Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MODERN DRUMMER PODCAST-MIKE & MIKE-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 15.....


It was great to be mentioned by Mike Dawson in the Gear Section recently in Episode 56 of the Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike & Mike. Also included was a Product Close-Up Video of the drum by Mike Dawson. This will be included in an upcoming issue of Modern Drummer.

This podcast, by far and away...Is my favorite. It is very educational, casual at the same time, and to be honest...They both really crack me up. It is funny! But in all of that, they have the perfect balance of all of those. I find myself at the end of these retaining so much more than I usually do from other broadcasts, and also find it much easier to follow throughout it. In short...They just do a phenomenal job with this. 

Sometimes when I listen to episodes, it reminds me of when I was in college. Everyone has had/has a teacher who had a light-hearted & humorous approach, but also was very intelligent, educated, and ultra-qualified to talk about what they were/are teaching. That was the teacher you learned the most from, and retained information from most easily. That is the Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike Johnston & Mike Dawson. I really hope these two keep this going for a long time to come...It is too good not to be out there. 

Thanks Again Mike Dawson..... 

  




 







Tuesday, September 13, 2016

JULES RADINO-ATT AUDIENCE NETWORK-BLUE OYSTER CULT-1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 14...

Blue Oyster Cult recently taped a show for ATT Audience Network that aired on September 2nd. It was recorded at Red Studios in Los Angeles, & they were performing their legendary album Agents Of Fortune in it's entirety.

Jules Radino has been using my snare drums a lot for the last three years, and plays live on the road with a 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14. For that show, he used that drum as well. He also has and has used his 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 15 & 4 x 15 live with BOC, and with other bands.

It is so great these guys come around often to this area. They are a very enduring and popular act, and arguably are one of the most influential bands in the history of Rock. I lost track a long time ago the number of bands out there that have stated they were inspired & influenced by them. I always marvel at how great they are live, and always have the best time with them. They are pretty hilarious to be around, and it is a lot fun catching up. Add to that, they recently have been taking Jim Mears out with them. Jim is, hands down, one of the best TM' and Drum Tech's out there, and is an excellent drummer to boot.

Thanks Again Jules Radino for everything. See you all soon....













Saturday, September 10, 2016

JASON HARTLESS & RANDY WALKER-TED NUGENT'S SONIC BAPTIZM TOUR-1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14....

I recently got to see Ted Nugent live, and had the good fortune to be able to have my 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 on this tour as a back-up snare for Pearl Artist-Jason Hartless. 

Long time friend, and huge supporter...Randy Walker has always been a big believer in what I am up to here at Beier Drums. He introduced me to Jason, as well as many others. He currently has three of my drums in his studio-Media 22 Productions in Scottsdale, AZ. His 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 15 is his primary go-to as well. October will also bring him into a 1.5 Steel--8 x 14. Randy is a multi-dimensional talented drummer & engineer. He has performed live with Pat Travers, with Eddie Money unplugged, & played on Steve Oliver's hit record "World Citizen," on "Watching The World". For that he used one of my drums as well. He also has done extensive engineering & studio work with David Ellefson, Tesla, and a slew of others.

Jason Hartless is already widely known in the early phases of his career, and for good reason. Bottom line, and to repeat something I have said many times since the show: He is the finest drummer Ted Nugent has ever taken out on tour. All of Nugent's bands have been great....Always. But this line-up, with Greg Smith again on Bass....Is unmatched. And it is one those deals, like we all have experienced, you know it from the first song into the set. I was thinking..."Whoa....Here we go....!"

Jason is constantly involved in studio work back home in Michigan, has worked with numerous accomplished producers and drummers, and is also a student at Berklee. He is, quite simply, just an incredibly talented & knowledgeable player from A-Z. To have my 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 out on the road with him was awesome. I have watched his studio clips before, and they are great. But live......He just lights it up, in a very big way.

Thanks Again For Everything Jason & Randy. You guys better roll through here next year. This was too good of a time not to repeat! 

















Thursday, September 8, 2016

DUNNETT CLASSIC DRUMS WINS INTERNATIONAL TITANIUM ASSOCIATION APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT AWARD FOR 2016...

I saw this recently, and just simply had to acknowledge this. Ronn Dunnett, owner of Dunnett Classic Drums, recently was the recipient of the International Titanium Association Application Development Award for 2016. This is very significant on a number of levels.

First of all, this is a very prestigious award from an organization that covers virtually all areas of industry, science, and engineering. Secondly, it is an award that is long overdue for Ronn Dunnett. Ronn introduced his Titanium Snare Drum in 1991, and has spent the last 25 years promoting the attributes of this metal within our industry. That, in and of itself, is an incredible feat. In this business...different ideas come and go so fast....It is hard to even notice them sometimes.

History does matter. Noble & Cooley gave us single-ply steambent shells & hybrid shells. Pete Stanbridge gave us segmented block snare drums and wood hoops that are unsurpassed in construction, and sound...Particularly cross sticking. John Aldridge revived the art of engraving on drums from the early 20th century, and literally transformed it. His work is astonishing. I got to meet him recently at a show. That was great, he is royalty to me in this business. And Ronn Dunnett has made a huge contribution with his Titanium drums. Innovation always spurns others to follow on their trail. That is a good thing for the business, players, and music in general. But it is imperative I think to give credit where it is due, remember the origin of that innovation, and certainly acknowledge it. For myself, I set out to reintroduce the 15" snare drum to the industry, and am so grateful I have received that type of press on that already. That is another post that I will be doing shortly. 

I have never met Ronn, and do not know him. Have traded several emails with him over his R4 Strainer which I have used, and really, really like. I was supposed to be at the Chicago Drum Show, but as usual...I got pulled in a different direction. I really enjoy these events because it gives me a chance to meet so many people in this business I otherwise would not have the chance to. Hopefully next year.....

Congratulations Again Ronn....








DAVID NORTHRUP-CLINCS-SESSIONS-LIVE WITH THE OAK RIDGE BOYS...BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 12, 5.5 X 14, 6.5 X 14.....

One of Nashville's all-time greats, David Northrup, has been incredibly busy lately. He has been doing multiple sessions, clinics, and is on the road with the Oak Ridge Boys. And for all of this, he has been using almost all of his snares from Beier Drums. This includes his 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 & 5.5 x 14, and the new 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 12.

The new drum he encouraged me to do, and I am so happy I took his advice. It just simply could not have turned out better. The initial reviews from players has been incredible, and the drum is now available at Fork's in Nashville.

November will see him in yet another drum from Beier Drums-The 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 15. Really looking forward to seeing you David, and the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show. This will be the third season in a row I have seen it, and to be honest....I cannot imagine Christmas without it!!

See you then....Thank You Again For Everything. Your a good friend, incredible talent, and a great inspiration to me and many others....