Monday, December 31, 2012

Pearl Solicits Beats From Drummers Worldwide

You have to hand it to Pearl for coming up with one of the coolest promotions in recent memory. With the launch of Project 108, the mega drum company is inviting drummers from around the world to send in videos of themselves playing four bars at 108 beats per minute. Accepted submissions will be combined with videos of such Pearl endorsers as Scott Johnson, Todd Sucherman, Terence Higgins, and Omar Hakim to create a seamless patchwork of grooves and chops. The only proviso is that all vids must feature drummers playing Pearl drums. Hey, you can’t blame them – they came up with this cool idea, after all!

Interested? Go here to get started.

Nice project from Pearl ;) Check their site for videos and rules!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gregg Bissonette's first ever Groove Camp

World-renowned drumming superstar Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, David Lee Roth, James Taylor, etc) will host his first ever Gregg Bissonette Groove Camp in Thousand Oaks, California on March 15th-17th.

Presented by MUSO Entertainment, known from organizing the Thomas Lang Drum Boot Camps, the Gregg Bissonette Groove Camp (GBGC) will offer a limited number of students a total of 24 hours of hands-on, intensive playing alongside one of the world's most prolific and respected drummers.

The GBGC offers three, eight-hour days of hands-on drumming in a small-scale classroom setting featuring instruction in a variety of techniques and musical drumming styles including: pop, rock, jazz, metal, latin, country, punk, reggae, big band, blues, hip hop, linear funk and old school funk among others.

Sponsors include: Mapex, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, LP, DW, Shure and Samson.

Please visit for pricing and additional information. Be one of the first five students to register and receive Gregg's latest dvd 'Yesterday * Today * Tomorrow'.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Dirk Verbeuren talks about new Soilwork album

Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren has given an exclusive interview to, mostly talking about the band's upcoming double album 'The Living Infinite', but also his thoughts on social media and his favorite drum fills, among other topics.

The drummer says he is stoked about the recording session for 'The Living Infinite' at Fascination Street Studio in Varberg, Sweden. Looking back at the process, Dirk says he worked pretty hard for about eight days in a row:
"Well, nine days technically. I started on the evening of the first day and ended on the afternoon of the last day. I think I got everything done and so far no one has told me that I have to come back in! [laughs]"

Speaking about 'The Living Infinite', Soilwork's first double album, Dirk says:
"It's definitely a bit intimidating when you think about it just because recording a regular album can be pressure and there usually ends up being some pressure in the studio to get everything done. So the idea [starts laughing] of making it harder for ourselves was kind of interesting at first. But I guess we all had time to kind of, you know, get used to that idea and prepare for it. It was still kind of a germ until we realized that we did have a ton of material."
Dirk has recorded about 24 dvds worth of drum footage. He is planning to sit down in the next few weeks and edit something together so he can give fans a taste of the drums for Soilwork's next release.

For the complete interview, including Dirk's thoughts on social media and his favorite drum fill that he has recorded, please visit