Big News Is Here! 

Alright, so I’ve officially joined the band NETHERLANDS, from Brooklyn NY!

 This is huge!

 They are the weirdest heaviest band you wish you’ve heard of sooner! 

Check out the album Audubon on Spotify! Follow us, like us, do all of that shit RIGHT NOW. 

Instagram –>> @nethrock

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On top of this, I’ve also become endorsed by VISIONARY DRUM! An amazing drum head artwork company based out of Portland Oregon! Not only do they make custom printed heads (remo of course) but, they also make custom reusable stick on “skins”. I recently ordered several for the NETHERLANDS drum kit, which has a gigantic 28 inch kick drum, and the skins are fabulous!  


Here are just SOME of my favorite designs from their website! They have so many great ones, and they do custom artwork! Go order yours now!!!





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Huge Announcement Soon / Life Update !

Hey! 

It’s great to be back! 

As you can tell from my lack of current content, or from one of my last major posts, I’ve taken a fairly long break from blogging. 

I did this in order to focus on improving my percussive musicality, and find my “drumming identity”. I’ve also been working on improving my own personal well being. This process has been very challenging and also very rewarding. I’ve made some hard sacrifices, but a lot of progress has been achieved and this continues to drive me forward. 

Recently, an amazing musical opportunity has come up, and I’m getting ready to make it public very soon. I’m extremely excited about this, and I really can’t wait to share it with you! All I can say right now is that I will be working with some amazingly talented and highly accomplished musicians, and I can barely contain myself! Gahhhh!!!!!

SO….

After the initial announcement in the next week or so, I will pick up where I left off as far as blogging about drum stuff and updating whoever is nice enough to read this thing on my travels and experiences, as well as interviews whenever possible and spotlights on up and coming drummers / bands / products and brands. 

Thank you so much for continuing to support Drumityourself.com! I’m looking forward to starting this new journey and sharing it with all of you, as well as keeping tabs on what you’ve all been up to! 

See ya!
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That’s my kitten Ramona up there^ sleepin on me. 😻😻😻

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2016 – Drummers Sweet 16 Holiday List!

(I know its a bit late, but here are some great last minute stocking stuffers and a few fantastic package deals to keep the drummer in your life on the beat!)

This year, I’m breaking up the list into several categories of 5. The first category will be small but extremely useful items, most of which help dial in your sound. The second category will be bigger items, and the final category will be package deals that are too good to pass up! Plus, there is 1 final item at the end that you may just drool over!

BUT FIRST….check out Santa Shredding some drums, courtesy of Adventure Drums! Be sure to like, follow, and subscribe them!

 

Alright, now that THATS out of the way, take a look at this list!

Each item’s title is a link to purchase!

Here we go!

 

  1. Drum Dots   $10drumdots

These clear little dots are among the best drum dampening systems out there! Specifically designed to take out certain frequencies when place on the batter or resonant head of the drum. I swear by these, and have never played a gig or recorded in a studio without them!

 

2. Emergency Kits $10-$20gibraltar-scdtk

Every drummer deals with losing small pieces here and there over time. These things add up very quickly, and before you know it you’re missing most of your felts, cymbals sleeves, and even your drum key! This kit, and others like it (although some are proprietary and have items that only work with hardware made from that company, such as the DW survival kit) are sure to keep your drummer playing their best!

 

3. Falam Slams – aka-  BASS DRUM SAVERS  $5-$10p38804

Designed to increase the longevity of your kick drum and keep the kick beater from wearing on the head too much, these life savers can also balance out your kick sound! They make them in Mylar, felt, and some with metal (for that “click” sound). Pair them with different types of bass drum beaters and you can really dial in that tone you’ve been looking for! Wood or plastic beater? try a felt patch, you’ll still get the attack of having a wood beater, but the felt will add just a touch of warmth. Felt beater? Try a mylar or metal patch, which will increase the attack (the click sound) all while making your kick head last longer!

4. Vater Stick Holder $10-$15

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Stick holders come in handy for those moments when you’re raging hard on a song and a stick just decides its had enough and either breaks or jumps right out of your hand! Either that, or maybe you’re a flashy drummer doing all the stick tricks, and you miss one….in which case a stick holder like this is perfect!

 

5. Vater Stick Bag $20-$30

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Every drummer needs a stick bag! This is where you keep all your small spare parts, felts, patches, drum keys, and of course….sticks!

 

This next set of 5 items is geared towards slightly bigger products, most of which serve the purpose of making your drum kit sound better!

 

6. Big Fat Snare Drum $20-$30

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The Big Fat Snare Drum is one of the coolest new items on the drumming market right now. There are several models, all of which deaden your snare sound to get that fat 70’s tone. Some have other trinkets like jingles and such, and they’re all fantastic! Great for studio or live drumming, and harnessing your creativity!

 

7. KickPro Bass Drum Pillow  $30-$40kickpro

If a dialed in kick sound is what you’re going for, look no further. These bass drum pillows have a weighted core (that adds extra THUD), a non slip bottom (so they won’t move around from song to song like most of the other similar kick dampening products ) AND a soft fleece top (great for long trips in the van on tour). As a Kick Pro Artist, I swear by these pillows. I’ve worked in the drum industry for years and have tried almost every kick dampening product out there, and none of them did the job as well as this one! Great price point too! Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed!

 

8. KickPort $30-$40 9990

The Kick Port is a great way to add more depth to your kick sound. By focusing the sound coming out of your port hole, the Kick Port helps the microphone pick up a more deliberate tone from your bass drum!

 

9. Roc-N-Soc Drum Throne $150-$250nrxok-large

Roc-N-Soc Thrones are the best on the market in my opinion. Deluxe, Durable, and made right here in North Carolina. Adding a new throne to your kit can make playing a lot easier and a lot more fun! Comfort is king!

 

10. Vic Firth Drumming Headphones $50-$70lg_sih11

Theres a reason these headphones are a best seller in the drum world. They are affordable, comfortable, cancel out a good amount of ambient noise, and have great sound quality. Perfect for recording, playing along to tracks, or jamming out!

 

The final group of drumming gifts is focused on package deals! These can be a great way to get your drummer multiple cymbals, heads, and other items that can normally be pretty expensive when bought separately!

 

11. Dream Cymbals Ignition Starter Pack  $300-$400preview_1

Dream Cymbals are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES! Not only do they sound beyond fantastic, but they are arguable the best priced cymbals in the history of cymbals. Their approach to pricing structure ensures that the drummer can pick the cymbals they WANT, rather than the ones they can afford. How? Its called Sound Pricing, and Dream launched this idea in 2012. “All cymbals of the same size and style across Bliss, Contact, Energy, Vintage Bliss and Pang series will be the same price as the Bliss series. This represents a price reduction averaging more than 20% and ranging as high as 42%.” –Dreamcymbals.com

The Ignition Cymbal Pack features:

-Bliss/Contact series hybrid sound
-Great Sound For The Price
-Hand-Hammered Bronze
-Includes: 14″ hi-hat, 16″ crash, 20″ ride, 22″ cymbal bag

I’ve played my Dream Cymbals live and in the studio, and I will NEVER go back to any other cymbal company. You’ll see why when you try your new Dream cymbals out!

 

12. Remo Fusion ProPack $50-$70442827000000000-00-500x500

I’m a Remo guy, and buying drum heads in a pack is the best way to go about it. The most important thing is to make sure you know the sizes of your drums, so you can make sure the pack has heads for most if not all of your drums! This fusion pro pack is great!

 

13. Evans G2 Clear Pack $40-$70

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Evans heads are among the best on the market and are known for their innovative technology! You can’t go wrong with this G2 Clear pack! Great for rock and metal drummers!

 

14. Aquarian Performance-2 Clear Drum Head Pack $40-$7052081-5bb774d38e9dcf7b86d96ef8cf648b19

Aquarian drum heads are an industry standard for recording, and for metal drummers especially. Their most famous head is the Super Kick and Super Kick II, one of THE best kick drum heads ever made. As with most drum head companies, their multi packs vary and there are plenty of options to choose from!

 

15. Vater Stick Bundles $35-$40 vater-vsp5bw-5b-american-hickory-sticks-4-pack

Vater Sticks have been my go to’s for years. Ive never been disappointed! Buying sticks in bulk is the smartest way to do it! These 5b’s are great for rock and metal drummers, or anyone with big hands that likes a bigger stick, but there are many packs to choose from!

 

Here it is, the final, 16th item for the 2016 drummers holiday list…..

 

16. Yamaha Gigmaker 5 pc shell pack $399!!!!

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Yamaha makes some of the best drums and hardware, and they have a beginners drum set that beats all the competition! The Gigmaker 5 pc shell pack comes in 4 different color options, all with glitter (super rock n roll) and can NOT be beat for the quality, price, and sound in the beginners drum set market! If you’re looking to buy your drummer their first kit, or first “real” kit….these are the way to go! They’re durable, flashy, and sound great! My personal favorite is the White Grape Glitter kit 😉

 

 

Well, thats all folks! Happy Holidays! Thanks for reading, and I hope this list helps you pick out the perfect gift for the drummer in your life!

As always, you can find me on Facebook and instagram @drumityourself, as well as expertlychosen.com – a great website for picking out gifts! 

 

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KICKPRO Bass Drum Pillow

Hello drummers!

Ever get tired of putting sheets, floppy pillows, or even random clothes in your kick drum? None of these things muffle very well. They either kill the sound completely or just don’t work at all. One of the main problems is that they move around while playing. If you’ve got a heavy foot like me, you know all too well how much of a pain in the ass this can be, not to mention how much it can change your kick drum sound from song to song.

Well, forget about all that. And forget about all these other EQ pads and dampening systems. This one is simple, practical, versatile, and extremely effective.

I’m talking about the KickPro Bass Drum Pillow.

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Here are some specs:

-Weighted core (about 5lbs or 2.2 kg)

-Non slip bottom

-The top is a nice soft fleece (which comes in handy on the road during those long drives)

-No need to pack an extra pillow, KickPro is your best friend on tour!

-Fits through standard 5 inch port holes

-They actually stay where you put them!

-Because of the weighted core, they add a nice thump to the bottom end and really bring out the sound of your kick drum.

-Fantastic for live and studio drumming

-Durable and made in USA

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“I developed the KickPro based on years of working in the studio with bands like Foo Fighters, Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, Tool, Bob Dylan, Three Days Grace, Chris Daughtry, and producers Nick Raskulinecz, Howard Benson, Matt Hyde, David Bottrill, and many more,” says LA drummer and drum tech, Jon Nicholson. “After stuffing anything and everything inside kick drums, my clients and I agree that the simple, compact, versatile and extremely effective KickPro makes bass drums sound great.”

-Moderndrummer.com

 

I’m very excited to announce that I’m officially a KickPro Artist!

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Photo Cred: Justin Brown – CarAlive Photography

If you live in the Raleigh NC area, feel free to message me and give these pillows a try!

I can’t stress enough how much I love these pillows. I’ve tried almost every dampening system on the market and I haven’t experienced real results this noticeable before! ESPECIALLY AT THIS PRICE POINT.

Get yours now! Don’t sleep on these!!!! (well, actually…go for it…they’re super comfy!)

The KickPro Bass Drum Pillow is a great tool to add to your sonic arsenal!

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Here’s What I’ve Been Up To

Last month, I made a decision to take a temporary break from putting my efforts towards articles and interviews, in order to turn my focus on studying drums more in depth and to be able to handle all the gigs and rehearsals I had lined up. I’m about to tell you all about that, and about whats happening soon! Here we go.

 

My plan for taking time away from the blog and putting it towards drumming has been going well. I have been actively searching for a pro drummer in town to study under that gigs regularly, so some of those trade secrets can rub off, and to get a different perspective from what I’ve been doing. Most of what I found where traditional instructors working at drums shops mainly teaching students their drum parts for school and what not, or drummers outside of my area that were inside of my realm of music. It was important to me to find someone who can play what I do, but doesn’t. My main criteria being that they aren’t in bands in the same genre as what I’m doing. For me its all about having a well rounded perspective and this is a must for breaking out of my comfort zone.

So, in my search for a professional drummer to study under, I came across Nick Baglio. He plays with The Hot at Nights , Jeanne Jolly, and Grammy Nominated R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop group The Foreign Exchange. As an active Dream Cymbals and Vic Firth artist, he’s doing tons of great stuff and I couldn’t have found a better drummer to study under for what I am trying to do. (Which is essentially to get out of my comfort zone and dive in to styles that while I enjoy listening to I haven’t had much experience with playing live, as well as throwing in a few traditional exercises with a lot of equally cool but not as traditional linear exercises to make my brain work as hard as possible.)

With my schedule being pretty packed since I’m in 4 bands, bartend, work for myself and one other website, (Notive.co a UK based social platform for producers to sell loops, beats, and samples…more on this in a bit) I’ve only been able to study under Nick part time, which I believe works best for both of our schedules, but I couldn’t be happier. It makes our lessons together a lot more valuable knowing that I’ll only have about an hour to go over old and new concepts, and then I’ll have roughly a couple weeks or so to practice them and come to the next session ready to explore new exercises. I’m really excited about this new journey.

I’ve also had the chance to play dual drums for the first time! My good friend and drummer bud on my first actual tour ever, Thomas McKneely (drums for Jenny Besetzt, Guitar and vocals for Weird Pennies of Raleigh and all around rad dude) and myself filled in on drums for the madman himself, Darrin Cripe in his band Acid Chaperone on Halloween at kings, supported by monster acts Zack Mexico and Purling Hiss. This show was the most fun I’ve had in quite some time! It was a packed party house full of people in costume. As a band, we were covered in blood, and on our finale (a song where there is a break in the music except for Thomas and myself going crazy on double drums for a few minutes at the end) the Zack Mexico guys, all of whom are close friends…one of which was naked except for his guitar, joined us onstage for some halloween antics and squirted fake blood all over a roaring crowd all while we were covered in psychedelic projections courtesy of Tim Lemuel from Deep Sleeper (who I also drum for).Needless to say this was my favorite halloween so far, and I don’t think it will be forgotten any time soon!

On Top of preparing for all of this, learning all the Acid Chaperone songs in just 3 practices with 2 drummers who aren’t even in the band nor have played any of those songs before, working, and creating electronic music online, I’ve been gearing up for some upcoming shows.

Monday November 7th at Local 506 in Chapel Hill NC my band GROHG is opening for TOMBS and Wolvhammer.

Sunday November 20th at Neptunes Parlour in Raleigh NC my other band No One Mind is having our Raleigh album release show featuring Ginger Wagg & Wild Actions, and Moon Racer. We’ve also recently released a cassette single (cassingle) of a cover song I think you’ll really enjoy. 

Also in November my other band No Eyes is playing the Neptunes Fall Friday Show Series (we play a live set and then DJ afterward for the rest of the night) This is happening on the 25th.

Deep Sleeper is also working on a few shows coming up to be announced. So, I’m getting pretty busy and its going great!

I’ve also started making loops, beats, and samples lately, due to my rehearsal space being bought out and demolished….so in order to keep things fresh I’ve been diving in to the electronic world to keep drumming in my free time instead of just when I have rehearsals at my band mates spots. Recently, Notive.co has reached out to me based on some samples I recorded a while back, to set up a shop on their new UK based website for selling loops and beats and all that jazz. Its been pretty cool exploring this new area of music for me and even though I’m learning as I go, its a lot of a fun. Tedious as all hell, but fun. They’re site hasn’t quite gone public yet, but I am one of several of the first producers to set up a shop and test out the site. I love it, and I think its going to be a hit! Oddly enough this makes 2 UK based websites that I’m working with, Notive.co and Expertlychosen.com where I’m the resident drum expert for all things gift list related!

Lets see…..I think thats about it as far as things I can announce currently, but stick around! There is plenty more ahead!

 

Recent Shows With No One Mind

As always, you can check out noonemind.com for future dates, sneak peaks, and merch…but here is a brief glimpse of our gigs this past weekend. 

This past Friday we played with Seegulls for their EP release at Kings in Raleigh. Had a blast!  ​


I ran out of room on my phone, but these are the snapshots I was able to get… I was a little preoccupied enjoying the show and bouncing around with these giant balloons they brought for the crowd. 
Sunday, we performed a live set on WXDU at Duke University in Durham NC followed by a show at the cats cradle back room with Third Uncle Records label mates Honey Radar. Killer psych jams! ​Billy the label head was nice enough to come out, and it was great meeting him and honey radar! See you at hopscotch! 


Thanks for checking in! I know this one was a bit brief. Big things in the works, stick around.