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Old 08-22-2008, 12:37 PM
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Default Back from Perth, look at the kit I had to play with!!!

Hey Everyone,

I recently returned from doing some gigs in Perth, Western Australia. I travel quite a bit across Australia performing and doing clinics. Im endorsed by DW, Zildjian and Vic Firth, and have a lot of support from Billy Hyde Music all over Australia.

The gigs in Perth were for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week. I did a marathon 6 performances back to back. I held 4 drum workshops for various age groups of people with CP, 1 Motivational Speaking/Performance gig, and finished with a set with a band on the Saturday night.

For those who dont know me, my name is Andrew Hewitt, I am based in Sydney, Australia. I have Cerebral Palsy, and walk on crutches, sometimes use a wheelchair for distances. Have been playing drums for over 28 years, and have had heaps of exposure all over the world through mags such as Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Rhythm UK and Drumscene here in Australia.

I also have a short docco style DVD available via my web site which is about my life as a drummer with a physical disability.

Anyway the kit I used, thanks to Billy Hydes - The Drum Shop Perth, DW and Zildjian... was a DW Collectors 10,12,14,16 toms, 14 snare and 22x18 kick drum. Cymbals were (Ex Billy Ward - Drumscene Live tour) 15,17,19 K Dark Crashes, 14inch K Hihats, 18inch Oriental China, 21inch A Rock Ride and 10inch ZHT hihats.

I use a trigger on my kick drum and one on a tom next to my snare which I also trigger as a kick, using a Roland TD8 module. This helps with the lack of strength associated to my disability.

This configuration sounded amazing.

Anyway enjoy the pics.

Cheers,

Andy
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:28 PM
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Great to hear such good news. Was is very exhausting? IŽd love to make this experience one day as well...travelling through the country, playing everytime...this must be much fun!

Great looking set-up by the way. Nice cymbal choice, I`m impressed by those K Dark crashes. Solid sound!

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Old 08-22-2008, 02:30 PM
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Ugh, cement walls and gymnasium floors. Those are tough rooms to play in. I see you had a monitor though so you could at least hear some definition. Hope it wasn't too echoey... Nice kit.
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:36 PM
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Thats great to see Andy! Its really amazing that you have overcome the obstacle and continued on regardless. A true inspiration!

I already see that you have become successful within our community but I wish you all the luck for the future

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Old 08-22-2008, 02:36 PM
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Andy, great job and you continue to be a great inspiration to not only those with physical difficulties but to all of us.

The kit looks like it was a blast (no pun intended) to play and your tour sounds like it would have exhausted any of us!

Keep up the great work!

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Old 08-22-2008, 02:39 PM
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Hey Guys,

Thanks for your comments.

Karl: Yes can be very exhausting. This tour was my most demanding physically and mentally. With a physical disability, it makes drumming even more demanding on your body, so you have to be on top of things. Up to this, the most i had done per tour was 4 gigs... this was 6 in 3 days. The kit was a great setup, sounded amazing.

Garvin: Yeah the floors and walls made the sound a bit echoy, especially when you had members of the audience banging on drums and cymbals too... when I was doing my backing tracks, I was using headphones, couldnt rely on the monitor well enough in such a big room.

Anyway thanks,

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Old 08-22-2008, 04:05 PM
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Default Re: Back from Perth, look at the kit I had to play with!!!

That's a great job you're doing. And what a cool opportunity to not only help and inspire others, but to also do something you really love.

Oh, and the kit looks fantastic. And very nicely set up too.
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:42 PM
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I have a spinal cord injury and three compression fractures in my lumbar spine with three blown discs. Drumming is a wonderful therapy but it also takes it toll. Congradulations on a marthon performance. I feel for you my good man.
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Old 08-23-2008, 02:11 AM
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Really cool stuff dude.

The set looks awesome.
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:19 PM
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Default Re: Back from Perth, look at the kit I had to play with!!!

Great set up. Looks like a lot of fun and great to hear you are inspirational to other drummers.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:46 AM
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Brilliant setup, love the K's. Have you got anything else coming up?

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Old 08-24-2008, 04:34 AM
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your comments.

I love what I do, and being able to tour is a bonus. Drumming has had given me a lot of physical issues to overcome behind the kit, things like lack of strength in legs, and occasionally I get a hand that might lock up when trying to do a fill.

Most frustrating part is when your mind wants to do something, and your body wont allow it.

To overcome the lack of strength issue with my legs, I use a trigger on my kick drum, and my pedal (DW5000) is fairly flexible. Also the "hand kick" I have left of my snare, is a 10inch tom with a mesh head and a trigger. This allows me to play kick and snare with my left hand if I need to. Both "kick" drums are using the same samples from the module.

The way I play, I dont get any acoustic sound out of the kick drum... but the electronics definately makes up for that.

I have a heap of gigs coming up... one on Tuesday at Gosford, just outside Sydney. All through October, I have gigs throughout Sydney and down in Horsham in Country Victoria.

Ive also become a regular at a local jam night here, because Im now trying to get some more regular band work around town. Best way is to get out there and get known.

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Old 09-13-2008, 07:54 PM
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Great post Andy. It's inspiring to see someone doing what they love despite the odds. Keep rocking!

PS: Nice setup. You look like you could be Dave Grohls' bro!
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:26 PM
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Hey Guys,

Thanks for your comments.

I have just uploaded 3 videos from these gigs on to youtube.

First one was me solo at Challenge Stadium during one of my clinic workshops, the other 2 were with local Perth band The Healy's at the Maylands Sport and Recreation Club.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF9A80XYbRo - My Chemical Romance - The Ghost Of You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq_y8sPhh8M - Brown Eyed Girl - with band The Healy's @ Maylands Sports and Recreation Club
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPjB5eg4nV4 - Rock n Roll Music - with band The Healy's @ Maylands Sports and Recreation Club.

Any comments appreciated.... but to the life of me, I can never get the camcorder to pick up my kick drum. Cos of my disability I dont get much acoustic sound, so rely heavily on the trigger for the kick.

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Old 09-16-2008, 11:26 PM
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respect dude, for all u do! keep on drumming! and take care!
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:36 PM
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You poor soul, must have been a drag playing with that horrible kit.
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