Paul Bothner Music » Articles The Musical Instrument Specialists Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:15:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Announcing NEW SoundCloud Partner Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:27:13 +0000 Read More: Announcing NEW SoundCloud Partner]]>

Announcing NEW SoundCloud Partner

A new program, called ‘On SoundCloud’, lays the foundation for creators to make money from their work on the platform. As artists themselves, founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss started SoundCloud with a simple vision. They wanted to develop tools for creators, help them reach fans all over the world, and shape a way that they could pay the creators who fuel the growth of SoundCloud.

They’re laying this foundation by initially inviting a small group of creators to become Premier partners in the On SoundCloud program, enabling them to make money on the platform. Over time they’ll roll this out across the creator community. To make this possible, they’re introducing advertising from select brand partners to SoundCloud. When someone sees or hears an ad, they’re supporting an artist. They’ll include ads gradually and bring on more advertisers as they grow On SoundCloud. Alex Ljung says: “Everybody at SoundCloud is really excited about bringing this creator program to you. We often hear people say, ‘I’m on SoundCloud’. Now we’re happy to be able to offer even more for the millions of creators who have made it the best place in the world to share and discover music & audio.”

Source: Alex Ljung SoundCloud newsletter



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Mark Haze Rocks Gauteng! Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:49:07 +0000 Read More: Mark Haze Rocks Gauteng!]]>

Mark Haze Rocks Gauteng! 

by Louis Diedericks

Paul Bothner Music endorsee Mark Haze’s recent tour to Gauteng consisted of 4 events, which started with a Bon Jovi Tribute at Dozi’s ‘Back to Roots’, on Sunday 27 July 2014. If you don’t recall, Mark Haze performed live with Bon Jovi when they were on tour in South Africa! Few local artists can beat an accolade like that.

But Mark’s list of accolades is why he’s considered to be one of the top artists in South Africa. The other 3 shows showcased his original material and were held at Rumours, Grafter’s Tavern, and at the Bapsfontein Hotel. On second guitar is the highly talented guitar wiz, Jacques Janson, ex-member of Red Light in June and Dutch Phobia. He’s pictured on the right in the photos. Jacques is the kind of guitarist who can play the Rusty Cooley and Vai riffs but has his own musical identity. Mark and his legion will return to Gauteng in September this year. Watch this space for details!



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Drum Day and Fastest Hands! What You Missed Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:51:01 +0000 Read More: Drum Day and Fastest Hands! What You Missed]]>

Drum Day and Fastest Hands! What You Missed

Super good Mapex kits and Zildjian cymbals played by hot drummers. Free entertainment. Free education. Giveaways! Tsk… Some of the best talent across the spectrum was there, from the sharp, tight, intricate, synchronization of The Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band, to the Afro-Cuban intricacies of Daniel Bloem, the Gospel Chops funk fusion of Lance Rhoda, the BIG pounding weight behind Art Pereira’s sticks, and the mountain of explosive power which Dylan Hunt wields…

Grand West is the perfect venue for the visual and aural entertainment of such an occasion. Our Drum Day events always focus on two things: musical development and brilliant entertainment, courtesy of the doctors of rhythm… What drummer wouldn’t love the range of dynamics, tones, and ideas that the Caledonian Pipe Band pummels forth? A deaf one. Their tonal variation is a combination of different kinds of marching drums, from mid rangey tom sounds, to really BIG bass drums, and some of the most intricate snare playing. The snare drumming excellence at this Drum Day event, was courtesy of soloist champion, and Paul Bothner Claremont Drum Specialist: John Van Niekerk.

Daniel Bloem at Drum Day

Daniel Bloem’s mind-blowing command of percussion was enough to sustain Drum Day, as entertainment, all on its own. If everyone else had been absolutely mediocre, it wouldn’t have mattered. Daniel talked the crowd through the different kinds of Afro-Cuban percussion grooves, explaining each style while demonstrating. His use of 6 congas, tuned to different pitches, really illustrated what complex, melodic drumming should sound like. Lance Rhoda provided parallel grooves on a drum kit, on the other side of the stage, at certain points of Daniel’s demo, before the event developed into Lance’s workshop section.

Lance’s fusion chops and power drumming wowed the crowd, from start to finish. His sense of humour offered an entertaining counter balance to his serious abilities. He explained how to turn paradiddles into melodic and complex drum lines, instead of mundane routines. He broke them up into chunks, twisting them into new constructions, like a 3-D sound animator. A call to use our imagination was obvious and well-founded.

Art Pereira’s performance included accompaniment by his beefy toned, sci-fi thematic sounding, hard rocking, fonk and ambient conjuring, brick crushing, monolith demolishing band: The Verona Walls. What a display of chops, song writing, arrangement skills, and use of effects! Art’s anecdotes were rich in both humour and useful advice. His playing was a groove centred, power rock style, with lots of fills, synchronized with the band’s many changes of dynamics, and multitude of parts.

Fastest Hands Open Winner Peter-John Morgenrood

Fastest Hands Competition

The Fastest Hands competition featured 3 divisions this year: Under 13, Under 19 and Open. The Under 13 winner is Seth Woodberg. The Under 19 Winner is Ayeob Isaacs. And, the Open Winner is Peter-John Morgenrood, with an incredible score of 1080.

The headline artist for this event was Dylan Hunt, from Van Coke Kartel and Pestroy. He played along to tracks of artists whom he’s performed with, using backing tracks with a click track. This self-effacing artist has powerful bass drum technique, with speed, accuracy, and consistence. His demos showcased how he ‘plays for the song’ and, only at the end, did he display his advanced drum soloing chops.

Look out for these artists’ upcoming events, via facebook.

Here’s a brilliant drum solo by headline artist for the day, Dylan Hunt!

Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band

Daniel Bloem and Lance Rhoda

Lance Rhoda

Art Pereira

Verona Walls in Action

Fastest Hands Contestants

Roland RMP-3 Draw Winner – Eugene Davids (right)

MC Sean Nunan



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44 Ways to Warm Up Before a Gig Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:03:50 +0000 Read More: 44 Ways to Warm Up Before a Gig]]> 44 Ways to Warm Up Before a Gig

From the worldwide family of Zildjian artist

Got a gig coming up? Playing night after night can be brutal on your body. Check out how the worldwide team of Zildjian Artists warm up before a show so they’re ready to play their best.

  Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Bunta

1. Bunta (Tatsuya Sugawara) – Japan, Totalfat

Stretch your body and practice rudiments for at least 10 minutes each.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Cchrisse Ofosu-Osei

2. Cherisse Ofosu-Osei – UK, MIKA

I like to warm up on a drum pad for 20 minutes before a gig and do a variety of arm and wrist stretches. For the pad, I warm up with the rudiments and snare exercises from the book ‘Stick Control’ by George Stone.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Alex Salinger

3. Alex Salinger – Australia, Deez Nuts

Singles, doubles, paradiddles, flam taps, in that order.  I usually do this for about 10 min before I go play.

4. Jake Dargaville – New Zealand, Confession

Jog on the spot, push-ups and a beer!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Roberto Gualdi

5. Roberto Gualdi – Italy, Independent

Play the following very slowly and with large movements: For wrist control, play with random accents and play paradiddles; for finger control play rolls and flams. Play very slowly and with accuracy.

6. Lucas van Merwijk – Germany, Independent

Play rolls and change from singles, to doubles, to paradiddles. Make them sound all the same.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Daniel Hanson

7. Daniel Hanson – Australia, Ball Park Music

Play basic rudiments on a soft surface with little rebound. Play each rudiment for between 1-2 minutes, gradually speeding up, until you reach maximum speed at 30 seconds, and then slowing down to walking pace at 1 minute and repeat.  Just keep the sticks in your hands for a couple of hours before the show too, you will be tapping away the whole time without even knowing it’s a warming up.

8. Ian Matthews – UK, Kasabian

See 4 above.  Although I do love 7′s. 7L  7R, together.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Steve White AC

9. Steve White – UK, Independent/Trio Valore

A meal, a walk, and some pad time.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Gary Husband

10. Gary Husband – UK, Independent

Very moderate, even tempo exercises, concentrating on consistency, accuracy, tempo, and control. I don’t try and play powerfully or fast before a show, and it doesn’t serve me well if I do. I recently experimented with a kind of “air drums” idea, where you’re literally playing your sticks in the air with no surface to play off. It’s interesting. I’m always looking for new methods.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Gino Banks

11. Gino Banks – India, Independent

Singles, doubles, and flams.  All at a medium-slow tempo, with big motions.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Joe Clegg

12. Joe Clegg – UK, Ellie Goulding

Four bars of each of the following: singles, doubles and paradiddles. Practise starting your exercise at 100 BPM and working in 4bpm increments.

13. Mark Richardson – UK, Skunk Anansie

Pad work, stretches, and deep breaths. Raising your heart rate will help to get the blood oxygenated and feed the muscles that need to go to work!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Ash Soan AC

14. Ash Soan – UK, Recording Artist

Stretches and being physically warm before I go on.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Ben Gordon AC

15. Ben Gordon – Australia, Parkway Drive

I practice on a pad for a while and then stretch. To get the blood going, I do a kind of yoga routine, combined with push ups and sit ups.

Zildjian Buzz Roll | Atom Willard

16. Atom Willard – USA, Angels and Airwaves/Against Me

I warm up on a pillow, the same pillow I’ve had for about 12 years actually. I use a heating pad on my shoulders and space heaters near my legs while I get my hands going. This just helps get everything loose and ready.

Zildjian Buzz Roll | Brooks Wackerman

17. Brooks Wackerman – USA, Bad Religion

Yoga stretches.  Slow rudiments before lift off.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Vasya Rudenk2

18. Vasily Rudenko – Russia, Elvira T

I never warm up. But maybe if you play metal or hard rock, you may need to stretch your hands and play something on a pad.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Fredrik Lrzon AC

19. Fredrik Larzon – Sweden, Millencolin

Jump, run, play with your drumsticks on your knees or practice pad or some couch or whatever.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Akira Jimbo

20. Akira Jimbo  – Japan, Independent

Alternate single strokes of the hands and feet.  Like this:  Right Hand – Right Foot – Right Hand – Right Foot.   Left Hand – Left Foot – Left Hand – Left Foot.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Stephen Perkins

21. Stephen Perkins – USA, Jane’s Addiction

Rudiments from slow to fast, from fast to superfast, then back to slow and then super slow.  Quiet to loud and very soft.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Simon Scheibel

22. Simon Scheibel – Germany, Lake Cisco

Steve Smith´s singles and doubles exercise and the Drum Guru Lessons of Pat Petrillo… Awesome. Just figured them out by myself :-).

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Jason Bittner

23. Jason Bittner – USA, Shadows Fall

Constant singles, doubles, paradiddles on a pad, feet moving on the floor in constant singles motion etc.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll John Tempesta

24. John Tempesta – USA, The Cult

I like to get on my 6” pad for 20 mins, then do my routine of exercises, and stretch my hands and arms.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Pierre Nakano AC

25. Pierre Nakano – Japan, Ling Toshite Shigure

Stretching.  Practising under simulated conditions.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Daniel Platzman

26. Daniel Platzman – USA, Imagine Dragons

Alan Dawson’s Rudimental ritual.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Antonio Sanchez

27. Antonio Sanchez – USA, Pat Metheny

Lots of stretching and loosening of legs, ankles, forearms, and fingers.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Venzella Joy

28. Venzella Joy – USA, Beyonce

Alternating single and double stroke rolls is a good warm up.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Kent Slucher

29. Kent Slucher – USA, Luke Bryan Band

I actually just stretch about 30 minutes before the gig, I practice on the pad before sound check then I don’t touch the sticks until show time.  I like it to feel fresh when I step on stage.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Tobias Derer

30. Tobias Derer – Germany, YouTuber – Ultimate Music Covers (UMC)

Cold beer and loud single strokes!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Ivan Panella

31. Ivan Panella – Italy, Hopes Die Last

I usually do a quick stretching routine.  Then I play some single-double strokes and diddle rudiments (slow and fast) to warm the wrists.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Matt Greiner

32. Matt Greiner – USA, August Burns Red

I usually play my best shows when I’m comfortable walking onto that stage.  If I’m tired before the show, I’ll do pushups.  If I’m cold before the show, I’ll do rudiments on a pad.  If I’m nervous I’ll forget about the show and just focus on having fun.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Toni Mateos

33. Toni Mateos – Spain, Independent

Sextuplets with hands and foot, as fast as you can (you can practice on a pad):  RLRLBB, LRLRBB, RRLLBB, LLRRBB, RBLBRB, RRBBLL BBRRLL.  (Where R=Right hand, L=Left Hand, B=Bass drum). HiHat always on quarter notes.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Ithan Haydar

34. Ihan Haydar – Denmark, L.I.G.A

Drum around on anything that can be drummed on to warm your hands and fingers.  Also make sure that your body is warmed up as well.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Jacopo Volpe

35. Jacopo Volpe – Italy, Vanilla Sky

Rudiments and stretching.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Darshan Doshi

36. Darshan Doshi – India, Bollywood/Shankar-Ehsaan-Lory

Doing basic rudiments on a practice pad in the green room.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Mike Gaspar

37. Mike Gaspar – Portugal, Independent

I do lots of sports and also during my spare time I practice, and teach Tae Kwon Do. Stretching is a big deal for me. Also: breathing exercises and even meditating a bit before gigs makes a huge difference. It’s a routine which I’ve developed mainly because of all the travelling, and sometimes doing two shows in less than 24 hours in different countries; or just all the touring mayhem you have to deal with, to get the show done.

 Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Bernhard Schimpelsberger AC

38. Bernhard Schimpelsberger – UK, Independent

Stretching my hands and free floating paradiddles, just to get a feel of the stick in my hand.

Zildjian Buzz Roll |Samantha Mallony

39. Samantha Maloney – USA, Independent

Jumping jacks, then stretching my hands, wrists, and legs.  Then, I practice rudiments on a practice pad or bottom of my sneaker.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Barry Van Zyl

40. Barry van Zyl – South Africa, Johnny Clegg

Sound check! I rarely warm up as an accompanist.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Pete Lockett

41. Pete Lockett – UK, Independent Percussionist

I never warm up before a gig and never have done it.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | James Payne AC

42. James Payne – Italy, Hour of Penance

Single stroke rolls playing 1 limb at a time, so first right hand – then left hand – then right foot – then left foot. Then combine the 2 hands, playing alternated strokes. Then alternate strokes with your feet. Then play single stroke rolls between right hand, right foot, left hand and left foot, right hand left foot, and left hand right foot.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Marito Marques2 

43. Marito Marques – Portugal, Independent

I warm up with single strokes on a blanket with the drumsticks that I’ll be performing with, for around 30 minutes. Any sort of technical exercise is great for warming up.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Gavin Harrison

44. Gavin Harrison – UK, Porcupine Tree/King Crimson

Whiskey. (LOL)


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38 Reasons Why The Drummer Rules the Band! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:02:25 +0000 Read More: 38 Reasons Why The Drummer Rules the Band!]]>

38 Reasons Why The Drummer Rules the Band!

Worldwide Family of Zildjian Artists

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Antonio Sanchez

1. Antonio Sanchez – USA, Pat Metheny
Because we have the most control over what any band will sound like. That’s why we sit on a throne. Because we are the kings!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Venzella Joy

2. Venzella Joy – USA, Beyonce
The drummer is the rock of the band. A band cannot be any better than the drummer. We are responsible for creating a solid foundation, setting and keeping a steady pace for the rest of the band.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Daniel Hanson

3. Daniel Hanson – Australia, Ball Park Music
Because your creativity is endless, and you’re not always restricted to the same routine for a show. Nothing is better than trying a new fill or chop that works and sounds amazing.

Zildjian Buzz Roll | Brooks Wackerman

4. Brooks Wackerman – USA, Bad Religion
We’re holding the rudder and we can steer that ship anywhere..Call us the captain and the crunch. We have the power to navigate people into a deep seated emotional crisis….or something along those lines.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Bunta

5. Bunta - Japan, TOTALFAT
Because the drummer can control thousands of people like puppets on a string just by the beats he’s playing.

6. Ian Matthews – UK, Kasabian
I get everyone to dance – from the band, to the audience, the bar staff and even the bouncers at the front door!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Stephen Perkins

7. Stephen Perkins – USA, Jane’s Addiction
The drummers drive the car, they steer, they accelerate, they brake, they are the conductor, the leader, the reason people move their bodies, tap their feet…they are what casts the spell on the ears of the listener- the voodoo.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Steve White AC

8. Steve White – UK, Independent /Trio Valore
I think it’s true that a band is only as good as its drummer, everyone loves a drummer too!

9. Lucas van Merwijk – Germany, Independent
You can play and just listen to everybody else around you.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Gino Banks

10. Gino Banks, India, Independent
The drummer is the engine of the band. The central main station. Without the drummer the band won’t sound like it sounds.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Joe Clegg

11. Joe Clegg – UK, Ellie Goulding
HA! The guitarist needs someone to keep them in time!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Alex Salinger

12. Alex Saliner – Australia, Deez Nuts
Because we are the backbone! We control the feel of the music and we keep a lot of things together!

13. Grant Gerathy – Australia, John Butler Trio
We get to make people move. People remember melodies but the first thing anyone ever notices is the groove.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Gary Husband

14. Gary Husband – UK, Independent
Well it isn’t automatically because you get the girls, much to my amazement when I was younger! The guitarist and bassists are popular, as of course is the singer… but the one, THE one they love, is the sax player!! Ha ha! No, it’s a wonderful position to be in because if you’re “centering” the music right, and making it feel good, swing and happen EVERYBODY knows it and responds to you. If you change the drummer in a band, you change everything. That’s indicative of how prominent, to the fore and how affecting our responsibility is, in any musical situation.

15. Nicolas Viccaro – France, Independent
Difficult to make people dance without a drummer. You’re the leader of the different dynamics and of the many different feelings a song or an instrumental piece can have.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Richard Jupp AC

16. Richard Jupp – UK, Elbow
Ha!!…. Because everyone wants to be us as we look great! We’ve got the best looking gear and put the physicality into the tunes.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Vasya Rudenk2

17. Vasily Rudenko – Russia, Elvira T
Because you can sit and relax the whole concert :) It’s a joke of course!  I think the drummer is the locomotive. If he is powerful and reliable, the whole band will move in the right tempo!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Simon Scheibel

18. Simon Scheibel – Germany, Lake Cisco
Because he´s the invisible band leader. Every musician has to follow his lead. If he gets slow the whole band gets slow, if he plays wrong, everyone will immediately realize it.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Tobias Derer

19. Tobias Derer – Germany, You Tuber -Ultimate Music Covers (UMC)
The Drummer is in charge of groove and rhythm. That is what connects a good band with the people.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Ivan Panella

20. Ivan Panella – Italy, Hopes Die Last
Drummers are probably the hardest position in a band to fill.. But, a good drummer is completely essential in the band. A good drummer keeps the band moving!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Bernhard Schimpelsberger AC

21. Bernhard Schimpelsberger – UK, Independent
Drums are the engine. We make people nod their heads and move their bodies!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Barry Van Zyl

22. Barry van Zyl – South Africa, Johnny Clegg
The groove starts here.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll John Tempesta

23. John Tempesta – USA, The Cult
Because we are the coolest! (Ha-Ha). We hold down the foundation and without that, you have no song.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Pierre Nakano AC

24. Pierre Nakano – Japan, Ling Toshite Shigure
Because the drum is the base of music and relative to melody inextricably.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Kent Slucher

25. Kent Slucher – USA, Luke Bryan Band
Because you can see the whole stage, you’re driving the ship back there, it’s a great feeling.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Jacopo Volpe

26. Jacopo Volpe – Italy, Vanilla Sky
We’re the soul of the band.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Jason Bittner

27. Jason Bittner – USA, Shadows Fall
Because we can take out our aggression on the kit.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Toni Mateos

28. Toni Mateos – Spain, Independent
The drummer is the main engine of a band. He controls the tempo, the dynamics, the global energy of each song. Practice these all skills to be a perfect motor!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Roberto Gualdi

29. Roberto Gualdi – Italy, Independent
Because he’s the real Captain of the vessel.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Kristinn Agnarsson

30. Kristinn “Kiddi” Agnarsson – Iceland, John Grant
It’s the best seat in the house!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Ithan Haydar

31. Ihan Haydar – Denmark, L.I.G.A
The drummer has the best position in the band because a band is only as good as its drummer.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Darshan Doshi

32. Darshan  Doshi – India, Bollywood / Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
It is because he is the backbone of the band.



Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Daniel Platzman

33. Daniel Platzman – USA, Imagine Dragons
Best seat in the house, can’t beat the view!

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Mike Gaspar

34. Mike Gaspar – Portugal, Moonspell
Well, first of all we sit in the back and you can have a view of everything that is going on stage. If you’re shy you can hide behind the drums and just have fun! In studio the drums are the first thing you record usually, so it´s a lot of responsibility, but on the other hand I’m the first to get my part done, so I can relax and enjoy the rest of the production. Another good thing is we can get attention from fans but also blend in with the crowd and not get recognized. The singer has a harder time :)

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | James Payne AC

35. James Payne
The drummer coordinates all the other members of the band so, in one way, you have to be very responsible and concentrated the whole time, in another way you can drag the band where you want during live sets. And we have more fun than the others ;)

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Gavin Harrison

36. Gavin Harrison – UK, Porcupine Tree/ King Crimson
Because I don’t play the guitar.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Ben Gordon AC

37. Ben Gordon – Australia, Parkway Drive
Because drummers get the girls.

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Pete Lockett

38. Pete Lockett – UK, Independent Percussionist
Actually, the percussionist is the best position in the band!!  :-)

Want more Buzz? Check out these from our Worldwide team of Zildjian Artists:
25 Favorite Cover Songs to Play
28 Tips and Inspiration for Improving Your Drum Fills
25 Motivators When you Don’t Feel Like Practicing

Source: Zildjian Website

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Reviews: The 12th of July’s Drum Workshops Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:24:25 +0000 Read More: Reviews: The 12th of July’s Drum Workshops]]> Darren Petersen’s Drum Month Workshop

Darren Petersen is a giant on the music scene in more ways than one. Not only does he bow down when passing beneath doorways because of his height, he wields the drums themselves with the power of someone trained at The University of Cape Town. Not just the sticks, but the drums… His sense of tonality in use of the electronica, toms, cymbals, snare and bass drum is layered enough, and dynamically rich enough to deliver entertainment value… the difference between H.D. and VGA, in tonal quality and entertainment.

Despite the expanded tonal range which Darren was able to access, as a result of his Hybridization, what the clinic was focused on, his sheer musical sense of how to punctuate the musical scenario provided for him, by whatever the other instruments are playing in the music, makes Darren such a great clinician. He’s not just showcasing. He’s an inspiring drummer. The Roland gear he demonstrated wouldn’t exactly fail in the wrong hands – maybe some kid who can hardly play a four over four – but it’s actually truly great to hear someone like Darren pummel the user-friendly, essentially simple but powerful set of rigs that the Roland Music Instrument Corporation has brought into musicians’ and listeners’ lives. They really are making drummers’ lives easier.

In a nutshell, a Hybrid drum kit incorporates acoustic drums with electronic triggers, sound modules, and samplers. It allows a drummer to create a sound design with his or her kit. This is pretty important in the context of the modern music industry. Darren played 6 different tracks displaying his application of the Roland triggers, sound modules and samplers. He also featured renowned bass player Shaun Johannes on one of his performance tracks. The audience Q and A allowed him to discuss various concepts with more depth and to reference his previous experiences with artists and when gigging.

Don’t miss his next workshop, whenever that is. If you’d like to watch him perform in a band context, catch artists he performs with, like Mathew Goldin, Toya De Lazy, Loyiso, and Danny K, amongst others.

Jason Moser’s Drum Month Workshop 

Jason Moser is beyond high profile as a drummer. He is so adept and sought after that he is one of the few South African drummers visible on Zildjian’s international artist roster of endorsers. If you insert his name in their website’s search engine, or look for him in their list of endorsers, you’ll find a treasure chest of accolades which highlight his exceptional talents.

He’s performed with high profile artists, like Louis Britz and Retief Burger. He is the ‘first call’ drummer for various producers in South Africa’s Gospel Music scene and has built up an impressive discography, over a short period of time, especially due to his close relationship with one of South Africa’s top record labels, Merchant Music.The highlight of his career, thus far, was playing at one of South Africa’s largest sports stadiums, at an event where the world-renowned Angus Buchan was the main speaker. This event, “Loftus for Jesus”, listed over 71,000 people in attendance, and was broadcast live, to millions more all over the world. 

Jason’s workshop was well received and well attended. The audience participation was detailed, with questions and responses which showcased Jason’s relevance to the musicians and structures on which modern South African music are based. Being a multi-talented drummer, his performance covered jazz, rock and Afrikaans genres. If you’d like to see him in action, watch the press and facebook and soak up the sound.  

Roy Davids’ Drum Month Workshop

By Damian Rijkers

Roy Davids’ drum workshop at Paul Bothner Music Plumstead, on Saturday, was extremely well supported and attended. He was ably assisted by Tino Europa on electric bass guitar. The workshop was highly informative and dealt with pertinent topics which face today’s novice level and experienced drummers. 

Roy covered issues such as how to approach grooves in various time signatures, and the importance of the upbeat and downbeats in composing grooves. He also demonstrated and discussed how to focus on one’s sense of individualism and artistry when playing with fellow musicians, in the context of space. 

To sum up: It was a truly successful workshop, in which there was something for everyone to take home and apply to their playing. BIG UP!!!!! to those who attended, cheers!

The author of this article is holding his own drum workshop for this Drum Month period as well. Damian has toured locally with heavy metal bands like Sabretooth, A Walk with the Wicked, played many local festivals, and shared the stage with the likes of In Flames and AWOL Nation. He currently plays for local hardcore band, Conscript. Damian is also internationally endorsed by Meinl cymbals and locally sponsored by Vater drumsticks. 


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ZZ Top Perform La Grange at Crossroads Festival Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:50:53 +0000 Read More: ZZ Top Perform La Grange at Crossroads Festival]]> ZZ Top Perform La Grange at Crossroads Festival 

Obviously, best known as the super talented Blues and Rock styled lead guitarist for the legendary band, ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons is also a source of other great talent.

Now a Gretsch endorser, Mr. Gibbons has been a strong influence on many famous guitarists. Besides their La Grange performance, guitar icon Eric Clapton also comments on his first experiences of the band in Texas and their contribution to Blues and Rock music.

La Grange

Billy F Gibbons (born December 16, 1949), nicknamed the Reverend Willie G, is also an actor, and hot rod car customizer. It all started in Houston Texas when Billy was inspired from a young age by the local live show scene. On Christmas Day in ‘63 he got his first guitar, an electric guitar. Within about half an hour, he had “What’d I Say,” Ray Charles’ famous one, and a couple of Jimmy Reed’s tunes down good.

Gibbons formed his first band when he was only 14, called the Saints. They played together with only three guitars and a drum kit, but Gibbons was hooked after his first six-month band experience.

Next he started another group around the mid-’60s called The Coachmen, the sounds of which were inspired by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Roky Erickson and The 13th Floor Elevators. The band eventually changed their name to the Moving Sidewalks, and emerged from R&B and into psychedelia, a more experimental sound with new stuff – new gear, different effects, things to step on and things to plug into. Around 1968, Moving Sidewalks began touring with Jimi Hendrix and crew on their Are you Experienced tour.

When the Moving Sidewalks parted ways in 1969, Gibbons sought to form a more boogie/blues rock-based band. He hooked up with Billy Etheridge from Dallas and Lanier Greig. At the time Billy had an apartment, and had nothing on the walls but stolen “rainbow” handbills. One day while sitting there, he noticed how these posters had been tacked up in no particular order just to cover the walls. At the left end of the wall was a B.B. King poster, toward the right was O.V. Wright and all the way over at the far end was ZZ Hill. From there he created the name ZZ Top from ZZ Hill and “Top” meaning King. The band soon got together and cut the first single, “Salt Lick”, launched in-house with Scat Records.

At the time when the ZZ single began taking off and the gigs started rolling in, there was an important change in the ZZ Top lineup namely Mr. Frank Beard and his bandmate, Mr. Dusty Hill.

Once they established their solid sound, the aim was “Don’t fix it.” They maintained a conviction that this was the way it was supposed to be, this was how the band was gelling and really the only change was to simply add more to it; from two stacks they went to four stacks, then to eight. At one point they were playing four stacks each – it was mammoth, but the band continued to chop and the recordings started popping. The band was on its way to the Top of the hill.

Now a Gretsch endorser, Billy has his own signature model, the G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird, pictured below.

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Global Drum Ambassador Dom Famularo interview Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:28:16 +0000 Read More: Global Drum Ambassador Dom Famularo interview]]> Global Drum Ambassador Dom Famularo interview

Mapex user, Dom Famularo talks about his rise to fame and becoming the global ambassador for drumming. He discusses how he uses finger, hand, and wrist movements and dance movements to develop his musicality. He also talks about how famous tap-dancers are often great drummers and vice versa.

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Vocal Coaching Masterclass with Mark Haze Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:38:32 +0000 Read More: Vocal Coaching Masterclass with Mark Haze]]> Masterclass with Mark Haze

Vocal coaching and consultation

Receive consultation, advice and training from a vocalist and professional musician in the field.


Warm-up techniques

Finding your range

Maintaining your performing edge

Assistance with problem areas


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U2′s Bono and Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:52:58 +0000 Read More: U2′s Bono and Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors]]>

U2′s Bono and Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors 

U2 has been one of the most influential bands for decades. They’ve turned their ideas into a new stream of musical referencing. They’ve also been icons in the humanitarian movement, performing at, and organizing major historical events, ranging from Live Aid to Third World nations’ debt cancellation, and anti human rights abuse drives with Amnesty International.

What’s next? Bono and The Edge join Fender’s board of directors…

According to a statement, they’ll be guiding Fender in new directions, based on fan-engagement. Fender’s co-chairman Mark Fukunaga said that The Edge brings to the board, an impeccable track record as a guitarist, and as an innovator of unique sounds through his use of technology. And, that Bono is a visionary in the music world, who also has business acumen and creativity that will help Fender to thrive.

Picture and content source: Billboard Magazine 

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Fender Films: Johnny Marr Live from the Hospital Club Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:14:41 +0000 Read More: Fender Films: Johnny Marr Live from the Hospital Club]]> Fender Films: Johnny Marr Live from the Hospital ClubThe legendary Johnny Marr has his fingerprints on several decades of pop hits, beginning with his groundbreaking stint in the Smiths throughout the 1980s. Since then, Marr’s unmistakable jangly and ringing sound has appeared in his work with The The, Electronic, The Pretenders and Johnny Marr and the Healers.

More recently, Marr lent his hand to Modest Mouse and the Cribs, and that’s not to mention his solo work that yielded a debut album in 2013 called, The Messenger.Fender caught up with the Jaguar-wielding axeman to talk about his storied career, his influences and his attachment to the Fender brand.Marr also plugged in his signature Fender Jaguar to perform a few songs from the Hospital Club in London, tabbing solo tracks such as “Sun & Moon,” “The Messenger,” “Lockdown” and “I Want the Heartbeat.”

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For more information on the Johnny Marr Jaguar, click here. 

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Five Questions with Steve Lukather Tue, 20 May 2014 10:14:01 +0000 Read More: Five Questions with Steve Lukather]]> Five Questions with Steve Lukather

We’re very excited to announce Ernie Ball Music Man’s partnership with Music Aficionado, an online
community for people who are passionate about great music! Showcasing their great taste, M.A. has launched
a series called “Five Question Collection”. They chatted with Ernie Ball Music Man endorser, Steve Lukather!

Check out Steve’s “Five Question Collection” via Music Aficionado where he chats about artists he’s excited
about, gear that he loves, music influences and more!

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Laney and Killswitch Engage! Check out the music video for their song ‘In Due Time’ Thu, 15 May 2014 14:28:38 +0000 Read More: Laney and Killswitch Engage! Check out the music video for their song ‘In Due Time’]]>

Laney and Killswitch Engage!

Watch the ‘In Due Time’ video!   

Check out Joel Stroetzel and Adam Dutkiewicz’s Laney Ironheart amps in action. “Laney amps sound killer! the Ironheart is clean, focused, and heavy, all at the same time. Love it!” – Joel Stroetzel. “The Ironheart sounds musical, punchy, and loud… A great live head for sure. One sick riff box!” Adam Dutkiewicz.

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Jamie Jones, Hot Natured Live, and the MPC Renaissance Thu, 15 May 2014 09:49:55 +0000 Read More: Jamie Jones, Hot Natured Live, and the MPC Renaissance]]>

Jamie Jones, Hot Natured Live, and the MPC Renaissance

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Jamie Jones takes a short break from his extensive tour schedule to speak about how his band Hot Natured uses the Akai Pro MPC Renaissance.

The Hot Natured lineup is Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C and Ali Love with Anabel Englund on guest vocal duties. All of them are artists and DJs in their own right, but together they are taking their Hot Natured live show to new heights while lighting up dance floors, festivals and clubs around the world.

Filmed live at the Eastern Electrics Festival, UK and on location with Jamie Jones at his London based studio.


  • ‘Benediction’ performed by Hot Natured recorded live at Eastern Electrics Festival licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK and Sony / ATV Publishing UK.
  • ‘Reverse Skydiving’ performed by Hot Natured recorded live at Eastern Electrics Festival licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK and Sony / ATV Publishing UK.
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John Petrucci’s newest creation! The Majesty! Mon, 12 May 2014 12:51:42 +0000 Read More: John Petrucci’s newest creation! The Majesty!]]>

New John Petrucci Signature Series Music Man Guitar 

“The Majesty guitar symbolizes the very reason why I am so proud to be a Music Man artist. I had the idea for this guitar a couple of years ago but it is because of their innovative spirit and dedication to the art of guitar building that it is now a reality. I am so grateful that I am able to collaborate with the best guitar company on the planet and so incredibly proud that together we have created what is to me, the perfect musical instrument for guitar players. I really hope you get a chance to play one and am confident that you will feel the same!” – John Petrucci
6 string: 12″ wide, 1-3/4″ thick, 37″ long (30.4 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 94.0 cm long) 7 String: 12″ wide, 1-3/4″ thick, 38″ long (30.4 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 96.5 cm long)
6 string: 6 lbs, 12 oz (3.06 kg) – varies slightly 7 String: 7 lbs, 8 oz (3.29 kg) – varies slightly
Body Wood:
Basswood with maple top and mahogany through neck
Body Finish:
Body Colors:
Polar Noir, Glacial Frost, Iced Crimson, Siberian Sapphire, Arctic Dream
Custom John Petrucci Music Man® Piezo floating tremolo, made of black pearl plated, hardened steel with stainless steel saddles.
Scale Length:
25-1/2″ (64.8 cm)
Neck Radius:
17″ (43.2 cm)
Headstock Size:
Angled & Only 5-7/8″ (14.9 cm) long
24 – Medium Jumbo profile, Stainless Steel
Neck Width:
6 string: 1-11/16″ (43.0 mm) at nut, 2-1/4″ (57.2 mm) at last fret 7 String: 1-7/8″ (47.6 mm) at nut, 2-7/16″ (61.9 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood:
Honduran Mahogany
Fret Markers:
Custom JP Majesty Inlays
Neck Finish:
Neck Colours:
Colour matches body
Tuning Machines:
Schaller M6-IND locking with black pearl buttons
Truss Rod:
Adjustable – no component or string removal
Neck Attachment:
Through neck design
Electronic Shielding:
Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover
Custom Music Man® active preamp; push/push volume for gain boost, 500kohm push/push passive tone for custom 2 pickup configurations – .022µF tone capacitor
3-way toggle pickup selector, with custom center position configuration; 3-way toggle piezo/magnetic selector, momentary mono/stereo output knob (Piezo Volume)
HH – DiMarzio Illuminators; Piezo bridge pickup
Left Handed:
6 String: 10p-13p-17p-26-36-46 (RPS 10 Slinkys #2240) 7 String: 10p-13p-17p-26-36-46-56 (RPS 10 Slinkys #2240 with added P01156)


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