Saturday, January 13, 2018

TROY FREUND-ALUMNI BAND NIGHT-2018-MAYVILLE, WISCONSIN-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14....

Long time pal, and hands down one of the most talented full-time professional photographers I know, Troy Freund, recently popped up in a pic with his Beier 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14. He has had this drum for years, was one of my early customers, has always been a huge supporter of Beier Drums, has been an incredible friend, and has taken some of the best images ever of my drums.

Troy used the drum at the Alumni Band Night this year, and last year in Mayville for their Alumni Band Night. He uses the drum regularly, and the image below of the 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 that he took, is an image that is timeless here. He also did the image of an earlier 2.0 Brass--6 x 14 that I offered (Pic Below), and has used my drums and myself in his promotional material.

Thank You Troy...It is always wonderful to hear from you, and really am happy we have stayed in touch over the years. I hope I can attend and participate in the lecture series next time, that would be a LOT of fun to do, and really regret missing it. But to honor my Hoosier roots, and my love of growing up in Indiana...Everything here has plum gone hog wild, and just could not do it.

See you soon my friend....












Friday, January 12, 2018

MODERN DRUMMER PODCAST WITH MIKE AND MIKE-JANUARY 2017-EPISODE 123-THE 2017 WRAP UP SHOW-MIKE DAWSON COMMENTS ON THE LINE OF BEIER 1.5 STEEL 15" SERIES...

Once again this month...I want to send out a Thank You to Mike Dawson for the mention in Episode 123, The 2017 Wrap Up Show, on the Modern Drummer Podcast. I listen to this podcast regularly which has a huge following. Mike Dawson & Mike Johnston have always done a knockout job with this...It is academic in it's approach, pointedly informative, and entertaining as well-These guy's crack me up....They are VERY funny. Perfect balance of everything. Both of these guy's are the pinnacle of professionalism, and to be mentioned on their podcast is something very special. Thanks going out to Lucas Farran for your comments on the Podcast and my drums. Great to make your acquaintance! 

Thanks Again Mike for your comments on my efforts to bring the 15" snare drum back to this industry. That is part of what I set out to do...Bring out an original, identifiable & consistent sound, and offer it to drummers everywhere. There are hundreds of  my 15" drums out on the music scene now, on tour, in studios, and on records. My attitude is is that when I finish a drum, and ship it out, I have done my best. The evaluation and thoughts on them, I leave to drummers. I am not a promoter, and have never been a good "Closer". That is of little to no interest to me. What I am interested in is when a drummer texts me from a tiny bar in the middle of Missouri to tell me his 1.5 Steel--4 x 15 is lighting him, and the band up. That....Is what music was intended to be. That....Is what I set out to do.

Being in any aspect of the music business is probably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It is difficult for everyone...No matter what part of it you are involved in. And if your truly making your drums and shells, it is compounded greatly.  But despite the nature of this business, it is the most rewarding and incredible thing I have ever done. And...I am just getting started.....

  





Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WESTON HORN & THE HUSH-THIRD VIDEO FROM DEBUT-MAT DONALDSON-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--8 X 14....

Weston Horn & The Hush just published their third video from their debut: Weston Horn & The Hush-Volume I..."She Had It All"...

As with all of their live performances, videos, and music on this record...This band is just a showcase of incredible talent. Mat Donaldson, also the owner of Drum World Tulsa, has used his 1.5 Steel--8 x 14 on all of their work, live, and in the studio.

Thanks Again Mat....And Congratulations to all of the member of Weston Horn & The Hush!









Sunday, January 7, 2018

MARK BECKETT-ELVIS LIVE ON SCREEN-GRACELAND SOUNDSTAGE-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 13...

Graceland Soundstage hosted the debut of Elvis-Live-On-Screen December 15th & 16th, and the shows, to no surprise, were a sell-out smash. This is going to be an on-going event, and it is something I truly hope to see in the future.

Nashville legend Mark Beckett was behind the kit for this, and again to no surprise...He was absolutely and utterly incredible. He was in rehearsals with the 1.5 Steel--4 x 15, but used his 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 13-Gloss White for the show which he was extremely happy with. It really surprised me he picked that drum from here, until I heard it. Link below to a clip from the show. I will be loading a number of other clips in the coming weeks. Listen and watch this clip...It truly blew my mind.

Will be adding another story to the Latest News this month on his recent production of, and playing on JD Myers new release: Till I Die.

Thank You Once Again For Everything Mark Beckett......











Saturday, January 6, 2018

CHAD MELCHERT-GORD BAMFORD-NEON SMOKE TOUR-JANUARY 2018...BEIER 1.5 STEEL--7.5 X 15...

Chad Melchert is the consummate pro, supporter, gentleman, & friend. He is also one of the most admired & respected drummers in Canada. I have been lucky enough that he connected with my gear several years ago, and he has used all three of his snare drums live and in the studio from Beier Drums non-stop since then.

Chad currently has a 1.5 Steel--4 x 15, 6.5 x 14 & most recently a 7.5 x 15. He will be heading out the end of January with Gord Bamford on the Neon Smoke Tour 2018, and will have his 1.5 Steel--7.5 x 15 with him for that. That drum will also be heading to Australia with him in Spring for their Australian Tour. 

Thanks Again Chad Melchert! Really looking forward to your feedback from the tour this month with the drum....









TODD SUCHERMAN IN HIS STUDIO...FINALLY GEORGE PROJECT...GERMANY...BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 15....

One of the world's greatest drummers, Todd Sucherman, recently released a preview of a song he is working on for a Germany based artist...Finally George. This record will be released this Spring, and I will be picking it up the second it is out! Todd was kind enough to use his 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 15 on the chorus section of this tune, and when artists include my gear in their work....That is as good as it get's for a drumsmith like myself. 

I can remember making this drum, and it is now in the hands of one of the most respected and admired drummers in the business. I have known Todd for a long time now, and he unfailingly, like all top-tier pro's, is full of enthusiasm, respect, positive energy, and has time for everyone. 

Thank You Again Todd....Very much looking forward to this...Look forward to seeing you soon....











MODERN DRUMMER-FEBRUARY 2018-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 15 & 7.5 X 15.....

The article in Modern Drummer on the Beier 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 15 & 7.5 x 15 in the February 2018 is out, and I just could not be more delighted with it. This is a follow up to the article in the February 2016 issue on the Beier 1.5 Steel--4 x 15 & 5.5 x 15.

Mike Dawson is, as I have said before, one of the great players on the scene today, and is also the quintessential journalist of this business. And quite literally...Everyone and anyone you will talk to would agree. He is a massive talent, unbelievably inquisitive, is extremely detailed, and truly get's to the heart of what drum he is using, and the music he is playing with it. He is a master at timely communication, and again....As anyone & everyone would say...Is someone who is held in high esteem as a person.

I set out to bring the 15" snare drum back to this industry, and it really is an incredible honor to have them featured in two issues of Modern Drummer...THE magazine of this business. Thank You Mike Dawson For Everything....




https://www.moderndrummer.com/article/february-2018-beier-6-5x15-7-5x15-steel-snares/


    

WARRANT LIVE IN MILWAUKEE...STEVEN SWEET....

I have been a huge fan of Warrant since their beginning, and this band today is as rockin as they always have been. I have been waiting for them to come around, and finally got to see Steven Sweet live with them again.

It has been several years since I have seen Steven. Michael Foster of Firehouse introduced me to him, & told me years ago he was one of the nicest guy's in Rock, and that is exactly what he is. He also is one of Rock's great drummers, and always has been. He is someone who has always been incredibly nice to me, and it is always a lot of fun catching up when I see him.

This band is like many from that era, in some way's they are better than they ever were....And they were great to begin with. Their latest release: Louder-Harder-Faster is an amazing full out Hard Rock record in the vein of the way records used to sound. Literally, every single song is a knockout. The songs performed live from it at the show were as well. This record to me, and to the reviews that you will read...Is a record to be proud of, and honors this band perfectly. Robert Mason is so perfect for this band, I don't see him as a replacement. He is an incredible asset, musician, and is also a helluva nice guy.

Steven has toured with a 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 for the last three years, and also has one of the first 1.5 Steel--8 x 15's I produced. Primarily he uses the 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 on the road, and that is true source of pride here at Beier Drums.

Thank You Again Steven for using my gear, mentioning me on the album sleeve, giving me a copy of this record in CD, your friendship & support, ticket, and for dinner. This show was a huge hit with everyone there, and hope to see you and the band soon....








Friday, January 5, 2018

LATEST NEWS RESUMES.....

The Latest News is resuming this month. It will include a full recap from the end of November to the end of the year. This was an incredibly busy time here, and definitely was one of the best end of the year runs I have ever had.

I have been getting a lot of questions on what, if anything, is new for this year with Beier Drums. The answer is is that several new sizes that are being completed to finish out a line. There will be a 1.5 Steel--4 x 13, & 7.5 x 13. Everything else will remain the same as always.

The 1.5 Steel Series was intended to be a mainstay, and a line of drums that will remain unchanged. They have gone over extraordinarily well, and are used worldwide in basements, clubs, arenas, and stadiums. I have never been concerned about the next big thing, the latest trend, collaborations to copy original designs, obsessive marketing, advertising, and cloning other drum makers products. While that is common in today's world in almost all businesses, that has never been my path. Nothing forward comes of that.

I set out to get into players ears, and not their wallets. This is a business, but it is Music. That means something a little different when your talking about a "Product" & "Business". If your just making things to sell, or in most cases importing, your selling yourself, and the player short I think in a lot of ways. As an analogy...We all know what happens when a band has gone into the studio to make a record to "Sell". There are many legendary disasters from those journey's. Spending your time putting something meaningful and honest into the world results in business taking care of itself-Every single time.

The journey continues into 2018....







Sunday, December 31, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM BEIER DRUMS...THANK YOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING IN 2017!

This has been an incredible year here, and it would be impossible to list everyone that has been so wonderful to me over the last year. But know this, as I have told each and every one of you directly over the course of the last year....I simple cannot say Thank You enough times. My journey has been an incredible one...And you are all responsible for that.

The Latest News as well resume in January with a recap of the final several month's of 2017! Happy New Year To You All! 


Thursday, November 30, 2017

GARRETT GOODWIN-THE STORYTELLER TOUR-CARRIE UNDERWOOD-MADISON SQUARE GARDEN-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 14....

Carrie Underwood just released by digital download: The Storyteller Tour-Stories In The Round-Live From Madison Square Garden on November 17th. This was one of the greatest tours to ever hit the road, and I had the privilege of seeing it twice....Thanks to Garrett Goodwin.

Garrett used a number of sizes for certain parts of this show on the tour: 1.5 Steel--4 x 15, 5.5 x 14 & 6.5 x 14. At Madison Square Garden, he used the 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 for select songs in the show, and his DW Snare Drums for the rest. He also has 1.5 Steel--7.5 x 15. As well, he had a great article in the March 2017 issue of Modern Drummer where he discusses his 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14. 

Garrett....Thank You for everything. Your an incredible talent, an amazing live performer, a total and complete professional, and a great guy to boot. This is so wonderful to be able to relive this tour again. Looking forward to seeing this band live again soon....






Saturday, November 25, 2017

MAT DONALDSON-NEW VIDEO FROM WESTON HORN AND THE HUSH-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--8 X 14....(UPDATED-11/26)

Mat Donaldson of Drum World Tulsa, and his band, recently released the second video (Shake) from their debut record: Weston Horn & The Hush Vol. I. Mat Donaldson is a life-long pro, and as the owner of Drum World Tulsa has played almost, if not everything there is to play out there. I have always been just thrilled that his choice of a main for live performance, and studio work, has been his 1.5 Steel--8 x 14.

This band knocked me from the beginning of the the first song on their record. (See Latest News-6/19). It is an all-star line-up of Oklahoma's best, and it is little wonder they have had such a great response.

Thank You Mat for everything & Congrats Again on yet another great production. Thanks Again as well to David Howell of Raw Photographic for use of your awesome image.

Update 11/26: Please see the Updated Link below for an excellent clip of Weston Horn & The Hush live last night at Cain's Ballroom-Tulsa, Oklahoma....




Image by David Howell of Raw Photographic







Updated Link




BRAD ELVIS-IN THE STUDIO IN CHICAGO-NEW ALBUM FROM THE HANDCUFFS-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 14 & 5.5 X 15

Brad Elvis (The Handcuffs, The Romantics, Screams, The Elvis Brothers) just finished up in Kingsize Sound Lab Studio in Chicago for an upcoming release from The Handcuffs. I was really delighted to hear he took his 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 in along with his 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 15. This is a record I am really, really looking forward to.

Brad is also the drummer for The Romantics, and has used a number of sizes of his snare drums from Beier Drums live with them. 

Thank You Brad....I will be your first customer when this record comes out! 










MIKE ZIMMERMAN-KENNY ROGERS-THE GAMBLER'S LAST DEAL TOUR-NEW COMPILATION VIDEO-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 14....

In 2016, I saw one of Nashville's greats-Mike Zimmerman, live with Kenny Rogers on The Gamblers Last Deal Tour. It was at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and it was an incredibly fun time. This show is a very special one, and they ended up extending this tour due to the huge response. I was lucky enough to see it one more time recently in Milwaukee....

There is always a lot of laughs and great conversation when visiting with Mike. Him and this band are utterly amazing. The show is a very nostalgic one, and is a review of Kenny's career and life. There is a lot of talking, pictures, etc.., The band comes in and out of this masterfully, and it honestly reminds me of some of the operas I have seen. The Florentine Opera has some of the greatest talents in that business, and this band does as well in this business. 

Mike has been using a 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 as his main for some time, and it has been his go-to drum for this entire tour. He also has a 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 which he uses in his hone studio, and for sessions. He is also starting a new project, and will certainly update the Latest News on that. He also just published a compilation video of his live performance on this tour. It is a must see and listen, link below.

Thank You Mike for giving me the opportunity to see these shows on this tour, for taking time out for my gear, and for all of the great drum talk and laughs. Really looking forward to your work coming up....







Images from The Last Year & a Half....