Product Spotlight – Meinl Classics Custom Dual Cymbals!

We check out the incredible new Classics Custom Cymbals from Meinl!

There is more to the Classics Custom Dual series than you may think at first glance, and with an appearance as striking as their complex sound, Classics Custom Dual cymbals will add another layer of sophistication to your setup.

Starting with a warm fundamental tone, the lathed and polished edges have a flexible feel and create a fast response when crashed. Additionally, the dark centre powers these cymbals to produce a quick punch with a complex character. The resulting sound is a harmonious blend of warmth and explosive response that will feel at home both in the studio and on stage. The full assortment of hi-hats, crashes, rides, plus a splash and china is rounded out with a trash splash, trash crashes, and a trash china to offer drummers all of the necessary voicings for a wide range of diverse musical styles.

Made in Germany from B12 bronze alloy with 100% renewable energy, lathe formed profile, extra hammering, wide blade lathing, and dark/brilliant finish.

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Drummers Only Radio #53 – Mat Hector

Mat Hector is a well-versed session drummer, currently playing with the punk icon Iggy Pop. Prior to this, Mat worked with multiple live and studio projects with artists like Razorlight, Thomas Dolby, Grace Jones and many more! He’s no stranger to the studio, having recently recorded his own sample library “Fields Of Rock” with ToonTrack.

We had to know more, so we chat with Mat Hector! We talk about gigs with Iggy, his time with Razorlight, recording drums in the studio and more!

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Check out Mat Hectors “Toon Track” library right here!

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Gigs That You Will NEVER Forget!

Jake & Nathan have a brief chat about gigs they’ll NEVER forget – along with some viewer-submitted suggestions!
Let us know about a gig you’ll never forget down below!

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Drummers Only Radio #52 – Pete Ray Biggin

Pete Ray Biggin is part of the finest drumming talent from the UK. His raw power and phenomenal talent have led him to gigs with Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Chaka Khan, Adele, Robbie Williams, and currently, Level 42

We had to know more, so we chat with Pete Ray Biggin! We talk about a whole host of things, including gear, gigs and much more!

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5 Tommy Lee Moments That RAWK!

Happy Birthday, Tommy Lee!

Tommy Lee is perhaps best known for his role of Agent K in the Men In Black franchise…wait, that’s Tommy Lee Jones. THIS Tommy Lee, on the other hand, is a founding member of and drummer for 80’s Heavy Metal juggernauts, Mötley Crüe! Tommy is perhaps more famously known for his pretty bombastic on-stage performances and out of this world drum solos, so we nailed down some tremendous Tommy Lee moments that RAWK!

Mötley Crüe – Dr Feelgood – 2018

Almost 30 years after it was first released, it’s still awesome to hear Tommy lay it down the groove for Dr Feelgood!

To be honest, you don’t even have to listen to his drumming…to be able to perform while your drum riser is literally a ROLLERCOASTER is nothing short of astonishing. Imagine being the fan sitting beside him. “EVERYBODY SAY HI GUY!”…

ROCK N ROLL FANTASY CAMP 2011 – TOMMY LEE – KICKSTART MY HEART

Imagine playing the drum part of your favourite song and the drummer who recorded it says “hey, can I play it with you?”…that’s pretty much what this video is. Amazing!

Mötley Crüe – Girls, Girls, Girls (The End, Live In Los Angeles)

If there’s absolutely one thing that no one can deny, it’s that Tommy Lee is a walking ball of ENERGY!

TOMMY LEE Drum Solo – Motley Crue Girls Girls Girls Tour 1987

Rounding out this list with perhaps the most iconic Tommy Lee moment ever captured on film, and what made everyone realise…this dude is NUTS (in the best of ways)!

A complete showman, fantastic drummer, and an all-around BADASS! We all secretly wish we could be Tommy Lee, even just for one day!

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5 Of Our Favourite Buddy Rich Moments!

Happy Birthday, Buddy Rich!

One of the founding fathers of drumming, Bernard “Buddy” Rich has created a legacy that will last generations. His natural drumming ability began from the ripe old age of 2, which continued to be nurtured and grown upon throughout his entire career. We celebrate one of the most iconic drummers to have ever lived by picking 5 moments where he was simply MIND-BLOWING!

Buddy Rich | Caravan

What makes this video even more incredible is the fact that Buddy CAN’T read sheet music, he does the whole thing from memory. To command and lead the band with such technical ability is nothing short of amazing…

Buddy Rich – Birdland – 14 July 1978 – World of Jazz

The whole thing is a masterpiece, but his hi-hat technique is just off the charts!

Buddy Rich – Jerry Lewis: The legendary DRUM BATTLE – 1955

Before the days of Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather, Buddy Rich and Jerry Lewis were duking it out. Lets be honest, If Buddy Rich had a TikTok…we’d all follow it

Buddy Rich: Drum Solo – 1974

Here’s 8 minutes and 40 seconds of Buddy Rich just being a BADASS.

Buddy Rich Parkinson the last interview 1987

It only seems right to round out this list with the first part of this wonderful interview, which sadly turned out to be Buddys last. He shares some fantastic stories and talks about career highlights. This is only part 1, so make sure you don’t miss part 2 and 3!

Buddy Rich is one of the most iconic drummers to have ever lived, known by musicians and non-drummers alike. He’ll continue to be an inspiration to every drummer with his unmatchable technique and passion.

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Meinl Classics Custom Dual Cymbals – A New Era!

Just when everyone thought Meinl had perfected the Classics Custom line, they drop these bombshells! A blend of everything that makes the Classics Custom line a staple in the Meinl Cymbal family, let’s do a deep dive into the brand new Meinl Classics Custom Dual Cymbal range!

Classics Custom Dual

The Classics Custom Dual Cymbal range are made from B12 Bronze Alloy in the Meinl German factory, using 100% renewable energy. Meinl essentially took what every drummer loved about their Classics Custom and Classics Custom Dark range and SMASHED them together to form these unique, complex cymbals that will add an extra level of sophistication to your sound!

Their lathed, polished edges allow for explosive projection and exceptional tone, while the dark centre provides a very quick punch with complex overtones and character. From blank to finished cymbal, they incorporate over 25 different steps within the manufacturing process, the most out of ANY other cymbal line Meinl manufacture.

The Meinl Classics Custom Dual range features 14 brand new cymbal options, including an assortment of hi-hats, crashes, rides, along with various effect cymbals such as splash cymbals, china and trash crashes to let the drummer carve as much colour into a musical situation as possible.

Some specific examples are 10 & 12in splashes, 14 & 15in hi-hats, 1620in crash cymbals, 16 & 18in trash-crashes, 16in trash china, 18in china and 20 & 22in ride cymbals. An assortment of these are available in two different cymbal pack forms: Classics Custom Dual Complete Cymbal Set, featuring 14in Hi-Hats, 16in Crash & 20in Ride, or the Classics Custom Dual Expanded Cymbal Set, featuring 14in Hi-Hats, 16in Trash-Crash, 18in Crash & 20in Ride!

Meinl Classic Custom Dual Hi-Hat Morph

Meinl Classic Custom Dual Rides Morph

Meinl Classic Custom Dual Crashes Morph

Meinl Classic Custom Dual Chinas Morph

Meinl’s new Classics Custom Dual range offers a new era of expression within your cymbal set-up. The combinations, and thus options, are ENDLESS with these!

We have a selection of these cymbals in stock and are available NOW!

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Make Waves With The NEW Yamaha DTX8 & 10 Electronic Drum Kits!

The year 2020 saw the release of Yamahas DTX6 Electronic Drum Kits. One year on, and Yamaha have announced their newest offering in high-end Electronics in the form of the DTX8 and the DTX10 – That’s right, Yamaha are doing mesh heads as well now! Here’s all the details…

Yamaha DTX 8 Series

Let’s firstly discuss the DTX8, as there’s a lot of familiarity to the DTX6. It uses the same DTX-Pro module, RS8 rack system and KP-90 Bass drum pad but is available in two different incarnations: DTX8K-M (Mesh) and DTX8K-X (TCS).

Both versions of the DTX8 feature the new Birch-Ply shell made in Yamahas Recording Custom factory and are fitted with absolute Lugs, making the gap between Electronic and Acoustic drums even shorter! The shells come in two different finishes: Real Wood & Black Forest, both of which are available for the DTX8K-X, and the DTX8K-M, the new MESH-HEAD Yamaha electronic kit…

DTX8K-M features Yamaha’s new 2-ply Mesh-head pads. Like other mesh-head pads on the market, these pads are tunable to allow for optimum feel and response to really personalise the playing experience. The mesh heads are easily replaceable and compatible with your preferred brand of mesh drumhead should you decide to swap it out or need a replacement further down the line.

DTX8 comes with the same DTX-PRO module, and as such allows for the same fantastic features built within. I won’t spend too much time going over the features of the DTX-PRO module, but here’s where you can learn more about it. The DTX10 however, raises the bar even FURTHER

DTX8K-M (featuring Cherrise Osei)

DTX8K-X (featuring Victoria Smith)

Yamaha DTX 10

Much like the DTX8, the DTX10 comes in two variations: DTX10K-M & DTX10K-X, respectively. It features the same Birch-Ply shells and hardware found in the DTX8 range, with more advanced pad variation included. One such example is the introduction of the new PCY175 17in 3-Zone Ride Cymbal Pad, along with the new RS10-HXR Rack, which is essentially like Yamahas Hex Rack for acoustic drums, only on STEROIDS.

Other key areas for differences continue with the KP128 Kick pad, which closely resembles a real Yamaha bass drum and is made from the same Birch shell as the tom and snare pads. The snare pad has also had an upgrade in the form of an XP125SD 2-Zone Snare Pad, available in both TCS and Mesh versions. The elephant in the room is the seriously beefed-up DTX-PROX Module, and it’s SERIOUSLY worth checking out…

DTX PRO-X MODULE

The DTX-PROX Module carries a lot of the same features found in the revolutionary DTX-PRO Module, with expanded and game-changing additions. It offers completely unique audio quality, with new samples recorded for the module in some of Europe’s best studios. These sounds can be amplified utilising a complement of studio effects, allowing for each sound to be personalised for your precise needs!

In addition to the 700+ internal sounds, the PROX module offers scope to include up to 1,000 of your own, and with up to 10 outputs available, it makes this module a serious contender for the home recording suite of the year!

The DTX-PRO & PROX modules offer the exclusive Kit Modifier Knobs, located on the face of the module. These allow the user to adjust how the kit sounds in real-time, utilising room Ambience, Compression in addition to any other effect you so desire. Another exciting new capability of the PROX module is Bluetooth capability. It’s the first Yamaha module to allow for wireless connection to other decides such as a smartphone for music.

Another extremely exciting feature of this module is Guide Audio – for when you want to use backing tracks live but don’t want a computer on stage. Once you’ve prepared your backing tracks, the module takes care of the rest for you and allows you to balance your mix without changing the overall master volume and send it to various other folks on stage.

Perhaps the most unique feature is Live Set – This allows the module to generate click tracks for stereo audio files on USB drives and send the click via the headphone output for the drummer. In English, it means you don’t need to worry about creating a click track from your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for the backing track you wish to use, the module does it FOR you. GAME. CHANGED. From there, you’re about to route pad outputs to different individual outputs for live or studio use. It’s a VERY powerful module.

Yamaha DTX10K-X (featuring Larnell Lewis)

Yamaha DTX10K-M (featuring Duayne Sanford)

Yamaha’s new DTX8 & 10 range have raised the bar again in terms of how an electronic kit should function, making the transition from electronic to acoustic drums even more streamlined.

We have the DTX8K-M, DTX8K-X, DTX10K-M and DTX10K-X available now, so check them out and see which one you think will be the perfect fit for you!

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Drummers Only Radio #51 – Michael Schack

Michael Schack is one of the most engaging and entertaining drummers of our time. He’s the poster boy for Roland and EDM music in general with his upbeat, quirky style utilising the latest in Roland sound sampling technology. Michael also produces educational content with Drumeo as one of their Drumeo Coaches.

We had to know more, so we chat with “The Schack Man” himself, Michael Schack! We talk about a whole host of things, including how a noble start in the army led him to become the Michael Schack we all know and love today.

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5 Times Thomas Lang Was A MACHINE!!!

Happy Birthday, Thomas Lang!

For those who don’t already know, Thomas Lang is an Austrian drummer residing in Los Angeles, California. If you’ve ever watched The Terminator, he’s basically the drumming equivelant of Arnold Swartznigger in that movie…but with a bit more personality and 100% more stick tricks. We held Thomas in clinic circa 2014 in Glasgow and he blew everyone away with his technical proficiancy behind the drums, so to mark his special day we gathered 5 of our favourite moments from “The Druminator” himself!

Thomas Lang – Best Drum Solo Of The World

This is probably how most of you got your introduction to Thomas Lang. He not only knows how to work a drum kit, but he knows how to effortless work a crowd, too!

Thomas Lang Plays “Time” on PDP Concept Series Set Up

I guess you could say, Thomas Lang is really good at playing…TIME (see what we did there?!)

Thomas Lang: “Mallory” Performance

Fun fact: Thomas filmed this before his audition for Freddie in the film School Of Rock, hense the outfit. I guess he didn’t realise the band had to be made from kids. He’d be a pretty rad Dewey Finn, though…

Thomas Lang playing “Finish Line” from the album “ProgPop”

You’ll absolutely benefit from watching this video five times and focus on each one of the cameras individually. The foot cam alone is INSANE!!

Thomas Lang “Sober” – Meinl Cymbals

Pardon the pun, but in this video Thomas Lang is as tight as a drum!!! His independence between all his limbs is so fluid that you’d think he has a thousand of them!

Thomas is certainly one of the greatest of our time! He’s super fluid and expressive while maintaining a cool, collected demeanor. I was first introduced to Thomas Lang in 2007, and he’s only become more incredible as the years have passed. We hope he has a fantastic birthday!

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Product Spotlight – Meinl Pure Alloy Custom Cymbals

We check out the incredible new Pure Alloy Custom Cymbals from Meinl!

What does a classic cymbal mean to you? Would it be fully lathed or have visible hammer marks? Pinpoint definition or a smooth, mellow feel?

What if you could check ALL of those boxes?

This is Meinl Pure Alloy Custom.

A timeless voice with clarity, cut and shimmer, these cymbals have an added dose of flexibility, smoothness and warm wash to give you both a classic shine AND modern mellowness.

Meinl Pure Alloy Custom tech specs

  • Smoked bronze finish top brings out visible hammer marks
  • Brilliant finish underside
  • Fully lathed top and bottom
  • Pure Alloy bronze
  • Precision hammered into shape
  • Medium-thin weight for more give
  • Classic tone with modern abilities
  • Made in Germany

The particular cymbals we used in this video were the 15in Pure Alloy Custom Medium Thin Hi-Hats, the 18in Pure Alloy Custom Thin Crash, 18in Pure Alloy Custom Trash Crash and the 22in Pure Alloy Custom Medium Thin Ride

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5 Times Joey Jordison Was The Greatest!

RIP, Joey Jordison

Joey Jordison is one of the most influential drummers of our time. As one of the founding members of metal band Slipknot, Joey inspired a generation of drummers to pick up sticks for the first time with his incredible technical ability and unmatchable power and speed. Another disasterous blow to the drumming industry, so we picked out 5 times Joey was simply the GREATEST!

Slipknot – Joey Jordison Drum cam – Disasterpiece [Live at London 2002]

People complain about wearing masks going into shops, but Slipknot were doing it before it was the law…and playing CRAZY fast metal music while doing it! Here’s Disasterpiece from London 2002, all from Joeys drum cam!

Korn ft. Joey Jordison – Blind [Live at Rock am Ring 2007]

It wasn’t unlike Joey to be a sideman/stand-in from time to time, and his performance with Korn in 2007 proves Joey doesn’t need to hide behind a mask to put on a drumming CLINIC!

Slipknot – Eyeless Live

Two things about this video that are sensational:

  1. Joeys speed and technical ability
  2. THAT HAIR SPIN!!

Metallica ft. Slipknot – Enter Sandman Joey Jordison

Another stand-in gig for Joey, this time with the LEGENDARY Metallica! Opinions about Lars aside, Joey absolutely made sure to stay in his lane playing this song…and did so IMPECCABLY.

Joey Jordison Drum Solo [LIVE]

It’s one thing to perform a drum solo infront of a massive crowd, it’s another entirely to do it while your drum riser is MOVING!! This shows not only that Joey is a phenomenal drummer, but also he’s an incredible showman!

Joey will go down in drumming history as one of the most expressive, powerful and influential drummers of all time, he’ll be deeply missed by drummers and Slipknot fans alike. He’ll be sorely missed.

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