So proud to have been featured
on the cover of Drums Etc!
This is a recent addition to my setup. I love that I have access to over 100 different sounds, some are ethnic percussion sounds from around the world which would be too fragile or complicated to mic on a regular drumset, and some of the sounds are just crazy futuristic sounding tones, all are so fun to incorporate into the drumset.
I use this with a BOSS RC-3 Loop Station so I can make my own loops and layers with the sounds in the Wavedrum (Will Calhoun was the first drummer I saw do this).
I have been using Sabian cymbals since I was 9, there are no other cymbals for me.
It all started when I was 9, and begging my parents for that shiny fire-engine-red Westbury drumset. They said ‘well, no that won’t be happening, but try the piano!’, but my dad did take me to a music store and, for reasons no one knows, instead going the traditional route and buying me a practice pad, or say a snare drum, he bought me… a set of Sabian B8 hihats. Only the hihats! And that was it: no drums for you! So I had to fill in the rest of the set myself, with anything I could find; barstools, phonebooks, coffee table, pots and pans, the cats….anything to fill out the rest of the set. So you can imagine it, these shiny, very real and very loud full blown hihats with my hand crafted set built around it, rocking out to Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Kiss.
It was awesome! Such great memories… but I recently after all these years had to go back and ask my dad, why JUST the hihat? He has no idea. And even though I’ve checked out what else is available out there, there are no other cymbals for me. There is simply not another company on the planet that is as innovative, has consistently excellent quality, and is creating a spectrum of such rich musical tones. I’m blown away everytime I sit behind my kit and play these great cymbals!
Visiting the Sabian Factory I came away with such a profound respect for the craftsmanship, tradition, and the warm community of people that are dedicated to excellence, and the continued success of this company. I was lucky enough to work on some prototype sounds with Mark Love, the Picasso of Sabian, he is responsible for so many of the amazing tones and colors we hear from these cymbals.
WHAT I’M USING
I love using the HHX line of cymbals, for their dark and modern tones, so inspiring to play these cymbals!
My main setup usually consists of (but can vary depending on the situation):
- 18” AAX OMNI Ride/Crash
- 17” HHX Ozone Crash
- 20” HHX Prototype Ride (similar to the Evolution Ride)
- 17” Fierce Crash
- 13” HHX Groove Hats
- 12” Prototype Artisan Hats
- 7” HHX Evolution Splash
Vic Firth simply make the finest sticks in the world, and I have used them my entire drumming life. By just holding the sticks in my hands without even hitting anything yet, they already feel great!
Vic Firth himself is such an inspiring story of a huge success both as a musician with the Boston Symphony, and as a businessman starting the most successful stick company in the world. It all started by Vic wanting to raise the standard of excellence in the way drumsticks were made, (he started crafting the sticks himself to meet his own standards as an actual player) and this spirit continues to this day. They are such an innovative company with so many musical design ideas for sticks, and the website as a resource for drummers is second to none. Also, check out the great Pepper Shakers!!
WHAT I’M USING
- 85A Hickory model stick
- Steve Smith Tala Wands
- Heritage Brushes
The spirit of Evans is one of forward thinking and risk taking, which can be seen in the innovation of new exciting drumheads consistently being brought to musicians worldwide.
Evans has such a rich musical tone which brings the best out of each drum, and best crafts the individual’s unique expression on their instrument.
WHAT I’M USING
- I use G1 Coated on both Snares.
- On the toms I use Power Centers on the tops AND bottom of all the toms, inspired from Tony Williams.
- For the Bass Drum I use the EMAD Clear.
When it was time for me to ‘come of age’ and get my first real pro drumset, I was faced with the daunting choice of all the big drum names out there. Which to choose and why? I remember thinking of all my favorite players, and what they played on records and DVD’s. Sonor always jumped out at me; they had that extra-special attention to craftsmanship (the drums looked AWESOME and you could always tell they were Sonor right away), and a direct, pure, very musical unique ‘note’ that I hadn’t heard anywhere else. Many of my favorite drummers like Steve Smith, Jojo Mayer, Jack DeJohnette and many others embodied this in their sound and expression, a unique class of excellence. For me there are no other drums!
WHAT I’M USING
Sonor S-Classix, Birch: 12” tom, 10” tom, 14”floor tom, 8”tom, 20” bass drum
Sonor Jungle Set, Maple: 14” snare, 10” tom, 14” floor tom, 10” 16” bass drum
Snares: (current setup) Sonor Prolite Brass Snare, 14”/5”, and 10” 3007 Force Maple side snare
Pedal: Sonor Jojo Mayer ‘Perfect Balance’