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Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2018, 11:53 PM
Replies: 25
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Re: Stage Fees?

Most tours you see now days, all the opening acts paid to be on the bill. That's how the headliner makes money, especially at the club level. Smaller venues have low guarantees, if any at all, and...
Forum: General Discussion 11-30-2018, 02:03 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,842
Re: Is this statement about 'hired guns' kinda true or not..?

The majority of the time people will call and say "Here's the gig, it pays $x."
It's then up to me to take it or leave it.

I'm really interested to read Bermuda's article next month, as I've...
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2018, 12:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 878
Re: Fixing Tempo Problems

Play to a click. Play to a click. Play to a click.

If you haven't guessed, I play to a click at ALL times. Home practice, Recording, Rehearsals, Live.

Here's how my setup works:

Small 5...
Forum: Drums 11-25-2018, 11:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 772
Re: 42-strand snare wires

I tried them once, many years ago but I didn't dig them.
I did end up going with 30 strand wires on a heavy steel shell drum. Sounded beautiful. Once and a while pull them out on deeper drums,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-14-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 543

I know it's early but I have some news for anyone attending NAMM in January.

I’ll be co-hosting a panel discussion the show!

The seminar, “Acquiring Sponsorships for your Music Project,” will...
Forum: General Discussion 11-14-2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,101
Re: So long story short, I'm a bass player now

I think it's common for Drummers to gravitate to Bass. Many of my private students double on bass, and I myself will pick one up and mess around here and there. I even did a gig once on bass, but...
Forum: General Discussion 11-14-2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,278
Re: Metal drum mixes without triggers or sound replacement

Here's a link to a song I did, no triggers or sound replacing. What you're hearing is my Recording Customs with little to no EQ done. It's more on the Industrial side of metal, but still heavy.
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2018, 11:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Re: Sitting at the helm of Pro's

I do exactly what you showed in the diagram.
With my setup, and likewise how I teach others, the Snare is the center of the kit.

My throne is positioned directly in line with it, about a...
Forum: Drums 11-02-2018, 03:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,034
Re: Rimshots on die cast hoops

I 2'nd the S-Hoops.
I have these on a few of my snares and am always really happy with them.
Forum: General Discussion 10-26-2018, 03:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,250
Re: GOOD Craigslist stories?

No too long after signing with Yamaha, 7 years ago, I listed one of my custom kits from the company I was previously signed with on Craigslist. I got a reply from a drum tech I know, and he offered a...
Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2018, 02:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 562
Re: Busted snare side head at gig...spare heads/parts

I always have two snares at every gig so I don't have to change heads.
And I have broken the snare side head a few times. Once in high school I broke the snare side on BOTH my main snare, and the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-19-2018, 02:58 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,592
Re: How do you know when to crash?

Personally I resist the crash. I mean, I'll do it coming off of a transitional fill (verse to chorus, chorus to verse) that kind of thing. But outside of that I'm rather selective about when and...
Forum: General Discussion 10-15-2018, 12:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 768
Re: remembering a tune

I'm really bad with names, and it often takes me a long time to learn the title of the song. Thus a setlist of nothing but song names doesn't help me. BUT there is a personal reason for this. I chart...
Forum: General Discussion 10-13-2018, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 487
Re: Powdercoating aluminum and effect on sound?

I had my Yamaha Recording Custom Brass done in a matte black powder coat. They effect on the sound was minimal, and I use it on just about every gig I do now.
Forum: General Discussion 10-09-2018, 12:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 826
Re: Los Angeles drum shops

There isn't much in the valley other than the Sherman Oaks GC. Kind of sucks. I would much rather give my business to Pro Drum, but it's not always convenient to get into Hollywood, especially if I...
Forum: General Discussion 10-05-2018, 04:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,426
Re: Putting band name on kick drum head, with multiple bands?

If a band wants me to have their logo on the kick head I make them pay for the head and the graphic. If not they get the generic brand logo. However I do have a couple groups that have gotten the...
Forum: Drums 10-03-2018, 06:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 876
Re: Finally! New Yamaha Recording Custom Wood Snares

These snares are going to be magic!
I only wish I had one two weeks ago while tracking a new album that could have greatly benefitted from a deep-ass 8" Birch RC Snare.
Forum: General Discussion 10-03-2018, 01:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 960
Re: Got stage names?

I use my real name, but have the "title" of Living Dead Drummer. Here's the backstory: I was performing for Coffin Case's 20th anniversary show at NAMM in 2016. All decked out like corps come back to...
Forum: General Discussion 09-21-2018, 02:56 AM
Replies: 2,786
Views: 254,713
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Just got me a 22" Paiste 2002 Power Ride. Used it for the first time in the studio this week. So nice!
Forum: General Discussion 09-16-2018, 12:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,290
Re: Ever have a drumming dream?

I used to have anxiety dreams that I was playing with a huge band, like Metallica or something, in a big sold out theatre, and my drumsticks were too heavy. Like, they're normal size, but just...
Forum: Drummers 09-16-2018, 12:18 AM
Replies: 421
Views: 112,671
Re: Lars Ulrich

I actually set up my chinas like Lars while on tour last week. One over the kick in place of a Ride, and one up over my Floor Toms. The gig I'm currently on doesn't require me to use a ride....
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2018, 09:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,536
Re: Removing a logo from bass drum head?

I use nail polish to remove logos. It has to have acetone in it though, or it won't work.
Forum: General Discussion 08-30-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 481
On the road again

If any of my Drummerworld friends are in Germany, I'm headed your way next week! Let me know if you'd like to attend one of the shows and I'll make it happen.

V2A Tour Dates
9/6 Rockplat –...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2018, 12:26 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,589
Re: What killed off Slingerland?

My first kit was a Slingerland. Not sure what era, as I got it used. According to this website, it's late 70's early 80's?
It was a student...
Forum: General Discussion 08-17-2018, 01:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,410
Re: Anyone ever switch your "brand loyalty?" (Mid-life crisis for me?)

I've switched a couple time. Sometimes it was a political move, and other times it was a genuine "fell for another woman" situation.

I grew up playing and only using Zildjian cymbals. For a few...
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