Multi Plantinum band Pendulum edges even closer to super-group status with the news that world renowned electronic drummer Kevin Sawka better known as KJ Sawka has joined the band.
Sawka has already contributed to the recording of Pendulums eagerly anticipated third album Immersion and will be introduced to UK audiences when he joins the bands Global tour in May.
Hailing from Seattle, Sawka was initially drawn to electronic music by the sounds of Dieselboy, LTJ Bukem and Roni Size.
His first breakthrough came with the cult all-improvisatory avant-garde drum 'n' bass trio Siamese who toured North America in 2002-2003. Shows ranged from support slots with LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad to a performance at the New Orleans Jazzfest.
His recent career has included rapturously received solo shows, tours with BT and the development of the innovate iPhone app DrumBanger.
Immersion will be previewed with the release of the single Watercolour on May 3rd.
Q: How did joining Trivium come about?
A: Ive known Paulo (Trivium bassist) for probably 15 plus years and he asked me one time to come out and tech for the band. I did that and after Travis couldnt make a tour I filled in for him and pretty much just stayed in the band.
Q: How has the reaction from fans been?
A: The reaction has been pretty much mostly positive. Ive had lots of people come up saying they like the new song. The tours been awesome. Its been my first time overseas and its definitely been cool.
Q: What kit are you using right now?
A: Im using a PDP kit that Trivium owns over here. Its a nice kit. I just use a five piece. A small and practical set up, maybe just four cymbals, one kick drum and thats it. Back in the States we have a DW kit that we use.
Q: How is the rest of 2010 looking for Trivium?
A: Were going home to start working on new stuff. Well probably be writing and practising for three or four months then were all going to rent out a house together. Well probably start that in August or something and itll taker a couple of months. Then well be back touring.
Yamaha has unveiled the latest addition to its electronic kit range.
The DTX550K is billed as the first mid-priced model to feature the companys DTX-PAD Textured Cellular Silicone Head technology. Built around a 10 DTX-PAD snare, the kit aims to offer drummers high levels of dynamic feel and control.
The kit also includes an in-built suspension dampening system which absorbs energy from the hands and wrists, making playing all the more comfortable.
Natural rebound tom heads, compact pads and flexible three zone playability are all also included in the DTX550K. It sounds pretty cool right?
For more information head to http://uk.yamaha.com. And, check here for the latest deals on Yamaha DTX drums.
World class drum performances will be held on Saturday, June 26th, 2010. Yet again, some of the world's top drummers will present drum entertainment and showmanship of an extraordinary level. The technical realisation of the event along with the line up is among the best in the world making the Meinl Drum Festival a memorable experience for every drummer.
Meinl is pleased to announce the line up for their upcoming Meinl Drum Festival taking place on the company's premises on June 26th, 2010:
Additional master classes, autograph sessions, drum circles, a Meinl cymbal exhibition, guided production tours, and the give-away of Meinl cymbals and percussion instruments will complete this extraordinary experience.
Doors open at 9am and the event will last until about 9pm.
Here's an interesting interview with Earth, Wind, and Fire drummer John Paris.
Want to see Virgil Donati busting some chops? Well, here you are.
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