern Drummer and Lucas Jacobson of Eccentric Systems Drum Company entered into an agreement on November 26th for Not So Modern Drummer to handle sales, marketing and U.S. manufacturing/assembly of the Eccentric Systems products. Eccentric was founded by Lucas Jacobson, engineer, and inventor of the eccentric cam for the DW5000 bass drum pedals and designer of the DW9000 bass drum pedals and hi-hat pedals. Lucas later patented and manufactured his own products. The most well known Eccentric product is the Quick Torque Cam, an add-on to bass drum pedals that increases the drummer's comfort, control and speed.
"When I listened to the radio growing up, I heard all kinds of music. I came to realize that my music had no boundaries… and that is our mission. IYOUWE is a musical collective created by Lenny White to promote real music in an ever-changing cultural terrain."