A bit late, I know… Been a crazy three months! The Bumblefoot tour was awesome. Saw many old friends and made many new ones. Almost all shows were sold out and the crowds were amazing. The purpose of this “loose” club tour was to test the waters to see if Bumblefoot fans were still around after not having toured for eight years, because of Ron’s commitment to Guns N’ Roses. Boy were they still around! So now that we know, we’ll be back as soon as possible, with a proper production… And after hopefully doing a new album this year.
NAMM was great as always. Playing the Whisky was a dream come true (despite serious technical difficulties). Straight off the plane I did a show in NYC with the amazing Kudisan Kai, and Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid joined us for a tune. Good times!
2014 promises to be a busy year. Totally stoked!
Excited to be doing two shows with Bumblefoot on the West Coast during the annual NAMM convention. Finally scratching the Whisky off my bucket list!
Jan 23 – Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, CA (w/ Uli Jon Roth)
Jan 24 – Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV
More info on the Shows page.
Op zondag 29 december zal ik eenmalig een middag privé-drumlessen verzorgen in Poppodium Duycker in Hoofddorp. Er is slechts een beperkt aantal plaatsen beschikbaar dus boek snel! De kosten voor een les (1 uur) zijn €70,00. Reserveringen via dit formulier.
Folks who’ve been following me for a little while or have spoken to me personally in recent months know that I’ve become a huge fan of Q Drum Co.. I’m very excited to be joining their family of artists.
Not only do they build amazing drums, the crew also consists of a bunch of guys who are, like me, “drum connoisseurs” in the first place, and are not just chasing Dollars. I have had many opportunities to sign to various big drum companies over the years, but I’ve never been a fan of mass-produced drums or working with big corporations where I would be little more than a name on a long list. So I’ve been holding off until a company would come along that made sense and felt right for me to associate myself with, and of which I felt I could stick with for a long time. A company who respects me for the drummer that I am (and not the number of tour dates on my website) and is excited to collaborate with me because of our shared passion for drums and music. A personal relationship with a small company where the guy who picks up the phone is the same guy who builds my drums. And that guy knows my playing, the band(s) I play with, can make valuable recommendations and suggestions about my gear, and will then physically be building my drums with all that in mind. It doesn’t get better than that.
For those unfamiliar with Q Drum Co., check out their website at www.qdrumco.com and their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/QDrumCo.
Q was founded by former OCDP artist rep and master builder Jeremy Berman, and is co-owned by drummer Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails, Paramore). Jeremy has many years of drum building experience, as well as having worked as a drum tech (tours and studio) for many major names. There is no better source of knowledge and understanding of how drums sound and work than having physically worked with just about all the drum brands out there, in various musical settings. Jeremy’s work with metal shells is extremely refreshing. Stuff that’s never been done before. He truly is an artist and a half.
Here’s a killer video of Ilan playing a mahogany kit (brass snare with custom patina):
More videos at Q Drum Co.’s YouTube channel.