Posts Tagged ‘Drums’

Hannah Ford Current Drummer For Prince

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

So it’s like this…. Hannah Ford is really really really hot!! It’s not just my weakness for blondes (totally my kryptonite) I think I may have watched her vids on the youtubes before I even registered a note to my ears. She is hot if she didn’t play drums. I would be a Hannah Ford fan if she just took pictures by drums or mopeds or something. Most girls that age that look like her are busy riding their looks, but Hannah is actually a pretty killer drummer.

Now I know you may be thinking blah a chick drummer. I know this because as much as I would like to be I am not beyond this same sexist thought myself. It’s just the way it is and it’s that way for a reason. Drumming is traditionally a guy thing. And generally if you see a girl who can hold her own there is something fundamentally wrong somewhere. Like, she has time but not confidence or plays weird. Hannah is the first female drummer that I have personally watched that breaks that stereotype for me. If you’ve paid any attention to any of the music I’ve done you would know that I play pretty progressive heavy material and I wouldn’t think twice about working with a drummer her caliber.

Anyway I’ve been following her on Facebook for a while and watching her bounce from clinic to clinic, I believe her husband is a musician and I think she does some stuff there. But then all of a sudden she drops that she is the drummer for Prince. Man I get excited if my checking account isn’t overdrawn by payday and she goes from trying to pave her way to Princes band. God knows Prince has always had a way with those sexy music girl types!! So hells ya Hannah!!! Below is a vid to her killin some dubstep. Plenty of stuff on the tubes which will just make you wish you had a really hot girlfriend that can play drums. Imagine being able to go home and just get loud with your girlfriend…. All of a sudden I’m sad…. I’m going to eat ice cream and play Xbox now……

Matt Halpern Mapex MyDentity Drums

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Have you heard of Matt Halpern?? If not, leave my website and go to google now!!! Dude is the drummer for the progressive metal band Periphery. I was fortunate enough to work on some stuff with those guys when I was freelancing for the magazine. During that time one of the most apparent things was that Matt was the real deal.

In prog music there are a lot of great drummers. But, IMO many of them tend to be mechanical. I don’t know that I would call that a bad thing but lets just say it’s something that I pick up on. In all reality a lot of prog music is rooted in mechanics be it odd meters or blazing speed, or blazing speed in odd meters!! For some making music that complex and unnatural sound natural is a more difficult than just mechanically learning the tunes.

But when I first saw Matt this dude was touring with the Goodwill drum kit. Busted up cymbals and hardware, drums looked like they had been on tour without cases since the 80’s but you didn’t notice once he played. He’s still pretty much a minimalist with his set up but does 10x’s more than most drummers using 10x’s more. And he does it with buckets of feel. Don’t take that as my saying he’s missing technique because that’s certainly not the case. Just think of it more as a huge blend of technique and feel. It seems when watching him play he’s not really thinking of what he’s going to do next he’s just playing his instrument with a massive amount of understanding.

Anyway enough stroking, Matt is using Mapex drums now, which IMO has always been one of the most underrated drum companies out there. I’ve played their stuff and known lots of people that have and I’ve personally never really heard a bad thing about them.

They have a really sweet line called MyDentity. Basically you can go out to the Mapex website and assemble your own kit, pick shell type between birch or maple, wrap types, hardware colors and hardware set up. And it’s really at a decent price. The coolest thing is in the end you’re getting what appears to be a great kit at a playable price. I’m looking at replacing my recording kit as life may allow me to start recording more drums live than programming. And I just miss playing!! I would love to try out a set of these!! Below is a video of Halpern talking about the MyDentity line.

If you want to visit Mapex there is a link HERE