Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rae Amitay is Mares of Thrace's new drummer

Calgar's heavy duo Mares of Thrace, fronted by baritone guitarist/vocalist Thérèse Lanz, has announced a new drummer.

Due to getting into the educational program of her dreams and its subsequent conflicts with touring, original drummer Stefani MacKichan has decided to step down.

Mares of Thrace's new drummer is Rae Amitay, a former student of Berklee School of Music. She spends her time playing drums for various projects, singing, and writing about metal. Says Rae:

"I am ridiculously happy to announce that I'm the new drummer for Mares of Thrace. Thank you, Thérèse Lanz for buying me my first deck of Magic cards and welcoming me into the band. Stefani MacKichan, you're an amazing drummer and overall badass. Best of luck with absolutely everything."

Watch a video of Rae playing a metal drumming medley:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Joost Luub invents barrel organ drum machine

In most European city streets you can easily walk into a barrel organ with someone shaking a penny tray, but always out of rhythm.

Amsterdam-based art student Joost Luub, also known as drummer with Wooden Constructions, got so bothered, he decided to make ​​a new kind of barrel organ: one that exclusively plays drums.

As part of his graduation thesis at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Joost decided to combine the system of classical organ with his passion for drumming.

With the help of a professional builder, he managed to build a working 'barrel organ drum machine'.

Joost hopes music festivals such as Lowlands will pick up his invention and give his drum organ a spot on the festival grounds.

If you want to know how it works and sounds, click here for a short item by Dutch news organization NOS including a video (in Dutch, no subtitles).

Sounds good, looks better :P
Keep drumming ;)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Vater welcomes José Pasillas to its artist family

Vater Percussion welcomes José Pasillas, drummer of the multi-platinum Incubus, to its family of endorsing artists.

José, who used to play Pro-Mark sticks, is now using the Vater 7A in wood tip.
The drummer is currently on tour in Europe with Incubus before he and his band return to the United States for a summer tour with Linkin Park.

The sticks I use at the moment. Nice ones ;)
Pro-Mark and Vater are clearly two of the greatest brands! Nice choice José.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Rich Redmond Clinics

Date: July 5, 2012
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Venue/Info:  Cedar Logde 

Date: July 11, 2012
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Venue/Info: Metalworks Institute

Date: August 19, 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
Venue/Info: Vic’s Drum Shop

Date: September 28, 2012
Location: San Mateo, CA
Venue/Info: Hillsdale High School

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