<![CDATA[ZtheDrummer.com - Z blogs?]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:22:30 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Endorse? Why Me?]]>Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:36:54 GMThttp://zthedrummer.com/z-blogs/endorse-why-mePicturePorter & Davies BC2 Tactile Monitoring System
I'll start with this FB message I recently received...

"Hey man, congrats on the endorsement but I can't figure out why these drum companies give endorsements to cover bands."

First off, Yes I did get another endorsement and the product is not readily available. In fact, I am the first one to own this specific product in my area of the country. I am proud to join the Porter & Davies Artist family. This BC2 does really kick arse. Now back to how endorsements work....

No they are not free. Based on discretion of manufacturer; your endorsement could be anywhere from 10% to 70% off MSRP. The reason an artist gets this discount is because they choose to play that product exclusively and publicly praise the quality of product. Also, the artist endorses the product. The manufacturer does not endorse the artist. An artist is an ambassador of the product. So why me?   Plain and simple... grass roots exposure. The manufacturers know my performance schedule. They know the audience quantity that will hear their products and see them up close. They know that a fellow drummer who sees my gear can actually talk to me up close and even try it out. That is a much cheaper marketing investment than magazine advertisements.

So why a cover/tribute band? The main reason is disposable income. I earn, pay Uncle Sam and need tax write offs. Manufacturers know that my 140+ shows a year is better than an original band touring 6 months in a van. I can spend money on gear and they hope I spend it on their gear. In the meantime, I promote to others to spend their money on same gear through retail.

Here is a great article from Drum Magazine on drum endorsements.

Peace, Love and Groove to you all,
Z the drummer

<![CDATA[Love Soultone Cymbals]]>Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:15:55 GMThttp://zthedrummer.com/z-blogs/love-soultone-cymbalsPicture
I recently signed on as an endorser for Soultone Cymbals. Can't say enough good things about them. They sound amazing and are extremely durable. I knew the lifespan of my previous cymbals (cough, cough, Sabian, cough) and could always feel when the breaking point will happen. Let's just say I have surpassed that feeling with Soultones.

Here is some info on them:


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<![CDATA[Yes I play to tracks.]]>Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:58:48 GMThttp://zthedrummer.com/z-blogs/yes-i-play-to-tracksPicture
The blog title says it all. And so do most "big name" drummers that you see live. In this day and age, digital recordings are more layered and stacked with guitars, percussion, orchestras, multiple vocal parts, unknown sampled sounds and even movie lines. The only way to reproduce all these sounds within a touring budget is to create "play along" prerecorded tracks. News flash here. On occasion that favorite singer with the high falsetto voice is not singing. Due to excessive touring and the occasional bug, they lose their voice but the show must go on. Many of them will prerecord their songs or at least the difficult vocal parts.

As a drummer, you control those tracks. If you do not actually start or stop them; you at least must play along and remain in the right section at all times. To do this, you need to play along to a click track (metronome) which is in sync with the prerecorded tracks. You may play  32 bars before you here any samples but your job is to know exactly when that sample hits. Perfect tempo and song knowledge is key here.

Without going into too much detail on equipment and technique; I will leave you with this. Next time you here sounds that no one on stage is producing; chances are the drummer knows and may be controlling it.

<![CDATA[New Drums & Sticks in 2013]]>Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:57:25 GMThttp://zthedrummer.com/z-blogs/new-drums-sticks-in-2013Picture
Fortune Drums are amazing hand crafted custom drums made in Cleveland, OH.  I have played this touring kit since 2005 and am excited to have a new kit in 2013. My new kit will be the exact same shell sizes except the finish will be Orange Clear Acrylic (Think Bonham amber Vistalite from the 70s). Look for them in the Spring.

This is the artwork for my 2013 Signature Drum Stick. Thank You Grover Percussion and SilverFox Drumsticks.

<![CDATA[No training wheels needed.]]>Sat, 22 Dec 2012 20:31:32 GMThttp://zthedrummer.com/z-blogs/no-training-wheels-neededPicture
Click tracks are like training wheels on a bike. Training wheels keep you balanced between leaning left or right. When you ride balanced, you don't need them. You only hear the click when you are slightly ahead of or behind it.When you don't hear it, you are on tempo.

Last night while playing live; I accidentally unplugged in mid song the cord to my earpieces that supply me the click. Thirty seconds later when I finally realized and fumbled around to plug it back in; I was delighted that my tempo was still in time. Unless I saw the cable unplugged, I would have never known because the tempo felt so right. The proof was looking at my band and not one noticed.

<![CDATA[Follow me on twitter! ]]>Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:10:46 GMThttp://zthedrummer.com/z-blogs/follow-me-on-twitterPicture
Hello Internet surfers and especially friends. After many years, it was time to make a website and promote myself by more than word of mouth. Please follow my tweets on twitter by clicking on the social Bird on left. I want to rant and rave more and actually, I need a lot more followers. Many exciting things planned for 2013 and I want to share them with you.