Video-Chris McHugh (Keith Urban/Nashville Session Artist)

Vater Artist Chris McHugh is one of the busiest guys in the drum business! In between laying down rock solid tracks for artists like Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, and countless others, he's playing to sold out arenas around the world with Keith Urban.

Vater's Chad Brandolini (Director of Artist Relations) and crew caught up with Chris at a recent Keith Urban show in Boston, MA. Chris sat down with Vater to talk about his start in drumming, the concept behind his new Vater Chris McHugh model, influences, career advice and much more.

Chris McHugh Model

 L 16 1/4" · 41.28cm

D .645" · 1.64cmVHCMW

Chris' model comes in at just over a 2B in the grip with a quick taper for a solid feel. The Chris McHugh model is a great playing stick for rock solid pocket playing as well as heavy hitting rock players.

You can buy the Vater Chris McHugh model Here, or by requesting it at your local store today!

For more info on Chris, please visit

Posted by Chad on Monday, August 22, 2011 2:35 PM

Vater Video- Rikki Rockett (Poison)

We recently had the time to catch up with Vater Artist and Poison drummer Rikki Rockett while he was on tour. We took the opportunity to chat with Rikki on camera about his Vater Rikki Rockett Bottle Rockett design, why he thinks Posion has remained relevant after 25 years and 40+ million albums sold, how he started playing drums, and more. Check it out.....

"Stick choice should be every drummers first decision. Sticks are the liaison between you and your creative expression on the drums. Getting there the smoothest way is the reason I'm using Vater."  - Rikki Rockett

Click here to Buy Rikki Rockett's Bottle Rockett Now!


Posted by Chad on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:34 AM

Video Series: How to Prepare for the Recording Studio

Boston based Vater Artist Jimmy Pemberton (Kiley Evans/Educator/Independent) set up this great video series with very helpful hints on how to prepare for the recording studio.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Jimmy Pemberton is a professional drummer & educator based out of Boston,MA. Known for his “play for the song” approach he has become one of the areas go to guys for producers, song writers and bands alike. No matter if it’s in the studio or on the stage Jimmy brings his upbeat positive attitude and hard work ethic to any situation.

Jimmy has worked with Kiley Evans, Marc Orrell (former Dropkick Murphys), Endway, Jamison Ernest (Warner Music Group), Jer Coons,Gregory James,The Holiday Electric, Soren Sorensen, Gone Baby Gone, AutoManual, and many more. Some producers include: Mike Poorman, Jim Wirt, Joe Merrick, Michael Carroll, Jim Foster,and Mathew Ellard.

Jimmy has studied with Dave DiCenso, Dick DiCenso and Chris Rivelli. ” I plan on always being a Student , a Teacher and an Artist. I feel keeping all three going is the key for me to progress as a musician and human being.”

Jimmy Pemberton uses the Vater 5B Wood

Posted by Chad on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 2:29 PM
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