News Archive


Learn to Play Day 2017: Event Update

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Learn to Play Day 2017 is building momentum with lots of new events being announced. Check out the thousands of FREE music lessons available for everyone at venues across the country and find one near you. The flagship event of the charity Music for All has just had its own anthem created by UK singer...

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Ed Graham Is Back With New Band

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Less than three years after his departure from the British rock act The Darkness, original drummer and founding member Ed Graham is back with a new alternative rock band, Puppets To The Supreme Commander, and the release of their debut single, “Ball & Chain”. The single, from the...

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DW Design Series Snare

Monday, May 29th, 2017

DW took a rolled 1mm, bead-reinforced, all-brass shell and decked it out with everything the Design Series has to offer. There’s little doubt that this snare drum will more than get the job done in any musical situation. This studio-quality snare is high-end in every way, except for its modest...

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DW 5000 Series Cajon Pedal

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

A 5000 Series specialty pedal for today’s most demanding players, the DW Cajon Pedal is an externally-mounted unit that’s compatible with virtually every cajon model in the industry. Employing DW’s industry-leading remote cable technology and a unique new Pivot Drive System™, The...

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The anatomy of your drum kit

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

The choices facing the prospective buyer of drum gear is staggering. Much depends on your budget, but basically the drum kit is a simple instrument made up of numerous components. Knowing something of how these parts are constructed will help you to make informed choices when buying. Here we show...

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Aaron Spears recalls horror of explosion at Manchester show

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Ariana Grande‘s drummer Aaron Spears  is recalling the horrifying moment a bomb went off at Grande’s May 22 show in Manchester, England a blast that ultimately killed more than 20 and injured close to 60. Many children and young people are among the victims. Aaron Spears, who was heading back...

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Leo Taylor joins Dream Cymbals

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Dream Cymbals has welcomed young drummer Leo Taylor from Area 11 into the UK family of artists. Area 11 are an electronic rock band, whose recent album ‘Modern Synthesis’ hit No.27 in the UK album charts and No.2 in the UK Rock charts. Area 11 has toured the UK twice to capacity audiences...

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Rikki Rockett Talks

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

In July of 2015, Rikki Rockett, the happy-go-lucky drummer for one of the most notorious bands to emerge from the Sunset Strip in the ’80s, was diagnosed with oral cancer. Intense chemotherapy and radiation treatment followed, but Rockett’s cancer recurred. In the midst of all this, the father...

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The PO-32 tonic pocket operator

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

In 2015, Teenage Engineering released the first line of pocket operators, the PO-10 series, successfully launching some of the smallest and most affordable synthesisers on the market. These were followed up in 2016 with the launch of the PO-20 series. This time around the firm presents the newest...

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Gold D6 Drum Microphone

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Audix, a leading manufacturer of application-specific vocal and instrument microphones, has announced that in celebration of International Drum Month the company will be giving away one custom-made, gold-plated D6, dynamic instrument microphone.

The D6 is Audix’s flagship instrument microphone...

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Jeff Olson Talks

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

I cut my teeth playing at a weekly blues jam down in Austin hosted by some old-school blues cats who took me under their wing and taught me about playing musically and responding to other players. Every Sunday my parents would take me because I couldn’t drive or even get into the seedy bar! Throughout...

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Steve Holley Talks

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Steve Holley here, hoping everyone is doing well. Some of you may remember me from my time as a member of Paul McCartney’s Wings. I’m currently on a world tour with Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, celebrating my thirtieth year with Ian. I’d like to introduce you to a new record I’m part of...

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Manu Katche Session Drummer reflects on his career

Friday, May 19th, 2017

He’s one of the most respected session players in the business, he’s a bandleader, and a TV star in his native France. He is that rarest of musicians, a chameleon able to adapt to any musical situation yet with a sound and style that are unmistakably his own. He’s Manu Katché. As a youngster,...

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Jim Macaulay Talks

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

As I write this you’ll find me with a cold one in my hand, gazing out over the azure blue of the Mediterranean. Not really, I’m sitting on a flight case at the back of Newcastle Academy trying to stay out of the rain. However, despite the apparent lack of glamour, I can assure you there is no...

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Job, Buyer – Drums And Percussion

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Our growing team is looking to recruit a Drums & Percussion Buyer to join our Purchasing Department at our new HQ premises in York. Working alongside the category merchandiser, you will develop and own vendor relationships across the portfolio and will be responsible for sourcing, evaluating...

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