Sunday, 27 July 2014
Sticks In Motion, the home of forward-thinking online education for the 21st century drummer, is now live and online at www.sticksinmotion.com.
The aim is to give players around the world the tools to become great drummers, percussionists and all-round musicians. There is a broad range of lessons specifically developed to improve students’ knowledge of various styles, production techniques, studio engineering, drum tuning, music reading and a holistic approach to improving body and mind, all focused on providing players with all the tools they will need to constantly push themselves and develop their own individual sound and voice as on their instrument.
The website features a hand-picked team of tutors who are all well established and highly-experienced in their chosen styles and fields, as well as being passionate about tuition and developing players' skill sets. Alongside expert tuition, www.sticksinmotion.com will be constantly expanding with new tutors, exclusive free downloads, free audio podcasts and up-to-date news and insights from both our teaching staff's working career and the world of drums in general, all aimed at showing our students exactly what's involved and required to be a successful working drummer and performer.
Their Facebook and Twitter pages will be constantly updated and in order to provide the best possible service they want to hear your feedback to help you improve your skills as a musician.
To find out more visit www.sticksinmotion.com to start your journey to become a better drummer, plus check out the introductory YouTube video
Introducing Sticks In Motion
The website has undergone a complete overhaul to offer a clean, modern design with easy to navigate functionality. The content rich site makes it easy to find full details of the whole range of Protection Racket’s products, download the new catalogue, plus find specifics of the components that go into making these rugged, hardwearing cases.
Visitors to the site can check out many of the artists who endorse Protection Racket gear, read about them and see pictures of them proudly showing off their cases. Those keen to buy Protection Racket gear can bring up a list of worldwide dealers with a simple click of their mouse. There’s also a new Photo Gallery with a wide and varied ways Protection Racket cases are used!
‘We have been making cases for more than twenty years to the exact same specifications and using the exact same materials’, said Dean Bowdery Managing Director, ‘and although we have always have the mantra ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ we recognise the importance of constantly innovating and adapting our designs. The same applies to how we do business and the technology we use. So when we redesigned our new website we applied exactly the same approach. It is still recognisably Protection Racket, it still has loads of news, details of all the cases and the stuff we use to make them, but the website’s new, clean, modern design reflects Protection Racket as it is today, the improved navigation makes it easier to find what you need and we have added stacks of material about our artists we have never shared before.’
Check out the new website at http://www.protectionracket.com/ for all the latest news on products, endorsees as well as their Facebook or Twitter pages.
Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and will be unable to perform all of his normal drumming duties on the band's upcoming world tour in support of the group's new album, "...The Stories We Could Tell".
"I've been dealing with Parkinson's symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened," Torpey said. "I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/mr-big-drummer-pat-torpey-diagnosed-with-parkinsons-disease/
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Ginger Baker was once considered the musician least likely to survive the ‘60s. And yet, in 2014, he finds himself on the ascent. The award-winning 2012 documentary Beware of Mr. Baker brought renewed attention to his singular music, fiery and self-destructive personality, and dramatic life story. Ironically, his extreme adventurousness and impulsivity—evidenced, for example, by his leaving England and moving to Nigeria in 1970 to play and record music—are the same qualities that helped make him such a versatile and continually evolving musician. Baker has long ranked among the world’s greatest drummers, and critics have deemed his recent live shows with his quartet, Jazz Confusion, some of the best work of his career. On June 24, Motéma Music releases Why?, his first new recording in 16 years.
Track 1 Ginger Spice
Track 2 Twelve and More Blues
Track 3 Cyril Davis
Track 4 Footprints
Track 5 Ain Temouchant
Track 6 St.Thomas
Track 7 Aiko Biaye
Track 8 Why ?
Convergence is a new project from Dave Weckl and Jay Oliver. Jay was a major creative force behind Dave's first three solo releases and two Dave Weckl Band records (Rhythm of the Soul and Synergy).
Convergence reunites these longtime musical counterparts with 10 new songs. Highlights of the album include a remake of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," a nod to 1990's "Master Plan" which featured two drummers. This time, it's Dave, the incredible Chris Coleman, a first-call horn section, three gospel singers, and legendary players including Dean Brown (guitar) and Jimmy Johnson (bass).
Track 1 Apocalypto
Track 2 Sternoids
Track 3 Carousel
Track 4 Road to Connemara
Track 5 Convergence
Track 6 Cups
Track 7 Twelvin
Track 8 Hand it Over
Track 9 Higher Ground
Track 10 Incantation
Monday, 21 July 2014
Donavan Hepburn: BC2rm In Action At Commonwealth Games With Donavan Hepburn at ‘Live In Edinburgh’ "
Consummate all-rounder Donavan Hepburn is the drummer for the house band at the ‘Live in Edinburgh’ concert on the 19th July 2014, part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations 23rd July to 3rd August 2014. He will be using his rack mounted BC2rm with a Porter & Davis drum throne at the concert to feel and hear the groove as he lays it down.
The ‘Live in Edinburgh’ concert features a host of big name stars including Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs, Paloma Faith, Katherine Jenkins, Il Divo and many, many more. BBC One will broadcast the concert from Edinburgh Castle just ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. The 2014 Commonwealth Games promises to be one of the largest sporting and cultural events ever hosted in Scotland with the best athletes competing for gold in a host of world-class events.
Donavan has been the backbone of the Take That band since they reformed in 2006 and has recently played on the Gary Barlow tour, as well as being Olly Murs touring drummer of choice. He was also part of the house band for the Queen’s Jubilee concert in 2012 and is described as one of the driving forces behind the UK’s biggest names in pop, yet he still manages to be a producer and a teacher as well.
The beautifully engineered BC2rm is a slim-line (2-unit) 19” rack-mountable version of its top-of-the-line BC2 and lets drummers feel what they are playing through bone conduction. This tactile drum monitor is silent and equally suitable for studio or live events. It eliminates the need for onstage monitor subs and works well alongside in-ears, enhancing the drummers’ on-stage experience.
To find out more about the ‘Live In Edinburgh’ concert visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5T6twKGNsC208FLNV6K38Nq/edinburgh-castle-hosts-a-live-concert-for-bbc-one-this-summer.
To find out more about the BC2rm, BC2, the BC Gigster and the artists that use them please visit http://www.porteranddavies.co.uk