Archive | Drums and Percussion

Interview with Tom Hoare of The Drummer’s Journal [podcast]

You’ve heard of boutique drum builders and cymbalsmiths, but what about a boutique drum magazine?

Tom Hoare, editor of The Drummer’s Journal — a free, online drum magazine based out of the UK — grew up reading the major drum mags, but now thinks it’s time to shake things up.

“I grew up reading these magazines like Rhythm and Drummer, and I felt they were really, really good. But as I got older, I started to feel like they just weren’t really giving me what I wanted to read anymore, and I felt that they were featuring the same people and the same interviews. And what they do, they do it absolutely really, really well, but I thought there was something different I could offer.”

What Does it Take at Juilliard? Some Kind of Spark

Regular readers know that music education is an important issue to me. In fact, it reminds me of that old Barack Obama quote, “You didn’t build that” (tongue firmly in cheek). If you’ve been successful in music (or just gotten pretty good at an instrument), chances are someone along the way helped you. It might have been a parent, older sibling, music store employee, or teacher. Whomever it was, you know that reaching your goals is easier with support.

I’m asking you to support an independent filmmaker, Ben Niles, get more exposure for his new film Some Kind of Spark, which follows kids in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. It’s up for Indiewire’s Film of the Month against three other films. If Some Kind of Spark wins this competition, Ben will receive a consultation from the Tribeca Film Institute!

Huge News! We are now Outlaw Drums’ exclusive dealer

Last year, GearPipe partnered with Michael Outlaw of Outlaw Drums on a snare drum giveaway. I was blown away by Michael’s passion (and his story…the dude builds drums from wood reclaimed from 19th century barns and houses), and when I received an Outlaw snare drum of my own, I couldn’t believe the quality.

Since then, Michael and I have continued talking, and recently came to an exciting agreement. Michael’s passions are finding amazing wood and building beautiful drums. I love talking to people (online and off) about musical instruments. So, I’m happy to announce that GearPipe is now the exclusive dealer of Outlaw Drums. And I (through my marketing agency, Drive Channel Creative) will be in charge of marketing for the brand.

Help Nude spread music making to La Habra, CA students [Pick Education]

While the California band Nude is busy pushing their new album, Fearless Generation, they never forget that without the inspiration of someone when they were young, they never would have dedicated their lives to what they love, making music.

That’s why members of the three man band (Tony Karlsson, Bobby Amaro, and Dave Mattera) volunteer at Washington Middle School, along with community centers and other schools in La Habra, California, teaching students to play music.

Pick Education is Dead, Long Live Pick Education

For those of you not following the story, we did not win the GOOD Magazine grant, which would have funded our Pick Education program.

I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed. We could have done a lot of good with the $2,500 prize, but it was not meant to be. Nevertheless, I think this program’s potential for good is too great to ignore, and I think now is the time in my life to start giving back.