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March 2010 News Roundup

World renowned electronic drummer KJ Sawka joins Pendulum!

KJ Sawka

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 Pendulum’s eagerly anticipated third album Immersion and will be introduced to UK audiences when he joins the band’s 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.

Quick interview with Trivium's new drummer Nick Augusto

Nick Augusto

Q: How did joining Trivium come about?

A: “I’ve 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 couldn’t 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. I’ve had lots of people come up saying they like the new song. The tour’s been awesome. It’s been my first time overseas and it’s definitely been cool.”

Q: What kit are you using right now?

A: “I’m using a PDP kit that Trivium owns over here. It’s a nice kit. I just use a five piece. A small and practical set up, maybe just four cymbals, one kick drum and that’s it. Back in the States we have a DW kit that we use.”

Q: How is the rest of 2010 looking for Trivium?

A: “We’re going home to start working on new stuff. We’ll probably be writing and practising for three or four months then we’re all going to rent out a house together. We’ll probably start that in August or something and it’ll taker a couple of months. Then we’ll be back touring.”

Yamaha announce a new electronic drum kit

Yamaha DTX550K

Yamaha has unveiled the latest addition to its electronic kit range.

The DTX550K is billed as the first mid-priced model to feature the company’s 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 And, check here for the latest deals on Yamaha DTX drums.

The line-up for the Meinl 2010 Drum Festival has been anounced!

Meinl Drum Festival 2010

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:

  • Gergo Borlai, Hungary
  • Oli Rubow (De-Phazz) & Bertil Mark (Thomas D), Germany
  • Dave Mackintosh (Dragonforce), England
  • Chris Coleman (Prince, Chaka Khan, NKOTB), USA
  • Thomas Lang, Austria

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.

Ticket prices:

  • Presale - €20
  • Box office - €23
  • Reduced price for students - €17
  • Kids up to the age of 12 - free

This Month's Videos

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.

Funny Stuff

Check out this hilarious rock drummer. I love this guy!

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