During the last weeks a youtube clip of american funk combo Vulfpeck drew a lot of attention from the drumming community. Firstly, because the Michigan based band once more demonstrates their exceptional feel, tightness and funkyness, what, in my eyes, makes them one of the most interestings acts of these days; but also because of their guest drummer`s extraordinary performance: Michael Bland, mostly known for his long year engagement with Prince & The New Power Generation, nails the supposedly simple and “unclicked” groove for their new track “Hero Town” in such a relaxed and yet impressive way, that it brings a smile to every dedicated groove connoisseur. “Deep pocket drumming” at it`s finest – including Michael`s rather unusual stick-holding-technique. I wrote an exclusive workshop for bonedo drums with examples of some of Bland`s typical grooves and fills as well as a transcription and re-recording of the eight bar drum-solo. Check it out on bonedo drums!
this two-part video workshop shows, how simple drum recordings, done with just a laptop-mic, a smartphone or one or two drum microphones, can be manufactured to create individual and fun loops. the (video)-series, produced exclusively for bonedo, is in german language only (sorry abou that..) and has corresponding text-info for part 1 and part 2, which you can also find at bonedo.
since a couple of weeks drumtrainer berlin is online. at drumtrainer.online there is tips & tricks & performances by many outstanding drummers – and i am happy to be one of them. i recorded a three-part lesson on concepts interpretating musical phrases at the drumtrainer studio (german language only). you can watch the course-teaser for free, all course-modules are available for just a few bucks – if you are a member (from € 1.- / month). come on and explore the all new drumtrainer online and find out about the fine national (rubow, pfennig, lehrmann and many others) and international drummers (carlock, lewis, robinson …) sharing their knowledge.
it seems, whatever jojo mayer touches, turnes into something beautiful, spectacular and highly aesthetic. his film “changing time” turns out to be one of the best music-documentaries out there, giving insight to personal history, creative thinking just as everyday life moments of one of the most proficient ad innovative drumming musicians on our planet. an absolute must watch!
with the drumKAT, u.s.-american manufacturer kat inc. / alternate mode developed the probably best and most complex percussive midi controller ever built. it is a dinosaur, but one that even today still knows how to impress. i wrote a little “secret tip electronics” on bonedo.de featuring my very own drumKAT, version 3.8 – unfortunately german language only.
with sensory percussion, new york / los angeles based drumtech-company sunhouse have started a true revolution. their unseen sensor-technology in combination with their software application enables the modern drummer to enter a whole new world with a sensory-percussionized acoustic kit – including all new and creative possibilities to manipulate sounds. i was lucky enough to get a four-sensor-complete-kit, which i recently introduced, explained and reviewed on bonedo.de in word, pic & video
(only in german language).
los angeles based software developers output created “exhale”,
a truly groundbreaking innovation when it comes to working with vocal sounds:
exhale is a playable vocal engine built for producers, composers, artists and sound designers. it’s the first truly modern vocal engine. and that’s just exactly my thing!